INDIANAPOLIS – Senior quarterback Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) and freshman corner back Shyoun Petteway (Steubenville, Ohio) were named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Players of the Week for their efforts in Saturday's 49-24 championship win over Findlay.
Russell had another sublime performance, tossing for a school-record tying six touchdowns on 16-of-25 passing for 339 yards. Those are tied for the most touchdown passes in a game by any Division II quarterback and came against a vaunted Findlay defense that had previously allowed just 155.7 yards passing per game. Findlay had also surrendered just seven touchdown passes the entire season and ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense at 13.9 points per game before the Panthers put up 49 points on them.
ODU finished with 516 yards of offense and Russell finished the season with six games of 300 or more yards passing in the air. He threw for at least two touchdowns in every game and had 30 touchdown passes against just three interceptions. Russell threw for 3,182 yards and completed a school-record 72.5 percent of his passes.
For his career, Russell threw for 8,729 yards, the second-most in ODU history, and set a school record by completing 68.5 percent of his passes. His 73 touchdown passes were third in Panther history and he threw just 20 interceptions in 1,023 pass attempts.
Petteway, meanwhile, capped off a superb freshman season with an interception and a fumble recovery against the Oilers while also making four tackles. He helped limit Findlay's offense to just two touchdowns after UF had entered the game second in the country with 49.9 points per game and third with 525.4 yards per game. The Oilers mustered just 359 yards and went 4-of-15 on third downs (26.6 percent) after entering the game second in the country at 55.6 percent on third downs.
Petteway closed the season with 56 tackles (34 solo), four interceptions (tied for the most in the G-MAC) and a pair of fumble recoveries. He also broke up a team-high five passes. His four picks are tied for third-most in ODU single-season history.
Ohio Dominican closed the season with a Great Midwest Athletic Conference title and a 7-3 record overall. The Panthers have now won seven or more games in seven straight seasons, winning two league titles and making two playoff appearances in that stretch.
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