Football Looks To Extend Win Streak As Panthers Welcome Malone To Columbus

Photo by David Heasley
Photo by David Heasley

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's football team will take on its second straight foe from Stark County as the Panthers play host to Malone at 1 p.m. Saturday.

ODU has won three straight games, including a 20-10 win at Walsh last Saturday. The Panthers had their best defensive effort of the season in points allowed, total yards (321), rushing yards (125), and yards per carry (3.0).

Camren Moore set a new career-high in tackles, one week after establishing that mark with 11 against Alderson Broaddus. He finished with 14 stops (nine solo) and now has 58 tackles on the season, already a career-high.

Ross Thompson continues his climb up ODU's all-time tackles list as his 11 stops at Walsh gave him 250 in his career. He's just the sixth player, and fifth in the last five years, to reach that mark in school history. Thompson is 15th in the country and second in the G-MAC with his 11.0 tackles per game.

Special team yardage played a big factor in the Panthers' win at Walsh, especially in the first half when the Cavaliers' average drive start was their own 19. Jed Quackenbush averaged 64.0 yards per kickoff, a career-best, with two touchbacks, while Logen Neidhardt averaged a career-best 48.0 yards per punt, placing three inside the 20.

The Panthers lead the nation in net punting average (41.9) and top the G-MAC kickoff coverage (41.5 yards.)

Neidhardt continues to lead the nation in punting average at 47.1 yards per boot. Only 12 NFL punters are averaging more yards per punt than the ODU sophomore. He's placed 11 of his 25 punts inside the 20 as well.

Cory Contini returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and also caught an 87-yard touchdown pass. It's just the second time in school history that the Panthers have had two 80-plus yard plays in the same game and the first by one individual (Brandon Schoen, 88 yard run, and Dez Stewart, 90 yard reception, at Grand Valley, Sept. 13, 2014).

Contini is second in the country with 11 touchdown receptions on the season and leads the league with 594 receiving yards.

Evan Ernst completed 17-of-22 throws for 244 yards and leads the nation in completion percentage (73.6 percent) while sitting fourth in efficiency (179.2). He's averaging 9.8 yards per pass attempt, which is seventh in the country as well.

The Panthers have won nine straight in the series against Malone. This is the first time these teams have matched up in Columbus since a 59-14 Panther win on Sept. 6, 2014.

QUICK HITS

• Since 2006, ODU has an overall record of 98-39 (.715 win percentage.) The Panthers are 52-14 in their last 66 games (.788 win percentage.) ODU has also won 50 of its last 63 regular season games (.794).
 
• Over the past 63 games, ODU has outscored opponents by 1,049 points, an average of 16.7 points per game. The Panthers have scored 30 or more points 42 times in that stretch and held opponents to 14 points or fewer 25 times.
 
• ODU is 45-8 against opponents from Ohio since 2007 (.849 win percentage.)
 
• The Panthers are  29-6 in their last 35 regular season road games (.829).
 
• ODU is 52-4 (.929) in its last 56 games against unranked opponents, dating back to Oct. 15, 2011.
 
Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu