Black Team Holds off Gold in Spring Game

Casey Williams
Casey Williams

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's annual spring football game saw the Black team emerge with a 25-16 victory over the Gold team Friday night, concluding the 2014 spring season for the Panthers.

A 53-yard pass on the first play of the game by rising senior quarterback Mark Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) to rising junior Dez Stewart (Cincinnati, Ohio) helped set the tone for the night and led to an early field goal for the Black team.

Not to be outdone, freshman quarterback Austin Ernst (Cincinnati, Ohio) tossed a 66-yard bomb to rising senior Casey Williams (Nashport, Ohio) on the Gold team's first play from scrimmage. Ernst would finish 15-of-26 for 245 yards, while Williams had a game-high seven catches for 158 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter.

Other offensive highlights included a 26-yard touchdown run by freshman Darryl Johnson (Mason, Ohio), a 29-yard reception by freshman Mel Leach (Shaker Heights, Ohio), and 22-yard catches by rising junior Ronald McCloud (Cleveland, Ohio) and freshman Carlin Ray (Warrensville Heights, Ohio).

Not to be overlooked, ODU's defenders made plenty of big plays. Rising junior Brad McCurdy (Columbus, Ohio) had two interceptions, as did rising sophomore Austin Osborne (Jackson, Ohio). Rising junior Di'Andre Harrison (Columbus, Ohio) had 3.0 tackles for loss and two sacks, and rising junior Sydney Omameh (Columbus, Ohio) had six tackles.

Other noteworthy performers included rising sophomore Brian Snoad (Gahanna, Ohio) with seven tackles and rising sophomore Marquise Tyus (Lakewood, Ohio) with five tackles.

Ohio Dominican will kick off the 2014 season at noon on Saturday, Sept. 6 against Malone at Panther Field.

Contact: Scott Miles