PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Junior running back Brandon Schoen (Lewis Center, Ohio) set the school's all-time rushing record as Ohio Dominican's football team notched its 20th consecutive regular season victory in a 48-14 win Saturday afternoon at Lake Erie in GLIAC play.
Schoen rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. He now has 2,771 career rushing yards, breaking the record established by Mike Noffsinger in 2011 of 2,714 yards. The three rushing touchdowns also moves him into a tie with Noffsinger and Mark Nichols with a school record 25 touchdowns.
Ranked No. 8 in the AFCA poll and No. 7 in the D2Football.com poll, the Panthers improved to 5-0 (5-0 GLIAC). Their last regular season loss came in 2012.
Overall, the Panthers outgained Lake Erie (1-4, 1-4 GLIAC) 534-325 and dominated the time of possession battle, having the ball for 39:45. ODU ran for 289 yards and threw for 245 yards while holding Lake Erie to just 77 passing yards.
The first quarter was back and forth, as Lake Erie moved 79 yards in six plays to score on its opening drive and take a 7-0 lead minutes into the game.
Schoen ran for 58 yards and had a 14 yard reception on ODU's opening drive, capping it off with an 18 yard TD run off the left side to knot it at 7-7 with 8:54 to play in the first.
The Panthers then needed just three plays on their next drive to take the lead. Senior quarterback Mark Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) connected with junior Dez Stewart (Cincinnati, Ohio) on a 39 yard pass, as the junior pulled away from the secondary for the score to make it 14-7 at the 5:39 mark.
Later in the quarter, Lake Erie knotted it on a 76 yard touchdown run by Anthony Bilal, his second run of the quarter, but that would be the last tie of the day.
The Panthers regained the lead five minutes into the second quarter on Schoen's second TD of the day. That came on a seven yard run, as he bounced around the right side of the line and dove into the end zone for the score. That capped a 13 play, 70 yard drive that chewed up nearly seven minutes.
The Panthers then forced a three and out and went on another lengthy drive, moving 63 yards in 11 plays. ODU picked up a fourth down early in the drive, and went for another try on fourth and one from the LEC 19. Schoen was bottled up in the backfield but danced out of trouble and ran around the right edge, tip toeing down the sideline for the touchdown to make it 28-14 with 2:50 left in the quarter.
ODU needed just five plays to make it 35-14 on the opening drive of the third quarter. Miller and Stewart connected on a 19 yard touchdown, as Stewart shook off a defender near the goal line for the score, his second of the day.
The ODU defense then stopped Lake Erie on downs inside the Panther five yard line and chewed up the rest of the quarter on offense. The Panthers went on a 14 play, 97 yard drive that took over eight minutes and was capped by a two yard run around the right edge by junior Ronald McCloud (Cleveland, Ohio).
Freshman running back Aaron Everson (Bartlett, Ill.) closed the day's scoring with a one yard touchdown run in the last minute of the game.
Miller completed 20-of-27 passes for 214 yards and the two scores. Stewart hauled in five passes for 110 yards, while McCloud had seven catches.
The defense was paced by junior Brad McCurdy (Columbus, Ohio) with nine tackles, while senior Jordan Murph (Cincinnati, Ohio) had five tackles, a sack and two stops for loss. He also recovered a fumble. Junior Cody Culbertson (Galloway, Ohio) had two tackles for loss as well.
Ohio Dominican returns home to host Hillsdale at noon on Saturday.
Contact: Scott Miles