COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican football team scored 35 unanswered points en route to a 49-10 Senior Day victory over Lake Erie Saturday, Nov. 9, at Panther Stadium.
The Panthers have now won four straight games overall, improving to 6-2 (5-1 G-MAC) on the season. ODU also finishes with an unblemished home record in 2019 at 3-0.
Ohio Dominican and Lake Erie (3-7, 2-5 G-MAC) appeared destined for a back-and-forth shootout on a cold, but sunny Saturday afternoon in Columbus. The two sides traded scores on the game's first three possessions and LEC added a touchdown early in the second quarter to make it 14-10 in favor of the Black & Gold.
Sophomore quarterback Evan Ernst (Mason, Ohio) connected with senior Cedric Washington (Knoxville, Tenn.) on a 52-yard touchdown pass on the fifth play of the game. The score marked the sixth consecutive outing that the Panthers have scored on their first offensive possession. Ernst's second touchdown of the first quarter went to sophomore DeAndre Clark (Dover, Ohio) from five yards outs.
After the Storm's lone touchdown of the game at 12:51 of the second quarter, the Panthers scored the game's final 35 points. Lake Erie had a chance to take the lead midway through the second period, as they were driving in ODU territory. The Panthers though, as they have done all season, forced a turnover, with senior Alessio Amato (Zanesville, Ohio) recovering a fumble.
ODU took the ensuing drive 70 yards over 13 plays, and senior EJ Colson (Middletown, Ohio) capped the drive with the first of his two rushing touchdowns at the 5:12 mark of the second quarter. After a 17-yard LEC punt, that was returned 48 yards by senior Gus Dimmerling (Perrysburg, Ohio), Ernst scored on a one-yard rush to give his side a 28-10 edge at the break.
In the second half, ODU forced the Storm into negative 28 yards rushing to stay in control on the scoreboard. After LEC turned possession over on downs, the Panthers' first offensive snap of the second half was a 61-yard catch and run from Ernst to Clark, with the sophomore crossing the goal line and extending the lead to 35-10. The score was the team's fourth passing touchdown over 50 yards this fall.
The Panthers then forced Lake Erie to turn the ball over on downs each of the next two possessions, both resulting in scores. Colson's second touchdown came from one yard out, while sophomore Malik Moore (Toledo, Ohio) gashed the defense for 46 yards rushing on one drive, including a 23-yard scoring scamper. The Moore touchdown gave ODU a 49-10 lead with 11:21 left to play.
Lake Erie finished with five second half drives, which included four turnovers on downs and one fumble lost. Freshman Caleb Diersing (Cincinnati, Ohio), who forced a fumble in the first half, recovered a loose ball late in the fourth quarter.
Overall, ODU held a 397-308 advantage in total offensive yards. The Panthers rushed for 215 yards, while the defense held Lake Erie to negative three yards on the ground for the game. Leading the way on the ground was Colson, who rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries. The senior added two catches for 19 yards as well. Malik Moore added 72 yards on seven carries.
Ernst completed 12-of-19 passes for 182 yards and three scores. The sophomore accounted for four touchdowns in the game, adding five carries, 16 yards and one score on the ground. Clark led the receiving group with 75 yards on three receptions and Washington logged two catches for 57 yards.
Defensively, junior Dauson Dales (Defiance, Ohio) posted a team-high13 tackles. Dales had nine solo stops and added 1.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore Jaylin Garner (Shaker Heights, Ohio) registered 1.5 tackles for loss, as well as one sack. Picking up six tackles each were senior Camren Moore (New Carlisle, Ohio) and junior Jayden Davis (Springfield, Ohio). Moore was also in on two pass breakups.
ODU, who entered the week ranked No. 10 in Super Region One, will look to close the regular season and keep its playoff and conference title hopes alive with a trip to Hillsdale next Saturday, Nov. 16. The Panthers and Chargers are slated for a 1 p.m. kick off.
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