ASHLAND, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's football team dropped to 0-2 with a 47-21 setback at Ashland in non-conference play Saturday night.
Senior quarterback Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) completed 24-of-35 passes for 370 yards and three scores. Two receivers went over 100 yards for a second straight week as sophomore David Turner (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had nine grabs for 164 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) made six grabs for 156 yards.
Senior linebacker Cameron Kohl (Hilliard, Ohio) made 13 tackles (3.0 TFL) to lead the defense, while junior Brian Hunter (Mayfield, Ohio) and sophomore Gus Dimmerling (Perrysburg, Ohio) made eight stops.
ODU fell behind 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and missed a field goal to start the second quarter, but the defense forced an Ashland three and out. On ODU's first offensive play, Turner took a shovel pass behind the line of scrimmage, turned the corner and raced 60 yards down the ODU sideline to pay dirt to tie the game 7-7 with 11:52 to play in the quarter.
Ashland scored a 74 yard touchdown on its first offensive play, though, going back in front 13-7 after the extra point was missed. The Eagles then scored on their next two drives to build a 27-7 lead late in the first half.
ODU was able to respond before halftime, moving 77 yards in seven plays in just 1:34. Russell connected with Turner on a 27 yard gain, found sophomore Cedric Washington (Knoxville, Tenn.) for 12 yards and escaped pressure to flip a pass to Turner, who took it in from 16 yards out just 10 seconds before the half to make it a 27-14 game.
Russell completed 15-of-21 passes for 258 yards in the first half, with Turner being on the receiving end of seven of those receptions for 133 yards and both scores.
Kohl made nine of his tackles (2.0 TFL) in the first half, while Dimmerling added six stops in the first half.
Ashland kicked a field goal on its first drive of the third quarter, but the Panthers answered quickly. Washington made a diving catch for a first down at the ODU 40, and on the next play, Contini came down with a jump ball near the AU 30, then outran two defenders to the end zone for a 60 yard score to make it 30-21 with 8:42 left.
The Eagles hit another field goal to bump their lead to 33-21 with less than three minutes to play in the third, and then scored a touchdown with 8:22 in the fourth to make it 40-21. Ashland scored once more to make it a 47-21 final.
Russell now has six career 300 yard passing games, Contini has six career 100 yard receiving games and Turner has three. Kohl had his ninth career game with 10 or more tackles.
Ohio Dominican remains on the road to take on FCS foe Penn at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in Philadelphia. It will be the season opener for Penn, who has won the Ivy League the last two years.
Contact: Scott Miles