COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican and Hillsdale renew their rivalry on the gridiron as the Panthers welcome the Chargers to Columbus for a Homecoming showdown between the teams projected to finish atop the G-MAC standings.
The Panthers have won three straight in the series, but the last two meetings in 2014 and 2015 have come by six (9-3) and five (34-29) points, respectively.
Projected to win the G-MAC in the preseason poll, ODU has won its first two conference games by a combined margin of 71-3. Hillsdale, projected to finish second, won its G-MAC opener 56-0 last Saturday.
ODU's defense has been opportunistic the past two weeks, coming up with three interceptions at Malone last Saturday after picking off a pass and recording a safety the week prior against Lake Erie. Freshman corner Shyoun Petteway has started each of the past two games and made 19 tackles with two interceptions and three pass break ups. On 101 pass attempts the past two games, ODU has allowed just 512 passing yards, with just six pass completions of longer than 20 yards.
The run defense has also been stout, allowing 101.5 yards per game over the last two contests and just 3.5 yards per carry. There have been just eight carries of 10 yards or longer on 58 rushing attempts.
Meanwhile, ODU's rushing offense continued to click as the Panthers ran for 240 yards and averaged a season-high 6.3 yards per carry. Starting in place of the injured Brandon Schoen, EJ Colson ran for 150 yards, including an 85 yard jaunt, on just 12 carries, and Fred Pitts tallied 53 yards as well. The Panthers have rushed for 506 yards over the past two games, averaging 6.0 yards per carry.
The Panthers have also continued to excel on special teams. Logen Neidhardt picked up his second straight G-MAC Special Teams Player of the Week honor. ODU's coverage team has shined as well, allowing minus-one punt return yards the past two games while downing two punts inside the five.
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