COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fresh off its bye week, Ohio Dominican's football team travels to West Virginia to take on Alderson Broaddus in G-MAC action at noon Saturday.
Not only is this the first meeting between the two teams, this is the first time ODU has played an opponent from the state of West Virginia.
The Panthers last hit the field on Oct. 7, a 41-27 win over Hillsdale. ODU scored the last two touchdowns of the game in the fourth quarter as the Panthers rolled up 518 yards, including 381 in the air. Grant Russell threw for two scores and ran for another, while Cory Contini caught nine passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. Fred Pitts ran for two scores and 73 yards, and Cedric Washington had four clutch grabs for 87 yards.
ODU's offense continued to generate big pass plays, particularly in the passing game. The Panthers hit on eight passes of 20 yards or longer against a Hillsdale defense that had been yielding just 327.2 yards per game. Washington's catches were all for first down yardage and came on third-and-14, second-and-13, third-and-9, and third-and-10 plays.
Overall this season, ODU has 32 pass plays of 20 or more yards, after managing just 40 of such plays in 2016.
Meanwhile, the defense held Hillsdale in check when it counted in the fourth quarter, forcing a punt after the Panthers took a 34-27 lead and setting up the touchdown that put the game away. Five players made eight or more tackles, with Shyoun Petteway and Camren Moore each setting career highs in tackles (15 and 10, respectively) and Brian Hunter matching a personal best with eight stops. Cameron Kohl had nine tackles and Gus Dimmerling tallied eight as well.
After not managing a takeaway the first two games, ODU's defense has eight over the last four games, including six interceptions. In three G-MAC games, the Panthers are yielding just 10.0 points per game.