Football Set for Second Trip to West Virginia in 2019

(Photo By Ralph Schudel)
(Photo By Ralph Schudel)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican football team will be back on the road for the fourth time in five weeks, as they travel to face Great Midwest rival Alderson Broaddus at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5.

The Panthers (2-2, 1-1 G-MAC) are coming off a 41-31 setback on the road at Tiffin. ODU posted season-high offensive numbers in the loss, tallying 290 yards through the air and 149 on the ground for a total offensive mark of 439 yards. After taking a 31-27 lead with five minutes to play, the Panthers conceded the final 14 points to the Dragons.

Sophomore Evan Ernst (Mason, Ohio) accounted for over 325 yards of offense and four touchdowns. Ernst threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 38 yards and one score on the ground. The sophomore is responsible for 68 points this fall, which ranks second in the G-MAC and is among the top 25 nationally. His season completion percentage of .700 paces the conference and is ninth-best in Division II.

Junior Devanaire Conliffe (Willougby, Ohio) registered two receiving touchdowns versus Tiffin, giving him seven for the season. Conliffe ranks second nationally in touchdowns and sixth in yards per reception at 28.0. Senior EJ Colson (Middletown, Ohio) ran for 88 yards to help the Panthers reach 100 team rushing yards for the first time this season. Colson is one of just four players in program history to amass 2,000 career rushing yards.

Defensively, senior Camren Moore (New Carlisle, Ohio) led the way with a career-high 16 tackles against Tiffin. Moore, along with junior Dauson Dales (Defiance, Ohio) each have three games this fall with double-digit tackles. Junior Jayden Davis (Springfield, Ohio) is tied for the team-high tackle mark with Moore at 10.0 stops per contest.

Alderson Broaddus enters the weekend 0-4 overall and is coming off a 75-28 loss at Findlay in its conference opener last weekend. The Battlers will be returning home for the first time since Week One, where they suffered a 33-21 loss to Glenville State.

AB has been in the middle of the pack offensively in the G-MAC this fall, averaging 20 points and 340 yards per game, but the Battlers are currently allowing 55 points per contest in 2019. Joe Czelusniak has thrown for 876 yards and seven touchdowns, completing 74-of-138 passes. Dominic Pegley and Damon Rodgers both have over 200 yards receiving. Defensively, Matt Jackson has a team-high 32 tackles, including 21 solo stops.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@ohiodominican.edu