COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On the heels of a 57-14 victory over ninth ranked Grand Valley, undefeated Ohio Dominican will hit the road this Saturday to take on familiar foe Walsh in a rivalry that stretches back to the Panthers' first game as a program in 2004.
The Panthers enter the matchup with a 4-0 record (3-0 GLIAC) and are the lone unbeaten team in the GLIAC, while the Cavaliers come into play with a 1-3 record (1-2 GLIAC), having lost their last two games. Overall, Ohio Dominican has won nine straight games, dating to last season, which is the second-longest win streak in school history.
The Panthers jumped into the AFCA poll at No. 23 and are ranked No. 18 in the D2Football.com Poll. ODU's win over Grand Valley marked just the fourth over a top-10 team in school history, with the others coming in 2007 against St. Francis and St. Xavier, who were each ranked No. 2, in addition to a 41-14 win over No. 6 Georgetown in the 2013 season opener. The 43-point win was the largest in a win over a ranked opponent and the worst loss suffered by Grand Valley since the 1988 season.
ODU scored the game's first 17 points and led by at least 10 points for the entire contest, controlling every facet of the game. Justin Bell scored on a 91-yard punt return, Abe Johnson had a 93-yard kick return, the defense forced three turnovers, and the offense rang up nearly 500 yards against the GLIAC's second-rated defense.
The Panthers rolled to a 33-14 halftime lead, then shutout Grand Valley in the second half. ODU rushed for 211 yards in the second half alone and Grand Valley only ran 23 plays in the final 30 minutes, mustering just 120 yards of total offense – 45 coming on the game's final drive.
Overall, Ohio Dominican outgained the Lakers 470-324 and had a near-perfect balance on offense, running for 234 yards and passing for 236.
Cody Culbertson had nine tackles (3.5 TFL) and a sack, while Billy Eakins and Da'Twane Harris each had interceptions in the end zone to help stop Laker scoring drives. Bell finished with seven tackles and Anthony Smith had a sack as well.
• The Panther defense hasn't allowed a point in the first quarter in the past three games. Overall, ODU is outscoring opponents 31-7 in the first quarter this season. The Panthers are also outscoring opponents 31-7 in the fourth quarter.
• Both the offensive and defensive lines have authored stellar play this season. The defensive line has accounted for 12 of ODU's 16 sacks on the season, along with 19.5 tackles for loss. The offensive line has allowed just one sack this season and none in the past 108 pass attempts.
• ODU's defense hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in the last eight games. Walsh is averaging just over 100 rushing yards per game as a team.
• During ODU's nine game win streak, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 404-150, winning by an average of 28.2 points per game in that stretch. It's the second longest win streak in school history (12 in 2007).
ALL OHIO DOMINICAN FOOTBALL GAMES LIVE ON THE RADIO AND INTERNET
Fans in Central Ohio can listen to Ohio Dominican football LIVE on the radio on 820 AM (St. Gabriel Radio) and simulcast online everywhere at www.pressboxproductions.net. This week's broadcast starts at 6:45 p.m. with the Panther Countdown Pregame Show. Veteran broadcaster Todd Bell returns for his sixth year in the booth as the play-by-play announcer and is joined by Matt Natali.
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