BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's football team opened the season with a 41-0 setback at No. 12/9 Ferris State on Thursday night in GLIAC play.
ODU was outgained 477-198 in the contest, including 302-53 on the ground. The Panthers had some success moving the ball in the first half, but managed just 57 yards and two first downs in the second half.
The Bulldogs jumped on the board first with a 25 yard touchdown pass on fourth and five with five minutes to play in the first quarter, then bumped their lead to 14-0 on a 73 yard touchdown run later in the frame.
ODU threatened on its ensuing offensive drive, but a fumble at the Ferris State 26 yard line ended that threat. The Panthers moved into Ferris territory again on its next drive, but it stalled after consecutive sacks.
FSU then chewed up 6:56 on the second quarter clock with an 18 play drive that culminated in a field goal with seven ticks before half to grab a 17-0 lead at the half.
A touchdown run in the middle of the third put Ferris State on top 24-0, and the Bulldogs scored 17 points in the fourth to put it away.
A quartet of players had 10 or more tackles for ODU, with each setting career highs in that category. Tre McIntyre (North Lewisburg, Ohio) had 14 stops, Ross Thompson (Delphos, Ohio) added 13, redshirt freshman Gus Dimmerling (Perrysburg, Ohio) had 11 stops, and junior Demetrius Farmer (Dover, Ohio) made 10 stops.
Redshirt junior Cameron Kohl (Hilliard, Ohio) also finished in double figures as he made 10 tackles, redshirt senior Billy Eakins (Pickerington, Ohio) added nine and junior Nick Isaacs (Cincinnati, Ohio) set a personal best with eight tackles as well.
Ohio Dominican remains on the road to take on Findlay at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
Contact: Scott Miles