Football Drops Home Contest To Huskies, 17-10

Photo taken by Aaron McPherson
Photo taken by Aaron McPherson

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's football team suffered a 17-10 setback to visiting Michigan Tech in GLIAC action Saturday afternoon at Panther Stadium.

Trailing 10-3 at the half, ODU (1-2, 1-2 GLIAC) took the second half kickoff and marched 75 yards in 12 plays. Junior Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) had a run of 13 yards on third-and-nine to extend the drive, and also converted on a fourth-and-two carry to move the ball to the Huskies' 26 yard line.

Two plays later, he found sophomore Jacob Mercier (Blacklick, Ohio) down the left sideline for a 22 yard touchdown that evened the game at 10-10.

Michigan Tech (2-1, 2-1 GLIAC) took advantage of good field position to answer with a touchdown with 2:04 left in the period and grab a 17-10 lead.

The Panthers tried to answer in the fourth quarter as they moved 73 yards in 12 plays. Russell completed four straight passes, including pickups of 17 yards to sophomore Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) and 14 yards to sophomore Dar Stanford (Zanesville, Ohio), and the Panthers eventually reached the Michigan Tech 10 yard.

However, facing fourth and one from the 10, Russell was dropped in the backfield for a loss, and the Huskies ran out the final 4:01 of play, converting a third and five with 1:35 left to seal it.

The teams were even statistically, as MTU had 301 yards of offense to 300 for the Panthers. ODU had 137 yards on the ground and 163 through the air, while Michigan Tech finished with 129 yards rushing and 172 passing.

Junior Tre McIntyre (North Lewisburg, Ohio) led the defense with 10 tackles, while sophomore Ross Thompson (Delphos, Ohio) and junior Cameron Kohl (Hilliard, Ohio) each added nine. Junior Demetrius Farmer (Dover, Ohio) had eight tackles with a sack as well.

Russell ran for 60 yards and senior Justin Davis (Detroit, Mich.) added 58 on the ground. Russell, who completed 19-of-34 passes, finished with 163 yards through the air as well. Stanford caught five passes for 45 yards and Contini had 37 yards on three grabs.

The teams traded long scoring drives in the first quarter. On the first drive of the game, MTU went 75 yards in 12 plays, taking 6:19 off the clock, and capping it with a two yard TD run.

The Panthers then went 64 yards in 16 plays, taking 5:56 off the clock themselves, but were forced to settle for a 29 yard field goal by Justin Bonchek (Mayfield, Ohio).

Michigan Tech tacked on a field goal midway through the second quarter to take a 10-3 lead, which they held through halftime.

Ohio Dominican returns to the road to take on Saginaw Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles