UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. — A 31 yard catch and run for a score by freshman EJ Colson (Middletown, Ohio) late in the fourth quarter helped Ohio Dominican's football team pull away from host Saginaw Valley 21-10 Saturday night in GLIAC play.
After the Cardinals (2-2, 2-2 GLIAC) scored a touchdown with 7:36 left to draw within 14-10, ODU answered with its best drive of the second half. The Panthers (2-2, 2-2 GLIAC) moved 72 yards in eight plays, covering 3:52 of game time, leading up to the Colson touchdown with less than four minutes to play.
Sophomore Tre McIntyre (North Lewisburg, Ohio) then intercepted a pass on SVSU's ensuing possession to seal the victory.
ODU's defense was rock solid all night, holding the Cardinals to 274 yards of total offense, including just 41 yards on the ground. The Panthers limited SVSU to just 6-of-17 on third downs and stopped them twice on fourth downs.
Senior Billy Eakins (Pickerington, Ohio) and freshman Gus Dimmerling (Perrysburg, Ohio) each had eight stops and sophomore Ross Thompson (Delphos, Ohio) added seven tackles. Demetrius Farmer (Dover, Ohio) tallied six tackles (2.0 TFL), a sack, and a forced fumble as well.
Sophomore Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) matched a career high with nine receptions for 100 yards, Colson tallied 64 yards receiving and 23 rushing, and sophomore Dar Stanford (Zanesville, Ohio) caught four passes for 53 yards as well.
The Panthers marched 90 yards in 13 plays on their second possession of the game to take the early lead. Grant Russell (Newark, Ohio) connected with Colson on a 28 yard pass to help setup a seven yard touchdown run around the right edge by Stanford to give ODU a 7-0 lead.
The defense held SVSU to just four first downs in the half and helped ODU dominate the field position battle. ODU failed to cash in midway through the second quarter as a field goal attempt was blocked, but did push the lead to 14-0 on a late touchdown drive. Russell found Contini on the ODU sideline for a 22 yard gain on a fourth-and-seven play, eventually leading to a one-yard plunge by senior Justin Davis (Detroit, Mich.) with 1:13 left before the break.
ODU had a 247-58 edge in total yards at the break and picked up 15 first downs. The Cardinals crossed midfield just once, on their first position of the game.
SVSU reached the Panther red zone late in the third quarter, but the defense came up with a stop on fourth down at its own 15 yard line to stop the drive with 3:13 left in the quarter.
After a Panther fumble early in the fourth quarter, the defense again stopped SVSU on downs inside the five with 9:22 left. However, another Panther fumble in their own territory set up the Cardinals score with 7:36 to play.
The Panthers finished with 350 yards of offense as Russell threw for 239 yards on 18-of-33 passing.
Ohio Dominican returns to Columbus for its Homecoming game at noon Saturday, Oct. 1 against Grand Valley State.
Contact: Scott Miles