( on a personal level....THE TRIP TO MT. PLEASANT, IOWA....ALTHOUGH ENJOYABLE WAS VERY EXHAUSTING...AND THIS WAS FLYING (see picture page).) THE TEAM LEFT WALSH UNIVERSITY, BY MOTOR COACH, LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND TRAVELED TO JOLIET, ILLINOIS WHERE THEY SPENT THURSDAY NIGHT. ON FRIDAY THEY ARRIVED IN MT. PLEASANT AND HAD A BRIEF WORKOUT. AS IT TURNED OUT, MY WIFE AND MYSELF AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF OTHER FANS STAYED AT THE RAMADA LTD INN, WHERE THE TEAM STAYED. I HEARD NOTHING BUT COMPLIMENTS FROM THE STAFF AT THE INN AND LOCAL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES WHERE THE TEAM FREQUENTED. COMMENTS RANGED FROM "HOW HANDSOME THE TEAM WAS, DRESSED IN SPORT COATS AND TIES (and how frequently they wore them)..to "THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY CONDUCTED THEMSELVES...TRUE GENTLEMEN"....(but we knew that all along...and besides, what else would you expect from a Jim Dennison football team?).
THE DAY OF THE GAME SAW TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 90 degree RANGE WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20mph AND GUSTING FREQUENTLY TO 28mph. VERY DIFFICULT CONDITIONS TO PLAY IN, ESPECIALLY FOR A VISITING TEAM. AS USUAL, THE OPPOSING FANS WERE IN AWE OF THE WALSH SUPPORTERS, WHICH PROBABLY EQUALLED THE HOME FANS IN NUMBERS (see picture page) AND CERTAINLY EXCEEDED THEM IN ENTHUSIASM AND NOISE. AFTER THE GAME, MANY COMMENTS WERE MADE BY THE HOME FANS AS TO WALSH'S FANS (all complimentary in nature). I THINK MT. PLEASANT AND IOWA WESLEYAN WILL REMEMBER WHEN WALSH UNIVERSITY "INVADED" IOWA.
AND FINALLY, ANY WIN ON THE ROAD IS A GOOD WIN...as far as I'm concerned!
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FIRST QUARTERWALSH..Messer 2 run (Hutchinson kick), 4:02
SECOND QUARTERWALSH..Skanes 13 run (Hutchinson kick), 13:22 WALSH..Skanes 2 run (Hutchinson kick), 8:30
THIRD QUARTERIOWA WESLEYAN..Malmstedy 13 pass from Miller (kick blocked), 10:38 FOURTH QUARTERIOWA WESLEYAN..Miller 2 run (pass failed), 5:51 WALSH..Spillar 15 run (Hutchinson kick), 2:04
RECORDS: IOWA WESLEYAN COLLEGE 0-4; WALSH 4-0
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SECOND QUARTERWALSH..Cunningham 20 pass from Jenson (Hutchinson kick),5:50
THIRD QUARTERWALSH..Skanes 1 run (Hutchinson kick), 12:26 TIFFIN..Bowman 14 run (Nardenoff kick), 8:23 FOURTH QUARTERTIFFIN..Kancler 17 pass from Whitfield (Nardenoff kick) TIFFIN..FG, Nardenoff 34
RECORDS:TIFFIN 4-1; WALSH 4-1
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......Saturday October 11, l998...Repository sports staff report NORTH CANTON -- Walsh University football coach Jim Dennison announced Friday that senior tailback Damont Skanes and senior defensive back Don Patterson have been placed on indefinite suspension for a violation of team policy. The loss of Skanes means the Cavaliers will be without one of the top NAIA running backs in the nation. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound tailback is seventh in the nation in rushing at 150.4 yards per game. Patterson started at cornerback for Walsh. The 6-foot, 170-pounder was a quarterback as a freshman, but was switched to the secondary later that year. The suspensions begin today when Walsh plays host to Urbana at Fawcett Stadium.
......Saturday October 11, l998... Walsh loses top rusher to disciplinary measure Skanes is suspended indefinitely, as is Patterson BY JOHN SEABURN Beacon Journal staff writer Two Walsh University football players, one an NAIA All-American running back, were handed indefinite suspensions on the eve of today's game with Urbana at Fawcett Stadium. Senior tailback Damont Skanes, Walsh's leading rusher this season and the school's record-holder in every rushing category, and senior defensive back Don Patterson were suspended by Walsh head coach Jim Dennison for ``violations of team policy.'' The loss of Skanes for disciplinary reasons is expected to be as costly for the Cavs as it is surprising for followers of Walsh football. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder out of Cleveland Heights High was the team's leader in rushing (752 yards) and rushing attempts (130), and was tied with fellow tailback Ron Messer for the team scoring lead with 42 points. One of Walsh's four team captains, Skanes averaged 5.8 yards a carry. He also had three pass receptions for 47 yards. Skanes had also assumed a prominent role in campus and community affairs. The NAIA's lone representative and spokesperson for the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance, Skanes had filmed a public service announcement that was being shown this season during network telecasts of football games. Patterson, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior defensive back who played scholastically at East Cleveland Shaw High, was the team interceptions leader with three. Walsh, 12th in the latest NAIA national poll, had climbed to fourth last week before suffering a 17-14 loss at Tiffin. Kickoff for today's MidStates Football Association game is set for 11 a.m. WCER (900-AM) will carry the game
Walsh backups help key overtime victory By MARK CRAIG Repository sports writer CANTON -- Dan Herbert is a third-stringer. Chad Wise is fourth string. They are freshmen at Walsh University. Together, they weigh about the same as Cavaliers right tackle Bob Sullivan. On a normal Saturday, Dan and Chad are supposed to be those little guys who wave towels at the end of the bench. But Saturday was far from normal for a Walsh team in turmoil. And Dan and Chad were anything but little as they combined for 164 yards rushing on 42 carries and all four Walsh touchdowns in a 27-21 overtime win over Urbana University in front of 2,822 fans at Fawcett Stadium. "Nothing is ever easy," said Walsh coach Jim Dennison, whose team is 5-1, 1-1 in the Mid-States Football Association. "But I think the job Dan and Chad did says a little about our football program." It says Walsh is deep enough to overcome the indefinite suspension of star senior tailback Damont Skanes and an ankle injury to his senior backup, Ron Messer. It says that two little freshmen can replace two seniors who had combined for an average of 196 yards rushing and three touchdowns per game this season. And we're talking about two young replacements who had a combined 20 yards on six carries and no TDs in the first five games. Herbert, a 5-foot-9, 159-pounder from Wadsworth, got his first collegiate start Saturday and ran for 94 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner around right end from three yards out. Wise, a 6-0, 167-pound Lake High grad, played every other series, carried the ball 18 times and added 70 yards. His only touchdown gave Walsh a 21-0 lead with 7:50 left in the second quarter. But what should have been a rout turned into a game as Urbana (2-4, 0-3) produced 323 total yards, including 202 rushing, and 21 points after halftime. The Blue Knights dominated the second half and could have won the game in regulation if they hadn't botched two makeable field goal attempts in the final three minutes. Holder Ace Jones bobbled the snap and had to abort a 36-yard attempt. Then, with 16 seconds left, Walsh defensive end Bryan Register blocked a 35-yard attempt as the Cavs avoided another last-second defeat similar to last week's 17-14 loss at Tiffin. Urbana got the first possession in overtime, but quarterback Frank Carrico was intercepted by defensive back Brian Farrar. Then Walsh's offense finally regrouped after a horrible second half that saw it gain just 85 yards and turn the ball over three times. Herbert ran the ball on all six of Walsh's overtime plays before diving inside the right pylon for the victory. "I knew (Messer) was out, but then coach told me (Friday) I was starting," Herbert said. "It's been kind of a strange week." Dennison had an idea Herbert could handle the job. After all, Herbert was a 2,000-yard rusher for a Wadsworth team coached by Dennison's son, Greg. "This was a big win for us because it certainly hasn't been an easy week by any means," Dennison said. "The fact that we won despite all the turmoil says a lot about the team we have." Skanes, who leads the MSFA in rushing (150.4), and starting cornerback Don Patterson were suspended Friday for violating team rules. They aren't in trouble with the police, but Dennison said they probably won't play next week against St. Francis. "I really don't want to talk about them," Dennison said. Messer will return to the starting lineup next week. But for at least one Saturday afternoon, the spotlight was on Dan and Chad. "Let's talk about Dan and Chad," Dennison smiled. "Those guys are the ones who came through for us today."
FIRST QUARTERWALSH..Herbert 12 run (Hutchinson kick), 10:16 WALSH..Herbert 2 run (Hutchinson kick), 2:40
SECOND QUARTERWALSH..Wise 1 run (Hutchinson kick),7:50
THIRD QUARTERURBANA..Carrico 1 run (Titus kick), 6:29 URBANA..Carrico 1 run (Titus kick), 4:53 FOURTH QUARTERURBANA..Miranda 8 pass from Carrico (Titus kick), 8:16
OVERTIMEWALSH..Herbert 3 run
RECORDS:URBANA 2-4; WALSH 5-1
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|SKANES||did not play|
|MESSER||did not play|
|SPILLAR||did not play|