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PREVIOUS 1998 GAMES

WALSH UNIVERSITY 21 .....MALONE COLLEGE 28


....from the Canton Repository, Saturday October 24, 1998...

Malone at Walsh SITE: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, 1 p.m. TICKETS: Adults $4; senior citizens $2; Walsh students admitted free with a valid ID card. Discount tickets at 50 percent off will be available to the Pro Football Hall of Fame the morning of the game. BROADCAST: WHLO-AM 640 with Clint Scroggs and Chris Beaven; WCER-AM 900 with Jim Clark and Todd Bell. RECORDS: Malone 3-3, 1-1; Walsh 6-1, 2-1. LAST WEEK: Tri-State 21, Malone 7; Walsh 44, St. Francis (Ind.) 41, 2OT. LAST MEETING: Walsh won 14-6 last season. Malone leads the all-time series 2-1. WHAT TO WATCH: Walsh head coach Jim Dennison anticipates a playoff atmosphere. That seems appropriate, not only because it is a matchup between two rivals. Walsh trails first-place Tri-State by only one game in the Mid-States Football Association's Mideast League. Malone is 11/2 games back. Walsh enters with a two-game winning streak. Both wins came in overtime. Quarterback Matt Jenson threw for 245 yards, a school-record four touchdown passes and ran for a TD in the Cavaliers' double-overtime victory over St. Francis. He was named the MSFA Mideast League Offensive Player of the Week. Walsh had three interceptions in that game, including one by outside linebacker Michael Flaherty in the first overtime. Despite being held to seven points last week, Malone still is averaging 33.8 points per game. Quarterback Brian Magrell is ninth in the NAIA in passing at 238.5 yards per game and leads the MSFA in touchdown passes with 13. Shane Hostetler and Bubba Costantini lead the Pioneers in receptions with 33 apiece.


...from the Canton repository, Sunday October 25, 1998...
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Petty rushes for 204 yards in Malone win PETTY FOR SIX. Malone senior tailback Norris Petty scoots around right end past Walsh junior defensive end Robert Allen for a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter at Fawcett Stadium. Petty rushed for a career-high 204 yards and two touchdowns Saturday. Repository / Julie Vennitti By MIKE POPOVICH Repository sports writer CANTON -- The elated Malone Pioneers surrounded head coach Mike Gravier on the sun-splashed Fawcett Stadium turf. This was their finest hour of the season, a moment most of the Pioneers waited almost 12 months for. Gravier stood among them after Saturday's 28-21 victory over Walsh and spoke like a proud father. "We came up with big offensive plays, big defensive plays and big special teams plays when it was most critical," Gravier told his team. "That makes this more of a team victory than we have had in a long, long time guys. "Be proud of what you have done. Be proud of what you have done. This is a big win for our program, a big win for us." Big plays always lead to big wins. And the Pioneers were able to use a near record-setting rushing performance by tailback Norris Petty, a blocked field goal return for a touchdown by Tony Steward and a last-minute interception by defensive back Allen Foster to beat their archrivals for the third time in four tries and remain 11/2 games behind first-place Tri-State in the Mid-States Football Association's Mideast League. Petty rushed for 204 yards, only 10 shy of the single-game Malone record set by Dan DeGeorge in 1994, and scored two touchdowns. His second TD was the game-winner, a 72-yard run with 4:40 left which put the Pioneers on top 28-14. Leading by only seven, Malone faced third-and-two at its own 28-yard line. Two yards would have meant a new series of downs for the Pioneers and a possible time-consuming drive. But Petty needed only a few seconds to increase Malone's lead. He broke a couple of tackles and raced 72 yards to the end zone. "Even if we just need a couple of yards, I have learned to not limit myself," Petty said. "I saw an open field and went for it." "That was a huge run," Gravier said. "He made a great cut and we had a couple of blocks down field that sprung him loose." Petty's touchdown run looked like it would finish Walsh (6-2 overall, 2-2 MSFA). But the Cavaliers were far from finished. They never play like they are. Walsh used a 52-yard touchdown run by Chad Wise on the final play of the third quarter and a 51-yard TD pass from Matt Jenson to Jason Cunningham to cut a 21-0 Malone lead to 21-14. After Petty's touchdown run made it 28-14, the Cavs made one more comeback. Jenson, a 6-foot-2, 196-pound senior who set a Walsh single-game record with 269 yards passing, engineered a 7-play, 54-yard drive capped by his 16-yard touchdown pass to Cunningham. The Pioneer lead shrank to 28-21. Malone drove into Cavs territory, but still was forced to punt. Rob Pukansky's 42-yard kick was downed at the Walsh 4-yard line. That left the Cavs 96 yards, and only 1:07 and no timeouts to work with. Jenson hooked up with Ron Winphrie for a pair of completions that helped Walsh reach its own 30. But the Cavs would go no further. Jenson threw a pair of incompletions, then was picked off by Foster at the Walsh 46 with 31 seconds left. "Walsh kept coming back and just kept working hard," Gravier said. "We could have got down on ourselves. But we came up with big plays when we needed them." The Pioneers (4-3, 2-1) also needed one when Walsh's Bryan Baugher lined up to attempt a 34-yard field goal late in the first half. But Malone's Gio DeLorenzo blocked Baugher's field goal. Steward picked up the loose ball and raced 66 yards for the touchdown. What could have been a 7-3 Malone lead suddenly was a 14-0 advantage for the Pioneers. "It was really great to be able to help the team out," Steward said. "We haven't had a defensive score yet this year. And I count that as a defensive score because the defense was stopping them. "I was really excited, really excited. It was good thing for the defense. I just picked the ball up and ran. A lot of credit goes to the guys up the middle." The Pioneer defense held the Cavs to 120 yards in the first half. In addition to the blocked field goal, Malone outside linebacker Jamie Blickensderfer recovered a fumble to end one Walsh drive. And free safety Christian Schneider and defensive tackle Jim Carchedi stopped Cavs tailback Dan Herbert for no gain on fourth-and-two from the Pioneer 25-yard line. "Malone played well," Walsh head coach Jim Dennison said. "They beat us with the special teams play and sort of manhandled our offense in the first half." * * * Malone will receive the Dick Gallagher Trophy at Monday's Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club. The award, named in honor of the late Hall of Fame director, is presented annually to the winner of the Malone-Walsh game. ... Schneider and Walsh strong safety Ron Carlson were presented with the Dick Gallagher Memorial Scholarship in ceremonies before the game.


....from the Canton Repository, Sunday October 25, 1998...

Walsh not special against Malone By CHRIS BEAVEN Repository sports writer CANTON -- At first glance, Norris Petty's 72-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter Saturday looks like the difference in Malone College's 28-21 win over Walsh University. The run gave the Pioneers a 14-point lead with 4:40 left in the game and all but sealed their upset win over the seventh-ranked Cavaliers at Fawcett Stadium. But after the loss, Walsh head coach Jim Dennison was quick to point out that other factors doomed the Cavaliers to just their second defeat in eight games. "That play didn't beat us," Dennison said. "It still goes back to our special teams and the 14 points we gave up because of special teams. In a rivalry game like this, you can't do that." The first Walsh special teams breakdown came late in the first half when Malone blocked 34-yard field goal attempt by Bryan Baugher. Tony Steward scooped up the blocked kick and ran 66 yards for a touchdown, giving the Pioneers a 14-0 lead with 1:04 left in the first half. Walsh's next special teams lapse came on punt coverage. Malone's Chase Horvath ran a punt back 55 yards to the Walsh 5 with 1:44 left in the third. Two plays later, the Pioneers scored for a 21-0 lead. As if those mistakes were not enough to overcome, the Cavaliers also turned the ball over four times and had a subpar first half offensively before rolling up 349 yards of total offense in the second half. "We played very hard and we're a good football team," Dennison said. "We just didn't show it at times in the first half. I think in the second half we came out and showed what we can do." Walsh's biggest problem at the half came in the passing game, where senior quarterback Matt Jenson completed only 3 of 11 passes for 48 yards. "We felt we had the capabilities to throw the ball against them and we had people open," Dennison said. "We just didn't get the ball to them." Jenson heated up in the second half, completing 13 of 22 passes and finishing with a school-record 269 yards. He hooked up with sophomore Jason Cunningham for TD passes of 51 and 16 yards in the fourth quarter to keep the Cavs within striking distance. With two freshman tailbacks carrying the load, the Cavs also gained 128 yards rushing in the second half. After a nagging ankle injury sidelined senior Ron Messer at the half with 78 yards rushing, freshmen Chad Wise and Dan Herbert stepped in for 60 and 54 yards, respectively. Wise scored on a 52-yard run for Walsh's first points on the final play of the third quarter. But three turnovers, including two interceptions, prevented Walsh from ever digging itself completely out of the early hole. "Our kids play hard and they never quit," said Dennison, whose team plays at unbeaten Tri-State this week. "That wins a lot of football games for us. We'll bounce back from this."


....from the Akron Beacon Journal, Sunday October 25, 1998....

MALONE 28, WALSH 21 Petty gets in high gear for Malone Tailback gains 204 yards, scores winning TD as Malone upsets Walsh BY CHRIS TOMASSON Beacon Journal staff writer Just like Richard used to do, another Petty knew when it was time to shift into overdrive. Malone tailback Norris Petty, who's from Dayton, not Daytona, rushed for 204 yards and scored on a 72-yard run with 4:40 remaining that secured a 28-21 upset over Walsh yesterday afternoon at Fawcett Stadium. The Cavaliers entered the game as the seventh-ranked team in the NAIA, but were slowed by Petty's day in the fast lane. With the Pioneers up 21-14 and facing third-and-two at their 28, Petty burst through a gaping hole in the middle of the line and ran until he got to the finish line, er, goal line. ``All we needed was a couple of yards, and then I saw the whole field open,'' Petty said. Pioneer fans can thank not only Petty, but Malone's special teams. The Pioneers were outgained 469-329, but two big plays proved pivotal. With less than a minute left in the first half and Malone up 7-0, Pioneer lineman Gio DeLorenzo blocked a field goal. Teammate Tony Steward scooped it up and ran 66 yards for a touchdown. ``I give the linemen all the credit for blocking it,'' Steward said. ``I just picked it up and ran with it. I was running scared of being caught by the kicker.'' In the third quarter, Malone's special teams struck again when Chase Horvath, a Tuslaw High graduate, returned a punt 55 yards to the Walsh 5. Two plays later, Petty scored on a 4-yard run for a 21-0 lead. ``Special teams killed us,'' said Walsh coach Jim Dennison. ``When you play in a rivalry game, you've got to play good special teams. But our kids still played hard.'' On paper, Walsh looked to be superior. The Cavaliers (6-2, 2-2 MSFA) have been ranked as high as fourth this season in the NAIA, while the Pioneers (4-3, 3-1) came in unranked. But, like Dennison said, this was a rivalry game. ``Rivalries are always the most important game of the season,'' said Malone quarterback Brian Magrell. ``Walsh has got a real good team, and we've been struggling to win this year. To be able to win this rivalry game is a huge victory.'' Magrell knows a bit about rivalries. He started his career at Akron, where he was a part-time starter at quarterback and faced rival Kent State. Then Magrell got to sample the other side of the rivalry when he transferred to Kent. After injuring his shoulder, Magrell transferred this year to Malone, where the junior is learning about a new rival. Then again, since Magrell played at Green High, just up the road from both schools, it hasn't been that hard. ``I may not have put up big yards, but I wanted to work on my leadership,'' Magrell said. Magrell, who came in averaging 238.5 yards per game passing, threw for just 74 yards, completing 9-of-19 passes. But Magrell didn't make a lot of mistakes, and he gave the Pioneers the lead for good at 7-0 with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Seth Brown late in the first quarter. The gaudy passing numbers were put up by Walsh's Matt Jenson, a Barberton High graduate who completed 16-of-33 for 269 yards and two TDs. Both of his TD throws went to Lake High graduate Jason Cunningham, who caught a 51-yarder midway through the fourth quarter and a 16-yarder with 2:43 left. But it turned out to be too late, and the checkered flag soon went to Petty and the Pioneers.




WALSH 21, MALONE 28

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FIRST QUARTER
MALONE..Brown 4 pass from Magrell (Walsh kick), 1:28
SECOND QUARTER
MALONE..Steward 66 blocked field goal return (Walsh kick),0:33
THIRD QUARTER
MALONE..Petty 4 run (Walsh kick), 1:18 WALSH..Wise 52 run (Hutchinson kick), 0:00
FOURTH QUARTER
WALSH..Cunningham 51 pass from Jenson (Hutchinson kick), 6:17 MALONE..Petty 72 run (Walsh kick), 4:40 WALSH..Cunningham 16 pass from Jenson (Hutchinson kick), 2:43
A--4,551

RECORDS:MALONE 4-3 (2-1 mid-states) ; WALSH 6-2 (2-2 mid-states)

MALONEWALSH
first downs1124
rushes-yards44-25543-200
passing74269
return yards251121
comp-att-int9-19-116-33-2
punts-avg8-36.45-44.4
fumbles-lost1-03-2
penalties-yards10-1046-29
time of possession27:5932:01

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR WALSH UNIVERSITY

RUSHING

SKANESdid not play
MESSER19-77
WISE5-60
WINPHRIE0
JENSON4-(-16)
MAURER1-0
HERBERT11-54
PULLEN0
SPILLAR2-16
GOLDYN0
KUSMITS0
LESZYNSKI1-9

PASSING

JENSON16-33-2-269
PULLEN0
HATCH0

RECEIVING

SPILLAR1-12
STEINER5-72
ULRICH1-29
MESSER0
CUNNINGHAM2-67
WINPHRIE6-74
SKANES0
KOVACH0
WEHRING0
WISE1-15


"box scores" compiled from information contained in the "Canton Repository" newspaper




WALSH UNIVERSITY 14 .....TRI-STATE UNIVERSITY 24 (overtime)


....from the Canton Repository, Friday October 30, 1998...

Walsh at Tri-State SITE: Max Mitchell Sports Complex, Angola, Ind., 1 p.m. BROADCAST: WCER-AM 900 with Jim Clark. RECORDS: Walsh 6-2, 2-2; Tri-State 8-0, 3-0. LAST WEEK: Malone 28, Walsh 21; Tri-State 31, Taylor 27. LAST MEETING: Walsh won 49-28 last season. The Cavaliers lead the all-time series 4-0. WHAT TO WATCH: The Cavaliers must win their final two Mid-States Football Association Mideast League games to keep their postseason hopes alive. In Tri-State, they will face a team which leads the MSFA in scoring offense and pass defense. The Thunder average 37.6 points per game and give up only 128.1 yards passing per game. Tri-State's Barron Chambers leads the MSFA in rushing with 1,157 yards and scoring with 16 touchdowns. He rushed for 126 yards on 16 carries against Taylor, which has the MSFA's top-ranked rush defense. Defensive back Gerald Denson registered 10 solo tackles and a fumble recovery against Taylor. Walsh can't afford to turn the ball over like it did against Malone. The Cavs had two interceptions, two fumbles and a blocked field goal, which was returned 66 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Matt Jenson has thrown six touchdown passes in Walsh's last two games. He threw for 269 yards against Malone.


...from the Canton repository, Sunday November 1, 1998...
Wellman's TD pass dooms Walsh in OT From staff and wire reports ANGOLA, Ind. -- Barron Chambers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Nick Wellman with 4:23 left in overtime to give undefeated Tri-State a 24-17 Mid-States Football Association Mideast League victory over Walsh in college football action Saturday. Wellman completed 17 of 27 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Thunder, which improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the league. The Cavaliers dropped to 6-3, 2-3. Walsh opened up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Blake Hutchinson and a 20-yard touchdown pass from Matt Jensen to Jason Cunningham. Tri-State answered with 17 consecutive points and took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter. But the Cavs tied the game at 17-17 on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Jensen to Ben Spillar with 10:16 left. Tailback Damont Skanes, suspended for three games for violating team policy, returned to the Walsh lineup against Tri-State. He led all rushers with 136 yards on 31 carries. Cavs defensive back Don Patterson, who also was suspended for three games for violating team policy, had one tackle in his return.


WALSH 17 , TRI-STATE 24 (overtime)

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FIRST QUARTER
WALSH...FG Hutchinson 26, 4:26 WALSH...Cunningham 20 pass from Jensen (Hutchinson kick),0:33
SECOND QUARTER
TRI-STATE...Bloom 3 run (Forsman kick), 9:30
THIRD QUARTER
TRI-STATE...DeMoss 6 pass from Wellman (Forsman kick), 9:35 TRI-STATE...FG Forsman 39, 2:16
FOURTH QUARTER
WALSH...Spillar 9 pass from Jensen (Hutchinson kick), 10:16
OVERTIME
TRI-STATE...Chambers 9 pass from Wellman (Forsman kick), 4:23

RECORDS:TRI-STATE 9-0 (4-0 mid-states) ; WALSH 6-3 (2-3 mid-states)

TRI-STATEWALSH
first downs1819
rushes-yards35-19748-150
passing266149
return yards7181
comp-att-int17-27-111-23-0
punts-avg3-29.706-39.0
fumbles-lost3-11-0
penalties-yards7-664-28
time of possession33:3436:49

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR WALSH UNIVERSITY

RUSHING

SKANES31-136
MESSER7-18
WISE3-(-6)
WINPHRIE0
JENSON3-(-16)
MAURER0
HERBERT0
PULLEN0
SPILLAR4-18
GOLDYN0
KUSMITS0
LESZYNSKI0

PASSING

JENSON11-23-0-149
PULLEN0
HATCH0

RECEIVING

SPILLAR3-40
STEINER3-34
ULRICH2-36
MESSER0
CUNNINGHAM2-26
WINPHRIE0
SKANES0
KOVACH0
WEHRING0
WISE1-13


"box scores" compiled from information contained in the "Canton Repository" newspaper


WALSH UNIVERSITY 23 .....McKENDREE COLLEGE 26 (3 OT)


....from the Canton Repository, Friday November 6, 1998...

McKendree at Walsh

 

SITE: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, 1 p.m.

TICKETS: Adults $4; senior citizens $2; Walsh students free with a valid ID.

BROADCAST: WCER-AM 900 with Jim Clark (tape delay at approximately 5 p.m.).

RECORDS: McKendree 5-3; Walsh 6-3.

LAST WEEK: Taylor 28, McKendree 21; Tri-State 24, Walsh 17, OT.

LAST MEETING: First meeting.

WHAT TO WATCH: The overtime loss to Tri-State ended Walsh's playoff hopes. But the Cavaliers still can set a school record for victories in one season by winning their last two games. McKendree's loss to Taylor also dropped the Bearcats out of playoff contention. McKendree plays in the Mid-States Football Association's Midwest League. The Bearcats lead the MSFA in rushing offense at 280.0 yards per game and are second in rushing defense at 88.6 yards per game. Louis Harden leads McKendree in rushing with 575 yards and two touchdowns. Walsh tailback Damont Skanes returned from a three-game suspension and rushed for 136 yards on 31 carries. Skanes also returned two kickoffs for 68 yards. The Cavs lead the MSFA in kickoff returns at 22.5 yards per return. The Bearcats are second at 21.7 yards per return.


...from the Canton repository, Sunday November 7, 1998...

Walsh falls again in OT

From staff and wire reports

CANTON -- McKendree College scored with 29 seconds left in regulation time to tie the contest then kicked a game-winning field goal in the third overtime to defeat Walsh University 26-23 Saturday at Fawcett Stadium.

McKendree tied the game late in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard pass from Billy Gray to Clyde Brown. The TD came after a clutch 37-yard completion from Gray to Brent Gross on a fourth-and-nine play from the Bearcats' 21-yard line with 42 seconds left.

Walsh had the first possession of the third overtime period, but quarterback Matt Jenson's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Rory O'Connell on a third-down play.

McKendree then gained the win on a fourth-down play as Brian Schneider kicked a 36-yard field goal.

Walsh took the lead in overtime on a 5-yard TD run by Damont Skanes. Skanes, who rushed for 236 yards on 47 carries in the contest, went over 1,000 yards for the fourth straight year.

But the Bearcats came back on a fourth-and-three play from the Walsh 8 to force another overtime on a run by Louis Harden.

The two teams traded field goals in the second overtime.

Walsh has gone 2-2 during overtime games over the past four weeks, including losses in the last two.



WALSH 23 , McKENDREE 26 (3OT)

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FIRST QUARTER
WALSH...FG, 24, Baugher 8:49
SECOND QUARTER
McKENDREE...FG, 25, Schneider 7:28 WALSH...FG, 31, Baugher 0:29
THIRD QUARTER
FOURTH QUARTER
McKENDREE...FG, 37, Schneider 14:56 WALSH...Ulrich 9 pass from Jenson (Baugher kick) 11:39 McKENDREE...Brown 13 pass from Gray (Schneider kick) 0:29
FIRST OVERTIME
WALSH...Skanes 5 run (Hutchinsen kick) McKENDREE...Harden 8 run (Schneider kick)
SECOND OVERTIME
McKENDREE...FG, 26, Schneider WALSH...FG, 29, Baugher
THIRD OVERTIME
McKENDREE...FG, 36, Schneider

A---2,079

RECORDS:McKENDREE 6-3 ( mid-states) ; WALSH 6-4 ( mid-states)

McKENDREEWALSH
first downs1925
rushes-yards72-30363-331
passing94113
return yards14333
comp-att-int4-7-08-18-3
punts-avg5-37.84-39.8
fumbles-lost4-11-1
penalties-yards7-562-22
time of possession29:0230:58

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR WALSH UNIVERSITY

RUSHING

SKANES47-236
MESSER2-5
WISE1-4
WINPHRIE0
JENSON1-0
MAURER0
HERBERT0
PULLEN3-2
SPILLAR9-84
GOLDYN0
KUSMITS0
LESZYNSKI0

PASSING

JENSON7-15-3-90
PULLEN1-3-0-23
HATCH0

RECEIVING

SPILLAR2-31
STEINER2-15
ULRICH1-9
MESSER0
CUNNINGHAM3-56
WINPHRIE0
SKANES0
KOVACH0
WEHRING0
WISE0


"box scores" compiled from information contained in the "Canton Repository" newspaper




WALSH UNIVERSITY 29 .....GENEVA COLLEGE 35


....from the Canton Repository, Saturday, November 14, 1998...

Geneva at Walsh

n SITE: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, 11 a.m.

n TICKETS: Adults $4; senior citizens $2; Walsh students free with a valid ID.

n BROADCAST: WCER-AM 900 with Jim Clark and Todd Bell.

n RECORDS: Geneva 6-3, 3-2; Walsh 6-4, 2-3.

n LAST WEEK: Geneva 34, Tri-State 21; McKendree 26, Walsh 23, 3OT.

n LAST MEETING: Geneva won 41-7 last season. The Golden Tornadoes lead the all-time series 3-0.

n WHAT TO WATCH: Walsh lost its second straight overtime game last week and its third in a row overall. The Cavaliers have played four overtime games in the last five weeks. Their current three-game losing streak is the longest in school history. Walsh will honor its first full graduating class in pregame ceremonies. Defensive back Ron Carlson is the only Cav who has started in all 31 of the team's games. Nose guard Matt Wood and tailback Damont Skanes, two other members of that class, entered the record books in the McKendree game. Wood led the Walsh defense with a record 26 tackles, breaking his own mark of 19. Skanes had a record 47 carries. He rushed for 236 yards and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight season. Skanes has rushed for 1,124 yards in seven games this year and for 4,570 yards in his career. Sophomore placekicker Bryan Baugher also tied a team record last week with three field goals. Geneva's win over previously undefeated Tri-State helped the Golden Tornadoes move up to 15th in this week's NAIA poll. Wide receiver Mike Holaren caught eight passes for 89 yards and three touchdowns against Tri-State to become Geneva's single-season record holder for receptions with 73. Defensive back Mike Bernhart was named the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Defensive Player of the Week after he registered eight solo tackles, one assist and two tackles for losses against Tri-State.


...from the Canton repository, Sunday November 15, 1998...

Walsh's late threat falls short in defeat

From staff and wire reports

CANTON -- Justin Myers passed for three touchdowns and Geneva's defense withstood a last-minute Walsh threat as the Golden Tornadoes held on for a 35-29 college football victory Saturday at Fawcett Stadium.

Myers completed 17 of 28 passes for 288 yards, including scoring passes of 5 yards to Jon Stevens, 28 yards to Mike Sullivan and 32 yards to Mike Holaren. Holaren had 10 receptions for 206 yards for Geneva.

Walsh (6-5, 2-4) drove to the Geneva 13 in the final minute, but was stopped on downs on four incompletions, dropping the Cavaliers to a school-record fourth straight loss.

Matt Jenson set a Walsh record with his 295 passing yards, completing 20-of-40 passes, including a 25-yard TD pass to Jason Cunningham with 4:39 left that closed the scoring.

Melvin Cobbs ran for 147 yards on 21 carries for Geneva, while Damont Skanes totaled 103 yards on 26 carries with three scores to complete his career with 4,667 yards.

WALSH 29 , GENEVA 35

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FIRST QUARTER
WALSH...Skanes 1 run (Hutchinsen kick), 9:26
SECOND QUARTER
GENEVA...McGraw 2 run (Gill kick), 14:01 WALSH...Skanes 5 run (Hutchinsen kick), 11:37 GENEVA...Stevens 5 pass from Myers (run failed), 9:16 GENEVA...Sullivan 28 pass from Myers, 1:21
THIRD QUARTER
GENEVA...Cobbs 3 run (Myers pass failed), 12:35 WALSH...Skanes 5 run (Ulrich pass from Jenson), 0:39
FOURTH QUARTER
GENEVA...Holaren 32 pass from Myers (Gill kick), 13:31 GENEVA...FG, 22, Delicandro 6:30 WALSH...Cunningham 25 pass from Jenson (Hutchinsen kick), 4:39

A---2,572

RECORDS:GENEVA 7-3 (4-2 mid-states) ; WALSH 6-5 (2-4 mid-states)

GENEVAWALSH
first downs2626
rushes-yards41-24445-199
passing288295
return yards8583
comp-att-int17-28-020-40-2
punts-avg2-38.55-37.6
fumbles-lost0-01-1
penalties-yards7-625-87
time of possession28:0032:00

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS FOR WALSH UNIVERSITY

RUSHING

SKANES26-103
MESSER11-73
WISE0
WINPHRIE0
JENSON5-10
MAURER0
HERBERT0
PULLEN0
SPILLAR3-13
GOLDYN0
KUSMITS0
LESZYNSKI0

PASSING

JENSON20-40-0-295
PULLEN0
HATCH0

RECEIVING

SPILLAR0
STEINER2-17
ULRICH4-108
MESSER0
CUNNINGHAM7-97
WINPHRIE6-54
SKANES1-19
KOVACH0
WEHRING0
WISE0


"box scores" compiled from information contained in the "Canton Repository" newspaper