Eagle football downs Ohio Dominican, 14-7

Barnett breaks out with 10 tackle, two tackle for loss game


Wesley Seyfang

Jeffrey Barnett breaks out in dominating fashion to secure 14-7 win over Panthers.

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

The Ashland University football team continued its impressive play with a 14-7 victory over the Ohio Dominican Panthers to improve to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in conference play.

While the Eagles struggled in the first half putting up zero points, the second half saw heart, grit and determination in order to secure the victory.

In the first half of play, the Eagles started backup quarterback Trevor Bycznski who played well passing for 145 yards on 15/20 passing.

The first score of the contest came on the first drive of the game for the Panther offense. Running back Travis Whittaker took off for 35 yards finding the endzone to put the Panthers up by seven.

That drive went 64 yards in just two plays after a big pass from quarterback Jake Bryd found wideout Andrew Wolf who took off for 29 yards.

The Eagle offense would continue to struggle, especially in the running attack as they averaged just 2.1 yards per carry on the ground. A massive difference from their usual average of 5.1 yards per average.

The defense continued to make good stands and held the score at 7-0 heading into the half.

While the first half didn’t show much production for the Eagles on offense, the second half truly did.

Head Coach Lee Owens started quarterback Austin Brenner in the second half and at first, he struggled.

The first drive started with an interception from Brenner. He looked across the middle of the field and tried to find Bolin who stopped his route as Brenner threw it in front of him. On the interception was Daishaun Hill who took it 18 yards back downfield to set the Panthers up with great field position.

Back-to-back-to-back three and outs saw the Eagle defense continue to keep the pressure on Byrd who folded under it.

Finally, as the third quarter came to a close the Eagles found the endzone after a perfect drive led by Brenner found wideout Garrett Turnbaugh open for a 31-yard catch and run for their first score.

Now tied at 7-7, both teams traded blows back and forth until the Eagles found the winning score.

A drive that lasted 12 plays, 84 yards and a grand total of 6 minutes was finished off after a six-yard diving touchdown from running back Larry Martin.

The Eagle defense would step up big time from defensive end Deeb Alawan who sacked Byrd for a loss of 10 which ultimately finished the game.

A 14-7 win sees the Eagles improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play.

The Eagles were led by Turnbaugh with 103 yards receiving and a touchdown, Martin with 86 yards and a touchdown, and Brenner with 127 yards to go alongside a touchdown and interception.

On the defense, defensive end Jeffrey Barnett recorded 10 tackles and two for a loss, linebacker Jackson Myers grabbed nine tackles and one for a loss, and defensive tackle Nick Cone grabbed two tackles for a loss.

The Panthers fall to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

The Eagles look to Saturday, Oct. 22 where they take on the Tiffin Dragons who sit atop the GMAC standings alongside them. Ashland will host its 98th Homecoming night in that contest.