(CANTON, Ohio) – Fighting the elements, Walsh gave the G-MAC's first place team all it could, but eventually fell to Hillsdale 28-9 Saturday evening. The Cavaliers dropped to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while the Chargers improved to 7-1 and 6-0 in the same categories.
After a scoreless first quarter, it was Hillsdale that struck first on an eight-yard run midway through the second quarter to make it 7-0. However, Walsh was quick to respond and did so on a 41-yard pass from Nick Gassman to Koby Adu-Poku on a jet route up the middle. It capped a six-play, 72 yard drive and brought the Cavaliers within one at 7-6.
That remained the score until the second half when the Chargers just a few minutes into the third quarter on a 61-yard pass from Chance Stewart to Trey Brock. Hillsdale added another touchdown later in the frame on a three-yard run from David Graham.
Walsh wasn't able to score again until late in the fourth quarter when Kasey Tingler booted a 42-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 21-9, but Hillsdale once again answered with a quick score less than a minute later.
Gassman finished the day 14-of-24 for 157 yards with a touchdown. Adu-Poku was his favorite target with five receptions for 61 yards. He also topped the running backs with 43 yards on 12 carries. Zach Sturmi and Leondre Crosby led the defense with eight tackles each.
Walsh returns to the road next week as it heads west to take on Findlay for the final night game of the season. Kickoff with the Oilers is set for 7 p.m.