Taylor Rallies Eagles Past Cavs

Taylor Rallies Eagles Past Cavs

(CANTON, Ohio) - Anthony Taylor rallied Ashland University (3-4, 3-3) past Walsh (2-5, 2-4) 14-6 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at Fawcett Stadium. Taylor, the GLIAC's leading rusher, totaled 184 yards in the Eagles come-from-behind win.

Walsh scored first, as Michael Dudics (Jr., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa) booted a 32-yard second quarter field goal. Walsh dominated the first half, but could not take advantage of three turnovers and three punts, and took a 3-0 lead into the locker room.

The defense was magnificent in the first half, holding Taylor to just 17 yards on 12 carries.

The second half however was all Ashland, and mostly Taylor, as the Eagles scored touchdowns in the third and fourth periods. They also did this without quarterbacks Tra'Von Chapman and T.K. Rock, who were both injured. Third-string signal caller Cory Fickiesen finished under center.

Ashland drove 94 yards in 12 plays, most accumulated on the ground by Taylor, and took a 7-3 lead when Vance Settlemire scored on a nine-yard run with 6:51 to play in the third quarter.

Taylor, who would finish the day with 184 yards rushing, reached the end zone on a 30-yard run early in the fourth period to give Ashland a 14-3 lead.

Walsh recovered one of Ashland's four fumbles, but could only convert the turnover into three points when Dudics kicked a 20-yard field goal.  The Cavs were denied by a staunch Ashland defense after they were first and four at the Eagles' four-yard line.

Walsh would have two more cracks, but would turn the ball over on downs and then have an interception with 3:19 to play.

Taylor finished with a game-best 184 yards, with 167 yards coming in the second half.

Paul Kempe (Jr., Girard, OH/Ursuline) completed 28 of 51 passes for 193 yards. He connected with Darryl Gary (Jr., Fort Myers, FL/South Ft. Myers) nine times for 60 yards.

Cameron Trudell (Jr., Columbus, OH/Walnut Ridge) led the defense with 12 tackles and three for a loss. He also forced a fumble and recovered two others. Jamaris Brown (Jr., Fort Myers, FL/Lehigh) had 11 tackles, forced three fumbles, picked off a pass and recovered a fumble.

Walsh now plays its final four games on the road, traveling to Tiffin University next week for a 1:30 start. The game will be broadcast live on 95.9 The Light, WNPQ FM.