Dragons stuck chasing shadows in loss to ODU

Tiffin University fell to undefeated Ohio Dominican 18-0 Saturday, a loss that found TU becoming their own worst enemy.

Coming off the heels of the Halloween season, the little ghosts and goblins put their masks away, dentists everywhere finalized their vacation plans off the payoff from post trick or treat cavity season, and Tiffin University was trying to shed their mask of a struggling team with promise.

It was Senior Day at Frost-Kalnow Stadium and mother nature couldn’t make her mind up on the conditions. One minute it rained unmercifully, the next, sunshine teased its way through the clouds.

The 2-7 Dragons’ task was to upset the No 10 team in Division II. Based off statistics and records, the Dragons knew they were going to have their work cut out for them.

The entire first quarter saw ODU with great field position due to the inability of TU to convert on third down from inside their 30-yard line.

With the Dragons’ backs against the wall each time on defense, ODU came out with only one touchdown.

The first time the Panthers were in the red zone, the drive ended with a missed field goal. Later in the first, ODU got on the board off a 29-yard field goal from Brent Wahle.

Ohio Dominican’s next score accounted for the game’s only touchdown. Brandon Schoen busted a 58-yard run off a halfback read to extend the lead to 9-0.

The half ended with the Panthers tacking on another field goal to make it 12-0.

Tiffin University punted seven times the first half and only managed eight yards of total offense.

TU’s defense bent, but it never broke in the second half, holding ODU to two field goals to close out the game. The defense came up big, with 10 tackles for a loss and two interceptions. The Dragons’ Brandon Person recorded three of those tackles for a loss. He had 15 tackles overall and one interception. Joseph Collard contributed 13 tackles, two for a loss. Terry Harper came up with 10 tackles as well.

Tiffin had nothing going offensively, having four turnovers on the day. It fumbled the ball twice quarterback Antonio Pipkin threw two interceptions, one during TU’s only trip to the red zone. ODU had 21 first downs to Tiffin’s 7, and outgained the Dragons 381-158 in total offense.

“We feel like if we execute, we can go out there and play with anybody. We did it against Grand Valley State and we’re not far off from ODU,” TU coach Gary Goff said. “It has been more about us than it has our opponent, without a doubt. Defensively we kept them in check, offensively we didn’t execute and that is what it comes down to.”

Ohio Dominican came in having outscored each of its opponents by 25 points or more, and hasn’t scored less than 30 points in a game.