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Findlay Oilers continue mastery over Tiffin Dragons, 28-13

August 31, 2017

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Tiffin, OH – Eighteen wins in a row is a rare feat, but it is exactly what the Oilers accomplished in their season-opening win against Tiffin on Thursday, Aug. 31. The 28-13 win against the Dragons gives Findlay a 1-0 record to start the 2017 campaign, the sixth time in seven years under Rob Keys that Findlay has won its season-opener. It is the 18th consecutive win for Findlay against the Dragons with Tiffin’s last win against the Orange and Black coming back in 1993.

After weeks of build up and anticipation, the new season, a new era of Findlay Oilers athletics as the Orange and Black now call the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) home, got off to a rough start. Findlay received the ball to open the game but a turnover on the Tiffin 28 yard-line allowed the Dragons to score first. The Green and Gold eventually built a 10-0 lead through one quarter of play.

The Oilers opened the second quarter with a three-and-out which led to the first touchdown of the season, a six-yard score from senior Daouda Sylla. Just four minutes later, Sylla would again scamper for a touchdown, this time from eight yards out, after the Findlay defense again forced a three-and-out. The two scores gave Findlay their first lead of the year at 14-10.

The Orange and Black made it 21 straight points when, after the Oilers’ defense forced a third straight punt, junior Rhys Gervais found senior Airion Kosak for a 21-yard touchdown to close out the half.

Both teams would struggle in the third quarter as they would combine for four turnovers, one of which came on downs.

After a Tiffin field goal with six minutes remaining, Sylla would rush for his third touchdown of the game, again from eight yards out, to put the Oilers up 28-13, the final score.

Findlay would finish with 483 yards of total offense, 337 of which came on the ground. With 48 rushing attempts, the Oilers tailbacks would combine for 7.0 yards per rush.

Sylla, a native of Ypsilanti, Mich., would finish the day with career highs with 28 carries and 183 yards on the ground. The three rushing touchdowns for Sylla give him seven scores in his last two games as the tailback had four TDs in the 2016 season finale at Michigan Tech.

Fellow Michigan running back, senior Chauncey Bridges, also had a big game out of the backfield for Findlay. The Farmington Hills native ran the ball 19 times for 138 yards, the eighth time in his career he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in a game. It is the second game in a row that Sylla and Bridges have each reached the century mark on the ground.

With the success on the ground, junior Rhys Gervais threw just 19 times, completing eight for 146 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Junior Jason Moore was the leading receiver with two catches for 51 yards while sophomore Jacob Allton had two receptions for 29 yards and junior Jacob Hill caught two balls for 27 yards.

Junior Francis Cutchember led the defense with nine tackles on the defensive side of the ball. He also had a pass broken up. Junior Justice Jenkins, senior Johnny Hopkins, and junior Chiebuka Chukwuneke each had seven tackles while sophomore Isaac Miles had six for an Oilers defense that held Tiffin to 377 yards of total offense.

The Oilers are next on the field on Saturday, September 9 when they take on a top-five opponent in Ferris State. That game, the home-opener for Findlay, will kick off at 7:00 pm at Donnell Stadium.




Keith Mitchell trying hard to secure PGA Tour card; leads Nationwide Children’s Championship after 2nd round

Columbus, Ohio – Just five days after coming up one shot short of securing his PGA TOUR card, Keith Mitchell is showing no signs of any lingering scar tissue this week in Columbus after taking the 36-hole lead by three shots at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the first of four Tour Finals events. Mitchell, who opened the day with a one-shot lead, posted a 4-under 67 in breezy conditions at the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club. At 10-under 132, he leads Seth Reeves by two for the first 36-hole lead of his career.

It doesn’t hurt Mitchell’s cause that he’s continued to put on a ball-striking clinic and might be striking the ball better than anyone else in the field on one of the hardest courses the Tour sees each year. Through two rounds on the 7,455-yard layout, he’s hit 30 of 36 greens in regulation (second best in the field), ranks second in putts per green in regulation and has posted a field-leading 12 birdies.

Keith Mitchell (courtesy PGA Tour)

Mitchell’s been on a tear in recent weeks with a T11, T3, and T6 in his last three starts. He even held a share of the lead after 54 holes last week in Portland and thinks the pressure of playing for a TOUR card down the stretch on Sunday last week will have him better prepared for playing with the lead this weekend.

“I think [last week] has a lot to do with it. It’s more like a chip on my shoulder,” Mitchell said. “I’m kind of just out there, you know, just playing with 100 percent on every shot. And you know when you get that close you’re going to get just one shot away from a whole entire season of golf, you don’t really have time to just sit back and be complacent on the golf course. So we’ve been trying to really go 100 percent on every shot, no matter what the circumstances are, and it’s really paid off so far.”

Reeves’ round was anything but routine, getting within one of the course record with a 7-under 64 as 20-30 mile per hour gusts swept through the golf course to get within two of Mitchell.

Andrew Landry, who trails by three in solo third, has already locked up his TOUR card, but will nevertheless have his heart on his sleeve this weekend. Following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, he’ll be playing for his hometown of Port Neches-Groves, Texas this weekend. The 30-year-old will be donating a percentage of his winning’s this weekend to Hurricane Harvey relief, a storm that’s had devastating implications for his brother and his family and friends that still live in in the little town outside of Beaumont, Texas.

“This is a pretty intense week with a lot of family members back home losing a lot of their stuff, and especially my brother he lost everything with the hurricane,” Landry said. “I’m playing this week, and I’m going to donate a lot of my earnings to the Harvey victims, and we’re going to try to get involved with that somehow or some way. So playing right now for Southeast Texas.”

Landry’s parent’s home was fine in the storm, but his brother wasn’t so lucky. After leaving Portland, they’re all currently staying at Landry’s residence in Austin as they await word of when they can get back into their homes.

“My brother has about six or seven feet inside his house,” Landry said. “Thankfully they didn’t lose their Suburban. It was parked at the airport. They were out in Portland with us. My parents, the same, were out in Portland with us. So their vehicles were fine. And then we’re just going to play it by ear right now. They’re not going to be able to get back into their house until maybe late next week to even see what the damage is. I know for sure they’ve got a lot of water in there.”



* Friday weather: Cloudy and breezy. Wind N 10-18 mph with gust of 20-30. High of 65.
* This week’s purse is $1M with $180,000 awarded to the champion.
* This is the first tournament in the Tour Finals, a series of four events that will conclude at the Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Sept. 25-Oct. 1. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards were awarded last week following the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz. An additional 25 cards are up for grabs during the four Finals events, as well as positioning for all 50 cards.
* A total of 71 players made the 36-hole cut, which came at 2-over 144.
* Tee times for the third round will be 8:00 am to 10:00 am off No. 1 & 10 in threesomes.
* This is seventh time in the tournament’s 10-year history that the cut has been over par.
* This is the sixth time in 23 events the 36-hole cut has been over par on Tour this year:
11-over The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
4-over United Leasing & Finance Championship
2-over The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
2-over Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
1-over Club Colombia Championship
1-over Panama Claro Championship

* This is the third year of the Finals format and it’s difficult to estimate exactly how much money it will take to finish in the top-25 on the Finals money list and collect one of the remaining 25 PGA TOUR cards that will be handed out in a few weeks.

Here’s how much money the No. 25 man on the money list earned in each of the past two years:
2013 No. 25 Bobby Gates $33,650.00
2014 No. 25 Eric Axley $36,311.66
2015 No. 25 Rob Oppenheim $32,206.00
2016 No. 24 Cody Gribble/Kelly Kraft* $35,125.00
2017 No. 25 ??? ???

*denotes three events played ( Tour Championship was cancelled)

* In his 40th start, Keith Mitchell holds the 36-hole lead of a Tour event for the first time. Mitchell has recorded a T11 (Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae), T3 (News Sentinel Open presented by PILOT) and a T6 (WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz) in his last three events. In that span, Mitchell has posted only one round over par (R2 – 73 – Ellie Mae Classic).

* Seth Reeves’ 7-under 64 in the lowest second-round score at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in the 10-year history of the tournament. Reeves also tied his lowest score on Tour this season (R1 – 64 – Air Capital Classic). In 21 starts, Reeves has made nine cuts and recorded two top-10s.

* Abraham Ancer arrived in Ohio at No. 3 on the Tour money list, just $73,233 behind Brice Garnet. A solo second or better this week would place Ancer in first since Garnett missed the cut. Ancer is the only player inside the top 10 on the money list without a Tour win this season. He has recorded three runner-up performances in 20 starts this season. The first-round 5-under 66 was his lowest round at the Scarlet Course. He enters the weekend four back. In 2015, Ancer started the third round of the Nova Scotia Open in a tie for 37th place but carded weekend rounds of 64-68 to defeat Bronson Burgoon in a playoff.

* Local favorite and former Ohio State Buckeye Ryan Armour opened with 68-68, tying his lowest score on the Scarlett Course since 2009 (R4 – 68). Armour, who enters the weekend four back (T4), has missed the cut in his last six appearances in Columbus and has only broken par twice in that span. Armour played this season on the PGA TOUR and posted one top-10 in 20 starts (T4 – Wyndham Championship) and finished the season No. 160 in the FedExCup standings.

* Peter Uihlein is currently No. 12 in the European’s Tour Race to Dubai. Uihlein carded back-to-back 69s and is 4-under-par, T6, in his Tour Finals debut. In seven starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Uihlein made five cuts and posted three top-25s including a T5 at the Puerto Rico Open. Uihlein has made two appearances at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. In 2011, Uihlein recorded rounds of 69-67-70-68 for a 10-under-par score that placed him in a tie for ninth.

* Former U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck carded his second even-par 71 in as many rounds and is in T31 heading into the weekend.

* Leading money winner Brice Garnett posted rounds of 74-71 and missed the 36-hole cut by one stroke.

* Scoring averages for the week:
Front (36) Back (35) Total (71) Cumulative
R1 36.531 35.608 72.138 —
R2 36.167 35.921 72.087 72.113




Robert Morris edges UD Flyers on late FG, 13-10

Dayton Football Edged In Final Seconds At Robert Morris, 13-10


Tucker Yinger Runs For 107 Yards To Lead Dayton



Moon Township, Pa. – Nick Bisceglia’s 26-yard field goal with four seconds left lifted Robert Morris to a 13-10 win over the University of Dayton Saturday in Moon Township, Pa. in the season opener for both teams.


Dayton recovered RMU’s onside kick and had the ball at the Colonial 47 yard-line, but the Flyers’ Hail Mary pass was that tipped toward the end zone landed on the turf at the goal line.


Please return to for a more complete recap.



• After the two teams traded punts, UD drove 73 yards in nine plays to open the scoring when Kyle Kaparos hit Matt Tunnacliffe for a 16-yard score to make it a 7-0 score in favor of Dayton after one quarter.

• Flyer safety David Leisring’s interception set up Patrick Sandler’s 25-yard field goal.

• Robert Morris got on the board just before halftime with a 12-play 67-yard drive that resulted in Bisceglia’s first field goal of the day from 28 yards out.

• RMU went over the top to tie it with the only points of the third quarter, tying the game with a 72-yard strike from Jimmy Walker to Tavin Allison.

• The two defenses took control in the fourth quarter as the two teams could only combined for 76 yards in the period.

• Bisceglia’s game-winning field goal was set up when the Colonials recovered a Dayton fumble at the UD 28 with 2:19 left in the fourth quarter.

• Six plays later, RMU lined up for the deciding play.



• Kaparos, in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Jeske, completed 13 of 18 passes for 122 yards and a TD.

• Tucker Yinger led UD with 107 yards on a career-high carries.   It was his fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career.

• Sean Proffit added 43 yards on seven rushing attempts.

• Yinger and Adam Trautman each caught four passes.  Trautman had 50 yards, Yinger 25.

• In his first career start, linebacker Andrew McCormick led the Flyers with 11 tackles (6 solo), two TFL and a sack.