The Oilers will host Ohio Dominican University in their second game of the 2016 season. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. and is the first time the teams have met since 2013.
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The Oilers are 1-3 in the series against the Panthers with their last and only win coming in 2011 in Findlay. That loss to the Oilers is the last time that Ohio Dominican has lost to an unranked opponent.
These teams last met in 2013 in Columbus with the Panthers ranked #18 in the country. Findlay lost 41-21 in that game.
Head Coach Rob Keys
Head coach Rob Keys is in his sixth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2016. He has recorded a 33-22 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 29-21 mark in GLIAC games.
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Findlay enters the second week of the season after posting a 37-19 victory over Saginaw Valley State last Saturday. That victory marked the fifth consecutive season in which the Oilers began the year with a win.
As good as the offense has been in the team's five years under head coach Rob Keys, it was the defense who made arguably the biggest statement in the victory. Saginaw elected to receive the ball to begin the game and the Oilers defense promptly forced a three-and-out, giving way to their offense who drove 72 yards for a touchdown.
On the next series, the defense again answered the bell. The Cardinals moved the ball into Findlay territory but, with the ball on the Oilers 36 yard line, the Orange and Black forced a turnover-on-downs. The offense again drove the field and scored a touchdown to increase the lead to 13-0.
In the game, junior quarterback Rhys Gervais continued the outstanding play that he began last season as he completed his first 11 passes en route to completing 24 passes for 274. He threw three touchdown passes, threw no interceptions, and was sacked just once.
One major key to the Oilers victory was the time of possession battle. Findlay had the ball for 42:30 of the game to Saginaw's 17:30.
The Panthers found themselves on the short end of a 41-0 drubbing at the hands of Ferris State in the first week of the season. That loss gives ODU a record of 0-1 in GLIAC play and is the first time the Black and Gold have lost a season-opener since 2010, a 28-12 loss to Northwood. That season, ODU finished 2-8. It is also the first time the Panthers have been shut-out in a game since losing 35-0 against the University of St. Francis in 2008.
Quarterback Grant Russell, now in his second year as the starting signal caller, threw for just 120 yards on 19 completions in the opening week. He also threw an interception in the third quarter, just the
seventh INT of his career, and led the Panthers to 13 first downs.
The rushing attack was led by Esaias Chapman who gained 27 yards on seven carries. In the game, the Panthers rushed for 53 yards, the fewest in a game since rushing for 45 yards against Ferris a season ago.
Ohio Dominican returns 17 players who started at least three games in 2015 – seven on offense and 10 on defense. The Panthers have their most experience and depth in both trenches. Offensive linemen
Zack Williams, Cole Tameris, Andrew Lorenz, Tyler Edwards-Frick and Robert Vargo have combined to make 76 starts in their careers.
On the defensive front, a quartet of seniors in Hunter Maynard, Anthony Small, DJ Perdue and Paul Wesselhoeft are back, as well as Demetrius Farmer, Brian Hunter, Nick Isaacs and Ryan Sayers.
Records for Rhys
In his second year as the Oilers signal caller, Rhys Gervais already has his name all over the Findlay record books. Last year he set multiple season records; passing yards (3,353), completions (228), pass attempts (362), total offense (3,439), and passing touchdowns (33).
After this outstanding first season, Gervais' name can also be found in the career record book, as well. He is currently seventh at UF with 393 pass attempts and is chasing the mark of 493 set by DeMya
Wimberly (1989-92) for sixth. He is sixth in pass completions and again, could move into the top spot as Gervais is just 159 completions shy of Crooks' mark of 387.
Perhaps most impressive is the amount of yards Gervais has thrown for in his short time as the quarterback. Rhys currently sits in fourth at UF with 3,627 yards, just 1,204 yards shy of the record set by Bo Hurly from 1994-1997. Gervais is chasing Clay Belton (2011-12) for third. Belton threw for 4,368 yards.
Gervais also sits in sole possession of third all-time at UF for touchdown passes in a career. He currently has 36 and is chasing 1979 graduate Paul Trina, who threw 43 touchdowns in his career, for second.
Throw it to Blunk
Senior wide receiver Dylan Blunk ranks ninth all time at Findlay with 105 receptions after leading the team last year with 65 receptions. He can quickly move into sixth place, needing to reach 119 to pass Ty Rhoad (106 / '03), Darren Paige (117 / '07), and Andy Witker (118 / '04).
Blunk is also nearing the top in receiving yards in a career as he currently ranks seventh all-time with 1,365 yds.. If he can duplicate his 839 yard performance from a season ago, he will move into second
all-time. In game one, look for Blunk to pass Ty Rhoad (1,267 yds.) to move into seventh place on that list.
GLIAC Preseason Poll: The Oilers were picked to finish fourth in the GLIAC South Division this year, receiving 13 total points in the annual coaches poll. They trailed Tiffin University (19), Ohio Dominican
(19) and Ashland University (25) in the South Division poll.
Grand Valley State University was tabbed as the favorite to win the North Division as the Lakers, ranked third in the country to begin the season, racked up a league-high 47 points.