The Oilers have won consecutive games for the first time this season and return home to take on Walsh University on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 pm.
Offensive lineman Corey Crawford was diagnosed with cancer last fall prior to the second round playoff game vs. Assumption. Just last week, Crawford was given the news that he was cancer free. Tonight he returns to the sideline as the Oilers honorary captain. A portion of the proceeds from tonight's gate will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in his name.
Findlay and Walsh have met five times since their initial meeting in 2012. The Oilers have a 4-1 record in those contests.
Last season, Findlay took on Walsh in Canton and dominated the Cavs to the tune of a 47-3 victory. In that contest, the Oilers allowed just 183 yards of total offense including just 51 yards passing. Aaron Ivory had seven tackles in the game and an interception return for a touchdown.
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Head Coach Rob Keys
Head coach Rob Keys is in his eighth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2018. He has recorded a 53-33 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 39-28 mark in conference games. He has coached Findlay to winning records in six of his seven seasons including last season when he lead the Oilers to their first ever NCAA Division II Playoffs.
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Findlay Oilers (5-3, 3-2 G-MAC)
With three games remaining, the Oilers sit in fourth in the G-MAC standings and are one of four teams from the league to have appeared in the national rankiings in the 2018 season. A win today against Walsh would guarantee that Findlay finishes the year with a winning record which would be the seventh time in the eight seasons under Rob Keys that the Oilers finish above .500.
Despite three losses, Findlay still boasts the top offense in the league at 41.0 points per game, a touchdown per game better that Ohio Dominican who sits in second in that category. A major part of that production has been on the ground where the Oilers are rushing for a league-best 230 yards per contest. Sophomore Brian Benson is leading that rushing attack and is coming off of a career-high 161 rushing yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns last week against Alderson Broaddus. It marked the second time this season that Benson has rushed for more than 100 yards and is the fourth time this year the Oilers have had a back reach the century mark.
Findlay's rushing defense has also been impressive as they boast a league-best 109.5 rushing yards per game allowed. However, allowing 246.0 yards per game through the air, seventh in the league, has the Oilers in fourth in total defense, allowing 355.5 yards per game.
With all that success on the ground, it is hard to ignore the success of the Oilers through the air, particularly in their most recent win over Alderson Broaddus. That success came mainly as a result of the return of 6-3, 215-pound senior, Jason Moore. Against the Battlers, Moore posted some massive numbers, hauling in ten receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown. The 240 yards are the most in a game in Findlay history while, with the ten receptions, Moore passed Lloyd Henry (2011-14) for the most receptions in a career at Findlay. The Oberlin, OH native now has 184 catches and, with three games remaining, is looking to become the first Oilers receiver to have 200 receptions in his time with the Orange and Black.
Walsh Cavaliers (2-5, 2-3 MEC)
After beginning the season with three straight losses, including a 31-0 shutout against Wayne St., one of only two wins for the Warriors this season, the Walsh Cavaliers have gone 2-2 in their last four games with wins over Lake Erie (0-8) and Kentucky Wesleyan (3-4). It has been tough sledding for the Cavs since joining the ranks of NCAA Division II play as the team from Canton does not yet have a winning season since 2012. In fact, the last winning record for Walsh came in 2010 when the team finished 7-4 when the team still participated in the Mid-States Football League.
Since joining the NCAA, the Cavs have won, at-most, four games in a season. Last season, in the first year in the G-MAC, Walsh finished 4-7 (4-3 G-MAC) which was good for fourth in the conference. With only three games remaining, the best the Cavaliers could finish is .500 this season.
This season, offense has been a struggle for Walsh as they ranked second-to-last in the league in points per game (14.4) and total offense (257.7) with only winless Lake Erie ranked lower. The Cavaliers are the only team in the league to not have at least 1,000 total yards of either passing or rushing offense.
A pair of second team all-conference players are helping lead the defense as junior Dylan Garver and sophomore Leondre Crosby have 35 tackles each. Garver has a pair of interceptions this season while Crosby has two sacks, a pass breakup, and a blocked kick. But the Cavs unquestioned leader on that side of the ball is freshamn Stephen Baugh who has a team-high 47 tackles. The linebacker has three sacks and nine tackles-for-loss. It's also hard to ignore junior defensive lineman Morgan Trust who leads the team with 10.5 TFL and 6.5 sacks.
Sophomore running back Koby Adu-Poku is the team's leading ruhser and receiver out of the Cavalier backfield. Adu-Poku has rushed 124 times for 495 yards and five scores this season and has coughed up the football just once. As a receiver, Adu-Poku has 17 catches for a team-high 180 yards and one score.
Running the offense is junior quarterback Nick Gassman. In seven games this season, Gassman has completed 84 passes for 784 yards and four touchdowns. He has been plaqued by the turnover, throwing five interceptions this year.