For the first time in twenty-one years, Hillsdale College has posted multiple shutouts in the same season. 1996 was the last time a Charger defense held two opponent scoreless. Three weeks ago, the Chargers held Kentucky Wesleyan scoreless. Today Hillsdale improved to 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in the GMAC with a 38-0 win over league foe Walsh.
In a game really dictated by field position, it seemed like the Chargers were playing on a short field all afternoon offensively and had Walsh consistently backed up in its own territory. The Cavaliers’ average starting point was its own 23 1/2 yard line and they only ventured across midfield two or three times.
Twenty-one of those thirty-eight points came off turnovers including a pick-six by Wain Clarke. Hillsdale also got interceptions from Jason McDonough and Drake Temple. At one point today, Walsh QB Mitchell Ault had completed more passes to the Chargers than his own team. Hillsdale had the three picks but Ault had only completed 2 of 10 passes. Wyatt Batdorff would add a fourth take-away on punt coverage that would lead to Casey O’Brien’s first career touchdown.
Walsh’s Ault would finish the day with only 58 passing yards. Walsh would add just 134 rushing yards meaning Hillsdale held the Cavs to under 200 yards of total offense. The defense would also add two sacks from Dan Shanley and Charlie Yost.
The Chargers didn’t put up eye popping offensive numbers but they didn’t need to and didn’t turn the ball over at all. David Graham started the scoring with a 9 yard touch down run and Trey Brock made a beautiful catch on a 10 yard missile from Chance Stewart in the first quarter to put Hillsdale up 14-0 before Clarke’s interception return made it 21-0…well, Joe Phillipp’s extra points made it 21-0. Speaking of Phillipp, his 38 yard field goal made it 24-0 heading into halftime. Casey O’Brien would score his first collegiate TD on a 1 yard plunge. True freshman Konnor Maloney would enjoy his first collegiate TD as well on a 45 yard looping pass from Stewart to round out the scoring at 38-0.
For all of the stats and a deeper rehashing of the action, check out the official Hillsdale release.