AU Eagles Stop Ferris State

  • 9/24/2017 11:43:43 AM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

ASHLAND, OH-  The Ashland University Eagle football team put in a stellar defensive performance on Saturday evening stopping second-ranked Ferris State 20-3 at Jack Miller Stadium Martinelli Field.  

The Eagle defensive held a Bulldog offense that was averaging over 600 yards of offense and over 40 points per contest in their first two games to just three points and 228 yards of total offense.   

"I just stood back in awe and watched our defense play," said head coach Lee Owens.  Knowing we could stay with our game plan knowing it wasn't working that well and still having a chance to win the game.  When you play defense like that it makes it easy."

Ashland Defensive end James Prater Jr. gave credit to his defensive coach Tim Rose. "We trust in coach Rose.  He's a wild man his game plans are on point and he knows what he's doing."

The Bulldogs were without one of the best players in the GLIAC for the evening Reggie Bell their starting quarterback.  But head coach Tony Annese did not use that as an excuse for the loss.

"When you've been rolling and then you lose your signal called it's tough, it's a different deal.  With that being said they did a great job.  I don't want anybody to think that's an excuse with as well as they played on defense."  

Eagle Defensive back Dale Irby who had three tackles and one interception was hoping Bell would play.  "A lot of guys wanted him to play, they didn't want any excuses.  FSU backup QB Travis Russell went 12 of 29 for 98 yards and was sacked twice.

The Eagles were able to grab a 10-3 lead at the half when quarterback Travis Tarnowski (17-36 177, 1 TD)  found Cameron Barker in the corner of the end zone on a three-yard touchdown catch.  Barker is a converted linebacker, tight end, and fullback.  

"He catches everything in practice," said Tarnowski.  I was OK with throwing that to him and hopefully, he would make a play over top of that linebacker."

"Once that ball was in the air I knew I had to go get it," said Barker.  I knew it was going to be a little fade and I knew I was going to have to toe tap.  It was a great ball by Travis." 

The win improves Ashland to 3-1 overall 2-0 in GLIAC play.  AU will step out of conference play next week when they travel to Davenport for a noon kickoff.  Ferris State drops to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in GLIAC play and will host Wayne State next Saturday at 3 pm for Homecoming.

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