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Eagles look to stay sharp

Eagles look to stay sharp

Eagles look to stay sharp

Noah Cloonan

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The Ashland University Eagles (5-1, 5-1 GLIAC) took no time getting back on track as they defeated the Northwood Timberwolves (1-5, 1-5 GLIAC) 45-7 at Jack Miller Stadium on Oct. 8.

Quarterback Travis Tarnowski and tight end Adam Shaheen continued their dominance this season connecting for four touchdowns on the afternoon. Shaheen now has 11 touchdowns on the season.

The tight end leads all divisions of NCAA football at his position in receptions (42), yards (702) and touchdowns (11). He was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the week, making him the first tight end to receive that award in the 18-year history of the conference.

Tarnowski dominated the Timberwolves secondary as he threw for 332 yards and five touchdowns. The Eagles run game started to get back on track as the three Eagle tailbacks combined for 136 yards on the ground.

Keishaun Sims exploded in the return game as he returned two kicks for a combined 139 yards, including a 92 yard kickoff return.

The Eagles have crossed the midway point in their season as they turn their attention to Lake Erie (0-6, 0-6 GLIAC) on Saturday.

The Storm are coming off of their sixth loss of the season as they lost to Ohio Dominican, 45-7. Things have not gone well for the Storm this season as they have given up 38 or more points in each of their games this season. They are giving up 565 yards of offense per game and over 48 points per game on the season.

This does not bode well for the Storm as the Eagles are coming in averaging 518 yards of offense and 39.2 points per game.

Lake Erie is averaging just 282 yards of total offense and 13.8 points per game after six games this season. The Storm will be in for a tough task this week as the Eagles defense gave up less than 200 yards to the Timberwolves a week ago.

Senior quarterback, John Banyasz is the leader on the offense as he has thrown for 694 yards on the season with four touchdowns. His biggest crutch has been that he cannot keep the ball in his team’s hands as he has thrown six interceptions on the season.

Banyasz is another dual threat quarterback who has also run the ball 72 times this season for 198 yards.

The Eagles learned a week ago against Tiffin that no opponent in the GLIAC should be overlooked.

“We’re worried about taking care of business with our football team and making sure we are ready to play when it’s time to kick it off,” head football coach Lee Owens said. “Regardless of where we play we’ve obviously learned a valuable lesson this year. You have to find a way to get yourself mentally ready and meet whatever adversity happens to come your way when you get on the road.”

The Eagles will begin their three game road trip Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Lake Erie Storm before heading to Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 22 and Michigan Tech on Oct. 29.  

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