Dragons' offense continues to roll in 55-6 win over Hawks

Jacob Mertus and the Dragons posted a big 55-6 win over St. Anselm.
Jacob Mertus and the Dragons posted a big 55-6 win over St. Anselm.

Tiffin University's offensive machine kept on rolling, totaling 604 yards of offense in a 55-6 win over St. Anselm at Frost Kalnow Stadium.

The Dragons featured a balanced attack that scored 27 first half points and 28 second half points. Much like their win over Ohio Dominican last week, the Dragons fielded a lethal attack that did damage through the air and on the ground.

Tiffin got on the board with their second possession. Nick Watson completed four passes on a 62 yard drive that culminated with a 7 yard TD pass to Stanley Jackson Jr. to lead 7-0 at the 5:34 mark of the first quarter.

The Hawks put together solid drives in the first half, getting down to the Tiffin 9 yard line early in the second quarter before attempting a 26 yard field goal, but AJ Wright blocked the kick with Ross Moore recovering at the Tiffin 49 yard line to kill the threat.

Tiffin struck quickly, moving 51 yards on 4 plays capped off by a sensational 37 yard TD catch by Gavin Woods to put TU ahead 14-0 at the 12:52 mark.

The Hawks continued to try to get back into the game, putting a 73 yard drive together down to the Tiffin 19 yard line before attempting another field goal from 36 yards. This kick sailed wide right, and the Dragons again scored with lightning speed, as Watson hit Devin Butler on a 60 yard strike with 2:20 left in the half to go ahead 21-0.

The Dragons were not finished in the half, as they got the ball back one last time with 1:07 to go in the half. Five straight completions by Watson ended with a 35 yard TD pass to Jackson with 4 seconds left in the half. The Dragons led 27-0 at the break.

The offensive assault continued with Tiffin's first possession of the second half. Watson continued his hot hand, connecting on five more passes to lead a 77 yard drive that ended with a 29 yard TD pass to JaQuan Hardy to put TU up 34-0 at the 7:13 mark of the third quarter.

After a Ross Moore 31 yard interception return late in the third quarter, the Dragons got a big 50 yard run by Hardy that set up a 1 yard run by Watson that made it 41-0.

The Dragons' reserves also got in on the action, with a 39 yard Riley Adolph pass completion to Devon Lynch leading to a 4 yard Trent Cramer TD run at the 8:02 mark that made it 48-0.

Adolph finished the Dragons scoring with a 55 yard TD scamper with 3:23 left in the game.

Tiffin finished with 31 first downs to St. Anselm's 20. They boasted 604 yards of offense (375 through the air, 229 on the ground). 

Watson connected on 24 of 39 passes for 330 yards and 5 touchdowns. Devin Butler had 8 catches for 110 yards, while Jackson had 7 receptions for 93 yards and 2 scores. Woods had 4 catches for 64 yards while Lynch added 45 more yards. 

Hardy had another monster game, rushing for 126 yards on 16 carries (7.9 yards per rush), while adding 38 receiving yards for 164 all purpose yards. Adolph also had 55 yards rushing.

Defensively AJ Wright had 6 tackles with 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, and a blocked field goal. Jacob Mertus also had 6 tackles with a tackle for loss, while Justice Waller, Carrington Contee, and Charlie Cleveland also had 6 tackles. Landon Hall added 5 stops with a tackle for loss while Ross Moore had 4 stops with an interception. Latrell Robinson and Ja'Veon Coleman also had sacks.