PORTSMOUTH — In Notre Dame’s home opener and Senior Night on Saturday at Spartan Municipal Stadium, the Titans offense was extremely efficient — converting nearly as many first downs as plays from scrimmage in a 35-0 shutout victory over the visiting Green Bobcats in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
The five-touchdown to none final score — ND’s first triumph in league play since their 2018 season finale win over East — may have been a larger margin by game’s end had the second half not been called off due to a weather delay near the end of halftime.
30-minutes prior to kickoff, the 2020-21 fall sports senior members of the Titans’ cheerleaders, and members of the volleyball, football, and girls tennis teams were honored with their parents.
In just 7:30 time of possession in the first half, the Notre Dame offense made the most of its time allotted — picking up 14 first downs in 16 plays for a total of 278 yards.
By contrast, the Notre Dame defense limited Green to just one first down and 32 total yards of offense, despite controlling time of possession for 16:30.
Titans sophomore Dylan Seison scored three touchdowns in his first three chances of touching the football on the offensive side in Saturday’s win — two touchdown receptions from senior quarterback Caleb Nichols of 13 and 17 yards and a 22-yard run on his first carry of the night.
In total, Seison carried three times for 55 yards and a score — with two scoring receptions for 30 yards.
Seison additionally intercepted a Green quarterback Derek Salyers pass, returning it for a touchdown before the score was taken away due to a holding call on the return.
Senior running back Logan Emnett was the Titans’ leading rusher in the win, carrying seven times for 91 yards and two scores — from distances of one and 12 yards from the end zone.
Emnett also converted an ND two-point attempt with the score 33-0 to push the Titans ahead by five scores.
In week four, Notre Dame will travel to Beaver to face undefeated Eastern (3-0), while Green (0-3) travels to McDermott to face Northwest (2-1) at Roy Rogers Field.
Green — 0 0 0 0 — 0
Notre Dame — 19 16 0 0 — 35
ND — Dylan Seison, 13-yard pass from Caleb Nichols (XP missed), 10:52 1Q (6-0 ND)
ND — Logan Emnett, 1-yard run (Reagan Lester XP good), 7:48 1Q (13-0 ND)
ND — Dylan Seison, 22-yard run (XP missed), 7:23 1Q (19-0 ND)
ND — Safety, 11:59 2Q (21-0 ND)
ND — Logan Emnett, 12-yard run (XP missed), 10:17 2Q (27-0 ND)
ND — Dylan Seison, 17-yard pass from Caleb Nichols (Logan Emnett converts 2-point attempt), 6:52 2Q (35-0 ND)
Teams Green Notre Dame
Plays 21 16
Yards (Passing-Rushing) 32 (25-7) 278 (47-231)
First Downs 1 14
Penalties 2 for 10 2 for 25
Turnovers 1 1
Time of Possession 16:30 7:30
Passing — Green: Derek Salyers1-6 25 yards 1 INT; Notre Dame: Caleb Nichols 3-4 47 yards 2TDs
Rushing — Green: Ethan Huffman 1(-2), Landan Lodwick 1-3, Derek Salyers 8-0, Collin Corey 2(-1); Notre Dame: Logan Emnett 7-91 2TDs, Dylan Seison 3-55, Caleb Nichols 3-50, Beau Hobbs 1-24
Receiving — Green: Ethan Huffman 1-25; Notre Dame — Dylan Seison 2-30 2TDs, Jake McGuire 1-17
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @JacobSmithPDT © 2020 Portsmouth Daily Times, all rights reserved