PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — After having to wait an extra day to start the season, it’s safe to say that the Tornadoes were excited to get things going.
The Southern football team scored 41 points less than 20 minutes into its 2017 opener, on Saturday in Scioto County, as the Tornadoes cruised to a 41-6 victory over non-conference host Notre Dame.
In the first 12 minutes of play, the Tornadoes (1-0) forced two turnovers and scored four rushing touchdowns, two apiece by seniors Riley Roush and Dylan Smith.
Roush added two more rushing touchdowns by the 5:31 mark of the of the second quarter, giving the guests a 41-0 lead. During the first 18:29, Southern held the Titans (0-1) to just 30 yards of offense.
With a continually running clock in the second half, Notre Dame’s Ben Mader ran for a touchdown in the third quarter, for the only second-half points in of Southern’s 41-6 victory.
With only two passes thrown in the game — an incompletion by each team — the Purple and Gold claimed a 316-to-127 in rushing yards.
Roush led the Tornadoes with 195 yards and four touchdowns, on 10 carries. Smith carried the ball six times for a total of 33 yards and two scores, while Weston Thorla added 36 yards on four carries in the win.
Mader ran 10 times for 61 yards and one score, while Logan Emnett covered 57 yards on eight carries in the setback.
Southern has now defeated Notre Dame in six consecutive meetings. This is the fifth straight year that the Purple and Gold will take a 1-0 record into Week 2.
The Tornadoes will have their home opener on Friday, as they welcome Frontier. The Cougars dropped a 51-6 decision to Shenandoah, on Friday in New Matamoras.