(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College football rallied, but fell short today (Saturday, September 30, 2017) as it fell 24-21 in overtime to Westminster College in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
With the loss, the Saints fall to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the PAC. With the win, the Titans improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the PAC.
Westminster led 7-0 after one quarter, 14-7 at halftime and the game was tied at 14-14 after three quarters and 21-21 at the end of regulation.
The Titans took a 7-0 lead with 4:51 to play in the first quarter when Kimu Kim scored on a one-yard run and John Cybak added the point-after-attempt.
Thomas More tied the game at 7-7 when senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) connected on an eight-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Darryl Keels (Louisville, Ky./Seneca) and sophomore kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) added the PAT with 5:44 to play in the second quarter. Westminster took a 14-7 lead at halftime when Paul Columbo scored on a seven-yard run and Cybak added the PAT with 3:14 to play in the second quarter.
Junior running back Luke Zajac (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored on a 10-yard run and Mathias added the PAT with 1:08 to play in the third quarter and the game was tied at 14-14.
With 4:30 to play in the fourth quarter the Titans took a 21-14 lead when Columbo scored on a seven-yard run and Cybak connected on the PAT. The Saints tied the game at 21-21 with 1:27 to play in the regulation when junior running back Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) scored on a three-yard run and Mathias added the PAT. Westminster's Cybak missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired and the game went to overtime.
Thomas More had the first possession in overtime and had a turnover. Westminster's Cybak made a 33-yard field goal in the Titans' possession for the 24-21 win.
The Saints had 338 yard of total offense (262 rushing/76 passing) and Westminster had 335 yards of total offense (262 rushing/73 passing).
Pitts led the Saints' offense as he had 28 carries for 139 yard and one touchdown and also had a one catch for four yards. Zajac ended the game with 15 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown. Kuntz was nine-of-12 passing for 76 yards and one touchdown and had nine carries for 33 yards. Keels had three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown and senior wide receiver Daylin Garland II (Newport, Ky./Newport) had two catches for 43 yards.
Junior defensive lineman Cam Hansel (Covington, Ky./Simon Kenton) led the Saints defense with 11 tackles (three solo/eight assisted), including one and a half sacks and one forced fumble. Sophomore linebacker Cody Coffey (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) had 10 tackles (four solo/six assisted), including a half tackle for a loss, senior defensive back Nick Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had nine tackles (three solo/six assisted), including a half sack and sophomore linebacker Adam Guard (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Pinecrest Academy) had eight tackles (four solo/four assisted).
Thomas More returns to action next Saturday (October 7) when it travels to Grove City, Ohio to play Grove City College. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Robert E. Thorn Field.