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Saints Defeat Westminster, Remain Undefeated

The No. 13/14 ranked Thomas More College football team remained undefeated on Saturday as it defeated Westminster College, 45-14, in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Harold Burry Stadium in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

With the win, the Saints improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the PAC.  With the loss, the Titans fall to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the PAC.

Thomas More never trailed in the game as it led 10-0 at halftime and 38-0 after three quarters.

After a scoreless first quarter, Thomas More took a 7-0 lead with 6:39 to play in the second quarter when sophomore running back C.T. Tarrant scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jensen Gebhardt and senior place kicker Tommy Budke added the point-after-attempt.

The Saints took a 10-0 lead into halftime when Budke connected on a 39-yard field goal with 25-seconds to play in the first half.

In the third quarter, Gehbardt connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Daylin Garland II (Newport, Ky./Newport) and Budke added the PAT as the Saints increased the lead to 24-0 with 13:54 to play in the quarter.

Thomas More would extended the lead to 24-0 with 69:11 to play in the third quarter when Tarrant scored on a one-yard run and Budkeadded the PAT.

Senior defensive back Ian Gunn intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown and Budke added the as the Saints led 31-0 with 6:56 to play in the third quarter.

Thomas More increased the lead to 38-0 with 2:55 to play in the third quarter when junior full back Bryan Schmidt scored on a four-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Brenan Kuntz (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) and Budke added the PAT.

Freshman running back Hjavier Pitts opened the fourth quarter with a three-yard touchdown run and Bukeadded the PAC to extended the lead to 45-0 with 13:41 to play in the game.

Westminster scored two touchdowns and added two PAT in the final 5:13 for the final score of 45-14.

The Saints out-gained the Titans 418 yards to 281 yards.

Gebhardt was 15-of-22 passing for 307 yards and one touchdown, while Tarrant rushed for 45 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and added two catches for seven yards and a touchdown.  Pitts finished the day with four carries for 42 yards and a touchdown.  Senior wide receiver led the receivers with 94 yards on four catches, while senior wide receiver Goose Cohorn (Independence, Ky./Dixie Heights) had three catches for 91 yards and Garland had 80 yards and a touchdown on three catches.

Defensively, senior linebacker Nick Pennekamp had seven tackles (five solo, two assisted) and one interception, junior linebacker Austin Copeland had seven tackles (four solo, three assisted) and senior defensive back Kyle Fuller (Taylor Mill, Ky./Holy Cross) had seven tackles (four solo, three assisted), including one and a half sacks for a loss of 23 yards.

Thomas More returns home this Saturday when the team hosts No. 14/12 ranked Washington & Jefferson College at 1 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills.

Staff report