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Washington & Jefferson Dominates Westminster for 49-7 Win

Written by: on Saturday, October 24th, 2009


NEW WILMINGTON — The Washington & Jefferson football team is ranked 7th in the nation, and Saturday afternoon at Harold Burry Stadium, the Presidents showed why as they dismantled the host Westminster Titans 49-7 in President’s Athletic Conference action.

“They made some big plays today,” said Westminster coach Jeff Hand. “They are a great football team and today, they played like one.”

Although the Presidents overwhelmed the Titans for most of the 60 minutes, Hand was quick to point out to his players that the loss wasn’t the end of their season.

“They have some great players who were making great plays,” added Hand. “They did a nice job and we didn’t play nearly as well as we needed to. This is just one game and one moment in time. We have two more games to determine who we are and how we are going to finish the season.”

If there was a bright spot on offense for the Titans, it came from tailback Nick McKolosky who rushed 18 times for 75 tough yards. With his team trailing 35-0, McKolosky scored the only Westminster touchdown of the game on a 3-yard burst after setting up the score with a 23-yard run to the President’s 6-yard line.

“W&J’s defense did a good job of moving around,” said McKolosky about the inability to consistently block them. “That (the movement) made it hard to tell where people were coming from. They did a good job with that and we just didn’t get the job done.”

As for the 23-yard run to set up the touchdown, McKolosky said the play was nothing special.

“It was just an inside run,” he said. “I got the handoff and the line was flowing so I cut it back and there was a pretty big hole there.”

As for W&J scoring, the President’s did it in just about every way possible. They scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, a pair of TDs through the airways, returned two “picks” to the house and also ran in a recovered fumble for another score.

“I really thought that St. Vincent played us well last week and we didn’t play like we thought we should,” said W&J coach Mike Sirianni. “We wanted to get back into that (playing better) going into a big game (against Thomas More) like we have next week. We needed to get our confidence back and I think we did that. Our defense played ‘lights out’ and our offense put some points on the board. We wanted to try some different things and our special teams have played well all year.”

Penalties have been a thorn in the side of the President’s for much of the year and Sirianni felt his team showed some improvement in that area as they only drew five flags in the win.

“That is an improvement and I will take that,” he said. “In playing the pass, we are doing a much better job of defending without going over the top and drawing the interference calls. I was happy with the way we played and the way the kids responded. For us, this is a step in the right direction and we needed that going into next week.”

While McKolosky had most of the success running the football for the Titans, three different Westminster receivers had three catches apiece, a group that included Geno Pasquinelli (Salem) who hauled in three balls for 33 yards.

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