Thomas More Holds off Westminster for 34-16 Win
Written by: William Albright on Sunday, September 27th, 2009
Not even Mother Nature could stop the Thomas More Saints Saturday afternoon in their PAC clash with the Westminster Titans at Harold Burry Stadium.
Following a lightning delay of nearly one hour produced by a thunderstorm that passed through the area, Titan kicker Trevor Young finally put his foot on the ball for the opening kickoff.
Operating from a no-huddle offense, the Saints provided a little lightning of their own as they scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening period followed by two more in the second quarter to open up a 27-0 lead at halftime.
Not only did the Saints score the four touchdowns, they did it in lightning-like fashion as the four drives only consumed a total of 8:07 clock time.
Holding the 27-0 lead, Thomas More completed its scoring with a fifth touchdown five minutes into the third stanza before the Titans tallied the final 16 points of the game to set the final at Thomas More 34, Westminster 16.
“They are a very good team and you have to give them all the credit in the world,” said Westminster head coach Jeff Hand. “They came to play and they did what they needed to do.”
If there was one bright spot in the game for the Titans it was the outstanding efforts by wide receiver John Gubish and quarterback Kevin Franz.
Gubish tied a school record with 13 receptions for 121 yards while scoring both Titan touchdowns, and Franz set a new standard in completions for a game with his 37-of-49 effort good for 297 yards.
“When we were down in the second half, they knew we were going to pass and they backed off a little bit so we took what the defense gave us,” explained Gubish. “They (records) are a good thing for the team and the individuals concerned, but we (Titan players) would trade those for a win in a heart beat.”
With the Titan offense moving up and down the field with ease, the Titans also put together first-half drives of 10 and 11 plays, but came up empty in terms of points each time.
“If we score on either or both of those drives, we would like to think that it could have been a different ball game,” said Hand. “We have to finish drives like that early and get the points.”
Despite the deficit, the Titans failed to toss in the towel as they continued to play hard-nosed, aggressive football during the final 22 minutes of the game.
“We are going to continue to believe and look forward regardless of the score,” said Hand. “When you have guys who give you that kind of effort, we’ll have our share of success too.”
With the loss, the Titans drop to 1-3 overall, 0-1 in the PAC, while the defending conference champion Saints improve to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in conference action.
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