Thomas More defeats St. Scholastica, 35-0
DULUTH, Minn. (WKRC) – Thomas More University senior running back Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) crossed the 1,000 yard rushing plateau for the season and the Saints clinched their 23rd winning season Saturday as they defeated The College of St. Scholastica, 35-0, at Public School Stadium in Duluth, Minnesota.
Thomas More took a 7-0 lead with 2:31 to play in the first quarter when senior running back Luke Zajac (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored on a two-yard run and junior kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) made the point after attempt.
The Saints extended the lead to 14-0 when junior quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Da’marco Canty (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee) and Mathias added the PAT with 10:58 to play in the quarter.
Post and Canty connected on a 39-yard scoring pass with 22-seconds to play in the quarter to give the Saints a 20-0 halftime lead.
The lead grew to 22-0 with 10:19 to play in the third quarter when St. Scholastica snapped a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Thomas More increased the lead to 28-0 with 9:15 to play in the game when Post connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Darrell Crenshaw (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison).
The Saints closed out the scoring with 4:07 to play in the game when sophomore running back Dillion Powell (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) scored on a nine-yard touchdown run and junior kicker Alex Barnhart (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) added the PAT for the final score of 35-0.
The win clinched Thomas More’s 23rd winning season in 29 years of football at the University.
Thomas More improves to 6-2.
St. Scholastica falls to 4-3.
Thomas More out-gained St. Scholastica 569 yards (361 rushing/208 passing) to 154 yards (0 rushing/154 passing).
Pitts finished the game with 200 yards on the ground on 20 carries and now has 1,176 rushing yards this season. He also had five catches for 26 yards.
Post was 17-of-26 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
Zajac carried the ball 21 times for 103 yards and one touchdown.
Canty had two catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
Crenshaw finished the game with 44 yards and one touchdown on three catches.
First-year linebacker Peyton Van Horn (Hebron, Ky./Conner) led the defense as he had 11 tackles (six solo/five assisted), including four and a half tackles for a loss and one sack.
Junior linebacker Cody Coffey (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) had five tackles (four solo/one assisted), including one tackle for a loss.
Junior defensive lineman Noah Sayre (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) had five tackles (three solo/two assisted), including two sacks.
Junior defensive back Thomas Williams (Oregonia, Ohio/Clinton-Massie) finished with five tackles (two solo/three assisted).
Thomas More is idle next Saturday (October 27) and returns to action on November 3 when it hosts NCAA Division II member Lake Erie College at 12 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
Box Score (Final)
Thomas More vs St. Scholastica (10/20/2018 at Duluth, MN)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Thomas More 7 13 2 13 35 Record: (6-2)
St. Scholastica 0 0 0 0 0 Record: (4-3)
1st 02:31 TM Luke Zajac 2 yd run (Cole Mathias kick), 6-55 1:40, TM 7 - CSS 0
2nd 10:58 TM D'marco Canty 17 yd pass from Justin Post (Cole Mathias kick), 6-49 3:16, TM 14 - CSS 0
00:22 TM D'marco Canty 39 yd pass from Justin Post (Cole Mathias kick failed), 4-77 0:28, TM 20 - CSS 0
3rd 10:19 TM TEAM safety, , TM 22 - CSS 0
4th 09:15 TM D. Crenshaw 26 yd pass from Justin Post (Cole Mathias kick failed), 10-70 4:37, TM 28 - CSS 0
04:07 TM Dillon Powell 9 yd run (Alex Barnhart kick), 9-80 4:17, TM 35 - CSS 0
FIRST DOWNS 27 13
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 54-361 33-0
PASSING YDS (NET) 208 154
Passes Att-Comp-Int 27-17-0 33-15-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 81-569 66-154
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 5-47 1-16
Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-44 5-49
Interception Returns-Yards 2-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 4-50.8 8-41.4
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 12-127 3-35
Possession Time 35:26 24:34
Third-Down Conversions 10 of 17 4 of 17
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-5 0-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards 6-33 1-2
RUSHING: Thomas More-Hjavier Pitts 20-200; Luke Zajac 21-101; Dillon Powell
6-64; Justin Post 4-3; TEAM 3-minus 7. St. Scholastica-Butkiewicz 18-42; Jeff
LeMay 4-9; Gildersleeve 1-1; Mitchell Adrian 1-minus 2; TEAM 1-minus 17; Zach
Edwards 8-minus 33.
PASSING: Thomas More-Justin Post 17-26-0-208; John McNally 0-1-0-0. St.
Scholastica-Zach Edwards 15-33-2-154.
RECEIVING: Thomas More-Hjavier Pitts 5-26; D. Crenshaw 3-44; D'marco Canty 2-56;
J. Jefferson 2-39; Will Thompson 1-16; Nick Hall 1-10; Mitchell Hogue 1-7; Logan
Winkler 1-6; Luke Zajac 1-4. St. Scholastica-Eddie Lee 5-32; Butkiewicz 3-26;
Mitchell Adrian 3-12; Christian Rund 1-33; Reese Jansen 1-32; Aaron Olson 1-18;
Jeff LeMay 1-1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Thomas More-Steven Everson 2-0. St. Scholastica-None.
FUMBLES: Thomas More-TEAM 1-0; Justin Post 1-1. St. Scholastica-Zach Edwards
Stadium: Public Schools Attendance: 362
Kickoff time: 12:00 PM End of Game: 02:36 PM Total elapsed time: 2:36
Officials: Referee: Chris Rick; Umpire: John Faison; Linesman: Jordan Kruger;
Line judge: Brad Wright; Back judge: Lucas Karnas; Field judge: Chris Rossini;
Side judge: Dan Anderson; Center judge: Jesse Robinson;
Temperature: 34 Wind: NW 18mph Weather: Partly Sunny, Breezy
Thomas More vs St. Scholastica (10/20/2018 at Duluth, MN)
SACKS (UA-A): Thomas More-Noah Sayre 2-0; Dawson Craig 2-0; Peyton Van Horn 1-0;
Tyler Robinson 1-0. St. Scholastica-Frank Cerar 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Thomas More-Peyton Van Horn 6-5; Cody Coffey 4-1; Noah Sayre
3-2; Thomas Williams 2-3; Steven Everson 3-1; Tyler Robinson 3-1; Adam Guard
2-1; L. Townsend Jr. 2-1; Dawson Craig 2-0; Keith Orloff 1-1; Hamilton Young
1-1; Jacob Stiens 1-1; Caleb Rice 1-1; Brandon Bohn 1-1; Hunter Fuselier 0-2;
Nicholas Myers 1-0; Justin Durham 1-0; C. Kinhalt 1-0; Davon Earle 1-0; Dillon
Powell 1-0; John McNally 1-0; TEAM 1-0; Chris McEvoy 0-1; Devon O'Bryon 0-1. St.
Scholastica-Cody Pundsack 10-4; McGregor 6-5; Donovan Blatz 6-3; Kittelson 4-5;
Cal Germain 4-2; Jonathan Senger 4-2; Davon Bryant 3-3; Andy Lakmann 2-1; Trevor
Schwartz 0-3; Eric Soderberg 2-0; Will Halloran 2-0; Tandrell Foster 2-0; Daniel
Voxland 1-1; Frank Cerar 1-1; Cooper Dosan 1-0; Aaron Olson 1-0; Mack Nelson
1-0; Micadin Kahl 1-0.
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