Thomas More defeats St. Scholastica, 35-0

Thomas More defeats St. Scholastica, 35-0 (Thomas More Athletics)

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.

FIRST QUARTER:

• 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.

SECOND QUARTER:

• 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.

THIRD QUARTER:

• 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.

FOURTH QUARTER:

• 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.

NOTEABLES:

• 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).

UP NEXT:

• 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)

Scoring Summary:

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

TM CSS

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

1-0.

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.

Information provided by Thomas More Athletics.

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