Saturday, November 2, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team lost 38-19 to the visiting Yellow Jackets of Waynesburg on Saturday. The Titans set school records for longest punt return and longest reception.
The Titans (3-5, 2-4 PAC) turned the ball over six times (four fumbles and two interceptions), including four-straight on Westminster's first four drives of the game. Three of those turnovers were countered by three Waynesburg (7-2, 5-2 PAC) touchdowns.
Waynesburg had a 14-0 lead after it scored a touchdown on its first two possessions in the first quarter, with both touchdowns coming after a Titan fumble. Waynesburg's Carter Hill threw for both scores.
Westminster's first drive of the second quarter ended with an interception at the Waynesburg's 17-yard line, after a 10-play, 56-yard drive that ate over five minutes off the clock. Waynesburg responded with a 10-play, 83-yard drive and took a 21-0 lead with 3:59 remaining in the first half after a three-yard touchdown run from Jake Forsythe and an extra point from Alex Henry.
The Titans scored on their next drive after senior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) found sophomore Cody Alward (Pittsburgh, PA / Keystone Oaks) for a 24-yard touchdown pass, Alward's first of his career, with eight seconds on the clock. It was the longest Titan drive of the game consisting of 15-plays that covered 87 yards. A failed Westminster extra point put the score at 21-6 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
In the third quarter, Westminster cut into Waynesburg's lead after Titan sophomore Taran Sifontes-Lavine (Pittsburgh, PA / Chartiers Valley) ran back a punt for a school-record 86 yards for a touchdown. The previous record was held by Mark Aiken who had a 74-yard punt return against California in 1987. An extra point from freshman Justin Dahl (Cochranton, PA / Maplewood) made the score 21-13 with 12:23 on the clock.
Waynesburg led 24-13 after a 31-yard field goal with 9:46 left in the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets took a 31-13 lead after a blocked punt returned for a touchdown on Westminster's following drive and an extra point from Henry.
The Yellow Jackets added another score late in the third quarter after Hill threw his third touchdown pass of the game, this time to Mike Ferraro with nine seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Westminster kept fighting and scored with six minutes remaining in the game when Britt connected with senior Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) for a school-record 84-yard touchdown pass. The previous longest reception was set by Chad Rosatelli with an 80-yard catch against Bethany in 2006.
For the game, Waynesburg had a slight 406-397 edge in total offensive yards. Britt led the Titans with 87 yards rushing and 281 yards passing. Through the air, Britt was 22-for-36 with two interceptions and two touchdowns. Waynesburg's Hill was 22-for-33 with an interception and three scores. Wallace had a game-high 130 yards off six receptions and moved to second all-time in career yards (2,053) and fourth all-time in career receptions (137). Thompson led the Yellow Jackets with 93 receiving yards from seven receptions.
Defensively, Titan senior Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort) had a game-high 10 tackles, followed by sophomore Joe Glennon (Johnstown, PA / Westmont Hilltop) and junior Corey Neill (Aliquippa, PA / Central Valley) who each had eight tackles. Logan McAnany and Bryan Gary led the Yellow Jacket defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively.
Westminster will play at Thiel next Saturday at 7 p.m.
Westminster-Waynesburg highlights courtesy of Corey Benedict ‘14, Scott Hanicak ‘14, and Amanda Sloan ‘16:
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.