Football: Banks Sets Career-High; Titans Top Saint Vincent 17-6

Saturday, September 22, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Titan junior Tyler Banks (Meadville, PA / Meadville) rushed for a career-high 144 yards in Westminster's 17-6 win over the visiting Saint Vincent College under the lights of Harold Burry Stadium on Saturday. The Titans improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Bearcats dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Neither team could find the end zone in the first half despite scoring opportunities. The Titans drove 67 yards in their first possession of the game but missed a 24-yard field goal attempt. In the second quarter, with 11:07 on the clock, Westminster mishandled a punt on fourth down on their own 45-yard line. Saint Vincent, however were denied on first-and-goal as Titan junior Taylor Heinrich (Brookville, PA / Brookeville) intercepted Bearcats' quarterback Matt Deakins at Westminster's 1-yard line. This was Heinrich's first career interception. Classmate Josh Beistel (Somerset, PA / Somerset) provided the rush on Deakins.

Westminster put the first points on the board in the third quarter after Titan senior Derrick Orloski (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) gave Westminster good field position at the Saint Vincent's 29-yard line with his first interception of the season. Westminster junior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) connected with senior Connor Kobis (Elma, NY / Bishop Timon-St. Jude), 10 plays later, with a five-yard touchdown pass.

In the fourth quarter, Saint Vincent had the ball on the Titans' five-yard line after it blocked Westminster's punt. The Bearcats scored two players later with a 3-yard rush, but their extra point was blocked by Westminster senior Aaron Nauer (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler). The Titans still led 7-6 with 14 minutes left to play in regulation.

In Westminster's ensuing possession, the Titans marched down the field to take a 14-6 lead in a 7-play, 61-yard drive. Banks capped it off with a 12-yard score. 

Freshman Zach Baker (Erie, PA / McDowell) added insurance for the Titans with a 22-yard field goal with 1:07 left on the clock.

On defense for Westminster, J.J. Nalesnik (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk) had a team-high seven tackles. Senior Kyle Allen (New Wilmington, PA / West Middlesex) added four tackles, including a game-high two tackles for a loss. Orloski and junior Sean Christofferson (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) had a tackle for a loss apiece. For the game, Westminster earned three interceptions.

Britt went for 9-15 with one touchdown and no interceptions for Westminster. He also rushed 19 times for 50 yards. Senior Geno Pasquinelli (Salem, Ohio/Salem) added two receptions for 27 yards.

The Titans will play Grove City home in its Homecoming game next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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 377 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 42 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.

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