Saturday, October 20, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Juniors Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) and Tyler Banks (Meadville, PA / Meadville) combined for 581 total yards and guided the Westminster College football team to a 45-28 win over the visiting Bethany Bison on Saturday at Harold Burry Stadium. Westminster improved to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, while Bethany dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Britt ran for 160 yards and two scores, including a career-high 73-yard touchdown scamper for the longest run by a Titan this season. Britt also had a 52-yard rushing touchdown and 143 passing yards for a game-high 303 total yards. Banks rushed for a career-high 195 yards and two touchdowns, bringing his season total to a career-high six touchdowns. Banks also had a career-high 83 receiving yards off four catches.
In Westminster's third drive of the game, Britt avoided a sack inside the Titans' 10-yard line and found Banks for a 47-yard completion. Two plays later, Britt rushed for a 21-yard first down at Bethany's 13-yard line. The drive, however, would end after an interception in the end zone two plays later. Westminster returned the favor after Westminster junior Gino Mariano (Girard, OH / Girard) picked off Bethany's quarterback at the Titan 20-yard line. The Titans orchestrated a 7-play, 72-yard drive and scored the first points of the game after a field goal from freshman Zack Baker (Erie, PA / McDowell) with 7:45 left before halftime. Banks ignited the drive with a career-long 52 rush.
Two possessions later, Bethany took the lead when Phil Acrie scored on a 5-yard run. Westminster would regain the lead, 10-7, with 22 seconds before halftime after Britt connected with senior wide receiver Geno Pasquinelli (Salem, OH / Salem) for a 10-yard score.
The Titans scored on its second play after intermission when Britt ran 73-yards to the end zone, putting Westminster on top 17-7. Westminster scored in their second possession after a 9-play, 72-yard drive that was capped off with Britt's second touchdown pass of the game. This time to senior Connor Kobis (Elma, NY / Bishop Timon-St. Jude).
Westminster had a 24-7 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but Bethany mustered back into the game with a 21-7 run and would be only down 31-28 with 3:56 left in the game.
Titans continued on to score 14 unanswered points after two longs runs from Banks (51, 35).
Westminster junior Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort) and sophomore Corey Neill (Aliquippa, PA / Central Valley) led the Titan defense with 6.5 tackles each. Sophomore Justin Smith (Lawrenceville, GA / South Gwinnett) added 5.5 tackles.
Titan Freshman punter Jake Schnelbach (Pittsburgh, PA / Bishop Canevin) kicked a career-high 61-yard punt from Westminster's 1-yard line. He averaged 44.5 yards off four punts.
Pasquinelli had two catches for 57 yards and a score. He has sole possession of fifth-place all-time in school history with 131 career receptions is tied fourth with Roger Price '72 with 19 career touchdown receptions.
Westminster will travel to Waynesburg (7-0, 5-0) on Saturday at 1:30 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.