Football Came Out Strong Second Half to Bring Home Victory
Athletic News - Football
The Westminster College Blue Jays visited St. Bonifacius, Minnesota Saturday afternoon to battle the Crown College Storm. The Blue Jays outscored the Storm 30-12, bringing their season record to 3-1 and their UMAC record to 2-1.
Crown came within four yards of the end zone with four minutes left in the first quarter when Josh Ganados fumbled the ball, and Louvis Johnson recovered it. Westminster could not advance down the field, which led to Crown getting the first touchdown of the game. Crown attempted the kick, but the ball was fumbled and returned by Westminster’s Blake Drenon for a defensive PAT.
The end of the second quarter proved just as eventful as the first. The Storm pushed their way to the eight yard line before trying to rush it on the fourth down. Westminster pushed their way back down the field, and with nine seconds remaining Joe Plassmeyer completed a three yard pass to Justin Grahl to score a touchdown. The scoring leading into halftime was 10-6.
The Blue Jays overtook the second half, outscoring the Storm 20-6, while also overpowering Crown 19:36-10:24 in total possession time. Westminster took no time getting another three yard touchdown pass to Scott Rodgers, but Crown did not back down and scored off a fifteen yard pass.
Heading into the fourth the Blue Jays quickly dismissed the chance of Crown taking the lead as Plassmeyer and Gladstone took over. The pair scored two touchdowns, one being within six seconds of the fourth starting.
Westminster overpowered Crown on net passing yards, 272-159. Gladstone ran the field, tallying 156 receiving yards and scoring two of the four touchdowns for Westminster. On the defensive side, Gus Lyles and Rodney Lyles lead with 9 tackles each.
The Blue Jays look to battle Eureka College at home next Saturday, September 29th at 1:00pm.