Football Falls on Homecoming Weekend
Athletic News - Football
The Blue Jay’s Football Team lost on Westminster’s Homecoming Weekend to Greenville College, 22-34, Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jay’s record falls to 3-6.
The Blue Jays recognized 14 graduating student-athletes before the game: James Gladstone, Scott Rodgers, Kurt Gould, Chris Starkey, Justin Grahl, Gus Lyles, Stormy Smith, Glenn Wooten, Rico Almaraz, Andrew Neiner, Derrick Jensen, DJ Andrus, Rick Spinell, and Rodney Lyles.
The Panthers of Greenville came out and scored a touchdown within the first minute of the game. The Blue Jays could not get close enough to score in the first quarter.
The Panthers scored again in the second quarter, putting the Blue Jays down 14-0. The Blue Jays and their fans rallied back to score with one second remaining in the half. Joe Plassmeyer (Oakville, Mo./Oakville) ran the ball a yard to get the touchdown. The Blue Jays got the two-point conversion off a pass from Plassmeyer to James Gladstone (St. Louis, Mo./ Vianney), ending the first half at 14-8.
Following the Panthers goal in the third quarter, the Blue Jays scored on the following drive. Plassmeyer completed a 16 yard pass to Gladstone, and made the two-point conversion pass to Wayne Lane (Kansas City, Mo./Central). Greenville scored once more after, putting the Blue Jays down 28-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
Westminster’s first play in the fourth resulted in a touchdown by Mac Findeiss (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia). The Blue Jays could not get the two-point conversion. Three minutes later, Greenville scored again, putting them up 34-22. Although Westminster tried to make it down the field again, they could not score again.
Junior Jeremy Hampton (Jefferson City, Mo./ Jefferson City) led the team with five tackles and one assist. Gladstone led the Blue Jays with 133 receiving yards, followed by senior Justin Grahl (Washington, Mo./ St. Francis Borgia) with 70.
The Blue Jays take next weekend off, then head to St. Louis to take on MacMurray College again on November 10th.