Football Tries for a Comeback in Fourth Quarter 

10/22/2012 
Athletic News - Football 

The Westminster College Football Team lost a devastating game to MacMurray College last Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but fell just short, losing the game 22-24.

MacMurray put the first points on the board, scoring a touchdown in the first 45 seconds of the game.  Westminster blocked the point after attempt.  The Blue Jays tried to get down the field, but could not quite get there.  They ended the first quarter with a 39 yard pass from Joe Plassmeyer (Oakville, Mo. / Oakville) to senior James Gladstone (St. Louis, Mo. / Vianney).  

Coming out on the field for the second quarter, the Blue Jays pushed to score a touchdown.  Plassmeyer threw a 10 yard pass to senior Mac Findeiss (Washington, Mo. / St. Francis Borgia), tying the game at 6-6.  The rest of the second quarter was scoreless.

The third quarter was owned by MacMurray.  With eight minutes to go in the third, MacMurray scored another touchdown.  Westminster blocked their point after attempt again to let them up 12-6.  Four minutes later, MacMurray scored again from a 17 yard pass.  The quarter ended with MacMurray up 18-6.

Westminster came to the fourth quarter ready to claim their victory.  On the first possession of the fourth, Westminster scored on a 16 yard pass from Plassmeyer to Gladstone.  The Blue Jays went for the two point conversion, and it was good, bringing the score to 14-18.  The Blue Jays stopped MacMurray from making it to the Westminster side of the field, and scored another touchdown on the next drive.  Findeiss scored the touchdown with a 7 yard pass from Plassmeyer.  Westminster attempted the two point conversion again, and the pass was completed to Gladstone, bringing Westminster up 22-18.

MacMurray did not let up, and scored with just shy of the two minute mark, putting Westminster back down 22-24. The Blue Jays tried to score again, making it to the MacMurray 15 yard line, but MacMurray intercepted the pass, ending the game.

The Blue Jays ended the game with 397 total offensive yards, 383 of them being passing yards.  Gladstone ended the game with the game high 188 receiving yards.  Senior Rodney Lyles (St. Louis, Mo. / Clayton) led the team with seven solo tackles and one tackle assist.  

The Blue Jays play at home Saturday, October 27th for their Homecoming / Senior Day game against the Panthers of Greenville College.  Westminster has 13 seniors this year being recognized at the game.