(GROVE CITY, Pa.) – The Thomas More College football team defeated Grove City College, 53-10, today (Saturday, October 7, 2017) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Robert E. Thorn Field in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
With the win, the Saints improve to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the PAC. With the loss, the Wolverines fall to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the PAC.
The Saints never trailed as they led 14-0 after one quarter, 28-3 at halftime and 35-10 after three quarters.
Thomas More took a 7-0 lead with 11:26 to play in the first quarter when junior Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) scored on a one-yard run and sophomore kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) added the point-after-attempt. Pitts increased the lead to 14-0 lead when he scored on a 13-yard run and Mathias added the PAT with 4:29 to play in the opening quarter.
Grove City cut the lead to 14-3 when Mitch Causer made a 25-yard field goal with 6:04 to play in the second quarter. The Saints increased the lead to 21-3 with 3:12 to play in the second quarter when senior quarterback Brenan Kuntz (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Logan Winkler (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) and Mathias added the PAT. Thomas More made the score 28-3 at halftime when Kuntz connected on a 30-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Daylin Garland II (Newport, Ky./Newport) and Mathias added the PAT with 39-seconds to play in the second quarter.
The Saints increased the lead to 35-3 with 12:54 to play in the third quarter when Kuntz and Winkler connected on a 41-yard touchdown strike and Mathias added the PAT. The Wolverines made the score 35-10 when Randall Lahrie connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Matt Pennypacker and Causer made the PAT with 10:46 to play in the third quarter.
Thomas More extended the lead to 42-10 when Garland II scored on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Kuntz and Mathias made the PAT with 14:47 to play in the fourth quarter. The Saints made the score 50-10 with 9:27 to play in the game when first-year running back Dillion Powell (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) scored on a six-yard run and sophomore quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) converted a two-point conversion on the blocked PAT. Mathias closed out the scoring with a 36-yard field goal with 5:41 to play in the game for the final score of 53-10.
Thomas More out-gained Grove City 553 yards (178 rushing/366 passing) to 226 yards (93 rushing/133 passing).
Kuntz led the Saints' offense as he was 14-of-19 passing for 341 yards and four touchdowns ,while also rushing the ball two times for 10 yards. Pitts carried the ball 15 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns and junior running back Luke Zajac (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) carried the ball 10 times for 39 yards. Garland II led the receiving corps with five catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns, while Winkler had three catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore linebacker Cody Coffey (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) led the Saints' defense as he had seven tackles (six solo/one assisted), including one sack. Senior defensive back Johnny Lammers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had seven tackles (three solo/four assisted) and junior defensive lineman Cam Hansel (Covington, Ky./Simon Kenton) had four tackles (two solo/two assisted), including one sack. Junior defensive back Steven Everson (Scottdale, GA./Heritage) had four tackles (all solo), senior defensive back Nick Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had four tackles (two solo/two assisted) including a half tackle for a loss, sophomore linebacker Adam Guard (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Pinecrest Academy (Ga.)) had four tackles (two solo/two assisted) and senior defensive lineman Sam Borst (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton) had four tackles (three solo/one assisted), including a sack.
Thomas More returns to action on October 14 when it hosts Waynesburg University at 12 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The game is designated as Thomas More's cancer awareness game and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to "Pink Out" BB&T Field.