Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Football 2018: Week #4 vs Huntingdon

Week #4
For the second week in a row we had a game that went down to the wire against a very good team and came away with a win. We traveled eight hours south of our campus to play Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. We took I71 south to Louisville then hit I65 all the way to Montgomery. Another two Golden Corral trips (lunch Friday, breakfast Saturday) to another campus I had never been to before. We had a nice turn out of fans and family who took the trip. Huntingdon has a picturesque campus, a good DIII football stadium with great spots close to the field to tailgate, and a great marching band. They were as good as any small college marching band I have ever seen, and better than some of the big schools.
We traded scores the whole game and found ourselves behind with two minutes to go. But our offense looked like the Packers n their glory days, marching down the field and scoring for the win with fifty seconds left. Kudos to quarterback Justin Post.
Things that don’t happen at OSU: Our practice schedule has been a mess this year, sharing our field with both soccer teams. We’ve practiced at 3:00, at 4:00, at 5:00. We’ve practiced at 6:30 in the morning. We’ve practiced on our home field; off campus at a local fitness facility; and on the road at another college.
The official game recap care of
(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) – The Thomas More football team extended its winning streak to three games today (Saturday, September 22, 2018) as it defeated Huntingdon College, 38-35, on Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Saints improve to 3-1 and the Hawks fall to 0-2.
First Quarter:
    Thomas More took a 7-0 lead with 10:02 to play in the quarter when senior running back Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) scored on a 14-yard run and junior placer kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) added the point-after-attempt.
    The Hawks tied the game at 7-7 when Michael Lambert connected on a 22-yard pass to Otis Porter and Chase Young added the PAT with 7:03 to play in the quarter.
Second Quarter:
    Pitts scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia/Nordonia) and Mathias added the PAT to give Thomas More a 14-7 lead with 13:33 to play in the first half.
    Huntingdon made the score 14-14 with 12:13 to play in the quarter when Porter scored on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Lambert and Young added the PAT.
    The Saints took a 21-14 lead with 7:09 to play in the quarter when first-year wide receiver Nick Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Post and Mathias added the PAT.
    Huntingdon made the score 21-21 at halftime when Lambert threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Pugh and Young added the PAT with 5:17 to play in the quarter.
Third Quarter:
    Thomas More took a 24-21 lead as time expired in the quarter when Mathias made a 40-yard field goal.
Fourth Quarter:
    The Saints extended the lead to 31-21 with 9:55 to play in the game when Post connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Da'marco Canty (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee) and Mathias added the PAT.
    The Hawks cut the lead to 31-28 when Hunter Huckbay scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Lambert and Young added the PAT with 8:35 to play in the game.
    Huntingdon took its first lead of the game with 2:43 to play when Lambert and Porter connected on a 41-yard touchdown pass and Young added the PAT.
    Undaunted, the Saints scored the game-winning touchdown with 50-seconds to play in the game when Post scored on a 10-yard run and Mathias added the PAT for the final score of 38-35.
    Thomas More had 510 total yards (332 rushing/178 passing) to Huntingdon's 518 yards (199 rushing/319 passing).
    Post was 15-of-25 passing for 178 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing the ball eight times for 35 yards and a touchdown.
    Pitts had 21 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown.
    Zajac had 21 rushes for 108 yards, while also pulling in two catches for 11 yards.
    Senior wide receiver Darrell Crenshaw (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) had two catches for 42 yards.
    Senior wide receiver Logan Winkler (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) had two catches for 40 yards.
    Canty finished the game with three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown.
    Junior defensive back Thomas Williams (Oregonia, Ohio/Clinton-Massie) led the team in tackles with 15 (six solo/nine assisted) and had one forced fumble.
    Junior linebacker Adam Guard (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Pinecrest Academy (Ga.)) had eight tackles (two solo/six assisted).
    Senior defensive back Steven Everson (Scottdale, Ga./Heritage) finished the game with five tackles (four solo/one assisted) and had one interception.
    Junior defensive lineman Brandon Bohn (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights), sophomore Ryan Stofko (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) and sophomore defensive lineman Elijah Jouett (Elsmere, Ky./Lloyd Memorial) each had one sack.

Hjavier Pitts made team of the week!

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