Wednesday, September 25, 2019

First News Reports/Loss to Point U.

Game Recap: Football |  | Jon Leatherman


Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (September 21, 2019)  - St. Thomas University Football (1-2) lost their second game of the season to Point University (Ga.) 38-31 from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, as St. Thomas celebrated "Palm Beach/Broward County Appreciation Day" on Saturday afternoon at Brian Piccolo Field.

STU Captains: 
Joey Saurez
John Israel - Cooper
Shariff Rodriguez
Donnell Bennett III
Billy McConnell

Game Notes
  • The Bobcats won the toss and elected to defer the kick-off until the second half, starting the game on the defensive side of the ball for the first time this season.
  • The STU defense forced a quick "three-and-out", allowing -4 yards, setting up a Point punt. 
  • Jordan Sepulveda led the Bobcats down the field, completing consecutive 10-yard passes for first downs, getting the ball inside the PU 30-yardline.
  • St. Thomas sputtered inside the 25-yard line, electing to go for it on fourth down and failed to convert to turn the ball over on downs.
  • STU defense once again flexed their muscle, allowing only 11-yards on Point's next offensive possession. On the punt however, STU misplayed the ball, as it bounced into the end-zone and was recovered by the Skyhawks for a touchdown, as PU took a 7-0 lead.
  • The Bobcats defense continued to dominate, throughout the first quarter, forcing a fumble, which forced Point to lose 17-yards.
  • Following the forced fumble, Justice Johnson blocked a punt and recovered the free-ball in the end-zone for a Bobcats special teams touchdown, tying the game at 7-7.
  • Point failed to recover the ensuing kick-off and STU recovered the football on the PU 22-yard line.
  • St. Thomas could not capitalize on the prime field position, getting stopped on the goal line, setting up a field goal attempt.
  • McConnell's field goal attempt was blocked and recovered by Point at their 32-yard line.
  • On the following PU drive, a tipped pass from Jayson Contreras to Shariff Rodriguez, resulted in an interception.
  • STU began the second quarter with the ball and completed an offensive scoring drive for the first time in the game, as a second McConnell attempt went through the uprights to give St. Thomas the lead at 10-7.
  • The Bobcat defense stood firm once again, preventing PU from scoring from inside the 25-yard line and forcing a turnover on downs.
  • Lewis Oviedo took the next run 77-yards, untouched to score and gave St. Thomas a 17-7 lead, midway through the second quarter.
  • Point responded with a touchdown drive of their own, going 75-yards in 2:41 and capping off the scoring drive with a one-yard Quarterback keeper.
  • With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Sepulveda connected with D'amaunte Oliver on a five-yard touchdown pass, as the duo gave St. Thomas the largest lead of the game at 24-14.
  • Point returned the next kick-off 98-yards, scoring as time expired, to head into the half, trailing 24-21.
  • Opening the second half with the ball, STU's offense went "three-and-out", however, on the fourth down punt, a roughing the kicker gave STU a second life on the drive. St. Thomas still could not advance the ball past the 50-yard line and punting again. 
  • Point's next drive featured some luck, as the Skyhawks recovered their second fumble of the game, this time recovering for a first down.
  • Four plays later, the Skyhawks were in front again, scoring from 19-yards out and taking a 28-24 lead.
  • Midway through the fourth quarter, Point added a field goal to go up 31-24.
  • The Bobcats had another kick blocked, this time a punt, as Point recovered at the STU 22-yard line.
  • Point scored another touchdown, extending their lead to 38-24.
  • Sepulveda led the Bobcats down the field once again, throwing the ball 11-times before finding Oviedo for his second touchdown of the game to put the score at 38-31.
  • St. Thomas could not recover the onside kick, losing 38-31.
We played at St. Thomas Aquantis HS in Lauderdale, home of one of the great HS sports programs in the country.

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