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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
First News Reports/Loss to Point U.
Game Recap: Football | | Jon Leatherman
BOBCATS COME UP SHORT IN LOSS TO SKYHAWKS
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.
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.
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.