Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy Thomas More Athletics

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Senior quarterback Trevor Stellman (Burlington, Ky./Conner) had 274 yards of total offense to lead the 10th-ranked Thomas More College football team defeated DePauw University, 49-39, today (Saturday, November 21, 2009) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship Playoffs at The Bank of Kentucky Field.

With the win the Saints improve to 11-0 for only the second time in school history and will play Johns Hopkins University next Saturday (November 28) at a site to announced tomorrow afternoon by the NCAA Division III Football Committee.  Johns Hopkins defeated Hampden-Sydney College, 23-7, in a first round game today.  With the loss DePauw ends the season with a 7-3 record.

Thomas More never trailed as it led 14-0 after the first quarter, 28-10 at halftime and 35-24 after three quarters.

The Saints opened the scoring when sophomore running back Kendall Owens (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Stellman and junior place kicker Dustin Zink (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) added the point-after-attempt wht 11:36 to play in the first quarter.

The Saints increased the lead to 14-0 with 7:00 to play in the first quarter when senior running back Cordario Collier (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) scored on one-yard touchdown run and Zink added the PAT.

With 13:46 to play in the second quarter, DePauw cut the lead to 14-7 when Spud Dick threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Mulligan and Jordan Havercamp added the PAT.

Then Stellman scored on a 12-yard touchdown run and Zink added the PAT to give Thomas More a 21-7 lead at the 10:52 mark of the second quarter. 

On the Tiger's next possession, freshman defensive back Zach Autenreib (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) intercepted a DePauw pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown and Zink added the PAT as the Saints led 28-7 with 10:37 in the first half.
DePauw cut the Saints' lead to 28-10 at halftime when Havercamp made a 29-yard field goal with 3:22 to play in the third quarter.

In the third quarter, the Tigers cut the lead to 28-17at the 9:29 mark when Derrick Karazsia scored on a one-yard touchdown run and Havercamp added the PAT.

On the Tigers' next possession, they cut the lead to 28-24 when Dick connected on a three-yard touchdown pass to Alex Koors and Havercamp added the PAT with 4:58 to play in the third quarter.

Then Thomas More extended its lead to 35-24 when Stellman connected on a 68-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Chris Farley (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) and Zink added the PAT with 1:55 to play in the third quarter.

DePauw came right back and drove 32-yards in 11 pays to cut the lead Saints' lead to 35-32 when Nathan Evans caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Dick and then Dick connected on a pass to Koors for the two-point conversion with 11:46 to play in the game. 

Undaunted, the Saints answered with a one-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Laymon Carter (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) and Zink added the PAT to extend the lead to 42-32 with 6:08 to play in the game.

The Tigers then cut the lead to 42-39 with 3:21 to play in the game when Brayden Dahlstrom caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Dick and Havercamp added the PAT.

DePauw had the ball and were trailing 42-39 with 1:42 left in the game when Autenreib recovered a Tiger fumble and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown and Zink added the PAT or the final score of 49-39.

Stellman was six-of-16 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns and also ran the ball 16 yards for 78 yards and a touchdown.  Collier had 14 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown, while Farley had two catches for 73 yards and one touchdown and Owens had one catch for 67 yards and one touchdown and also had six carries for 19 yards.

Defensively the Saints were led by Autenreib, who had 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, an interception and two defensive touchdowns.  Senior linebacker Brad Steinmetz (West Harrison, Ind./East Central) led the team in tackles with 13, including a half tackle for a loss, while senior linebacker Brandon Kohrs (Newport, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) had 11 tackles, including one and a half for a loss and one interception and freshman linebacker Nick Gramke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had 11 tackles, including one for a loss.