Oct. 31, 2009

Courtesy of Thomas More

(WASHINGTON, Pa.) - The 13th-ranked Thomas More College football team defeated sixth-ranked Washington & Jefferson College, 14-7, today (Saturday, October 31, 2009) at Cameron Stadium in Washington, Pennsylvania to clinch its second straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship and earn the first berth into the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Playoff.

With the win the Saints remain undefeated at 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the PAC and with the loss the Presidents fall to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the PAC.

W&J led 7-0 after one quarter and halftime and the Saints led 14-7 after three quarters.

The Presidents took a 7-0 lead with 2:28 to play in the first quarter when Gino Rometo connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Rycroft and Joe Kelly added the point-after-attempt.

The Saints then tied the game at 7-7 with 7:41 to play in the third quarter when senior wide receiver Chris Farley (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) caught at 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Trevor Stellman (Burlington, Ky./Conner) and junior place kicker Dustin Zink (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) added the PAT.

Senior running back Cordario Collier (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) gave the Saints their first lead of the game at 14-7 with 3:54 to play in the third quarter when he scored on a one-yard touchdown run and Zink added the PAT.

The Saints outgained the Presidents 237 yards to 155 yards as Thomas More held W&J to only 24 yards in the second half.

Offensively the Saints were led by Collier, who had 24 rushes for 80 yards and one touchdown and also caught two passes for 25 yards.  Stellman was 11-of-17 passing for 96 yards and also carried the ball nine times for 48 yards.  Farley finished the day with five catches for 57 yards and one touchdown.

Junior defensive back Aaron Monk (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) led the team with six tackles.  Senior linebacker Brandon Kohrs (Newport, Ky./Newport Central Catholic)  had five and half tackles, while freshman linebacker Nick Gramke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had five tackles and sophomore defensive lineman Jay Volker (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) finished with four tackles, including one and a half for loss and had an interception.  Freshman defensive back Zach Autenreib (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) had three tackles and two interceptions.

The Saints return to action next Saturday (November 7) when they host Geneva College at 1:30 p.m. on Senior Day at The Bank of Kentucky Field.