(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More University football returns home for the second time this season on Saturday (October 17) when it hosts 23rd-ranked Muhlenberg University at 12 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Thomas More will be celebrating Homecoming and the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame class.
THE TEAMS: Thomas More, an independent, is 5-1 on the season after defeating Emory & Henry, 41-27, last week. Muhlenberg, a member of the Centennial Conference is 5-0 after defeating Ursinus College, 34-14 last Saturday.
THE COACHES: Trevor Stellman is in his first season as the head coach at Thomas More and has a 5-1 career record. He is no stranger to the Saints as he is a 2010 graduate of Thomas More and has been a Saint assistant coach the previous eight seasons. Nate Milne is in his first season as the head coach at Muhlenberg and has a 5-0 career record.
THOMAS MORE: The Saints are averaging 36.2 points per game this season. Thomas More has 477.5 yards per game in 2018 as it has 273.2 yards per game on the ground and 204.3 yards per game passing. Junior quarterback Justin Post is 89-of-157 passing for 1,226 yards and 12 touchdowns and also has 38 rushes for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running backs Hjavier Pitts and Luke Zajac are splitting time at running back. Pitts has carried the ball 129 times for 906 yards and eight touchdowns, while also pulling in 15 catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Zajac has 97 carries for 482 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Logan Winkler has 17 catches for 290 yards and three touchdowns and junior wide receiver Da'marco Canty has 15 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while junior wide receiver Mitchell Hogue has 17 catches for 153 yards.
MUHLENBERG: In 2018, the Mules are averaging 37.8 points per game. Muhlenberg is averaging 465.8 yards per game as it has 204.4 yards per game rushing and 261.4 yards per game passing. Sophomore quarterback Michael Hnatkowsky is 91-of-154 passing for 1,256 yards and13 touchdowns and also has 26 rushes for 61 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore running back James Diggs has 88 carries for 516 yards and six touchdowns, while junior running back Mark Riggio has 67 rushes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Max Kirin is the top receiver has he has 23 catches for 383 yards and six touchdowns, while sophomore wide receiver Nick Ugarte has pulled in 18 catches for 207 yards.
THOMAS MORE: Thomas More held its opponents to 25.8 points per game in 2018. The Saints' opponents have rushed the ball for 123.8 yards per game and 290.8 yards passing for total of 414.7 yards per game. Junior defensive back Thomas Williams leads the team in tackles with 50 (25 solo/25 assisted) and has three forced fumbles. First-year linebacker Peyton Van Horn has 37 tackles (20 solo/17 assisted), including two tackles for a loss. Junior linebacker Cody Coffey has 43 tackles (24 solo/19 assisted, including two and a half tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery. Junior linebacker Adam Guard has 33 tackles (14 solo/19 assisted), including four tackles for a loss and one interception, while senior defensive back Steven Everson has 32 tackles (22 solo/10 assisted), including a tackle for a loss and a team-leading four interceptions.
MUHLENBERG: In 2018, the Mules have held their opponents to 15.8 points per game and 284.2 yards of total offense. Muhlenberg's opponents average 43.2 yards per game rushing and 304.7 yards per game passing. The Mules' defense is led by junior linebacker Mickey Kober with 35 tackles (21 solo/14 assisted), including three and a half tackles for a loss, an interception and a sack. Senior linebacker Jack Fitzsimmons has 33 tackles (22 solo/11 assisted), including eight for a loss and one and a half sacks. Sophomore linebacker Spencer Kirin has 24 tackles (16 solo/eight assisted), including three and a half for a loss and one sack. Junior defensive lineman Frankie Feaster has 24 tackles (11 solo/13 assisted), including seven sacks.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the first-ever meeting on the gridiron between Thomas More and Muhlenberg.
BROADCAST: BROADCAST: Thomas More will provide a LIVE video webcast and LIVE stats of the game and links to each of those can be found at the top of this page or on Thomas More's football scheduled page on www.thomasmoresaints.com and on the top of this preview. Nate Metz and Brady Laber will be on the call for the Saints Sports Network at BB&T Field beginning at 11:50 a.m. If fans want to watch the game afterwards, the game will be archived on the football team's schedule page on www.thomasmoresaints.com.
DEPOSIT WINS AT BB&T FIELD: Since moving into what was called The Bank of Kentucky Field in 2008 the Saints have a 49-5 home record. Thomas More's five losses at what is now called BB&T Field are by a combined margin of 13 points.
UP TO DATE INFORMATION: The "go to" place for all the up to date information on all 27 Thomas More athletics teams is at www.thomasmoresaints.com.
UP NEXT: Thomas More will travel to Duluth, Minnesota next Saturday (October 20) to play The College of St. Scholastica. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern/12 p.m. Central at Public School Stadium.