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Saints Fall in Final Seconds to No. 23 Muhlenberg on Homecoming Saturday

Saints Fall in Final Seconds to No. 23 Muhlenberg on Homecoming Saturday

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More University football team fell, 34-31, to 23rd-ranked Muhlenberg College today (Saturday, October 13, 2018) on Homecoming Saturday at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

  • Neither team could find the end zone in the opening quarter as the game was 0-0 after the first quarter.

  • Thomas More took a 7-0 lead with 12:43 to play in the quarter when senior running back Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) scored on a one-yard touchdown run and junior kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) added the point after attempt (PAT).
  • The Mules tied the game at 7-7 when Mike Hnatkowsky connected on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nick Ugarte and Todd Spirt added the PAT.
  • Muhlenberg took a 14-7 lead with 4:10 to play in the quarter when Brian Raguseo recovered a fumble and returned it 12-yard for a touchdown and Spirt added the PAT.
  • The Saints cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime as Mathias made a 28-yard field goal with 24-seconds to play in the half.

  • Senior running back Luke Zajac (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored on a 23-yard touchdown run and Mathias added the PAT go give the Saints a 17-14 lead with 10:13 to play in the quarter.
  • Muhlenberg retook the lead at 21-17 with 9:23 to play in the quarter when Hnatkowsky connected on a 51-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Curtis and Spirt added the PAT.

  • The Mules increased their lead to 24-17 with 14:48 to play in the game when Spirt made a 37-yard field goal.
  • The Saints tied the game at 24-24 when Pitts scored on a three-yard touchdown run and Mathias added the PAT with 13:29 to play in the quarter.
  • Thomas More took a 31-24 lead when junior quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) connected on a one-yard touchdown pass to first-year wide receiver Nick Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) and Mathias added the PAT with 10:15 to play in the game.
  • James Diggs scored on a three-yard run and Spirt added the PAT to tie the game at 31-31 with 7:54 to play in the game.
  • Spirt made a 20-yard field goal as time expired for the 34-31 victory.

  • Thomas More falls to 5-2.
  • The Mules improve to 6-0.
  • The Saints had 257 offensive yards (125 rushing/257 passing), while the Mules had 483 yards (107 rushing/376 passing).
  • The lost was only the sixth  (49-6) for the Saints at BB&T Field since it opened in 2008.  The six losses have been by a combined 16 points.
  • Post was 17-of-26 passing for 257 yards and one touchdown.
  • Pitts had 23 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Zajac finished the game with 14 carries for 55 yards and one touchdown.
  • Senior wide receiver Darrell Crenshaw (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) finished with three catches for 86 yards.
  • Senior wide receiver Logan Winkler (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) had four catches for 79 yards.
  • First-year linebacker Peyton Van Horn (Hebron, Ky./Conner) was named the Jimmy John's Player of the Game as he led the defense with 19 tackles (13 solo/six assisted), including a half sack.
  • Junior linebacker Cody Coffey (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) had 11 tackles (six solo/five assisted), including a tackle for a loss.
  • Junior defensive back Thomas Williams (Oregonia, Ohio/Clinton-Massie) finished with eight tackles (all solo).
  • Junior linebacker Adam Guard (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Pinecrest Academy (Ga.)) had eight tackles (six solo/two assisted).

  • The Saints return to action next Saturday (October 20) when they travel to Duluth, Minnesota to play The College of St. Scholastica.
  • Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern/12 p.m. Central at Public School Stadium.