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Thomas More Shuts Out St. Scholastica, 35-0; Clinch 23rd Winning Season

Thomas More Shuts Out St. Scholastica, 35-0; Clinch 23rd Winning Season

(DULUTH, Minn.) – Thomas More University senior running back Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) crossed the 1,000 yard rushing plateau for the season and the Saints clinched their 23rd winning season today (Saturday, October 20, 2018) as they defeated The College of St. Scholastica, 35-0, at Public School Stadium in Duluth, Minnesota.

  • Thomas More took a 7-0 lead with 2:31 to play in the first quarter when senior running back Luke Zajac (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) scored on a two-yard run and junior kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) made the point after attempt.

  • The Saints extended the lead to 14-0 when junior quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Da'marco Canty (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee) and Mathias added the PAT with 10:58 to play in the quarter.
  • Post and Canty connected on a 39-yard scoring pass with 22-seconds to play in the quarter to give the Saints a 20-0 halftime lead.

  • The lead grew to 22-0 with 10:19 to play in the third quarter when St. Scholastica snapped a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

  • Thomas More increased the lead to 28-0 with 9:15 to play in the game when Post connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Darrell Crenshaw (Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison).
  • The Saints closed out the scoring with 4:07 to play in the game when sophomore running back Dillion Powell (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) scored on a nine-yard touchdown run and junior kicker Alex Barnhart (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) added the PAT for the final score of 35-0.

  • The win clinched Thomas More's 23rd winning season in 29 years of football at the University.
  • Thomas More improves to 6-2.
  • St. Scholastica falls to 4-3.
  • Thomas More out-gained St. Scholastica 569 yards (361 rushing/208 passing) to 154 yards (0 rushing/154 passing).
  • Pitts finished the game with 200 yards on the ground on 20 carries and now has 1,176 rushing yards this season.  He also had five catches for 26 yards.
  • Post was 17-of-26 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Zajac carried the ball 21 times for 103 yards and one touchdown.
  • Canty had two catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Crenshaw finished the game with 44 yards and one touchdown on three catches.
  • First-year linebacker Peyton Van Horn (Hebron, Ky./Conner) led the defense as he had 11 tackles (six solo/five assisted), including four and a half tackles for a loss and one sack.
  • Junior linebacker Cody Coffey (Anderson, Ohio/Anderson) had five tackles (four solo/one assisted), including one tackle for a loss.
  • Junior defensive lineman Noah Sayre (Lebanon, Ohio/Lebanon) had five tackles (three solo/two assisted), including two sacks.
  • Junior defensive back Thomas Williams (Oregonia, Ohio/Clinton-Massie) finished with five tackles (two solo/three assisted).

  • Thomas More is idle next Saturday (October 27) and returns to action on November 3 when it hosts NCAA Division II member Lake Erie College at 12 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.