WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Senior Kimu Kim (Canfield, OH / Canfield) ran for a career-best three touchdowns, leading the Westminster College football team to a 28-7 victory at Waynesburg University Saturday afternoon.
Westminster out-gained Waynesburg 379-148, including a 267-65 advantage on the ground. Senior Dominique McKinley (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg-Salem) totaled 77 yards from 21 carries and a score. Senior Zaire Williams (Sicklerville, N.J. / Timber Creek) added 48 yards off seven carries.
Titan senior quarterback Paul Columbo (Boca Raton, FL / West Boca Raton) went 12-of-21 with 112 yards, including an interception. Junior Bryson Paulinellie (DuBois, PA / Dubois Area) led the Titan receiving corps with three catches for 34 yards.
Westminster totaled 24 first downs, to Waynesburg’s 11.
Junior Miguel Luis (Hollywood, FL / Mater Academy) led the Titan defense with six total tackles (four assists and two solo). Senior CJ Armstrong (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista), along with juniors Bill Madeja (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood), Travis Lauster (Prospect, PA / Slippery Rock), and John Fitzgerald (Youngstown, OH / Youngstown East) each had five tackles. Armstrong also had 1.5 sacks, followed by Tyler Beatrice (Monaca, PA / Central Valley) with one.
On the opening kickoff, Westminster successfully recovered an onside kick on its own 27-yard line; sophomore Bryce Hill (Boynton Beach, FL / Boca Raton Community) was able to jump onto the ball. The Titans capitalized with a 15-play, 73-yard drive (totaling 4:49 off the clock), capped off with a three-yard score by Kim. Following the extra point by freshman John Cybak (Massillon, OH / Tuslaw), Westminster led 7-0 with 9:59 on the clock.
Waynesburg was not fooled on a fake punt attempt by Westminster on 4th-and-11 on the Titans’ 47-yard line. Seven plays later, the Yellow Jackets got on the board after Tyler Perone found Alec Watts for a 12-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-10. Waynesburg tied the game, 7-7, after a point-after-touchdown by Garret Guthrie.
Later in the second quarter, Kim put the Titans back in front with another three-yard touchdown with 5:41 left before halftime. The scoring drive consisted of 13-plays and 78 yards, eating up 4:42 from the clock. Cybak’s PAT put Westminster ahead 14-7.
Westminster added two more scores in the fourth quarter to seal the win. McKinley notched the first one on the Titans’ second drive of the frame with a 10-yard run. The Titans took advantage of favorable field position, after recovering a Waynesburg fumble on the Yellow Jackets’ 24-yard line, as Kim crossed the goal line (four plays later) from two yards out for his third touchdown of the game with 14 seconds remaining.
The Titans improved to 1-1 overall, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 0-2.
The Titans have their bye week next week. Westminster will next host Bethany College in its Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) opener on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. Today’s game against Waynesburg did not count as a conference contest due to unbalanced scheduling.