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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College football team fell to non-conference opponent Wesley College, 42-34, at home in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Clayton Chapman Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
Wesley ended its season with a 7-4 overall record. The Titans also ended their season 7-4 overall.
After a three-and-out by the Titans on the first possession of the game, Wesley orchestrated a 10 play, 60-yard drive that resulted in an eight-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs to put the Wolverines up 7-0. Westminster answered with a touchdown on its next possession, as freshman quarterback Cole Konieczka (Coraopolis, PA / Moon Area) found junior wide receiver Joey Joy (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland) for a six-yard catch and score. Sophomore John Cybak’s (Massillon, OH / Tuslaw) extra point was successful and the game was tied at seven. Early in the second quarter at the 13:13 mark, junior Tyler Greene (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) rushed in a three-yard score to give the Titans a 14-7 advantage (Cybak kick was good). With time winding down in the first half, Wesley’s E.J. Lee punched in a three-yard rushing touchdown with just eight seconds remaining, tying the game at 14 (Nick Bruhn kick successful). The score would stay the same at halftime.
In the first drive of the second half, senior Bill Madeja (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) picked off Burroughs at the Wesley 46-yard line and returned it 31 yards to the Westminster 15. In the next possession for the Titans, freshman Isiah Canton (Pittsburgh, PA / Carlynton) converted a one-yard rushing touchdown to give Westminster a 21-14 lead (Cybak kick was good). Westminster held the Wolverines to a three-and-out on its next possession, however, Wesley’s Vincent Ebron picked off Konieczka and returned it 39 yards to the Westminster six. Two plays later, Burroughs ran in a one-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21 (Bruhn PAT successful). On the Titans next possession, Wesley’s Cappadonna Miller recovered a fumble at the Westminster 34-yard line. Burroughs found Alex Kemp for a 68-yard score two plays later and Wesley went ahead, 28-21 (Bruhn kick good). Facing a third and five with five and a half minutes to play in the third, Konieczka connected with sophomore Nick Henderson (Conway, PA / Freedom Area) for 68 yards and a touchdown. Cybak’s point after attempt was unsuccessful and the Titans trailed 28-27 with 5:19 to play in the third. Wesley answered on its next possession with a Burroughs 17-yard rushing touchdown, putting the Wolverines ahead 35-27 (Bruhn kick good). On the Titans next possession, Wesley’s Coray Williams picked off Konieczka and returned it 27-yards to the Westminster seven, setting up first and goal for the Wolverines. Two plays later, Burroughs found Corterris Simpson for a 13-yard catch-and-score, putting Wesley ahead 42-27 (Bruhn kick was successful).
The third quarter ended with both teams combining for 41 points, with Wesley scoring 28 points and Westminster scoring 13.
Westminster found the end zone with 5:36 to play in the fourth quarter, as Coniezcka connected with senior Brsyson Paulinellie (DuBois, PA / Dubois Area) for a 17-yard score, making the score 42-34 (Cybak kick good). Wesley ran 10 plays and took 5:07 off the clock on its next possession, giving the Titans just 26 seconds to work with to score after the Titans stopped the Wolverines on fourth down. With one second remaining, senior quarterback Shamon Walker’s (Pittsburgh, PA / Milton Hershey) hail-mary attempt was unsuccessful and Wesley won, 42-34.
Konieczka finished the game with a game-and career-high 293 yards passing on 22 of 39 passing and three touchdowns. Junior Bryce Hill (Boynton Beach, FL / Boca Raton Community) led the team on the ground with 57 yards. Walker added 33 yards on the ground, including a long of 17. Paulinellie totaled a game-and career-high nine catches for a game-and career-high 129 yards and a score. Henderson tallied two catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, while junior Connor Cox (Ridge, MD / Leonardtown) also registered 76 yards on five catches. On the defensive side, freshman Ian Barr (State College, PA / State College Area) finished with a team-and career-high 13 tackles (four solo) and had one forced fumble. Senior Miguel Luis (Hollywood, FL / Mater Academy) recorded 12 tackles (five solo) and recovered a fumble. Junior Paul Gonzalez (Miami, FL / Florida Christian) had 11 tackles (four solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss (six yards). Freshman Bryce Thomas (Saint Marys, GA / Camden County) recorded 10 tackles, tied a game-high seven solo tackles, and had a half-sack for a three-yard loss. Madeja totaled eight tackles (five solo), one interception, one QB hit, and 1.5 tackles for loss (three yards).

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