NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The No. 12 Westminster football team lost, 48-7, to the No.1 Mount Union Purple Raiders in nationally ranked-matchup at home in their season-opener on Saturday.
Mount Union gained early control by scoring 14 unanswered points in the first quarter. Senior linebacker Nicholas Treloar (New Castle, PA / New Castle) provided a spark to the Titans as he intercepted Braxton Plunk and put Westminster in scoring position. The Mount Union defense held strong managing to put the Titans in a 4th down situation. Senior quarterback Cole Konieczka (Coraopolis, PA / Moon Area) prevailed by finding junior tight end Chevy Dawson (Port St. Lucie, FL / Centennial) in the back corner of the endzone to make the score 14-7.
As the first half continued, Mount Union would score on its next two drives. In the second quarter, Treloar made his presence felt again as he strip-sacked Mount Union's quarterback, recovered and returned the ball 37 yards to put the Titans in good field position. The Purple Raiders, however, picked off Konieczka two plays later and scored on their ensuing drive. Mount Union maintained a 35-7 lead at halftime.
Mount Union would score two more touchdowns with one of the extra points blocked by senior linebacker Ian Barr (State College, PA / State College) in the third quarter.
Konieczka finished 14 of 27 for 125 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. First-year Kevin Wright (West Palm Beach, FL / Seminole Ridge) led the defense with a game-high 13 tackles. Junior Nicholas Treloar (New Castle, PA / New Castle) registered a game-best 2.5 tackles for a loss, to go along with a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception.
The Titans, who have a bye next week, are back in action Saturday, September 18 as they travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on Case Western Reserve in their Presidents' Athletics Conference (PAC) opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.