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Football: Thimons Named PAC Defensive Player of the Year, Titans Break School Record with 19 All-PAC Selections

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Football: Thimons Named PAC Defensive Player of the Year, Titans Break School Record with 19 All-PAC Selections

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Westminster football team had 19 players named to the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) teams – breaking the program record of 18, set in the 2011 season. First Team honoree senior defensive lineman Brayden Thimons (Natrona Heights, PA / Highlands) led the Titans and was named the PAC Defensive Player of the Year, earning his second First Team honor and first Defensive Player of the Year honor. First-year defensive back Kevin Wright (West Palm Beach, FL / Seminole Ridge) was also named the PAC Newcomer of the Year and earned a spot on the All-PAC Second Team.

Joining Thimons on the All-PAC First Team for Westminster was senior offensive lineman Gabriel Cleveland (Cumming, GA / South Forsyth), his third All-PAC honor, this marking his first selection to First Team. Along with seniors, linebacker Ian Barr (State College, PA / State College Area) and defensive back Bryce Thomas (Saint Marys, GA / Camden County) both receiving their second consecutive First Team selection. Rounding out the First Team honorees was junior kicker Joshua Byers (Pittsburgh, PA / Canon McMillan), his first of his career.

Earning Second Team honors were graduate student offensive lineman Jake Rocco (Cranberry Township, PA / Seneca Valley) and sophomore wide receiver Tylon Eilam (Sharon, PA / Sharon Area), this marking the second straight year Rocco and Eilam have been named to the Second Team. Senior quarterback Cole Konieczka (Coraopolis, PA / Moon Area) joined them as well and was voted to his third All-PAC team in his career as well as junior tight end Chevy Dawson (Port St. Lucie, FL / Centennial), who voted to his second all-conference team of his career, including a First Team honor last season. Senior defensive lineman Frank Antuono (New Castle, PA / Neshannock), garnered his second straight All-PAC honor. Rounding out the Second Team honorees were junior linebacker Nicholas Treloar (New Castle, PA / New Castle), making his first appearance on the all-conference team.

Garnering All-PAC Honorable Mention were juniors tight end Damon Maul (Portage, PA / Cambria Heights), linebacker Jarred Kohl (York, Pa / York Catholic), and running back Ryan Gomes (Tampa, FL / Walter L. Sickles), along with seniors, wide receiver Denny Dennison (Windson, PA / Red Lion Area), defensive linemen Tyree Reeder (Youngstown, OH / Ursuline) and Noah Crawford (Ashburn, VA / Stone Bridge). First-year defensive back Brice Butler (Farrell, PA / Farrell) was also named to All-PAC Honorable Mention. All were named to their first All-PAC team.

Senior tight end Bryce Sallack (Luthersburg, PA / DuBois Area) was named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team.

Thimons led the PAC in sacks (9) and tackles for loss (16). He recorded 57 tackles (26 solo) and a 27-yard pick six against Saint Vincent. Thimons was also a threat on offense with one rushing touchdown and three receiving touchdowns.

Cleveland and Rocco were anchors on the offensive line which helped guide the way for Westminster to average 33.6 per game, good for third in the conference.

Barr and Thomas were staples of the relentless Titan defense all year as Barr tallied 62 tackles (24 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and forced two fumbles, along with recording the game-winner pass break-up against Washington & Jefferson. Thomas registered a team-high 72 (45 solo), good for ninth in the PAC, to go with four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Byers went 6-8 (75%) on field goal attempts this season and recorded a career-high three made field goals against Geneva on Senior Day.

Eilam recorded a career-high 813 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. He registered a career-high 172 receiving yards in the win over Washington & Jefferson.

Konieczka commanded the Titan offense under center all year as he completed 159 of his 275 passing attempts for 2,102 and 21 passing touchdowns.

Dawson recorded ten catches for 164 yards and caught three touchdowns.

Antuono tallied 34 tackles (eight solo), seven tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He was also a dual-threat on offense as he recorded two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

Treloar was a menace to opposing offenses as he racked up 66 tackles (25 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, a forced fumble, an interception, and a safety.

Wright, a key contributor to the Titan defensive backfield, registered 33 tackles (17 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and four interceptions. Butler recorded four interceptions, along with 27 tackles (14 solo), two tackles for loss, and two pick-sixes.

Maul, a member of the deep receiving corps of the Titans, tallied seven receptions for 51 yards and three touchdowns.

Kohl, a stout comrade of the linebacking crew, recorded 49 tackles (24 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, forced a fumble, and blocked a punt.

Gomes, one of the many weapons in the offensive backfield, notched 563 rushing yards with three rushing touchdowns to go along with eight catches for 111 yards.

Dennison, a veteran leader in the receiver room, racked up 430 receiving yards on 28 catches with two touchdown receptions, including the game-winner against Grove City.

Reeder and Crawford were members of the experienced defensive front of Westminster. Reeder tallied 42 tackles (12 solo), seven tackles for loss, a sack. Crawford registered 32 tackles (ten solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble.

Westminster (8-2, 8-1 PAC) won its second-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship and will host the Hobart Statesmen in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Asa S. Bushnell Bowl this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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