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Watch it On-demand! Westminster defeats W&J in PAC title game

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Watch It On-Demand! WC defeats W&J in PAC title game

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (pacathletics.org)--Westminster College clipped Washington & Jefferson College 27-20 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championship game Friday night at Memorial Field at Harold Burry Stadium. 

 
A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns helped Westminster erase a 17-14 deficit and claim its first-ever PAC title. Westminster's defense sacked W&J seven times and forced four turnovers.
 
Westminster (5-0) won despite just 158 yards of total offense in the game. W&J (3-1) finished with 292 yards of total offense. 
 
Westminster junior quarterback Cole Konieczka (Coraopolis, Pa. | Moon) finished 12-of-24 passing for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Tylon Eilam (Sharon, Pa. | Sharon) caught four passes for 62 yards. Senior wide receiver Ian Valente (Johnstown, Pa. | Westmont Hilltop) and junior tight end Bryce Sallack (Luthersburg, Pa. | DuBois) each had a touchdown. Sophomore running back Ryan Gomes (Tampa, Fla. | Walter L. Sickles) netted 42 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
 
Junior defensive lineman Brayden Thimons (Natrona Heights, Pa. | Highlands) paced the Westminster defensive with 11 tackles and 4.0 sacks. Junior defensive back Bryce Thomas (Saint Marys, Ga. | Camden County) finished with eight tackles and an interception. Sophomore defensive back Luca Botti (Ellwood City, Pa. | Ellwood City) and sophomore linebacker Nicholas Treloar (New Castle, Pa. | New Castle) each added interceptions. Junior linebacker Ian Barr (State College, Pa. | State College) returned a first quarter fumble 43 yards for a touchdown. Barr added four tackles, 1.0 sack and a pair of forced fumbles. 
 
W&J freshman running back Justin Huss (Derry, Pa. | Derry) rushed 20 times for 107 yards in his first collegiate start. Senior wide receiver Payton Skalos (Cranberry Township, Pa. | Seneca Valley) led all players with highs in catches (8) and receiving yards (98). Junior quarterback Justin Heacock (New Concord, Ohio | John Glenn) finished 24-of-44 passing for 198 yards, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions.
 
Sophomore linebacker Alex Bellinotti (Lower Burrell, Pa. | Shady Side Academy) and senior linebacker Sean Doran (New Castle, Pa. | Neshannock) led the W&J defensive effort with nine and eight tackles, respectively. Junior defensive lineman Elijah Goosby (Rochester, Pa. | Rochester) recorded a pair of sacks and tallied seven tackles.

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