NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College football team erased a 14-0 deficit to win 20-14 over Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Geneva College on Saturday for Senior Day.
Geneva (3-7, 2-5 PAC) scored the only points in the first half when Bryan Stafford ran it in from four yards out. Malichi Savage’s extra point gave the Golden Tornadoes a 7-0 lead with 12:08 remaining in the second quarter.
The Golden Tornadoes extended their lead in the third quarter after Trewon Marshall ran for a score, capping off a 14-play, 72-yard drive. Another extra point by Savage put Geneva up 14-0 with 7:11 on the clock.
Later in the third quarter, senior Paul Columbo (Boca Raton, FL / West Boca Raton) found classmate senior Dylan Goff (Beaver, PA / Beaver) for a 4-yard touchdown pass, for Goff’s second touchdown reception of the year. Columbo’s touchdown pass made him only the second Westminster quarterback to throw 60 career touchdowns, joining College Football Hall of Famer Joe Micchia.
Titan senior Kimu Kim (Canfield, OH / Canfield) scored the final two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter. Kim’s first score capped off an 11-play, 56-yard drive. The Titans started the drive on their own 44-yard line, after sophomore Paul Gonzalez (Miami, FL / Florida Christian) forced a Geneva fumble and sophomore Austin Chin (Boca Raton, FL / West Boca Raton) recovered it. During the scoring drive, Kim converted on 4th-and-1 with a 6-yard run to Geneva’s 1-yard line, before going into the end zone from one yard out. The Titan defense forced Geneva to punt on the Golden Tornadoes’ next possession, which set up a 6-play, 55-yard scoring drive for Westminster. Once again Kim converted on 4th-and-1 with his legs, this time for the go-ahead score from four yards out, giving the Titans their first lead of the game, 20-14, with 3:14 left.
On Geneva’s ensuing possession, Titan junior linebacker Bill Madeja (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) stopped Bryan Stafford for no gain on 4th-and-4 to seal the Titan victory.
Titan senior running back Dominique McKinley (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg-Salem) surpassed Denny Flora (1995-98) for fourth all-time in school history with 3,367 career rushing yards, as he ran for a game- and season-high 116 yards. Kim finished with 50 yards off 10 carries and two scores. Columbo finished 11 of 16 for 100 yards and a score, to go along with 42 yards on the ground. Gonzalez, senior Tyler Beatrice (Monaca, PA / Central Valley), and junior Miguel Luis (Hollywood, FL / Mater Academy) each totaled a game-high 12 tackles. The total tied a career-best for Gonzalez and set a career-high for Beatrice. Titan sophomore Garrett Bishop (Fombell, PA / Riverside) added a career-high 10 tackles.
Westminster outgained Geneva in total yards, 311-252, including a 100-7 advantage in passing.
Westminster concluded the regular season 7-3 overall and 6-2 in the PAC.