NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College football team won, 41-14, over Bethany College in its Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) opener Saturday afternoon.
Westminster outgained Bethany 396-285 in total yards, including a 282 to 182 advantage on the ground. Titan seniors Dominique McKinley (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg-Salem) and Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community) each totaled 67 yards, to go along with two scores apiece. McKinley now has a team-leading six rushing touchdowns on the season. Sophomore Bryce Hill (Boynton Beach, FL / Boca Raton Community) had the longest run of the day with 77 yards. Senior Paul Columbo (Boca Raton, FL / West Boca Raton) went 7-of-10 for 114 yards, with a score and an interception. Columbo is now two passing touchdowns away from tying the school record for most career passing scores.
Titan sophomore Paul Gonzalez (Miami, FL / Florida Christian) led the defense with a game-high 12 tackles, while senior Bobby Noble (Murrysville, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) had 10. Noble also tied a game-high with a team-best two sacks. Junior Bradley Dickinson (Lexington, KY / Lexington Christian Acadmey) added a sack, while senior Tyler Beatrice (Monaca, PA / Central Valley) and junior John Fitzgerald (Youngstown, OH / Youngstown East) each had a half sack. Senior Todd Jeter (Monroeville, PA / Gateway) returned an interception for a touchdown. Jeter now has a team-leading two picks on the year.
On Westminster’s second drive of the game, McKinley scored the first points of the game after a 35-yard touchdown run, capping off a 5-play, 49-yard drive. An extra point by freshman John Cybak (Massillon, OH / Tuslaw), put the Titans in front 7-0 with 7:36 remaining in the first.
Bethany responded on its ensuing possession with a 49-yard touchdown run by Raekwon Wright.
The Titans regained the lead quickly on their next drive, this time conducting a 7-play, 97-yard drive. Columbo found classmate Dylan Goff (Beaver, PA / Beaver) for a 61-yard touchdown pass. The Titans led 14-7 at the end of the first.
On Bethany’s next drive in the second quarter, the Titan defense stopped the Bison on fourth-down after Noble and Fitzgerald sacked Chase Kinemond. Westminster answered, finding the end zone two plays later. Hill sprinted for a 77-yard gain to Bethany’s four-yard line and McKinley scored his second touchdown on the next play.
Westminster scored its third unanswered touchdown after Bentley found the end zone from 46 yards out. The Titans led 27-7 at halftime.
The Bison cut into the Titans’ lead on their first possession of the second half. Kinemond ran it in from 12 yards out, capping off a 9-play, 76-yard drive. Westminster led 27-14 with 5:08 to play in the third.
Later in the third quarter, Jeter extended the Titans’ lead with an interception return for a 38-yard touchdown with 2:11 on the clock.
Bentley added another Westminster score, his second on the day, with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard run.
The Titans improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC, while the Bison dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Westminster is back in action Saturday, September 30 with a road contest at Thomas More College. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.