WAYNESBURG, Pa. - Waynesburg blocked the would-be, game-tying
extra point kick with 38 seconds left as the Westminster College
football team lost a cliffhanger, 24-23, at Waynesburg Saturday in
a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game.
The Titans fall to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in the PAC, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Westminster came back from a 24-14 deficit when junior kicker Trevor Young kicked a 35-yard field goal, capping off a 14-play drive with 3:03 remaining.
The Titan defense stuffed Waynesburg for a three-and-out on the Yellow Jackets' ensuing possession, which included Westminster sophomore defensive end Aaron Nauer sacking Waynesburg quarterback Brad Dawson on a second-down play to the Waynesburg 14-yard line.
After Westminster received a punt, the Titans drove 51 yards on six plays and scored with 38 seconds left when junior quarterback Shawn Lehocky threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Geno Pasquinelli in the corner of the end zone.
Waynesburg's Bryan Gary was credited for blocking Young's extra point kick that would have tied the game.
Both teams posted 18 first downs apiece and Westminster edged Waynesburg in total yards, 330-320, but a lopsided difference came on third down as the Titans were 1 of 12 on third-conversions compared to Waynesburg at 6 of 14.
Lehocky completed 14 of 25 passes for 165 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 19 times for 69 yards.
Pasquinelli caught eight passes for 92 yards and a career-high two touchdowns as the Titans' leading receiver. He also snared a 26-yard touchdown pass from Lehocky to cut Waynesburg's lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter.
Dawson gave the Jackets a 24-14 lead when he connected with Adam Moses for a 5-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter.
Dawson finished the game 17-of-29 passing for 178 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also led Waynesburg in rushing with four totes for 37 yards.
The game started with Westminster freshman running back Tyler Banks capping off an eight-play, 57-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown scamper when the Titans elected to go for it on fourth down. Banks, who was making his first career start, rushed 20 times for 95 yards and a touchdown.
After Westminster led 7-0 with 9:21 remaining in the first quarter, Waynesburg scored three times to end the half: a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs by Dominic Moore and Bertrand Ngampa, followed by a 31-yard field goal by Jon Storck as time expired in the first half.
Sophomore defensive back J.J. Nalesnik, who made his first career start, led the Titans with eight tackles. Nathan Harr paced the Jacket defense with nine stops.
Westminster hosts Thiel for the first-ever home night game in Westminster history Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.