Blue Jay Football Looks To Build on Tough Opening Weekend
BY BEN CAMPBELL
The Westminster football team lost their season opener at home on Saturday afternoon to Gustavus Adolphus (MN) 35-6.
The Gusties scored on their opening drive and never looked back. They led 21-0 at halftime, and after putting up another 14 points in the third quarter, took a 35-0 lead into the fourth.
The Blue Jays opened the fourth quarter with a scoring drive of their own, putting up six points on a touchdown pass from Trent White, ’18, to Teddy Deas, ‘19. White finished the game 16-30 for 143 yards passing, with 1 TD and 1 INT. He also added 8 rushing attempts for a team high 48 yards. Mike Washington, ’17, led the team through the air with 6 receptions for 104 yards.
The Blue Jays were outgained 479 yards to 226 in total offense and saw Gustavus Adolphus nearly double them in time of possession, 39:18 to 20:42.
Despite the outcome, Kyle Kroll, ’19, emphasized plenty of bright spots for the team to build on.
“Defensively, we stayed together as a unit and were able to force a turnover against a very aggressive Gustavus offense,” Kroll said. “Offensively, our young offensive line showed a lot of promise in how they executed blocks, allowing our offense to make some explosive plays. We will continue to work hard on both sides of the ball with hopes of becoming a force to be reckoned with in conference this year.”
Jake Money, ’19, said the Blue Jays will look to leadership from upperclassmen as they prepare for their conference opener next weekend.
“After our season opener, everyone knows what we need to work on to reach our full potential,” Money said. “Our older guys can help us get there. They’ve got a lot more experience than younger players, and we have to trust them to keep us focused and headed in the right direction.”
The Blue Jays travel to Iowa Wesleyan next Saturday to take on the Tigers in their conference opener at 1 p.m.