The St. Andrews-Sewanee Mountain Lions lost their first game of the 2017 campaign on Friday, September 22nd, as Franklin Christian Academy had an offensive explosion in a 61-44 defeat of the host Mountain Lions. The loss dropped their record to 4-1 on the season.
FCA raced out to a 20-0 lead with 9:34 remaining in the first half. Three TD runs of nine, two, and 11 yards and one two point conversion put the Mountain Lions on their heels and they couldn’t recover. Dustin Stensby managed a 31 yard scoring strike to Steven Zhu in the second quarter at the 6:37 mark and Gabriel Stevens added the extra point before FCA added two more scores and a seemingly insurmountable lead at 33-7 at intermission.
The Mountain Lions would not quit as they outscored their visitors from Franklin 37-28 in the second half. It just wasn’t enough as the first half deficit was too much to overcome. Stensby added two more scoring strikes in the second half hitting Blaise Zeitler on a 40 yard strike and Bailey McLean on a 39 yard pass for TDs. Stensby, also ran for two scores from seven and 12 yards. Emmanuel added a 14 yard touchdown jaunt. Stevens connected on all four PAT boots, while Stensby added a pair of two point conversion runs.
Offensively, Stensby carried the ball 16 times for 162 yards and was 9-14-0 through the air for 189 yards. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for three more. Thombs had six carries for 34 yards and a rushing touchdown. Zhu caught three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. Zeitler caught three aerials for 77 yards and a touchdown. Stevens had two catches for 27 yards and McLean caught one pass for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Justin Elgouhary had 10 tackles, while Jalen Tillman and Stevens had eight and seven stops, respectively. Jarrett Willis and Zeitler had six tackles each. Zhu added five stops and an interception. The Mountain Lions were to host Madisonville, KY Defenders on Saturday, September 30th, but the game was cancelled. SAS will host Hendersonville Christian Academy on Saturday, October 7th at 2:00 pm.