The St. Andrews-Sewanee Mountain Lions closed out a spectacular 2017 football season with a 26-13 victory over their arch rival Webb School. The game was played under the lights at McGee Field on the beautiful campus of the University of the South, Friday, October 20th. The win gave the Mountain Lions a 7-1 regular season record and they will play a postseason game yet to be determined.
On a perfect autumn evening, the Mountain Lions, with eight seniors, playing their last home game and being recognized on “Senior Night” jumped out in front on an Emanuel Thombs one yard plunge with 4:40 remaining in the opening quarter. Reliable placekicker Gabriel Stevens nailed the point after attempt and the hosts led 7-0. Webb tied the game at 1:22 in the first quarter with a 21 yard pass and a successful kick. The Mountain Lions seized control of the contest in the second quarter with a 57 yard touchdown sprint by quarterback Dustin Stensby and a 19 yard touchdown pass from Stensby to Steven Zhu. Stevens made one of the two point after attempts and the Mountain Lions led 20-7 at intermission. The Stensby to Zhu touchdown pass came with: 05 left in the half giving SAS the momentum heading into the second half.
After a scoreless third stanza, the Mountain Lions added their final touchdown of the evening with a Blaise Zeitler one yard run. The conversion failed and with 10:05 remaining in the game the Mountain Lions had a 26-7 lead. Webb added their second and final score with a one yard pass with 5:30 remaining. The conversion failed and the score was 26-13, which became the final score.
Offensively, Stensby was the rushing leader as he has been most of the season. He rushed 15 times for 189 yards, was 2-8-0 for 40 yards passing and had a rushing and passing touchdown. Zeitler ran 13 times for 78 yards, had a touchdown and also caught a pass for 21 yards. Jack Simons carried the ball 15 times for 38 yards and Thombs carried three times for 16 yards and a touchdown. Zhu had the other reception, which was a 19 yard touchdown aerial.
Defensively, Jalen Tillman had seven tackles including one for a loss. Justin Elgouhary had six stops, broke up two passes, and forced a fumble. Stevens and Zeitler had five tackles each. Zeitler also broke up three passes. Laurzen Schumacher and Jarrett Willis had three tackles each. Schumacher had two of his stops for losses and recovered a fumble. Larson Heitzenrater, seeing his first action of the season had two tackles as did Ben Matthews. Simons, Zhu, and Bailey McLean each had a one tackle. Zhu had an interception and McLean recovered a fumble.
The Mountain Lions had a great season with the 7-1 regular season mark. The team will be rewarded with a postseason game for their efforts. Good luck to the Mountain Lions and congratulations!