The St. Andrews-Sewanee Mountain Lions ran their season record to 6-1 with a 56-8 blasting of Hendersonville Christian Academy on Saturday, October 7th. The win sets up the Mountain Lions to play Webb School on Friday, October 20th, for a chance to play for their conference championship. That game will be played at 7:00 pm on the campus of the University of the South.
It only took the Mountain Lions 41 seconds to find paydirt as senior Emanuel Thombs raced 45 yards to the end zone and Gabriel Stevens kicked the extra point for a quick 7-0 lead. Blaise Zeitler scored at the 8:53 mark of the first quarter from one yard out and Stevens added the extra point for a 14-0 lead. Senior signal caller Dustin Stensby added touchdown runs of 10 and four yards and Stevens kicked both conversion kicks for a 28-0 lead after one quarter.
The Mountain Lions scored three more times before the half during the second stanza when Thombs scored from 20 yards out, Jack Simons hit paydirt from four yards, and Thombs caught a 37 yard aerial from Stensby for the second quarter scoring. Stevens kick all three conversion boots and the Mountain Lions headed to intermission with an insurmountable lead of 49-0.
The second half saw a running clock and one score by each team. Mountain Lion Zeitler scored from 10 yards out and Stevens added his eighth conversion kick in the fourth quarter. HCA scored with 3:40 left on a 10 yard run and added a two point conversion for the final count of 56-8.
Offensively, Stensby ran 12 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He was 3-5-0 through the air for 91 yards and a touchdown pass. Thombs ran 4 times for 73 yards and caught one pass for 37 yards. Thombs had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Zeitler had five carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Ben Matthews ran the ball five times for 22 yards, while Simons had one carry for four yards and a touchdown. Cameron Harmon carried twice for eight yards. Steven Zhu had a 20 yard reception and Zeitler hauled in an aerial for 19 yards.
Defensively, the team gave up 52 net yards on ground and 85 through the air for a total of 137 yards. Individually, the Mountain Lions were led by Justin Elgouhary with five tackles. He had one tackle for a loss, while forcing a fumble. Jalen Tillman had four stops including one for a loss and a fumble recovery. Caden Graham and Zhu had two stops each. Jarrett Willis, David Yang, Steven Anderson, Laurenz Schumacher, Zeitler, Stensby, and Thombs each had a tackle. Zhu and Stevens had interceptions, while Zeitler recovered a fumble and Willis recorded a sack.