The St. Andrews-Sewanee Mountain Lion football team made it two wins in a row to begin the 2017 campaign with a 28-0 shutout of Riverside Christian Academy of Fayetteville. The win puts the Mountain Lions at 2-0 on the young season as they opened up their home schedule with the big victory on August 31.
The Mountain Lions scored in each quarter. Their first score came after the two teams exchanged possessions to start the game. Dustin Stensby scored the first of his three touchdowns with a seven-yard run with 2:04 left in the opening quarter. Gabriel Stevens connected on the first of his four PAT conversions and the hosts took a 7-0 lead. Stensby had a 35-yard run to set up his touchdown run.
Stensby scored his second touchdown with a six-yard run with 3:44 left in the first half. Stevens added the PAT kick for the Mountain Lions and it gave them a 14-0 lead. Blaise Zeitler had a 42-yard run to highlight the touchdown drive.
After leading 14-0 at the half, Stensby struck for the third time. SAS hit RCA lightning quick with Stensby’s 54 yard run with only 1:55 gone in the third stanza. Once again, Stevens connected on the extra point kick and the Mountain Lions were on their way with a 21-0 lead.
With the defense playing lights out, the Mountain Lions used their ground game in the fourth quarter, led by workhorse Jack Simons. Simons scored with a minute left from one yard out and Stevens made it a perfect night on extra-point kicks and 28-0 lead that iced the game and would be the final score.
Defensively, the Mountain Lions were led by big Jalen Tillman. He had nine solo tackles and two assists. The big man got plenty of support as Justin Elgouhary and Zeitler added nine total stops each. Elgouhary had seven solos and two assists, while Zeitler had eight solos and one assist. Junior Jarrett Willis had three solo stops and three assists. Senior Steven Zhu had three solo tackles and broke up two passes. Stevens had two solo tackles and an interception. Bailey McLean Emanuel Thombs, and Simons recorded one solo stop each. Stensby had two interceptions.
Offensively, Stensby was the leader with 210 yards on 31 carries and his three touchdowns. Zeitler added 109 yards on 10 carries, while Simons carried the ball 13 times for 61 yards.
The Mountain Lions host the Tennessee Heat at 4 p.m., on September 8. SAS is looking to make it three in a row on the 2017 football season.
SAS – Dustin Stensby 7-yard run (Gabriel Stevens kick) 2:04 1st qtr.; SAS – Stensby 6-yard run (Stevens kick) 3:44 2nd qtr.; SAS – Stensby 54-yard run (Stevens kick) 10:05 3rd qtr.; SAS – Jack Simons 1-yard run (Stevens kick) 1:00 4th qtr.
SAS individual leaders – rushing: Dustin Stensby 31 carries 210 yards 3 TDs; Blaise Zeitler 10 carries 109 yards; Jack Simons 13 carries 61 yards 1 TD; Emanuel Thombs 3 carries 10 yards. PATs: Gabriel Stevens 4-4.