The St. Andrews-Sewanee Mountain Lion football team ran their 2017 winning streak to four games as they defeated previously undefeated Franklin Classical 34-14 in Franklin on Friday, September 15th. The win gave the Mountain Lions a 4-0 record on the season.
The two teams played pretty close for the first two quarters. The Mountain Lions struck first as QB Dustin Stensby scored from 11 yards out and Gabriel Stevens added the PAT boot for a 7-0 lead at the 9:02 lead in the first quarter. After Franklin Classical countered with a three yard touchdown plunge with 4:50 remaining in the opening stanza, the Mountain Lions led 7-6 after the hosts failed on their conversion attempt. Blaise Zeitler scampered 55 yards a minute and 10 seconds later to paydirt and Steven’s conversion kick gave the Mountain Lions a 14-6 lead after one quarter.
The second quarter saw the hosts add a touchdown with 4:09 left before half and after a two point conversion completion the game was tied at 14-14. Stensby then hit Zeitler on a nine yard touchdown pass on the last play of the first half and Stevens added the PAT and SAS took a 21-14 lead into intermission.
The score at the end of the half gave the Mountain Lions the momentum they needed to carry into the second half. With a defense pitching a shutout in the second half, the offense added two third quarter touchdowns to seal the victory in the battle of the unbeatens. Stensby scored on runs of 72 and 66 yards, while Stevens was one of two on PAT kicks. That was all the points the Mountain Lions would need to win 34-14.
Offensively, Stensby carried the ball eight times for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Zeitler added 156 yards on 10 totes with a rushing touchdown. He also caught two passes for 19 yards and a receiving touchdown. Stensby was 2-5-0 through the air for 19 yards. Jack Simons had 28 yards rushing on seven carries.
Defensively, Jalen Tillman had eight tackles. Justin Elgouhary was close behind with seven stops. Jarrett Willis had four tackles. Zeitler and Steven Zhu had three stops each. Stensby and Stevens added two tackles. Caden Graham and Ben Matthews had one tackle each. Graham had a sack while Stevens added an interception.