WASHINGTON, Pa. (Oct. 13, 2012) - Washington & Jefferson College junior running back Dion Wiegand (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks) rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown, while catching six passes for 79 yards to help the Presidents record a 24-21 PAC football victory over Westminster on Senior Day Saturday at Cameron Stadium.
The Presidents (5-2, 4-1 PAC) were playing their first home game since the tragic death of senior running back Tim McNerney (Butler, Pa./Knoch), who was remembered during the Senior Day ceremony prior to kickoff. After a moment of silence, McNerney's family walked out onto the field and watched as red and black balloons were released at the announcement of his name, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd.
During the game, Wiegand, McNerney’s replacement, totaled 168 all-purpose yards for the Presidents, who remain in control of their own destiny for the conference title. "They want to win, and there is nothing wrong with that," said Head Coach Mike Sirianni to the Observer-Reporter after noting that his players were smiling more this week. "We can honor Tim with a conference championship. We need three more.”
The game concluded with the Presidents gathering with McNerney's family in a celebratory huddle in the end zone, where they all gave "high-fives" in honor of their beloved teammate. This Saturday, they host Saint Vincent at Cameron Stadium for W&J's Homecoming celebration. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
To learn how the campus community is remembering McNerney, visit http://www.washjeff.edu/mcnerneymemorial.
For the full game story, go to http://www.washjeff.edu/sportsnews/presidents-edge-titans-24-21-senior-day-cameron-stadium.