Four TD Passes From Bliss Lead Presidents Over Titans
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Senior quarterback Matt Bliss (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) passed for 264 yards and four touchdowns to help Washington & Jefferson record a 38-6 PAC football victory at Westminster Saturday night.
Junior defensive end Jon Lowery (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) had three sacks for the Presidents' defense which limited the Titans (2-4, 1-3) to 299 total yards. Bliss completed 17-of-28 passes for the Presidents, who racked up 490 yards.
Senior Alex Baroffio (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) returned the opening kickoff 60 yards and W&J scored seven plays later on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bliss to senior running back Dion Wiegand (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks).
On Westminster's second series, senior safety B.J. Monacelli (Cassadaga, N.Y./Cassadaga Valley) intercepted the ninth pass of his career, but W&J was unable to convert. The Presidents strung together a 13-play drive in between the first and second quarters and senior Craig Popp (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) booted a 21-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
W&J was stopped inside the Westminster 10-yard line on its next possession, but the defense pulled forced a punt and the offense responded with a touchdown drive. Sophomore running back Ryan Ruffing (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) gained 16 yards on a run and then finished the drive with a 1-yard rush a play later for a 17-0 advantage.
One of Lowery's three sacks ended the next Westminster possession and Bliss fired a 62-yard touchdown pass to junior Dan Lucas (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) for a 24-0 halftime lead.
Westminster scored on its second possession of the third quarter, but a pair of Bliss scoring passes to Baroffio later in the quarter put the game out of reach. Baroffio finished the game with 199 all-purpose yards, including eight receptions for 139 yards.
Wiegand continued to pile up yards on the ground with 30 carries for 157 yards, while Lucas totaled 90 yards on three catches. Junior linebacker Jared Pratt (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) led the defense with 10 tackles, while sophomore safety Bryce Merrill (New Stanton, Pa./Hempfield) had eight stops and intercepted a pass which set up the first Bliss-to-Baroffio scoring pass.