Football Overcomes Slow Start, Tops Austin College in SAA Opener

Football Overcomes Slow Start, Tops Austin College in SAA Opener

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee football team captured its first Southern Athletic Association victory in the conference opener, downing the Kangaroos of Austin College, 28-20, Saturday afternoon from Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (2-1, 1-0) 28, Austin (0-3, 0-1) 20
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Tigers came out slow in the opening quarter, as they only recorded 19 total yards of offense. Despite that, the defense, who spent 10:54 out on the turf only allowed 77 yards of offense by the Roos.

-In the second quarter, Austin's Colt Collins found Adonis Martin for a 19-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring for the Kangaroos at the 7:01 mark.

-On Sewanee's next drive, the Tigers, thanks to a 34-yard reception by Andrew Schauer, evened the score at 7-7. Alex Darras recorded a completed pass to Allan Puri for a 10-yard score with less than four minutes to go.

-After an Austin punt on their next possession, the Tigers, knowing they had the ball to start the second half, needed to put points on the board before the half. Starting at their own 29, the Purple and Gold fed the ball to tailback Zach Milan, who ran the ball for 37 of the 71 yards on the six-play drive.

-Thanks to Milan's running game, plus a 26-yard reception by Micah Maes, the Tigers were able to record that key score late in the half.

-Austin gained the momentum to start the second half. After a three-and-out by Sewanee to start the half, the Kangaroos' offense went to work, and they were able to even the score at 14 with a two-yard rushing touchdown by Reggie Evans.

-On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers fumbled the ball at their own 22 yard line, and the Roos took over at the 24-yard-line.

-The Tigers' defense stood tall once again and limited the damage to a 37-yard field goal by Mateo Pritzkau to give the visitors the lead once again, 17-14, with 10 minutes left in the third.

-Sewanee responded once again on their next possession. The Tigers used a six-play, 68-yard drive, capped off by a Drew Maddox 34-yard touchdown reception to give the Tigers the lead back, 21-17 with 7:54 left in the third.

-On the next possession, after converting a third down and short play, Austin's quarterback Colt Collins was picked off by Walker Weatherly.

-The Sewanee interception paid dividends for the offense. The Tigers, with 6:20 left in the third, nearly used the remaining time on the clock to score a touchdown to add on to the lead.

-On a fourth and goal situation, Sam Everette went around the defense and scored the six points. Following a Michael Jacobs' successful point-after-attempt, the Tigers extended the lead to the largest of the game, 28-17.

-Austin added a 23-yard field goal by Pritzkau with 7:07 left in regulation to make it 28-20.

-After the Tigers attempted to run out the clock on the next possession, the visitors had one last shot to even the score. After a holding penalty and a 32-yard reception from Aaron Rideaux, the next play sealed the contest. Collins threw his next pass into the Sewanee secondary and it found William Phillips to secure the contest.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Alex Darras went 17-of-24 for 212 yards and three scores. He also added 35 yards on the ground.

-Malik Santiago put together 90 rushing yards on 16 carries, while Zach Milan added 81 yards on 18 carries.

-Conoly Koontz led the Tigers with seven tackles, one for a loss.

-William Phillips recorded two interceptions to help avoid Austin's late rally.

AUSTIN KEY STATISTICS
-Colt Collins threw for 299 yards on 15-of-34 passing with a touchdown and three interceptions.

-Reggie Evans led all rushers with 113 yards on 12 carries for a score, while Adonis Martin caught 195 receiving yards on eight catches.

-Nathan McLane posted 12 total tackles to lead all tacklers.

UP NEXT
Sewanee's three-game homestand concludes next Saturday when Millsaps makes the trek to the Domain for Family Weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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