ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Oct. 15, 2016) – Led by quarterback J.J. Tomlin, Southern Athletic Association (SAA) football affiliate Washington earned a 34-6 win over the Sewanee football team, Saturday, at historic Francis Field.
The loss dropped Sewanee to 0-6 this season while the Bears improved to 5-1. Like they have most of the season, the Tigers got off to a great start. After receiving the opening kickoff, Sewanee drove 60 yards in 15 plays. From the WashU nine yard line, Michael Jacobs made a 26-yard field goal which gave Sewanee an early 3-0 lead.
After Sewanee forced a fumble on the first drive by Washington, the Tigers took over at their own 31-yard line. Despite driving to the Washington 46, Sewanee was forced to punt. From there, the Tigers got the ball back after a quick three and out by Washington. After Sewanee's drive stalled, the Tigers were set to punt at their own 37-yard line. On fourth and seven, junior punter John Cleveland faked his kick and found Thomas Richardson for a 31-yard pass. Unfortunately, Sewanee turned the ball over on downs six plays later.
Heading into the second quarter, the momentum switched to Washington. The Bears scored their first touchdown when Tomlin threw a 20-yard pass to Kevin Hammarlund with 11:49 left in the first half. Tomlin then found Hammarlund again on the next Washington drive for a 58-yard strike with 9:35 remaining in the second quarter.
Ahead 14-3 to start the second half, the Bears kept rolling. After driving to the Sewanee 13-yard line, Dan Kalvaitis connected on a 30-yard field goal.
On the Tigers' first possession of the second half, freshman quarterback Sam Hearn was picked off by Chandler Elmore at the WashU 40. Elmore then returned the interception to the Sewanee 28. Later in the third quarter, Tomlin tossed his third touchdown as Matt Goldberg scored from six-yards out.
After both teams exchanged field goals, Washington capped off the scores when Tomlin found Marcus Ramspott for a 21-yard touchdown pass.
Overall, Tomlin finished 23-for-36 for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Hammarlund was his favorite target on the afternoon as he finished with 133 receiving yards and two scores. Ramspott also finished with 116 receiving yards on five catches.
Warren Holland led Sewanee's offense with a career-high 74 rushing yards. Hearn also finished with 52 rushing yards to go along with 109 passing yards.
Sewanee returns to action next Saturday at rival Centre. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (EST) in Danville, Ky.