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#20 Saints Start the Season 4-0 After Record-Setting Afernoon

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The 20th-ranked Siena Heights football team steamrolled Trinity International 63-2 to begin the season with a 4-0 record. The Saints broke multiple team and individual records, the first of which was a 95-yard rush from scrimmage by Kaleb Jefferson (Columbus, Ohio) in the first quarter.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Siena Heights 63, Trinity International 2

Location: Adrian, Mich. (O'Laughlin Stadium)

Records: Siena Heights (4-0), Trinity International (1-4)

RECORDS BROKEN

Team Records

• Most team rushing yards - 437

• Most rushing touchdowns scored - 6

• Tied for most interceptions in a game - 3

• Most touchdowns scored - 9

• Highest average yards-per-play - 9.9

• Most points scored - 63

Individual Records

Kaleb Jefferson

• Longest run from scrimmage - 95 yards

• Most rushing yards in a game - 200

• Tied for most rushing touchdowns in a game - 3

Ethan LoPresto (Montgomery, Mich.)

• Highest average yards-per-carry - 13.9

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Saints jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead after they drove the ball 75 yards on 12 plays in the team's first possession of the game. Jefferson put the ball in the endzone with a three-yard rush to seal the drive. The lead moved to 14-0 on SHU's very next offensive play when Jefferson completed his record-breaking 95-yard scamper with 5:13 remaining in the opening quarter. On the very next play from scrimmage, Kole Murlin (Celina, Ohio) picked off Trojan quarterback Krenston Kaipo and returned it 25-yards for a Saint touchdown to give Siena the 21-0 advantage.

The next score came in the second quarter when Jefferson capped a nine-play, 89-yard drive with a one-yard plunge to score and put the Saints up 28-0. Tyler Knecht (King Mills, Ohio) completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Stallard (Fredericktown, Ohio) on the next SHU drive, putting the score at 35-0 with 5:55 remaining in the first half. Knecht would score again before halftime with a one-yard keeper with 1:45 remaining to increase the Saint lead to 42 points.

LoPresto dashed for a 60-yard touchdown run in the first play of the second half to put Siena in front 49-0. He would score again from 42 yards out to finish the next Saint drive of three-plays, 78-yards for a 56-0 difference on the scoreboard.

Curtis Martin (Detroit, Mich.) took an interception back for a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the Siena Heights lead to 63-0. On the next TIU drive, Marquis Robinson (River Rouge, Mich.) snags an interception in the endzone and returns it for 50-yards. However, an illegal block on the return in the endzone causing a Siena Heights safety and Trinity International gains two points to cut the SHU lead to 61 points (63-2).

TOP SAINTS

Offense

• Jefferson finished with 200 rushing yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. He averaged 11.1 yards-per-carry in the contest.

• LoPresto had 194 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. He averaged 13.9 yards-per-carry.

• Knecht finished 8-10 in the air for 130 yards and both a passing and rushing touchdown on the day.

DaWan Smith II (Battle Creek, Mich.) led with 64 receiving yards on three catches.

Defense

• Murlin led the Saint defense with 11 tackles. He also hauled in the one interception that he returned 25 yards for a score.

Griffin Sobol (Morris, Ill.) and Nick Stalworth (Clarkston, Mich.) each finished with six tackles. Sobol registered a half-sack and half a tackle for loss.

• Robinson added two tackles to his stat line with his interception.

• Martin had a tackle to go along with his interception.

Special Teams

Anthony Secchi (Sterling Heights, Mich.) was a perfect 7-7 in extra points.

•  Caleb Meister (Toledo, Ohio) punted three times for 154 yards.

ShaMarr Simmons (Maple Heights, Ohio) was all over the field on special teams as he totaled five tackles on kickoffs for the afternoon.

THE OPPOSITION

Offense

• Henderson was 25-38 for 193 yards through the air for the Trojans.

• Nicolas Godfrey led the TIU receivers with three catches for 79 yards.

• Jeremiah Vaughn hauled in six catches for 70 yards.

Defense

• Lorenzano Blakeney led the team with seven tackles.

• Josh Burck totaled six tackles.

• Cyrus Taylor, Vakarvery Scott, and Courtney McLean each finished with five tackles.

Special Teams

• Marc Wallace returned seven kickoffs for 130 yards.

UP NEXT

The Saints travel to Ann Arbor next week to face #5 Concordia (Mich.). The game will be the first MSFA Mideast game for Siena Heights. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., EST.