Nov. 9, 2013 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Paine College club football team has concluded their 2013 season with a powerful finish and a 34-9 win over the Jireh Prep Warriors. Emanuel Westmoreland powered Paine’s offense to three touchdowns, two in the air and one on the ground.
On the opening play of the game, Clark Jones, Jr. returned the kickoff for a 75-yard touchdown to ignite the Lions’ momentum and drive. To start the second quarter, Birdell Hodge intercepted a Jireh Prep pass at the 50-yard line and returned it 22-yards before being tackled. Westmoreland then completed a 27-yard pass to Danny Wohlgemuth putting the team one yard away from the end zone. Westmoreland picked up the yard and put six more points on the scoreboard for the Purple and White.
Diquan Richardson picked off another Warriors pass to set up the next Paine touchdown. Westmoreland led the team 40 yards in a little less than a minute and connected with Wohlgemuth for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Paine finished the half with a 20-0 lead.
Jireh Prep’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter after recovering a Carl Welcher fumble and completing a pass with 7:50 left on the clock in the third quarter.
The Lions were quick to answer and drove the ball 54 yards over nine plays. For the touchdown, Westmoreland connected with Don Quarles on an 18-yard pass. Terry Wiley’s PAT was good bringing the score to 27-7.
In the fourth quarter, Darrin Lawrence was in at quarterback for the Lions when the pressure from the Warriors got the best of him. Lawrence tried to throw the ball away but was called for intentional grounding in the end zone giving the Warriors a safety. Again, the Lions wasted no time getting back on the scoreboard. Wiley punted the ball away after the safety and Jireh Prep fumbled on the reception. Paine’s Errol Jackson recovered the fumble at the Jireh Prep 47-yard line setting the team up for their next score. Westmoreland stepped back in at quarterback and led the team 47 yards. For the score, Jarius Richardson rushed the ball 2 yards following Westmoreland passes to Don Quarles and Harry Jones.
Westmoreland completed 13 of 27 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and no sacks. Austin Beamus was the leading receiver with six carries for 136 yards. Richardson led the defensive unit in tackles with five solo tackles on the game. Hodge racked up two sacks and three solo tackles.
“This was a terrific end to a fantastic season,” stated head coach Greg Ruffin. “The kids played hard. They played well and their effort was at an all-time high today. It was a great way to finish off the season. This gives us great momentum as we try to finish up strong academically and move forward into spring football as we advance into NCAA play in the SIAC next year.”