If you want to see what direction the Towson football program is going, just look to the West. Terrance West, that is.
The tailback scored three touchdowns to set a school record for rushing touchdowns in a career (33) — as a sophomore — and give the host Tigers an easy 46-17 homecoming victory over St. Francis of Pennsylvania before an announced 9,828 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tigers dominated every statistical category in the game and compiled 441 total yards compared to St Francis' 233.
West broke the record — previously held by Jason Corle — on a 3-yard run around the left side of the Towson line with 5:47 remaining in the first half. West, who won the inaugural Jerry Rice award last year as the nation's top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision, also scored on runs of 2 yards and 25 yards earlier in the half to help Towson build its lead. West finished the evening with eight carries for 62 yards.
Things didn't go well for the Tigers early in the game. On Towson's fourth offensive play, quarterback Grant Enders was intercepted by Ter'Shaudney Phillips at the Towson 42-yard line. Four plays later, the Red Flash cashed in on a Keion Wade 2-yard run for a 7-0 lead just 4:36 into the game. Wade finished as the leading rusher for the Red Flash, gaining 70 yards on 13 carries.
Towson wasted no time responding, using a Derrick Joseph 99-yard kickoff return — the second longest in school history — to tie the score 7-7 on the next play.
Towson used a turnover to set up its next score. After St. Francis quarterback John Kelly completed a 2-yard pass to Kevin Parker, Parker fumbled. Towson's Tye Smith recovered, setting the Tigers up at the Red Flash 19-yard line. After a 17-yard pass to West took the ball to the 2-yard-line, he scored his first touchdown with 8:11 left in the first quarter, giving Towson a 14-7 lead.
West continued his onslaught on the next drive. After the Tigers got great field position on a Leon Kinnard punt return, West capped a short, two-play drive with 2:15 left in the first quarter to extend the lead to 21-7.
Towson put the game out of reach midway through the third quarter, when Enders threw his first touchdown pass. Lining up at the St. Francis 8-yard line, he found Tom Ryan in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown. After a D.J. Soven run on the conversion, Towson led 29-7 with 8:12 remaining in the half.
West's historic touchdown and a Gerrard Sheppard touchdown late in the half allowed Towson to take a 43-14 lead into the halftime locker room.
The only scoring in the second half was a field goal by each team to close out the scoring.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun