Torrential downpour conditions turned Ruby Field into a large puddle, forcing sloppy play throughout four quarters. The teams combined for three fumbles in the first 12 minutes, but Westminster settled in and found its offensive rhythm.
Etchison took a quarterback keeper with 10:08 left in the second quarter and outran the entire Cavaliers’ defense with eyes on the end zone. His 53-yard touchdown run gave Westminster a 7-0 lead.
On their ensuing drive, Etchison found Tavian Montgomery on a short bubble pass and the skilled senior receiver did the rest. Montgomery ran untouched 68 yards up the right side of the field to double the Owls’ lead.
Etchison added a 3-yard touchdown run with just over one minute before halftime as Westminster extended their lead to 21-0.
The Owls originally lined up for a field-goal attempt on fourth down, but ran a fake. Kicker Evan Warren ran left, pitched the ball to Etchison, and he found a wide open receiver just a few yards shy of the goal line.
Weather conditions worsened early in the second half. Home and opposing fans scattered, but the players held their ground as points ensued.
After forcing a South Carroll three-and-out, Westminster struck quickly. They needed just two plays as Etchison found Ryan Clatterbuck wide open for a 27-yard touchdown.
Jaden Louis broke off a 67-yard run through the middle of the field early in the fourth quarter as defenders struggled to find any footing in the mud. Erick Stranko added a late 5-yard touchdown to extend Westminster’s lead with minutes left to play.
South Carroll (5-5, 3-3) relied on the run game of Mason Gavin and T.J. Hogan for most of the night. The Cavaliers engineered a 71-yard drive late in the third quarter, capped off by a 3-yard quarterback keeper from Gavin to get on the board.
The senior scored both of SC’s touchdowns, and found the end zone on a 5-yard run with 8:16 left in the fourth quarter.