It was a slow, methodical opening drive by the Westminster football team to open Friday night's game against Oakdale.


The Owls drove 64 yards, took over six minutes off the clock and came away with a field goal to take an early lead. Even if they could have punched in a touchdown though, it likely wouldn't have changed the end result.

And the early offensive success certainly didn't lead to more.


Instead, the Bears had their way, excelling in both the passing and running games, as they topped Westminster 42-10. The Owls have lost their first two games of the season for the second time in three years.

"It just comes down to us executing," Westminster coach Matt Study said. "It's guys jumping offsides, timely things as guys are dropping balls. It's just execution, focusing. Believe it or not, I think we made some improvements from last week. … There's no doubt, from looking at film, that I knew we could hang with these guys. It comes down to execution."

The Owls forced six turnovers, but were unable to turn those into points on the other end of the field.

"We ask our defense to get us turnovers because we want to capitalize," Study said. "For us, offensively, we left key points off the board. We left tons of points off the board."


Oakdale quarterback Sean McGaughey was 13 for 16 for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Westminster running back Andrew Raines rushed for 90 yards and the team's lone touchdown, which came late in the fourth quarter.

Ian Gould hit a 24-yard field goal to put Westminster ahead 3-0 just over six minutes into the game. But Oakdale (2-0) wasted no time in answering back and taking complete control.

On their first drive, the Bears drove 84 yards in 2 minutes, 5 seconds and took a 7-3 lead on a 4-yard pass from McGaughey to Jake Piccioni.

After getting a partial block of Chase Birdow's punt on its next possession, Oakdale punched in another quick score. Malik Boyd scored on a 3-yard run with 25 seconds to go in the opening quarter to give the Bears a 14-3 lead.

Birdow had a solid first quarter for the Owls, completing seven of his eight passes for 52 yards. It got worse for the sophomore in the second quarter, however. He threw an interception and left with an injury before halftime, allowing junior Braden Davis to take over under center.

Davis didn't have much success either, throwing an interception in the second quarter, and Westminster still struggled to move the ball downfield.

Meanwhile, Oakdale extended its lead with ease, building a 28-3 lead by halftime. McGaughey threw a 12-yard touchdown to Ben Simonica and another score to Boyd, this time a 74-yarder, in the second quarter.

When the Bears weren't scoring touchdowns in the first half, they were losing the ball on fumbles. The Owls recovered three in the first two quarters, two by linebacker Austin Raines.

But Westminster couldn't do anything to capitalize on those turnovers. The Owls turned it over on downs once, Davis threw his interception after another, and they ran out of time because of halftime following the last fumble recovery.

Westminster's TJ Schatz intercepted McGaughey on the opening drive of the second half, the Bears quarterback's first incompletion of the game. The Owls again couldn't capitalize though. And by midway through the quarter, Oakdale had added another touchdown, a 2-yard run by Chase DeMaille to push the lead to 35-3.

McGaughey threw his fourth touchdown later in the third quarter, connecting for a 31-yard score to Matt Beveridge on a fourth-and-20 to make it 42-3.

Westminster travels to Urbana, another Frederick County opponent, next week, still searching for its first win since becoming independent from the Carroll County Athletic League and since Study took over as coach.

"It's just a complete lack of discipline and just too many penalties," Andrew Raines said of Friday's loss. "We've just got to finish, we've got to pound it in there."

Westminster 3 0 0 7 — 10

Oakdale 14 14 14 0 — 42


W-Ian Gould 24 field goal

O-Jake Piccioni 4 pass from Sean McGaughey (Noah Brummer kick)

O-Malik Boyd 3 run (Brummer kick)

O-Ben Simonica 12 pass from McGaughey (Brummer kick)

O-Boyd 74 pass from McGaughey (Brummer kick)

O-Chase DeMaille 2 run (Brummer kick)

O-Matt Beveridge 31 pass from McGaughey (Brummer kick)

W-Andrew Raines 1 run (Gould kick)



O-Boyd 10-55, DeMaille 3-31, Percy Agyei Obese 2-45, Simonica 1-10, Logan McKoy 3-9, McGaughey 2-4, Carter Gipson 2-(-2); W-Raines 20-90, Caleb Smalls 9-31, Garrett Vandervalk 4-15, Braden Davis 4-0, Chase Birdow 4-(-33).


O-McGaughey 13-16-0 263; W-Birdow 10-18-1 74; Davis 11-24-2 138.


O-Beveridge 6-79, Simonica 4-101, Boyd 1-74, Cory Schlee 1-5, Piccioni 1-4; W-Kenton Vanderwoude 5-61, Zane Lewis 5-60, Logan Nave 4-66, Raines 3-(-1), Smalls 2-5, James Whetzel 1-15, TJ Schatz 1-6.




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