LATROBE – Senior running back Dion Wiegand scored four touchdowns, and became the eighth Washington & Jefferson running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, as the Presidents rolled to a 42-7 victory over winless Saint Vincent Saturday at Chuck Noll Field.
The win keeps the Presidents (5-1, 6-2) in a tie with Thomas More (5-1, 6-1) atop the Presidents’ Athletic Conference standings. After an open date next week, W&J can win the title and the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs by winning its two remaining home games, against Geneva (Nov. 9) and Waynesburg (Nov. 16).
Bethany (3-2, 3-4), the only PAC team to beat W&J, was upset Saturday by Westminster, 7-6, giving the Bison two conference losses.
Wiegand carried 17 times for 93 yards and touchdowns of 1, 1 and 15 yards. He also caught two passes for 80 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown that gave W&J a 28-0 lead late in the first half.
For the season, Wiegand has 1,003 rushing yards.
The Presidents’ defense limited Saint Vincent (0-5, 0-7) to 183 total yards.
W&J led 7-0 after one quarter, getting Wiegand’s first TD run to cap a 45-yard drive. The Presidents then broke open the game by scoring three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the second quarter. Matt Bliss threw a 19-yard TD pass to Dan Lucas to make it 14-0. Only 73 seconds later, Wiegand scored his second short touchdown run. On the first play of W&J’s next drive, Wiegand caught the 75-yard scoring pass from Bliss that pushed W&J’s advantage to 28-0.
Wiegand scored his fourth touchdown early in the second half, and Ryan Ruffing’s seven-yard run early in the fourth quarter made the score 42-0.
Saint Vincent scored on a six-yard run by Manuel Brown with 11 minutes remaining to break up the shutout bid by the Presidents’ defense.
Bliss completed 19 of 27 passes for 280 yards and two scores. Defensive end Jon Lowery had 1 1/2 of W&J’s four sacks.