Willie Candler threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Siegel with 6:54 remaining in the game to provide the game-winning score for Lovett (5-4, 3-0), which earned its first win over Westminster since 2008 and maintained a tie for first in Region 6AA with Greater Atlanta Christian.
“Friday night is what true football is all about,” Lovett coach Mike Muschamp said. “Two good teams playing for region standing on an incredible night with two great fan bases supporting them. It was a great game.”
Unlike the high-scoring games of previous seasons, this year’s contest between the Buckhead rivals was more of a defensive showdown.
“It was a very low-scoring game,” Westminster assistant coach Joe Sturniolo said. “Both defenses pretty much shut down the offenses of both teams. It was unusual for a Lovett-Westminster game.
“There usually is a lot of scoring, but this year was more defense-dominated.”
The Lovett defense held the Wildcats to just 124 yards total offense, while the Lions gained 267 yards on the offensive side.
Westminster (3-6, 1-3) got on the scoreboard on its first possession of the game as Cameron Seward scored on a 1-yard run with 3:55 remaining in the first quarter, capping off an 11-play, 45-yard drive that lasted 6 minutes, 24 seconds, to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.
Lovett would cut the gap at the end of the first half as Brendan McGowan booted a 34-yard field goal as time ran out to reduce Westminster’s lead to 7-3.
“I was extremely proud of the way our kids battle throughout the game,” Muschamp said. “This game is always such an emotional game and it was really back and forth for the whole 48 minutes. We have found a way to make something positive happen when we had to the last two weeks against really good teams.”
Candler was the lone offensive standout in an otherwise defense-oriented game, completing 9 of 12 passes for 176 yards and his game-winning touchdown, while accumulating 55 rushing yards to lead Lovett.
The Lions were led on the defensive end by linebacker John Coletti, who made 11 tackles, while Seward amassed 11 tackles for Westminster.