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Hatters Set Team Records in 63-34 win over Waldorf

Records are made to be broken, and the Stetson football team shattered old offensive records Saturday night en route to a 63-34 victory over visiting Waldorf.

Behind team records of nine touchdowns and 570 yards of offense, the Hatters improved to 2-0 in a season for the first time in the modern era. The last time a Stetson team started a season with consecutive victories was 1951. That year started with three straight wins.

With three touchdowns on their first three possessions, the Hatters raced out to a 21-0 lead and dominated the rest of the way. Stetson led 28-7 at the end of the first quarter and 42-7 at halftime in the record-setting win.

Donald Parham sprints down the field with the ball and opposing players in chase

Senior tight end Donald Parham scored three touchdowns and gained 165 yards on three catches against Waldorf.

Senior tight end Donald Parham had an explosive game, with 165 yards receiving on five catches with three touchdowns. His trio of touchdown receptions tied a Hatters record for most receiving touchdowns in a game (Kegan Moore recorded three TD receptions in a game twice). Parham’s touchdown receptions went for 14, 33 and 66 yards.

Freshman running back Jareem Westcott also scored three touchdowns in the contest, including a 6-yard run in the first quarter, a 5-yard run in the second quarter and an 8-yard run in the third quarter. Overall he had 14 carries for 52 yards. His three rushing touchdowns also tied a school record previously set by Cole Mazza, who pulled off the trick three times.

Senior running back Matt Taft had 128 yards rushing on 16 carries, with one touchdown of his own. It was his second consecutive game with more than 100 rushing yards.

Redshirt senior quarterback Colin McGovern completed 10-of-13 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Redshirt junior Gaven DeFilippo completed 4-of-7 passes for 95 yards, and had a touchdown pass.

Jareem Westcott is lifted into the air with his arms raised high by one of his teammaters

No. 14 Jareem Westcott ran for three touchdowns against Waldorf.

Defensively, Stetson was led by redshirt sophomore linebacker Tyler Mirabella with a team-high six tackles. Other standouts included freshman defensive back Dwight Lawrence, redshirt sophomore defensive back Juan O’Neal and redshirt sophomore defensive lineman George Tsiouklas with five tackles each. Lawrence and O’Neal, along with junior Jalon Scott, each recorded an interception for the Hatters.

Stetson finished the night with nine tackles for loss, including three sacks. The Hatters also had nine pass breakups and 10 quarterback hurries in the game.

Stetson will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 15, at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. The Blue Hose dropped their season-opener at No. 24 Austin Peay 24-0. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.


  • The Hatters totaled 570 yards in total offense, including 305 yards passing and 265 rushing. The 570 yards by the Hatters surpassed the previous team record of 555 which was set against Butler on Oct. 4, 2014.
  • Stetson scored nine touchdowns in the contest, which surpassed the previous record of eight the Hatters had against Ave Maria College on Nov. 14, 2015.
  • Stetson scored 63 points, the most in a game. The previous record by Stetson was 60 in that win over Ave Maria.
  • The Hatters averaged 20.3 yards per pass completion which broke the previous mark of 18.8 in a game at Campbell  on Nov. 1, 2014.
  • Stetson averaged 8.8 yards per play. The previous best by Stetson was 8.4 in that game at Campbell.