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Mount football team edged in overtime by Rose-Hulman on Senior Day, 28-21

Sunday, October 28, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

Visiting Rose-Hulman Institute of Techology scored the tying TD with just over six minutes in regulation, and recorded the go-ahead score in overtime today, as the Fightin' Engineers spoiled the Mount's 2012 Senior Day with a 28-21 OT win. The Lions fall to 3-5 overall, and 2-5 in the HCAC. They will return to action on Nov. 3 when they complete 2012 conference play with a game at Earlham College.

Rose-Hulman scored the game's first TD, but missed the PAT kick, to go up 6-0 with 11:15 showing on the first quarter clock. The Mount's James Clay (Louisville, KY/duPont Manual), the nation's leading rusher, helped the Lions take their first lead of the game, when he scored on a 56-yard run on the Lions' ensuing possession, carrying the ball all five times on a 75-yard, 2:53 drive. Daniel Dripps (Wapakoneta, OH/Wapakoneta) added the PAT kick to give the Mount a 7-6 advantage. Rose-Hulman's Danya Francis would score his second TD of the game, with 6:55 left in the second quarter, and the Fightin' Engineers would add the PAT kick to give Rose-Hulman a 13-7. The Mount, however, would answer that score, as they got their passing game going.

Brian Pitzer (South Salem, OH/McClain) connected with John Peters (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) on a 30-yard scoring pass play, just into the second quarter - and Dripps added the PAT kick - to give the Mount the lead again 14-13, which they would take into the locker room at the half. Pitzer and Clay teammed up on a 36-yard TD pass play, on a third down and 16 play, and Dripps added the PAT kick, to give the Lions a 21-13 lead with 6:05 left on the clock in the third quarter. Rose-Hulman would add the game-tying score with 6:16 to play in the game - on a short TD pass, as they stifled many of the Mount's last few drives of the game. On the Lions final drive of regulation, they marched from their own 10-yard line to the Rose-Hulman 28-yard line, where a 45-yard field goal fell short at the final horn.

The Fightin' Enginners took over possession of the ball first in the the OT period, and after four straight rushing attempts, and an incomplete pass, saw Francis bolt in from five yards out to give his team a lead. Clay rushed twice for the Lions in the OT period, and then two incomplete passes by the Mount saw the game end with Rose-Hulman posting the seven-point victory. It was the Mount's fourth loss of the season by seven points or less.

Clay finished with 202 yards rushing, on 45 attempts, his seventh game this season of at least 200 yards rushing. The Mount totaled 244 yards on the ground and 436 total yards overall, while Rose-Hulman gained 319 of total offense. Pitzer was 12-of-26 for 192 yards passing, with two TDs and one interception. Peters had a team-high five receptions for 106 yards. Garrett Breiner (Louisville, KY/Male) had team-high 11 tackles while Tyler Elrod (Harrison, OH/Harrison) and teammate Cam Dierig (Ft. Thomas, LY/Highlands) each had eight tackles. The Lions won the battle of time possession, 36:32 to 23:28.

Twelve Mount senior football players, and two senior cheerleaders, were honored before the game. Those players were: Pitzer, Clay, Dripps, Joe Frakes (Columbus, OH/Hamilton Township), Jay Dolak (Louisville,, KY/Holy Cross), Adam Bigelow (Cincinnati, OH/Anderson), Sean Brooks (Englewood, OH/Northwood), Matt Ray (Westerville, OH/St. Francis Desales), Kendall Watson (Cincinnati, OH/Mt. Healthy), Rob Blundred (Cincinnati, OH/Oak Hills), Ben Mochabee (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas), and Jacob Hazel (Louisville, KY/Holy Cross).

 

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