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Lions football team improves to 4-5 with a 42-14 win at Earlham College

Sunday, November 04, 2012
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph scored six unanswered touchdowns to start the game, and James Clay (Louisville, KY/dPont Manual) went over 2,000 yards rushing for the season, as the Lions recorded a 42-14 win at Earlham College. The Mount, 4-5 overall, 3-5 in the HCAC and will conclude the 2012 season on Nov. 10 when they play cross-river rival Thomas More College in the annual Bridge Bowl game.

The Lions scored on their first two possessions of the game on Saturday against the Quakers, with Clay registering the first TD on a five-yard run and Brian Pitzer (South Salem, OH/McClain) teamed up with wideout John Peters (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) on a 14-yard scoring pass play. Daniel Dripps (Wapakoneta, OH/Wapakoneta) added the PAT kick after each TD to give the Lions a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Clay would add two second quarter touchdown runs, and Pitzer would hook up with Peters on an 18-yard TD, giving the Mount a 35-0 lead at the half. The Lions' defense was up to the task as well, as they forced Earlham to punt to end their first four possessions, and recovered a fumble on the fifth possession. The Quakers had only 53 total yards of offense in the first half.

The Lions opened the second half with a nine-play, 83-yard drive, with Cody Meade (Paintsville, KY/Pike County Central) capping the drive with a 17-yard TD scamper. Jacob Hazel (Louisville, KY/Holy Cross) added the PAT kick to give the Mount a 42-0 lead. The Quakers would finally get onn the scoreboard late in the third quarter, and add a fourth quarter TD, as they fell to the Mount for the third time in three games in the all-time series. The Mount substiuted freely in the second half as they had 477 total yards to Earlham's 255, and went nine-of-13 on third down conversions. The Lions also held a 21-17 edge in first downs. The Mount held the Quakers to 2.4 yards per rushing attempt.

Clay rushed for his seventh 200-yard plus game of the season, carrying the ball 28 times for 233 yards. Clay, the nation's leading rusher, now has 2,002 yards rushing and 21 TDs. Meade added 62 yards rushing on 12 carries. Pitzer was eight-of-14 passing for 191 yards and two TDs. Peters had a team-high four receptions. Garrett Breiner (Louisvlle, KY/Male) led the defense with seven tackles while teammate Juan Gomez (John's Creek, GA/Chatahoochee) had three sacks.

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