Saturday, November 09, 2013
The College of Mount St. Joseph overcame a slow start today on Senior Day, posting a 9-0 lead at the half, and rallying for 42 second half points as they posted a 51-7 victory over Earlham College. The Lions, 6-3 overall, 6-2 in the HCAC, will conclude 2013 play next weekend when they host cross-river rival Thomas More College (8-1) in the annual Bridge Bowl game. The Mount is one-half game behind conference co-leaders Franklin College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who each have a 6-1 HCAC mark.
The Lions got on the scoreboard with 5:36 to play in the first quarter, when Caleb Watkins (Middletown, OH/Middletown) hooked up with receiver John Peters on an eight-yard TD, his team-high eighth touchdown reception of the season. Shane Kelly (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) added a 22-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the first half to give the Mount a 9-0 lead at the intermission. The Lions' defense played particularly well in the first half, holding the Quakers to 113 yards of total offense and one-of-seven third down conversions. Earlham had seven drives during the first half, five of which ended in punts, one ended in a missed field goal attempt and the other ending as time expired in the half.
After the Lions stalled on two drives to open the third quarter, they began to put points on the board, in various ways, scoring TDs on four straight drives, and six of seven possessions. Antonio Banks (Middleotown, OH/Middletown) scored on a three-yard TD run late in the third quarter, and Kelly's kick made the score 16-0, while Watkins tossed his second TD pass of the game, this time from eight yards to Leonard Riston (Cincinnati, OH/Withrow) to add to the shutout in third quarter. Russell Turner (Fairfield, OH/Fairfield) picked up a fumble and raced 57 yards to paydirt with 14:31 on the fourth quarter clock while Brett Durbin (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) tossed a 16-yard TD pass to Jake Koopman (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) to give the Mount a 37-0 lead in the fourth quarter. With the Lions deploying many substitutes at different positions, Earlham scored on a 44-yard pass play with 8:15 left in the game. The Mount, which rushed for 268 yards, on 5.4 yards per carry, got two late fourth quarter rushing TDs to close the scoring. The 51 points scored marked the third time the Lions had scored 50-plus points in a game this season, and the fifth time scoring 40-plus points in a game in 2013.
Banks finished with a game-high 96 yards rushing, while Watkins was 11-for-27 for 95 yards, one TD and one interception. Riston had a team-high five receptions for 28 yards while Peters had 40 yards in receptions. Zach Dickman (Coldwater, OH/Coldwater) had a team-high seven tackles for the Mount.
The Mount held a 21-14 edge in first downs, a 403-270 advantage in yards gained, had three sacks and three interceptions; and two fumble recoveries. The Lions were nine-for-18 in third down conversions and two-for-two on fourth down, while Earlham was four-of-15, and one-of-one, respectively. The Quakers fell to 2-7 overall, 1-6 in the HCAC.