CINCINNATI, Ohio - Two of the top teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference squared off in Delhi on Saturday, as the Mount St. Joseph Lions welcomed the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman to Schueler Field to open the HCAC for both teams. Offense was on full display as the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense, the Lions were able to out score the the Fightin' Engineers 54-35, to get off to a 1-0 start in HCAC play.
Mount St. Joseph gained 610 yards of total offense, with quarterback Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown) leading the way going 26-of-39 for 558 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Lions also boasted a pair of 200 yard receivers in the game as A.J. Glines (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) pulled in 14 passes, for 268 yards and 4 touchdowns, Grayson Roberts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Reading) added 6 receptions, for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Lions were led defensively by Tavon Robertson (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) who registered 14 tackles. Troy Speakman (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) added 10 tackles (9 solo) from his cornerback position, he added a tackle-for-loss and two passes defended in the game. Tyler Hannah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day) and Gavin Edmondson (Perry, Ga./Westfield) each were able to pick off a Rose-Hulman pass.
The Lions were able to race out quickly to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions. The first drive of the game set the tone for the rest of the game as it took The Mount only two plays to reach the endzone. Tomlin found Roberts on consecutive deep balls to reach the endzone on the drive.
All told the Lions outgained the Fightin' Engineers 610 yards to 518.
A.J. Glines set two new Mount St. Joseph single game records in the game. He bested newly elected MSJ Hall-of-Famer Andy Wellendorf in both receptions in a game and yards in a game. Those new records now stand at 14 receptions and 268 yards, Glines also added a career-high four touchdowns in the win.