HANOVER, Ind. - The Mount St. Joseph football team was again led by its defense in 19-15 win over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference co-leader, the Hanover College Panthers.
The Mount opened with backup quarterback Deric Williamson (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) under center. On the teams first possession Williamson led an 11-play 62-yard drive that culminated in a Jerry Porter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) field goal. The Lions defense then forced the first of five Hanover turnovers on the day, Logan Bright (Ft. Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood) sacked Hanover's quarterback and stripped the ball.
Four plays later it was Porter again on to drill a field goal and gave the Lions a 6-0 lead. Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown) entered the game on the Lions next possession, and on his third pass attempt of the game found Paul Minor (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) for a three-yard touchdown, pushing the Lions out to a 12-0 lead. Neither team would register a score for the rest of the first half.
The second half began much like the first, as neither team registered a score in the third quarter. Hanover finally got on the board on the first play of the 4th quarter, on a 56-yard touchdown pass. They again found the endzone on their next possession, as running back Shawn Coane took the ball in from 16-yards out with 7:12 left on the clock.
The Lions had not scored since since the first quarter and for the first time in the game were trailing. Tomlin and the offense executed an outstanding drive that went for 10-plays and 63-yards and found the endzone. Michael Williamson (New Richmond, Ohio/New Richmond) on third-and-goal from the one yard line took the ball up the middle to give the Lions the lead with 2:01 remaining.
Hanover got the ball back needing a field goal to tie the game and a touchdown to win. Five plays later Tavon Robertson (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) picked off a Hanover pass to basically seal the game.
Mount St. Joseph senior linebacker Jermaine Drake (Cleveland, Ohio/Brush) led the team with an MSJ record 22 tackles in the game. The Lions defense also picked off four Hanover passes in the game Peyton Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Norwood), Tyler Hannah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day), Sean Sullivan (Covingon, Ky./Holmes) and Robertson each registered a pick in the game.
The Lions will close the regular season next weekend when they welcome the Ravens of Anderson University to Schueler Field. The game is schedueled for a 1:30 PM Kickoff.