CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph University football team moved to 2-0 on the young season after 34-7 win over the Ravens of Anderson. The Lions played well in a game, in a game that felt choppy due to the combined 26 penalties that added up to 279 yards. The Lions defense was stellar in the outing, picking off three Raven's passes and forcing a pair of fumbles. They were able to hold Anderson to just 11 yards rushing in the win.
The teams opened the game with consecutive three-and-outs before the Lions opened the scoring. Senior running back Michael Williamson (New Richmond, Ohio/New Richmond) found the endzone for what would be his first of three touchdowns on the day. The three-yard scamper capped off a 8-play, 60-yard drive that put the Lions on top 7-0.
On Anderson's next drive the Lions forced their first of four turnovers on the day as Troy Speakman (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) picked of reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the week Tyson Harley. The Mount was unable to capitalize on the turnover, setting the team up to punt for the second time in the game. Thats when freshman Max Suchomski (Knoxville, Tenn./Knoxville Catholic) hit probably the best punt of his young career. Though the punt only went 33 yards it was a beautiful coffin corner that landed just out of bounds at the Raven's five yard line.
As the game neared the half-time break the Lions were still leading 7-0, but they were not satisfied with the lead. They took the ball at their own 34 yard line with 4:01 on the clock. Senior quarterback Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown) found Paul Minor (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) for a three-yard touchdown pass, capping off a 7-play 66-yard drive. The big play on the drive was a career-long 43 yard run by Elijah Bugg (Elyria, Ohio/Oberlin).
The second half began much like the first as Anderon forced a punt on the Lions first possession. The next series The Mount picked off their second pass of the day as Payton Leugers (Gosen, Ohio/Goshen) got his first interception of his college career. The Mount again was unable to take advantage of the turnover and turned the ball over on downs. The next Anderson drive the Lions forced their third turnover of the day, this time it was Peyton Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Norwood) picked off Harley.
This time the Lions took advantage, Williamson scored his second TD of the game. The 13-yard run capped off and 11-play 71-yard drive and put the Lions up 20-0.
The Lions would add two more scores in the game, pushing their total to 34 points. They would continue to shutout the Ravens until very late in the game, allowing Anderson to score a touchdown on their final drive of the game.
Defensively the Lions were led by the turnovers and an outstanding game from their defensive line. The kept constant pressure on the Anderson quarterback, registering four sacks in the game. Gavin Brennan (Richmond, Va./LC Bird) led the way with a sack and a half, and a forced fumble.
This season Mount St. Joseph head coach Tyler Hopperton has reinstated helmet stickers to the football program. The paw print stickers can be earned in a multitude of ways, including scout team players of the week. This weeks helmet sticker winners from the scout team were Aralius Walters (Montgomery Co./Ohio/Miamisburg), David Lewis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Western Hills) and Steven Bledsoe (Harrison, Ohio/Taylor).
Helmet Stickers will be given out for game performances in the win over Anderson, we will release those names in our week three preview story.
The Lions (2-0) will open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play next Saturday, September 28 with a trip to Franklin College (1-2). Both the Lions and Grizzlies were HCAC co-champions a season ago. Franklin comes into the game after their first win of the season, a 34-19 win over Bluffton. This game has an opportunity to go a long way toward one of these teams competing for an HCAC Championship in 2019. Tune into MSJsports.com for your live game coverage.