CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph football team took to the field for what is likely the final time for the 2018 season on Saturday. Prior to kickoff the team honored 22 young men who poured their blood sweat and tears onto the turf at Schueler Field over the past four years. Once the action got underway the Lions dominated the action, scoring 28 unanswered points in the first quarter. They never looked back enroute to a 44-6 victory over Anderson, settling their regular season record at 8-2 for the year.
The Ravens opened with the ball and the Lions defense, which has been stout to say the least as of late forced a quick 3-and-out. When the Lions got the ball it would quickly be a show of what was to come on the day. Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown) found Chase Pankey (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) on the Lions first offensive snap for a 49-yard touchdown strike, putting the Lions ahead 7-0. The Lions would quickly push the lead to 14-0 as on Anderson's next offensive series, Troy Speakman (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) picked off his 5th pass of the season, and raced 40 yards in the other direction for a Lions touchdown.
After another Anderson punt, The Mount would find the endzone again. This time it was Michael Williamson (New Richmond, Ohio/New Richmond) who capped off a 6-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown scamper. The Lions would put the ball in the endzone one more time in the first quarter on another long pass. This time it was Tomlin finding A.J. Glines (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) on a 53 yard pass. At the end of the first 15 minutes of play the Lions led 28-0 and would not look back.
On the Lions first drive of the second quarter The Mount scored again, again it was Tomlin finding his favorite target Glines. This time from 24-yards out, capping a 6-play 57 yard drive. Only three points were scored in the third quarter, as Jerry Porter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) drilled a 31-yard field goal.
The Lions would add one more touchdown for good measure, as Tomlin and Glines hooked up on more time. The Lions prolific duo has combined for and MSJ school record 76 receptions, for 1074 yards, and 14 touchdowns on the season. This final touchdown was the longest of Glines' career at 58-yards.
The Lions still hold out hope to be crowned co-champions of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. They will need a Hanover victory over the Grizzlies of Franklin College next Saturday. A win by the Panthers will force a three-way tie atop the HCAC season standings.
In what was likely their final game in a Lions uniform the SENIOR CLASS led the way for the team in the win. Seniors Glines, and Porter were joined on senior day by Cole Tepe (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder), Brad Murphy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder), Alfred Allen (Florence, Ky./Boone County), Joshua Bailey (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland), Kurtis Groene (Cincinnati, Ohio/Madeira), Cory Hardin (Louisville, Ky./Ballard), Connor McCracken (Cincinnati, Ohio/Milford), Alex Merkel (Huntingburg, Ind./Southridge), Logan Bright (Ft. Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood), Chase Bright (Ft. Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood), Tyler Hannah (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day), Brady Moyers (Knoxville, Tenn./Grace Christian), Jermaine Drake (Cleveland, Ohio/Brush), Jirequez Fair-Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Centennial), Peyton Williams (Norwood, Ohio/Norwood), Tavon Robertson (Louisville, Ky./Ballard), Jamie Zeis (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin), Sean Stewart (Amelia, Ohio/Amelia), and Zach Taylor (West Carrolton, Ohio/West Carrolton).