BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Mount St. Joseph University football team hit the road for the second straight week, as they traveled to take on Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe the Beavers of Bluffton University. It looked to be a game of strength vs. strength as the lions boast the HCAC's best offense, and the Beavers the conference's best defense. In this one though it would be The Mount's defense that would be the difference maker. With the win The Mount moved to 4-1 on the season, and remain unbeaten (3-0) in HCAC play.
Both teams were able to move the ball in the first quarter but neither were able to find the endzone. The Lions finally found the endzone at the 14:03 mark of the second quarter as Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown) found Nick Murphy (Dawsonville, Ga./Dawson Co.) for a 7-yard touchdown. It was Murphy's first touchdown catch of the season. The Lions would find the endzone again late in the first half. As with 2:00 minutes remaining in the first half Tomlin found A.J. Glines (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) for a 6-yard TD. Bluffton would successfully execute a two minute drill, punching the ball in just prior to half-time settling the first half score at 14-7.
It was much of the same in the second half, there was only one scoring drive over the games final 30 minutes of action. At the 8:16 mark of the third quarter Tomlin found Chase Pankey (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) for a 5-yard touchdown. The Lions were able to run the ball very effectively in the second half as Michael Williamson (New Richmond, Ohio/New Richmond) carried the ball 16 times for 115 yards.
The Lions defense forced five Beaver turnovers, including a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery in their own endzone. Bluffton was able to move the ball on the Lions with some success but they were only able to find the endzone one time. The Mount played in the Bluffton backfield consistently in the game. They notched three sacks, and six tackles-for-loss, Cory Hardin (Lousiville, Ky./Ballard), Logan Bright (Ft. Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood) and Sean Sullivan (Covington, Ky./Holmes) each registered a sack. Tavon Robertson (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) and Troy Speakman (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) each pitched in an interception for the Lions.
The Mount St. Joseph defensive unit played an exceptional game in this one. Forcing five Bluffton turnovers, including two interceptions and and a fumble in their own endzone.
The Mount returns home to take on the Spartans of Manchester University (2-3, 2-1 HCAC) at Schueler Field on Saturday, October 1st. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 1:30 PM, as it is HOMECOMING please come early and enjoy some tailgating prior to kickoff.