CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Mount St. Joseph University football program is excited to celebrate its 30th season with an outstanding 2019 schedule. The schedule which is highlighted by a trip to New York City, the last week of the season, was announced by Head Coach Tyler Hopperton on Thursday.
The Lions will open their 2019 schedule with a pair of non-conference home games. Opening the season with a week one matchup that will welcome the Golden Tornadoes of Geneva College to The Mount and Schueler Field, with a 1:30 PM kick-off.
They will open their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference portion of the schedule with a trip to perennial HCAC power Franklin on Sep. 28. Defiance will come to The Mount on Saturday, Oct. 5 as the Mount Community celebrates Homecoming Weekend.
A two game stretch between weeks seven and eight, should go a long way in determining whether or not the Lions are able to compete for another conference championship. In week seven they travel to Terre Haute, Ind. to take on the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman. In week eight they will welcome the Panthers of Hanover College to The Mount.
Last season the Lions were a part of a three way tie atop the HCAC standings, they shared the 2018 conference championship with Franklin and Hanover. The Lions look to be in a good spot to repeat atop the standings this season as they return a large chunk of the roster from a season ago. First team All-HCAC quarterback Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown) will be back to run the show for the Lions offense. Joining him will be Paul Minor (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) another first team All-HCAC selection. The Lions also bring back first team All-HCAC return specialist Troy Speakman (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) who will play a pivotal role on the defense as well, at cornerback.
Other All-HCAC selections returning for the Lions include wide receiver Chase Pankey (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), and middle linebacker Sean Sullivan (Covington, Ky./Holmes).
"We are excited to be preparing for the 30th season of MSJ Lions Football" said Coach Hopperton. He went on to say, "Playing Geneva and SUNY Maritime for the first time will be challenging non-conference match ups for us. The HCAC is as tough as it has been and we look forward to the challenges we will face week to week in conference play. We are thrilled to have 10 opportunities to display what we've been working towards."