NORTH MANCHESTER, Indiana - The Mount St. Joseph University football team traveled north to North Manchester, Ind. on Saturday to put their unbeaten record on the line against Manchester. The game was expected to be the ultimate in contrasting styles. The Lions and their prolific passing attack, which came into the game with the second best passing attack in the nation against the HCAC's leading rushing attack in Manchester.
The game opened with both teams struggling to get their offenses going. The first quarter ended with the score exactly where it started 0-0. The Lions would finally get on the board with their first drive of the second quarter. Cornell Beachem (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) capped off a 7-play 69 yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. It was only the start of a huge game for Beachem, he ended up with 15 rushes for 81 yards and a touchdown, while catching 5 passes for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The second quarter was the Lions biggest scoring quarter of the season thus far for the Lions, as they scored 26 unanswered points. Beachem scored three of the four touchdowns in the quarter, after the two yard run he caught touchdown passes of 17 and 29 yards from Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown). The second of which helped Tomlin secure the all-time HCAC passing touchdown record. He currently has 125 touchdowns in his unbeleivable career, the previous record was 121. Linebacker Sean Sullivan (Covington, Ky./Holmes) also found the endzone, returning an interception 14 yards for the first touchdown of his career.
On the Lions first play of the second half, Tomlin would pass another milestone. He hooked up with Cooper Earls (Blue Ridge, Ga./Fannin Co.) on 7-yard pass, giving him more than 10,000 yards in his career. Manchester finally got on the board with their first possession of the second half. The Lions answered back immediately, setting another school record in the process. Backed up in their own end Tomlin threw a short swing pass to Beachem, who raced 90-yards for the touchdown. The play was the longest passing touchdown in school history. Tomlin would throw one more touchdown pass, a 32-yarder to Austin Brock (Gainesville, Ga./East Hall).
All told the Lions mustered 549 yards of total offense while only surrendering 286 to Manchester. Beachem alone had 284 yards of offense, just two less than the entire Manchester team.
UP NEXT: The undefeated Lions will come back home and welcome the Bluffton Beavers (0-5. 0-2 HCAC) to Schueler Field. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 PM, tune into MSJsports.com for all of your live game coverage.