PREVIEW: MSJ Football vs. Anderson on Delhi Day at The Mount

PREVIEW: MSJ Football vs. Anderson on Delhi Day at The Mount

CINCINNATI, Ohio - On Saturday the Mount St. Joseph University football team will welcome the Ravens of Anderson University to Schueler Field for a non-conference matchup. The day's festivities will include the Lions innagural "Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer" event and Delhi Day. 

The "Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer" event will see the players for The Mount, lacing up their cleats with gold shoe laces. Each pair of shoe laces careers a $5 price tag, $4 of which will go directly to support pediatric cancer. These laces are available for purchase through Coach Hopperton (tyler.hopperton@msj.edu), if you are willing to support this great cause reach out to Coach Hopp and sponsor your favorite Lion. 

For Delhi Day, as has become a tradition in recent years at one Mount football game. A Delhi Township trustee will join Mount St. Joseph President Dr. H. James Williams on the field pregame and read a proclamation from the township declaring September 21, 2019 as Mount St. Joseph day in Delhi. 

When the game kicks off the Lions and Ravens will each put their unbeaten records on the line in a non-conference matchup. Despite the fact that these two foes are Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foes, this game will not count toward the conference standings. That is because of the suspension of the football program at Earlham College. Earlham's decision left the other schools in the league scrambling to fill out their 2019 schedules, the league stepped in and many of its teams agreed to meet each other in a non-conference tilt in order to fill their schedules. 

The Lions come into the game off of a bye week, and two weeks removed from a 41-27 victory over Geneva College. Anderson won their opening game 34-21 over North Park and their second 27-23 over Cincinnati Christian.

In their week one win over Geneva the Lions were dominant through the air. Senior quarterback Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, Ohio/Western Brown) led the way with going 25-of-37 passing for 385 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. Tomlin connected with nine different receivers in the win, with Nick Murphy (Dawsonville, Ga./Dawson Co.) catching four balls for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 
 
Defensively the Lions were led by senior linebacker Sean Sullivan (Covington, Ky./Holmes) who led the nation in week one with 19 total tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Senior kicker Spencer Dufresne (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne) was also vital for The Mount going 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 5-for-5 on extra points. 
 
Tomlin, Dufresne and Sullivan were all named HCAC players of the week for their week one performances. 
 
Anderson finished last season just 2-8 so their start has been the surprise of the HCAC thus far. After last weeks win over Cincinnati Christian their freshman quarterback Tyson Harley led the way going 31-of-41 for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Harley was named the HCAC offensive player of the week for week two. 
 
The game is scheduled for a 1:30 PM kickoff, and can be followed online at https://bit.ly/2lT7U2Y .