BC ready for improved Mount St. Joseph squad
By Tim Stried, SID
October 28, 1999
The College of Mount St. Joseph opened their 1999 campaign with decisive 35-12 victory over Olivet College, only to see their hopes at a winning season vanish with five straight losses. However, now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Lions have gotten themselves back on track and are playing good football.
Just ask undefeated Hanover College how good the Mount is playing right now. Last week at Hanover the undefeated and 10th ranked Panthers were down 25-14 to the Lions with under three minutes to play. Yet just as Hanover did to Bluffton on October 2, the Panthers stole a most improbable victory, as this time HC scored on a blocked punt and recovered a fumble on the Mount 10 yard line to score the game winning touchdown with a minute left in the game.
So the Lions and Beavers have both experienced heartbreakers this season against Hanover. The week after Bluffton's tumble BC came out flat at Wabash and left with a 27-7 loss. Saturday at Elder High School in Cincinnati, it will be Mount St. Joseph's turn to try to get it back together.
The Mount is only giving up 110 yards rushing per game this season, as their three interior defensive linemen average over 250 pounds each. However, they are giving up 260 yards through the air per game, so it could be another big day for the BC aerial show if the offensive line has a rough time opening holes for Tyson Goings and Paul Risner.
The status of two BC linebackers will be game time decisions for the Bluffton medical staff. Defensive end Jeremy Arend missed the Manchester game last week with a nagging hamstring injury, while inside linebacker Greg Ditz suffered a sprained knee and ankle in practice on Wednesday. Junior Adam Lawrence (6-2, 204, Olentangy HS) will go at linebacker if Ditz cannot play, while a trio of players could see action at defensive end if Arend is on the bench, including sophomore Casey Harrington and freshmen Jeremy Parthemore and Matt Scholz, who have all seen action this season.
Mount St. Joseph is led by a pair of juniors in the offensive backfield in quarterback Mark Schorsch (6-1, 175, Cincinnati Western Hills HS) and running back Doug Anderson (5-8, 185, Amelia HS). Schorsch, who was a wide receiver earlier this season, is the Lions' third starting QB this season, all of whom have a completion percentage under 50% and none of whom have thrown for more touchdowns than interceptions. Schorsch had 15 catches for 245 yards and three TDs before moving under center, and is also MSJ's second leading ground gainer with 399 yards and five scores.
Doug Anderson has been the main threat running the ball with 729 yards and five TDs so far this season. He also averages over 20 yards per kickoff return. Jon Houchen (6-1, 176, Cincinnati LeSalle HS) is the leading receiver for the Lions with 32 catches for 490 yards and three TDs. Jeff Cole is averaging over 36 yards per punt for the Mount.
Beavers in career statistics
Single season statistics announced next week.
Bluffton College vs. Mount St. Joseph scores
1998 Bluffton 45, Mount St. Joseph 21
1997 Bluffton 40, Mount St. Joseph 35
1996 Mount St. Joseph 14, Bluffton 3
1995 Mount St. Joseph 35, Bluffton 25
1994 Mount St. Joesph 28, Bluffton 10
1993 Bluffton 16, Mount St. Joseph 14
1992 Mount St. Joseph 41, Bluffton 0
1991 Mount St. Joseph 19, Bluffton 12
1990 Bluffton 26, Mount St. Joseph 21
Mount St. Joseph Quick Facts
School colors: Blue and gold
First year of football: 1990
All-time record: 31-56-1
Head Coach: Ron Corradina
Alma Mater: Miami (Ohio), 1961
Career record: 22-36-1 (six years, all at Mount St. Joseph)
Mike Heizman (Indiana '72, offensive coordinator)
Rod Huber (Cincinnati '88, linebackers)
Bob Noppert (Wilmington '79, offensive line)
Matt Mazzaro (Mount St. Joseph '94, defensive line)
Chris Uphus (Mount St. Joseph '96, linebackers)
Kevin Waizenhofer (USMA '90, offensive line)
Jackie Cooper (Cincinnati '90, receivers)
Bill Meltebrink (Mount St. Joseph '96, offensive backs)
1998 record: 2-8 overall, 2-5 HCAC