Mansfield to host Post Saturday for homecoming
The Mansfield University Mountaineers will try to bounce back from an emotional last-minute loss at Penn last week when they host the Eagles of Post University in a key Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) contest Saturday afternoon as one of the highlights of Mansfield's 2012 Homecoming celebration.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Karl Van Norman Field. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio Williamsport by Ian Christine and will also be carried live on WNTE 89.5 FM. Fans can listen to the audio feed and follow live stats at GoMounties.com.
Both teams bring 1-2 overall and CSFL records into Saturday's game after Mansfield dropped a heart-breaking 16-13 nail-bitter to Penn Friday evening at Franklin Field. Mansfield opened the season with a 23-16 win at Princeton followed by a 52-6 loss to Army. Post picked up its first win of the 2012 season last Friday with a 32-29 overtime victory at Princeton. Post lost the season opener to Army 63-28 before dropping a 37-14 decision at Navy.
Mansfield has won its first two meetings against Post, pulling out a 7-6 decision in 2010 at Post and beating the Eagles 34-0 in a snow storm at Karl Van Norman Field last year.
Both teams are under the direction of first-year head coaches in Graham Johnsen for the Mountaineers and Michael Mannetti for Post. Johnsen served as the interim head coach for parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons while Mannetti was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2010.
The Mountaineers had their strongest offensive performance of the season at Penn accounting for 231 yards in total offense including a season-best 208 passing yards. The Mansfield totals would have been even higher had it not been for the lost yardage suffered in a school-record nine sacks allowed.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Doyle got his first start of the season at Penn and responded by connecting on 18-of-35 passes for 208-yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Doyle has hit 22-of-46 attempts for 218 yards and two touchdowns while being intercepted once.
Junior David Wallace has been the top receiver this season pulling in 14 passes for 136 yards while freshman Casey Huff has nine catches for 84 yards. Sophomore Corey Peterson has four receptions for 73 yards including two touchdowns.
Freshman John Brockington rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries at Penn and tops the team this season with 199 yards on the ground, averaging 66.3 yards per game. The offensive line has been led by tackles Blaine Wainwright and Matt Maciejewski.
The Mountaineer defense had its best showing of the season at Penn, limiting the Quakers to 255 yards of total offense with 201 of those yards coming on the ground. On the season Mansfield is allowing an average of 381.0 yards in total offense per game.Senior defensive lineman Justin DiMatteo tops the team and ranks among the leaders in the CSFL with 32 tackles on the season. He also has five TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Senior defensive back Mike Wang has 30 stops on the year including 20 solos while junior linebacker Jake Myers has 28 tackles.
Sophomore Tim Carr is credited with 24 tackles while freshman Anthony Colon, who recorded 13 tackles at Penn, has 22 tackles. Senior Cody Croasdale tops the team with 3.5 sacks.
Post had a tough start to the season with back-to-back games at Army and Navy to start the year before its overtime win over a much improved Princeton squad.The Eagles have a dangerous, big-play offense using sophomore Dwayne Carter and freshman Shawn Boose at quarterback. Carter is 27-of-54 on the season for 397-yards and five touchdowns while being intercepted once. Boose has completed 13-of-26 passes for 221 and three touchdowns.
Freshman Quinton Bryant leads the running attack rushing for 130 yards on the year. Daniel Awwad has 10 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns while Jay'Len Mahan also has 10 receptions for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Post's defense is giving up an average of 354.7 yards per game in total offense with eight sacks on the season. Senior linebacker Kayle Lagasse has a team-best 41 tackles on the year with freshman Mundo Ramirez has 22 stops.
Mansfield will face Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Friday night.