Post hands MU football a loss
MANSFIELD - Post University used three big plays and capitalized on a couple of Mansfield miscues to hand the injury-depleted Mountaineers a 28-3 setback in a CSFL contest Saturday afternoon at Karl Van Norman Field.
Playing in front of a large, sun-splashed Homecoming crowd, things got off to a tough start early for the Mountaineers when quarterback Mike Maniscalco was forced to leave the game with an injury after the opening set of downs.
Mansicalco was playing in place of starting quarterback Michael Doyle, who missed Saturday's game after suffering an injury last week against Penn, leaving Mansfield with freshman Ben Pepper as the only remaining quarterback listed on the roster.
After stopping Mansfield on a three-and-out, Post quarterback Dwayne Carter found Jay'Len Mahan behind the secondary for an 80-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead after the conversion.
On the ensuing kickoff, Mansfield mishandled the kick placing the Mountaineers on their own 2-yard line. Three running plays gained just six yards forcing a punt. A long-snap on a punt attempt deep in the endzone resulted in a safety to increase Post's lead to 9-0.
Late in the first quarter, Mansfield junior linebacker Anthony Mazzone intercepted a pass and returned it 16-yards to the Post 20 yard line. Mansfield managed to pick up just four yards on its next three plays before Pepper booted a 35-yard field goal to close the gap to 9-3. Post (2-2, 2-2 CSFL) got a big 41-yard return on the kickoff from Mahan giving them a 1st-and-10 from the Mansfield 49 yard line. The Eagles put together an 11-play drive highlighted by a 24-yard run by Carter on a 4th-and-4, to kick a 28-yard field goal by Peter Cleary upping the lead to 12-3.
After a Mansfield three-and out, Post got the ball back on the Mountaineer 48-yard line, and after converting on a 4th-and-1 to keep the drive alive, quarterback Shawn Boose connected with Mahan for a 37-yard touchdown. The extra-point attempt was blocked giving Post an 18-3 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
But Mansfield refused to go away with the Mountaineers mounting an 18-play drive getting down to the Post 14-yard line with five second remaining the first half but Pepper was sacked on a 4th-and-10 as time expired.
The miscue bug struck again when Mansfield stopped Post on the opening possession of the second half but the Post punt was fumbled by the Mountaineers on their own 15 yard line. Mansfield's defense stiffened forcing a 33-yard field goal by Cleary and a 21-3 Post lead.
Post added another score two possessions later when Boose scampered 66-yards on a quarterback drawn for a touchdown upping the lead to 28-3.Still Mansfield fought on with Pepper starting to move the ball through the air, driving down to the Post 36 before giving the ball up on downs.
For the afternoon, Post held a 354-141 advantage in total yardage, with the Eagles holding Mansfield to just seven yards rushing.Pepper had a solid performance, connecting on 15-of-29 attempts for 134 yards with no interceptions. Jeremy Estremera caught five passes for 47 yards with David Wallace also pulling down five passes for 46 yards. Casey Huff had two receptions for 24 yards.
Jake Myers led the defense with a game-high 12 tackles with Justin DiMatteo being credited with eight tackles. Mike Wang, who also had an interception, and Jared Shipos had six tackles each.
Carter completed 7-of-12 passes for 135 yards including two touchdown passes to Mahan who had four catches on the day for 129-yards.
Mansfield, which suffered its first ever loss to Post, travels to undefeated Navy Friday.