MANSFIELD – The Mounties opened their sprint football season against the University of Penn but fell short 54-21 in a high-scoring affair. Some former local high school players – such as Gary Raupers, Max Johnson, and Quinn Henry – made their college debuts.
Former Wellsboro graduate Quinn Henry opened the game with a 93-yard kickoff return to set Mansfield up early with a 6-0 lead. Henry finished with 120 yards on five kick returns and added two catches for 16 yards.
Athens native and Notre Dame graduate Gary Raupers shared quarterback duties with senior Adam Hutchinson and completed 2 of 9 passes for 24 yards and an interception. Although Raupers had no official rushing yards, he had two significant runs that were called back on penalties.
Tioga Central’s Max Johnson helped anchor the defensive line for the Mounties.
After the early lead Henry gave Mansfield, the Mounties did not have an answer for Penn quarterback Eddie Jenkins. Penn took the lead on a 4-yard run by Jenkins and Theo Papazekos added the extra point.
Jenkins finished the game with 157 yards on the ground on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Jenkins also added 240 yards on 15 of 22 passes and five touchdowns for seven for the night.
Mansfield recaptured the lead on an 81-yard bomb to Saville Pope from Hutchinson for a 12-7 lead.
Less than a minute later Jenkins connected with Aidan Kelly for a 58-yard pass-and-catch and Papazekos added the PAT. Penn never relinquished the lead after the score.
Jenkins then closed out the first quarter with a 4-yard pass to Ben Klaus for a 21-12 lead.
Mansfield rallied at the start of the second quarter when Hutchinson connected with D.J. McLean on a 22-yard pass for a score.
The Mounties would not produce another offensive score for the rest of the game with their only additional points coming on a blocked extra point by Jason Reed who then scooped up the loose ball and raced to the endzone for two point.
The Quakers led at the half 34-21 and never looked back. Penn added three second half touchdowns to pull away.
The Mounties will celebrate homecoming during their next home game in four weeks after two away games and a bye.