Sprint Football Comes Up Short In Opener versus Mansfield, 23-16
In its 2012 season opener, the Princeton sprint football team valiantly battled visiting Mansfield, but came up short, 23-16, Friday evening at Princeton Stadium. The Tigers did hold a slight advantage early on, but the Mountaineers managed to take control for much of the game to force Princeton to play catch up.
At 10:20 in the first quarter, Mansfield made it a 3-0 game, but the Tigers were there to respond minutes later. Sean Conrad ran the ball 56 yards to put Princeton up 7-3 with 8:55 left.
Conrad would lead the Tigers with 127 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Mansfield responded by taking an 11-7 advantage with 6:02 to play in the first. Princeton did block both of the Mountaineers' extra point attempts, getting a penalty called on the first. Mansfield's second attempt was blocked again, but was picked up by the Mountaineers' kicker and run in for a two-point conversion.
With time expiring in the first quarter, Princeton's Darek Johnson sent in a 27-yard field goal to make it an 11-10 contest in favor of Mansfield.
Following a scoreless second quarter, Mansfield sent in a four-yard touchdown from Jeremy Estremera at 5:07 to hold a 17-10 lead.
In the fourth, the Mountaineers' Jake Meyers returned a 67-yard interception with 1:39 left in regulation. The Tigers managed to stop the two-point conversion attempt and hold Mansfield to a 23-10 advantage.
Despite going down by two possessions, Princeton continued to battle. The Tigers drove the ball down 64 yards, with Jaison Zachariah capping off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Cadman as the clock hit 00:00.
Princeton (0-1) next hosts conference rival Navy on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at Princeton Stadium.