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
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
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
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
Princeton (0-1) next hosts conference rival Navy on
Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at Princeton Stadium.