Saturday, September 04, 1999

Mount seeks to reverse fortunes

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Ron Corradini has found that the best motivation for his Mount St. Joseph football team is last year's 2-8 record.

        “I haven't had to rant and rave,” the coach said. “I didn't have a meeting all year with a kid about missing workouts.

        “They were very disappointed in themselves last year. Our goal is to turn it around in '99 — from 2-8 to 8-2 — and they've worked very hard to get that done.”

        The College of Mount St.Joseph is celebrating its 10th season of football, and with most of its players back from last season, hopes to show the program's progress.

        From 1995-97, the Lions were 15-14. Last fall's team tied for the second-worst record in its brief history.

        That squad was young and lost some games because of inexperience. Corradini said he saw improvement each week and expects even more this season.

        The Mount lost only six players, including two defensive starters and one on offense.

        The biggest weapon back is junior Mark Schorsch, a Western Hills High School graduate and transfer from the Universi ty of Cincinnati.

        Schorsch was a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Star last season after leading his team with 33 receptions for 484 yards and five touchdowns. But Corradini said Schorsch is moving to quarterback so Mount St.Joseph can take advantage of his speed.

        Last year's starter, junior Joe Sparhawk, is more of a pocket passer, and he also will see time at quarterback. Schorsch, who played QB in high school, will be more of an option quarterback.

        The Mount defense will be led by junior linebacker Aaron Hancock (Norwood), the team's leading tackler in 1998, and Clint Kirker (Bethel Tate), a Football Gazette All-American in '97 who sat out last season after two knee surgeries.

        “He doesn't look like he's missed a step,” Corradini said. “He's very close to being back where he was. He's not there yet, but he's real close.”

        The Division III school, which does not award scholarships, has a different philosophy than many of its Division I brethren.

        “We always knew it wasn't about wins and losses,” Corradini said.

        “It was about kids improving.”


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