September 11, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Muhlenberg football team may be 2-0, but they have had quite the battle to start the season. For those of you who do not know, Head Coach Mike Donnelly was diagnosed with Leukemia and September 2, 2017 was the first time since 1966, that he had to miss a football game. It really makes you think. Football, yes it is just a sport and there is so much tragedy happening in the world; but football also gives fans and players and in this case an amazing coach and person, the opportunity to escape the harsh reality that is life. We are keeping our thoughts and prayers with Coach Donnelly, who recently received a blood transfusion from his daughter. He, however, is focusing on his Mules - who keep on winning for him. The team put together an impressive game Saturday afternoon crushing Dickinson 25-6. Something Coach Donnelly is smiling ear to ear about in his hospital room. It seemed like everyone was stepping up at his assigned position, including sophomore Mark Riggio who rushed for 2 TD’s in the win.
The defense may have been even more impressive allowing just 234 total yards. Jake Morra and Matt Musilli had 10 tackles apiece and the team did not give up a play longer than 13 yards. But it’s the defense that has been putting on a show week in and week out. In fact, they only allowed one offensive TD on Saturday – that’s the fifth time in the last 6 Centennial Conference outings they’ve done so far. Special teams wasn’t too shabby either, sophomore punter Joe O’Hagan, downed two punts at the one-yard line in the second half.
So coach, you continue to fight and get better – it seems like your team has things under control until you can make it back to the sidelines!