#2 Football Hosts Muskingum in OAC and Home Opener

Mount Union was the nation's No. 2 ranked defense a year (Photo by JT Higgins)
Mount Union was the nation's No. 2 ranked defense a year (Photo by JT Higgins)

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (1-0, 0-0 OAC) vs
Muskingum Muskies (0-1, 0-0 OAC)
Sat., Sept. 15 - 7 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

Joe Tait (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color): 
WIVM Ch. 39 (Tape Delay - Sat. Sept. 15 - 11 pm, Sun. Sept. 16 at 5 pm) 
SportsTime Ohio (Tape Delay - Sun. Sept. 16 at 5 am; Mon. Sept. 17 at Noon)

WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE

LIVE STATS:http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion

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MUSKINGUM: Roster | Stats | Schedule | Coaching Staff


No. 2 ranked Mount Union opens up Ohio Athletic Conference play hosting Muskingum Saturday at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders won their 25th consecutive season opener with a 45-7 win at No. 13 ranked Franklin on September 1. Senior wide receiver Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) returned two punts for touchdowns and had a game-high seven catches for 89 yards while senior running back T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) rushed for two scores on 74 yards rushing. Sophomore Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) threw for 243 yards and a score while rushing for 51 yards in first college start and the nation's No. 2 rated defense from a year ago picked up where it left off by forcing four turnovers and holding Franklin to 241 yards of total offense.

Muskingum saw Waynesburg (Pa.) score 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to lose its opener 34-23 at home on September 1. Alex Meredith threw two touchdown passes to James Washington but the Muskies turned the ball over four times. Erik Hall had 10 tackles and a sack while Jaques Dorsey also had 10 stops and an interception to pace the defense. Andrew Davis had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as well for Muskingum.


All Mount Union football games are broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

The four regular season home games will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV39 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillion Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County).

Image Video produces the broadcasts with Harry Paidas along with hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait. Tait spent 39 years as the radio voice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and was recently awarded the Bill Nichols Media Service Award by the Ohio Athletic Conference for his now 26 years of doing Mount Union football and basketball on radio and television.


This is the 67th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 35-29-2 lead in the series that dates back to a 23-0 Muskingum win on November 3, 1906. The Raiders have won 23-straight meetings since a 17-17 tie in 1988 in Mount Union Stadium. The last Muskie win in the series came in a 24-19 victory in 1984 in Alliance.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 318-24-3 (.928) in his 27th season as head coach and is one of the most successful coaches in college football history as he is one of only 10 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. His teams have won 23 OAC Championships, including the last 20 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships. He is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association and was the offensive coordinator for Team USA as they won the gold medal in the IFAF World Championships in 2011.

Al Logan (Muskingum '82) is 14-37 (.274) in his sixth season at his Alma mater. Logan came to New Concord after serving four years as the offensive coordinator at Wittenberg University. Logan also had assistant coaching stints at Davidson (N.C.), Sewanee (Ga.), John Carroll and Miami (Ohio). Logan's career head coaching record is 18-49 after serving as head coach for two seasons at Sewanee.


Mount Union will stay under the lights as the Raiders play next Saturday at Marietta in a 6 pm kickoff from Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.


Muskingum held a 23-14 lead over Waynesburg heading into the fourth quarter then a nightmarish quarter of football ensued. The Muskies had a punt blocked, turned the ball over twice and had just two first downs as Waynesburg scored 20-straight points for the win.

The Muskie defense had done a solid job heading into that fourth quarter as they had held Waynesburg to 152 yards before short fields and a couple big plays turned on them.  Junior linebacker Eric Hall had 10 tackles, 3 for loss, and a sack while sophomores in free safety Jaques Dorsey-Merrion and linebacker Zack Harris also had good games.  Dorsey-Merrion had 10 stops and an interception while Harris had nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

The offense also had an up and down day as sophomore quarterback Alex Meredith threw two touchdowns to 6-3 junior wide out James Washington, junior running back Anthony Frye had 62 yards on 18 carries as the Muskies cranked out 113 yards on the ground.  On the other side, the Muskies turned the ball over four times, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles, and went 0-for-11 on third down.

Washington was an all-conference selection a year ago along with offensive lineman Denny Ardman and defense end Steve Stooksbury.  Defensive coordinator Shap Boyd was the OAC Assistant Coach of the Year last season as the Muskies had the No. 2 run defense in the conference.



Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000

55, 54

The Raiders hold the NCAA's two longest consecutive college football  win streaks -- 55 from 2000-2003 and 54 from 1996-99 


game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.58 game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.


consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back  to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.


Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.


The Raiders record since 1990 when winning the turnover battle.   That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance. In that game, the Raiders had a +1  turnover margin.


Larry Kehres is one of 10 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. Here is a list of the others.

  • 486 John Gagliardi * (Carroll, MT, St. John's, MN)
  • 408 Eddie Robinson (Grambling State)
  • 377 Bobby Bowden (Samford, West Virginia, Florida State)
  • 323 Paul "Bear" Bryant (Alabama, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M)
  • 319 Pop Warner (Georgia, Carlisle, Pitt, Stanford, Temple)
  • 318 Larry Kehres * (Mount Union)
  • 314 Roy Kidd (Eastern Kentucky)
  • 314 Amos Alonzo Stagg (Springfield, Chicago, Pacific)
  • 305 Frosty Westering (Parsons, Lea, Pacific Lutheran)
  • 300 Tubby Raymond (Delaware)

* Active


Senior wide receiver Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), whose twitter handle is @ChrisUNODenton had a game-high seven catches for 89 yards but really got things going with a pair of punt returns from 65 and 62 yards for touchdowns.

For the day, Denton had four punt returns for 148 yards which set a new Mount Union single game record for punt return yards.  The old record was set 30 years ago as Larry Reeder had 117 punt return yards in a 28-7 season opening win over Hiram in 1981.

Denton is in his second year at Mount Union after playing two seasons for NCAA Division III Norwich (Vt.) University and wears the same jersey number as another form Norwich receiver that played for the Raiders ... Pierre Garcon.      


Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke made his first start in a football game since leading the St. Edward High School Eagles to an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division I football championship against current Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's Huber Heights Wayne team.

Burke completed his first eight passes and finished 16-of-26 for 243 yards with a touchdown while also running ball eight times for 51 yards to account for 294 yards of total offense.
Burke was one of three former Eagles to see action against Franklin as fellow sophomore Ryan Giachetti got the start at full back and freshman Tom Lally saw time at defensive end.


Senior Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) moved from defensive end to linebacker and the move seems to agree with him as he had a game-high eight tackles (2.0 for loss) at Franklin.  Fellow seniors Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) and Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) along with sophomore Ted Rosalva (Boynton Beach, Fla./American Heritage) all had strong performances.  Scott had seven stops with an interception, Driskill had seven tackles with a forced fumble and a half sack while Rosalva had five stops and 1.5 sacks.


Two sets of brothers saw action against Franklin as senior Isaiah Scott and sophomore brother Joshua Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) both lined up as cornerbacks along with senior safety Alex Nicholls (Gallion/Gallion) and brother in junior wide receiver Jack Nicholls (Gallion/Gallion). 


Senior Blair Skilliter (Curtice/Genoa) started at corner back and had a pair of pass breakups then saw time at running back and had 11 carries for 39 yards with a touchdown.  The 11 carries were the third-most carries for him in a game in his career as he had an 18-carry, 78-yard game vs. Centre (Ky.) in the NCAA Playoffs and a 13-carry, 69-yard game vs. John Carroll both in 2011.


Wide receiver Pierre Garcon was a sixth round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 signed an off-season free agent deal with the Washington Redskins and had an 88-yard touchdown catch last week.  Cecil Shorts III was a fourth round pick in 2011 and began his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 39-yard touchdown catch while Kyle Miller is currently a tight end on the practice squad for the Colts.  Two Raiders in the NFL coaching ranks are Dom Capers, the defensive coordinator of Green Bay Packers and Nick Sirianni as the wide receivers coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.


Fans will notice some dust behind the opens stand east of the stadium as a pair of locker rooms are under construction to house Mount Union's men's and women's soccer and new men's and women's lacrosse programs.  A new facade will be added to the back of the open stands and the plan is to expand and renovate the main press box will be a second phase done later.  As a result of the expansion, Stadium Drive will no longer exist.