#1 Football Goes To Marietta For Night Game Saturday

Jasper Collins (Photo by JT Higgins)
Jasper Collins (Photo by JT Higgins)

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (2-0, 2-0 OAC) vs
Marietta College Pioneers (0-2, 0-1 OAC)
Sat., Sept. 22 - 7 pm - Don Drumm Stadium (Marietta, Ohio)


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No. 1 ranked Mount Union plays its second-straight night game traveling to Marietta for an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Don Drumm Stadium Saturday at 7pm.

Mount Union (2-0, 1-0 OAC) generated 619 yards of offense while its defense held Muskingum to 59 total yards in a 57-0 shutout last week at Mount Union Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) accounted for six of the Raiders eight touchdowns as he threw four of them while going 12-of-17 passing for 258 yards then rushed for two others as he had four rushes for 17 yards.  The Raider defense shut down the Muskies as they knocked out starting quarterback Alex Meredith in the first half and for the game held Muskingum to just three first downs, 31 yards rushing and 28 yards passing.  Senior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had a team-high six stops while linebacker Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had five tackles and forced a fumble on a sack to lead the unit.

Marietta (0-2, 0-1 OAC) dropped its OAC opener 13-7 at Capital last week.  The Pioneers were down 10-0 in the third quarter and got on the board with a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown by Louis DiPaolo but that would be all the scoring they would get as their offense was held to 88 total yards and seven first downs for the game.   


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 51st meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 41-8-1 lead in the series dating back to a 20-0 Mount Union win on September 23, 1933 in Alliance. The teams have met every year since 1981 and Mount Union has won all 31 of those meetings. The last Pioneer win was a 20-6 decision in 1977 in Marietta.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 319-24-3 (.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 and last week tied Pop Warner on the all-time wins list. 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.

Jeff Filkovski (Allegheny, Pa. '91) is 10-32 (.238) in his fifth season as head coach at Marietta. Six years ago as the offensive coordinator at Heidelberg he won OAC Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Filkovski does have a win against Mount Union, as a quarterback for Allegheny (Pa.) College, he scored a 28-15 win in the 1990 NCAA Playoffs as he led the Gators to the 1990 NCAA Division III Championship.   


Mount Union returns home to host Ohio Northern in an OAC contest next Saturday (Sept. 29) at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium.


Marietta returns 15 starters from a year ago and the Pioneers head into this week ranked No. 8 in the OAC in both offense (209.0 yards per game) and defense (379.5 yards per game).

Senior quarterback Tom Fulton is directing the offense in his first year as a starter.  Fulton is completing 53.5-percent of his passes (23-of-43) for 347 yards with three toucdowns and two interceptions.  His top two receiving targets are a pair of all-conference picks in juniors Kirby Harris (7-125yds.-1 TD) and Tannon Roberts (6-142yds.). Senior Linard Williams also has caught a pair of touchdowns.  It has been running back by committee as Fulton leads the team in carries while senior Quincy Bell and junior Chris Sanders each have at least 10 carries.

On defense, a pair of linebackers lead the team in tackles in junior Jake Hammer (29) and freshman Nick Thompson (20).  Senior defensive back Louis DiPaolo had a 91-yard interception return for a score against Capital and also has two sacks.  Marietta has six sacks and a has forced three fumbles so far this season.



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.


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)
  • 319 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


For the first time since the final week of the 2009 season, Mount Union is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the D3football.com Top-25 and American Football Coaches Association Top 25 polls.   The Raiders claimed 23 of the 25 first place votes in the d3football.com poll voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, sports information directors and media members from across the country.  Mount Union has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in every poll since the AFCA began its coaches poll in 1999.           


Sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke threw for four touchdowns and ran in two last week against Muskingum.  Burke has completed 65.1-percent of his passes (28-of-43) for 501 yards with five touchdown passes and one interception.  Ten of his 28 passes have been for more than 20 yards and four of those have been for touchdowns.  Burke is the fifth in the nation in passer rating this season at 196.71.     


Senior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had five catches for 118 yards with two touchdowns against Muskingum.  It was his seventh 100-yard receiving performance of his career.  This week will be his 40th career game and he is five receiving yards away from being the ninth player in school history with 2,000 yards receiving. 


Senior linebacker Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had five tackles and forced a fumble with his first sack of the season last week against Muskingum.  Dieuseul has 25 career sacks and has nine forced fumbles in his career.  He is also chasing down the Mount Union record for career tackles for loss as he currently has 46.0 which is 5.0 behind the 51.0 of record holder James Herbert (2006-09). 


Mount Union's defense allowed Muskingum just 59 yards of total offense last week which was the fewest yards allowed by a Raider defense since surrendering just 53 in a 55-0 win at Wilmington in 2008.  Through two games Mount Union is the nation's No. 1 ranked defense allowing just 150 yards/game.


Mount Union's offensive line has five senior starters in left tackle Antonio Tate (Cleveland/Villa Angela St. Joseph), left guard Matt Mattox (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph), center Mac Knisley (Perrysburg/Perrysburg), right guard Chris Favazzo (Blacklick/Columbus St. Charles) and right tackle Jared Modrak (Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley).  The five have led a unit that has not allowed a sack so far this season and the nation's second-best scoring offense.  Tate is an All-American that was the OAC Lineman of the Year in 2011, Mattox was an All-OAC First Team pick last year, Knisley started the half of last season at center while Favazzo and Modrak made the move from the defensive line.  Favazzo played two years of offensive line at Kent State. 


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 in week one but sat out this past week with an injury.  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 in the opener and did not have a catch last week 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.