#1 Football Hits The Road To Wilmington Saturday

#1 Football Hits The Road To Wilmington Saturday

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) vs
Wilmington College Quakers (0-4, 0-3 OAC)
Sat., Oct. 29 - 1:30 pm - Williams Stadium (Wilmington, Ohio)

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THE GAME

No. 1 ranked Mount Union travels to Wilmington for an Ohio Athletic Conference contest Saturday at 1:30 pm.
The Purple Raiders returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown, gained nearly 500 yards of offense and the defense posted its third straight shutout in a 54-0 victory over Ohio Northern Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.
Mount Union senior Blair Skilliter (Curtice/Genoa) started the game at corner back, ran for two TD's off the bench as a running back and returned the second half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.  Fellow senior T.J. Lattimore (Maple Heights/Maple Heights) also ran for two touchdowns as he rushed for a game-high 79 yards on 13 carries.  Senior Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) had five catches for 71 yards and had his third punt return for a touchdown this season as he took one back 60 yards.  The defense held ONU to just 41 yards in the first half and 147 for the game including just 24 yards rushing.  Senior linebacker Jack LaForce (Vermillion/Vermillion) had a career-high nine tackles to pace the unit.  
Wilmington (0-4, 0-3) was held to minus-38 yards rushing and 74 total yards in a 45-0 loss at Muskingum.  It was the Quakers 30th consecutive loss dating back to 2009.       


MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON TV, RADIO AND ONLINE

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.

THE SERIES

This is the 15th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding an 14-0 lead in the series. The series started with a 43-0 Mount Union victory on Nov. 9, 1968 in Wilmingtonand the return game in 1969 was a 70-0 Raider win in Alliance. After that the teams did not play until Wilmington became a member of the OAC in 2000.

THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 321-24-3 (.927) 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.

Jay Niswonger (Wilmington '79) assumed the head coaching position for the remainder of this season when Ken Minor resigned on Sept. 25.  He was a high school coach at Watkins Memorial, Clinton-Massie and Carlisle high schools before going to Germantown Valley View in 1984.  At Valley View he went 243-78-1 with 11 conference titles and three state titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997.  He was brought on as offensive coordinator at Wilmington this past Spring.

UP NEXT ...

Mount Union comes back home to host Capital for homcoming next Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium.

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS

Wilmington has lost 30 games in a row and are rated 10th in the OAC in both total offense (170.8 yards/game) and total defense (442.8 yards/game). Jay Niswonger took over as offensive coordinator this past spring and is now the interim head coach for the remainder of this season with a national coaching search to be done after the season.  
The offense is led by a hometown product in Wilmington High School grad Brandon Arehart. The junior has completed 46.2-percent of his passes (42-of-91) for 409 yards with four interceptions and two touchdowns.  His top target is freshman Jeremy Duncan with six catches for 133 yards with one touchdown.  The Quakers have 110 rushing yards for the season and leading runner is junior Tyrell Richardson with 26 carries for 40 yards.
Another Wilmington native leads things on the other side of ball in sophomore linebacker Gunner Calhoun, who went to Clinton-Massie High School.  Calhoun has 44 tackles with an interception and a forced fumble.  


BY THE NUMBERS

170-7

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 

67

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

60

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

106

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

120-0

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

165-1

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.

208-7
The point differential between Mount Union and its opponents for the first three games this season.  It is the fewest points allowed through four games since 1936 when the Raiders beat Hiram 35-0, Westminster (Pa.) 27-0, lost to Muskingum 7-2 and beat Ohio Northern 6-0. 
1912
In 1912, Mount Union shutout its first four oppoents to start the season.  The Raiders beat Canton HS 42-0, West Virginia 34-0, Western Reserve 9-0 and Allegheny (Pa.) 9-0.


300 WIN CLUB

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)
  • 321 Larry Kehres * (Mount Union)
  • 319 Pop Warner (Georgia, Carlisle, Pitt, Stanford, Temple)
  • 314 Roy Kidd (Eastern Kentucky)
  • 314 Amos Alonzo Stagg (Springfield, Chicago, Pacific)
  • 305 Frosty Westering (Parsons, Lea, Pacific Lutheran)
  • 300 Tubby Raymond (Delaware)

* Active

MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Senior wide receiver Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown against Ohio Northern.  It was his third punt return for a touchdown this season after 65 and 63 yard returns at Franklin (Ind.).  He is the first Raider with three return touchdowns in the same season since Cecil Shorts III did it in 2010 with two punt returns and a kickoff return. The last Mount Union player with three career punt returns for touchdowns was Jason Cavell (2001-04). 
Fellow senior in Blair Skilliter (Curtice/Genoa) returned the second half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.  Mount Union is the best in the nation heading into this week in kickoff returns averaging 41.25 yards per return.
LAFORCE FORCEFUL ON DEFENSE
Senior linebacker Jack LaForce (Vermillion/Vermillion) had a team-high and career best nine tackles against Ohio Northern.  Senior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had five tackles and a half sack, junior defensive lineman Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) had two tackles for loss while freshman defensive end Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had his first career sack to lead the rest of the unit that held Ohio Northern to 147 total yards.  The defense is the No. 1 rated defense in the nation as they lead 239 Division III schools in total defense (134.25) and scoring defense (1.75/game).    
 
STRAIGHT A's
Senior placekicker Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria) booted a 37-yard field goal right before halftime against Ohio Northern that matched his career long field goal.  Almeida scored 12 points against Ohio Northern which pushed him into 10th on the career scoring list at Mount Union with 258 points.  He is five points away from the No. 8 spot -- held by another kicker -- Rodney Chenos (263 pts, 1998-2001).
DID YOU KNOW?
Former Mount Union quarterback Rob Adamson (1998-99, 2001-02) will be inducted this week into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in Akron.  Adamson was 25-0 as a starter and was the signal caller on the 2001 and 2002 National Championship teams.  Adamson finished with 5,344 passing yards with 55 touchdowns both total seventh on the school's all-time lists.  Adamson went to Manchester High School in Akron and played his final game in the OHSAA Division IV title game in 1997 which was a 31-24 five-OT loss to Germantown Valley View.  That Valley View team was coached by current Wilmington interim head coach Jay Niswonger.   
PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs
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 after missing the last two weeks with an injury came back last week and had a 20-yard catch and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score.  Cecil Shorts III was a fourth round pick in 2011 is in his second season with the Jacksonville Jaguars has a pair of touchdown catches and last week had one catch for eight yards 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.


NEW LOCKERS/PRESS BOX PROJECT 

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.