Football: #1 Mount Union Shuts Out Muskingum in OAC Opener, 37-0

Germany Woods (Photo by JT Higgins)
Germany Woods (Photo by JT Higgins)

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- No. 1 ranked Mount Union beat Muskingum 37-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener Saturday at McConagha Stadium. 

The Purple Raiders' defense ruled the rain soaked afternoon holding the Muskies to 22 yards rushing and 69 total yards.

Joshua Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had team-best six tackles and an interception, Mike Maier (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) also had an interception and Trevor Smith (Youngstown/Ursuline) forced a fumble that resulted in safety all to lead the defense.

Mount Union's offense generated 457 yards with 329 of those yards from quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward), who rushed for a game-high 82 yards and threw three touchdown passes on 247 yards passing.

Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) rushed for 79 yards with two touchdowns on the ground and one touchdown catch.

Sherman Wilkinson (Kettering/Fairmont) had six catches for 87 yards and touchdown while Lane Clark (Perrysville, Ind./North Vermillion) also caught a touchdown pass.

Mount Union took its first possession 66 yards on 10 plays and Woods scored a six-yard rushing touchdown as the Raiders led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Woods scored on a another six-yard run midway through the second quarter, Edward Ruhnke (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) kicked a 24-yard field goal and safety gave Mount Union a 17-0 halftime lead.

On the opening possession of the second half, the Raiders drove 81 yards on nine plays when Burke hit Woods on an 18-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 23-0.  Later in the quarter, Burke hit Clark on an 11-yard touchdown pass as Mount Union would lead 30-0 heading into the final quarter.

The Raiders finished the scoring as Burke would hit Wilkinson on a 19-yard pass play.

Mount Union (2-0, 1-0 OAC) wins its nation's best 17th straight game, 75th consecutive regular season game and 111th straight regular season road win. 

The Raiders return home to host Marietta in an OAC game next Saturday night at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium.