Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts Marietta Under the Lights Saturday Night

Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts Marietta Under the Lights Saturday Night

2013 Mount Union Football
#1 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (2-0, 1-0 OAC)
vs Marietta College Pioneers (0-2, 0-1 OAC)
Saturday, September 28 - 7 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

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Mount Union plays its first night game of the 2013 season hosting Marietta in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium.

Mount Union (2-0, 1-0 OAC) opened OAC play last week with a 37-0 shutout at Muskingum. The Purple Raider defense held the Muskies to 22 yards rushing and 69 total yards and was led by Joshua Scott, who had a team-high six tackles and an interception. Mike Maier also had an interception and Trevor Smith forced a fumble that resulted in a safety. On offense, quarterback Kevin Burke ran for a game-high 82 yards and threw for 237 yards with three TD passes.

Marietta (0-2, 0-1 OAC) dropped its OAC opener, 42-13 against Capital at home. Marietta was outscored 35-3 in the second half as Capital's triple option attack had 370 yards rushing. Tim Connor had 114 yards on 20 carries and linebacker Jake Hammer had 20 tackles in the loss for the Pioneers.

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.

Four regular season home games will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel FSN 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 his now 27 years of doing Mount Union football on radio and television.

This is the 52nd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 42-8-1 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 32 of those meetings. The last Pioneer win was a 20-6 decision in 1977 in Marietta.

Vince Kehres (Mount Union '98) is 2-0 in his in first season as head coach at Mount Union. Kehres played for the Purple Raiders and has spent the last 13 years on the coaching staff including the last eight as defensive coordinator before taking over for his father Larry Kehres this past May. As either a player or coach Kehres has been a part of 10 of the Purple Raiders' 11 national championships. His defenses have ranked among the nation's best for years including last year when Mount Union was ranked No. 1 in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense in all of NCAA Division III.

Andy Waddle (Wittenberg '03) is 0-2 in his first season as head coach at Marietta. Waddle spent the last eight years as an assistant at Wittenberg being the defensive coordinator for seven of those seasons. He also had assistant coaching stints at Mansfield (Pa.) and Maryville (Tenn.).

Mount Union plays next Saturday at 1:30 pm at Ohio Northern University in Ada. It is scheduled to be the first game on a new artifical turf surface at Dial-Roberson Stadium on campus.

Andy Waddle is one of five new coaches this season in the OAC and he inherits a veteran Marietta team that has 20 seniors with nine returning starters on offense and five returning starters on defense.

The Pioneers feature a 4-3 defensive scheme with senior linebacker Jake Hammer leading the way. Hammer, an All-OAC selection a year ago, had an OAC-best 115 tackles a season ago and currently leads the conference in stops at 16.5 per game. Three other seniors are up front in Tyree Bryant, Andrew Gorman and Franklin Holmes while fellow seniors Keith Cherry and Robert Brown patrol the secondary.

The offense also has plenty of experience led by fifth year senior quarterback Tom Fulton with his top targets being All-OAC 6-3 senior wide receiver Kirby Harris (13 rec., 86 yds) and junior tight end Josh Llaneza (11 rec, 99 yds, 2 TDs). Junior Tim Connor is the leading rusher with 157 yards on 38 carries (4.1 per carry).


183-7: 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 2000-03 and 54 from 1996-99

17: Mount Union has college football's longest active win streak at 17 games.

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

129-0: Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

174-1: The Raiders record since 1990 when winning to the turnover battle.  That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance, where the Raiders had a +1 turnover margin.

11: The Raiders 11 National Championships (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012) are a record for college football teams in a playoff format.

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

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

For the sixth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

On September 28th, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and college football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Football fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going online to or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).

Against Muskingum, the Mount Union offense had 457 yards junior quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) generating 329 of those yards. Burke had a game-high 82 yards rushing and 247 yards passing with three TD's. He enters this week with 4,358 career passing yards which is 10th best in school history and 103 yards from the ninth place spot of 4,461 yards held by Neal Seaman (2009-11).

Preseason All-American senior Matt Fechko is not going to lack work as he is expected to see time both at defensive tackle and left tackle on the offensive line. Fechko had 50 tackles last year -- 12.0 for loss and was second on the team with 6.0 sacks. It is the second straight season that the Raiders have had a two-way player as Blair Skilliter played defensive back and running back a year ago.

Sophomore safety Alex Kocheff (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) had a career-high two sacks against Muskingum last week. Kocheff is tied for the team lead in tackles so far this season with 10 and is one of three Raiders that have a sack so far this season. Junior defensive lineman Ted Rosalva (Boynton Beach, Fla./American Heritage) leads the conference with 2.5 sacks while sophomore linebacker Trevor Smith (Youngstown/Ursuline) also has half a sack this season. Mount Union's 5.0 sacks is second in the OAC.

For the second straight game, junior safety Joshua Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had an interception. He is tied for the conference lead in interceptions with two on the season. Joshua's brother Isaiah played for Mount Union from 2009-12 and had 17 interceptions which is fourth-best in team history.

A pair of wide receivers in senior Sherman Wilkinson (Kettering/Fairmont) and sophomore Brian Gainer (Tampa, Fla./Steinbrenner) each had career days last week at Muskingum. Wilkinson had six catches for 87 yards and a touchdown while Gainer had five catches for 73 yards.