2013 Mount Union Football
#1 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC)
vs Wilmington College Quakers (0-4, 0-3 OAC)
Saturday, October 12 - 7 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)
Top ranked Mount Union hosts Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference football matchup Saturday night at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium. It is community night at Mount Union and their will be activities before the game and fans bringing a canned food item can recieve a FREE ticket for the press box side open stands.
Mount Union (4-0, 3-0 OAC) dominated Ohio Northern on both sides of the ball in a 58-7 win last week. The Purple Raiders outgained the Polar Bears, 631-160 as the defense got a 36 yard interception return from a score from Tre Jones while Tom Lally had eight stops and a sack. On offense, quarterback Kevin Burke was an efficient 18-of-21 for 304 yards with four TD passes. Jack Nicholls caught two of those scores on seven catches for 91 yards while Luc Meacham had a career-best 110 yards receiving.
Wilmington (0-4, 0-3 OAC) had a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter but Muskingum scored 28 straight points with the last one coming in overtime and the Quakers fell 35-28. Quarterback Brandon Arehart threw for 369 yards with four touchdowns and his top target was Jeremy Duncan, who had 327 yards receiving with three touchdowns.
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.
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 16th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 15-0 lead in the series. The series started with a 43-0 Mount Union victory on Nov. 9, 1968 in Wilmington
and 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.
Vince Kehres (Mount Union '98) is 4-0 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.
Stacey Hairston (Ohio Northern '89) is 0-4 in his first season as head coach at Wilmington. He played receiver and defensive back at OAC-member Ohio Northern and then played six years of professional football -- three with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL and three with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL. He also had assistant coaching stints in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos, Bluefield (Va.) and seven years at Ohio Northern where in 2003 he had a 4-6 record as interim head coach.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Former NFL player and Ohio Northern alum Stacey Hairston is in his first year as head coach at Wilmington. So far in his rebuilding project, he has injected some offense as the Quakers are fourth in the OAC in total offense (404.8 yards per game). Wilmington is ninth in total defense in the OAC allowing 439.8 yards and 44.8 points per game.
Senior quarterback and Wilmington native Brandon Arehart leads the OAC in passing yards averaging 341.5 yards per game. Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Duncan tops the conference in receiving at 164.8 yards per game and maybe in height as he is list at 6-5. Freshman Zak Kruer is the top running back with 155 yards and two TD's.
Sophomore linebacker Tarrell Starckey is the top tackler with 48 stops while senior lineman Aaron Day (32 tackles) and sophomore lineman Linden Ayoki both have a team 2.0 sacks to pace the defense.
BY THE NUMBERS
185-7: 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
19: Mount Union has college football's longest active win streak at 19 games.
113: consecutive regular season road wins for Mount Union dating back to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.
131-0: Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.
176-1: 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.
77: game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005
69: game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern on Oct. 22, 2005
WHERE THEY STAND
Mount Union is second in the conference in total offense (550.5 yards per game) and scoring (52.2 points per game). On defense, the Raiders are second in total defense (200.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (12.0 points allowed per game).
BACK TO BACK FOR BURKE
Junior quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) completed 18-of-21 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns last week. It was his second straight and fifth 300 yard passing performance of his career. On the season, Burke has completed 70-percent of his passes and is second in the OAC with 13 passing touchdowns. Burke is 19-0 as a starting quarterback and in 14 of those 19 games has thrown multiple touchdown passes.
Junior defensive lineman Ted Rosalva (Boynton Beach, Fla./American Heritage) had half a sack at Ohio Northern last week and is tied for the OAC lead with 3.5 sacks on the season. Rosalva has 17 total tackles on the season and has 4.5 tackles for loss.
SUPER SOPHOMORES ON DEFENSE
Four of the top six tacklers on the Mount Union defense are sophomores. Safety Alex Kocheff and tackle Tom Lally are two of those sophomores and tied for the team lead with 22 stops. Kocheff also has a team-best five tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries while Lally has two sacks.
BIG DAY FOR BIG RED
Junior wide receiver Luc Meacham (Toledo/Toledo Central Catholic) had career-best 110 yards receiving on four catches at Ohio Northern last week. The red headed team captain is one of four Raiders with at least 10 catches on the season.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
Sophomore Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) came off the bench and rushed for a game-high 99 yards for a second straight week. He got the 99 yards on just two carries -- a 65 yard scamper that he fumbled out of the end zone at the one yard line to give the ball back to Northern then a 34 yard touchdown run in which he changed directions and broke tackles on his way to end zone.
JUMPIN' JACK FLASH
Senior Jack Nicholls (Galion/Galion) had seven catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns last week at Ohio Northern. Nicholls leads the team with 28 catches and 363 receiving yards on the season.
PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PROs
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, a sixth round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, is in his second season with Washington and was on a bye this past week. Cecil Shorts III, a fourth round pick in by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, had five catches for 74 yards and his first touchdown of the season in a 34-20 loss to St. Louis this past week. Kyle Miller made his NFL debut as a TE for the Indianapolis Colts, last year and was waived then signed by the Miami Dolphins and is currently on the Dolphins practice squad. Two Raiders in the NFL coaching ranks are Dom Capers, defensive coordinator of Green Bay Packers and Nick Sirianni is the offense quality control coach witht the San Diego Chargers.
UP NEXT ...
Mount Union goes back on the road traveling to Columbus to play at Capital next Saturday at 1:30 pm at Bernlohr Stadium in Bexley.