Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts Baldwin Wallace Saturday For Hall of Fame Game
2013 Mount Union Football
#1 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (8-0, 7-0 OAC)
vs Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets (6-2, 5-2 OAC)
Saturday, November 9 - 1:30 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)
Top ranked Mount Union plays its final two regular season games at home starting Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 pm against Baldwin Wallace.
Mount Union (8-0, 7-0 OAC) exteded the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games with a 44-34 win at No. 9 ranked Heidelberg last week. Junior quarterback Kevin Burke threw for 310 yards with four touchdowns and ran for 91 yards while freshman running back Bradley Mitchell ran for 152 yards to pace the offense. The defense held nation's highest scoring team 20 points below its average as junior Josh Scott had a career-best 11 tackles and a key interception in the fourth quarter.
Baldwin Wallace (6-2, 5-2 OAC) won its fourth straight game beating Marietta 31-7 last week. Dan O'Brien broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown and the Yellow Jackets never looked back. Issac Reed III rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries with a pair of touchdowns.
M-CLUB HALL OF FAME
The University of Mount Union M Club Hall of Fame will induct its 2013 class on Friday-Saturday, November 8-9.
A 10 person hall of fame class includes: Dan Ambroziak '97 (wrestling), Mark Black (football) '98, Bill Borchert (football) '98, Kara Callahan (women's soccer) '98, Patricia Caris (volleyball) '94, Nicole Chaddock '97 (women's soccer and track and field), Chuck Engle (track and field) '95, Holly Scott '98 (women's soccer), Amanda Shepherd '96 (volleyball) and Suzy Venet '98 (women's basketball).
Each of the inductees will also be recognized at halftime
For more information on the M Club or the hall of fame contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 330-823-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 hear the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.
The John Carroll game 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. Joining the broadcast crew this week is College Football Hall of Famer and former Mount Union quarterback Jim Ballard. Ballard was the the quarterback of the Purple Raiders' first national championship team in 1993.
This is the 52nd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 29-21-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 10-0 Mount Union win in 1896. The Raiders have won 18-straight meetings dating back to a 23-10 Baldwin-Wallace win in 1994 in Alliance.
Vince Kehres (Mount Union '98) is 8-0 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.
John Snell (Baldwin Wallace '87) is 77-43 (.642) in his 12th season at his Alma mater. Snell spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Jackets before taking over as head coach in 2002. In his first season, he won OAC Coach of the Year honors leading B-W to an 8-2 season, then 10 years ago he led B-W to a 10-2 mark with its first NCAA Playoff berth since 1991.
SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
The Yellow Jackets have won four straight games and are ranked third in the OAC in total defense (335.2), third in scoring defense (15.4 points per game) and fourth in the OAC in total offense (356.0 yards per game).
The defense is led by senior linebacker David Flegal, who leads the team and is third in the OAC at 89 tackles. Junior defensive lineman Luke Riemenschneider is among the conference leaders with team-best 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks. Junior linebacker Dan O'Brien is tops on the unit with three interceptions.
On offense, two quarterbacks have seen time under center in juniors Michael Slack and Kyle Ohradanzky. Ohradanzky started last week's game at Marietta and was 7-of-10 passing for 58 yards while rushing for 44 yards with a touchdown on the ground. Sophomore Issac Reed III rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries last week while junior Nolan Sordyl leads the team with 532 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Senior Kevin Johnson is the top receiver on the season with 20 catches for 295 yards and three touchdowns.
WHERE THEY STAND
Mount Union leads the OAC and is second in the nation in total offense (558.4 yards per game) and is second in the nation in scoring (52.6 points per game). On defense, the Raiders are second in the nation in total defense (187.8 yards per game) and are tops in the conference and third in the nation in rushing defense (59.9 rushing yards allowed per game).
Mount Union has five team captains this season -- senior defensive lineman Colton Bridges (Valrico, Fla./Durant), junior quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward), senior defensive lineman Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg), junior wide receiver Luc Meacham (Toledo/Toledo Central Catholic) and sophomore linebacker Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam).
BURKE POWERS OFFENSE
Junior quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) passed for a season-high 310 yards on 16-of-22 passing with four passing touchdowns against Heidelberg. Burke also rushed for 91 yards to account for 401 yards of total offense. It was the most total offense he had in a game since a career-best 432 yards of offense -- 388 passing + 44 rushing against Johns Hopkins (Md.) last year in the NCAA Playoffs.
Two wide receivers from northwest Ohio had a happy homecoming at Heidelberg last week as senior Jack Nicholls (Galion/Galion) and junior Luc Meacham (Toledo/Toledo Central Catholic) both had over 100 yards receiving last week. Nicholls had a career-best 125 yards on six catches with two touchdowns while Meacham also caught two touchdowns as he had three catch 100 yard performance that included a career long 56 yard catch.
Junior safety Josh Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had a career-best 11 tackles and his team leading third interception got the Raiders the ball back midway through the fourth quarter last week at Heidelberg. Scott is third on the team in tackles on the season with 36.
M & M's
The Mount Union running back duo of freshman Bradley Mitchell (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) and sophomore Mason Minnich (Greenwich/Crestview) each had big days against Heidelberg last week. In his second career start, Mitchell rushed for a career-best 152 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown. It was the most yards in a single game by a Purple Raider running back since Jeremy Murray had 155 yards against Baldwin Wallace on Nov. 5, 2011. Minnich had a 51-yard touchdown run which marked the longest rush of his career and he now has a team-high seven rushing touchdowns which is third best in the OAC.
PURPLE RAIDERS IN THE PRO'S
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, a sixth round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, is in his second season with Washington had seven catches for 172 yards in a 30-24 overtime win over San Diego. Cecil Shorts III, a fourth round pick in by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, was on a bye last 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 closes out the regular season next Saturday at 1:30 pm at home against John Carroll at Mount Union Stadium.