Football: #1 Mount Union Beats BW, 30-7; Raiders Host #10 John Carroll Next Week For OAC Title

Bradley Mitchell and Kevin Burke (Photo by JT Higgins)
Bradley Mitchell and Kevin Burke (Photo by JT Higgins)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 1 ranked Mount Union held Baldwin Wallace to 74 total yards in the second half on its way to a 30-7 Ohio Athletic Conference football victory at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders (9-0, 8-0) extends the nation's longest winning streak to 24 games while winning their 82nd straight regular season game and 72nd straight home field victory.

It sets up a game in Alliance next Saturday (Nov. 16) at 1:30 pm against No. 10 ranked and undefeated John Carroll for the OAC title.

Mount Union freshman running back Bradley Mitchell (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) made his third straight start and ran for 114 yards on 18 carries for his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season.

Quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) threw two touchdowns and ran for another as he passed for 197 yards and ran for 34 yards.  His top target was Jack Nicholls (Galion/Galion) who had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore safety Alex Kocheff (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) had nine tackles and 2.0 sacks as the Raider defense posted a season-high 7.0 sacks.

Senior defensive tackle Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) also had 2.0 sacks while sophomore defensive back Tre Jones (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) had an interception.

Kyle Ohradanzky led the Baldwin Wallace (6-3, 5-3) offense as he passed for 84 yards and rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Mount Union took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards on 12 plays as Burke rushed in from 17 yards out to put the Raiders on the scoreboard first.

On the ensuing possession, Ohradanzky's first pass attempt was picked off by Jones on the BW 25 yard line and three plays later Burke would hit Luc Meacham (Toledo/Toledo Central Catholic) for an 11 yard touchdown pass and the Raiders would lead 13-0.

Mount Union would make it 16-0 when Edward Ruhnke (Bayville, N.J./Central Regional) would hit a 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter. 

After a Raider punt, Baldwin Wallace would keep the ball for nearly eight minutes and on fourth and goal from the two yard line Ohradanzky would punch it in from two yards out with seven seconds left in the half to bring the score to 16-7 at the break.

Late in the third quarter, Baldwin Wallace would drive to the Mount Union 27 yard line before sacks on back-to-back plays -- with the last one on fourth down -- would give the ball back to the Raiders on their own 41.  Two plays later Burke would nail Nicholls on a 57-yard touchdown pass to put Mount Union up 23-7 early in the fourth quarter.

Mason Minnich (Greenwich/Crestview) would finish the scoring with a nine-yard touchdown run.