Football: #2 Mount Union Blanks Muskingum 56-0 in OAC Opener

Roman Namdar (photo by JT Higgins)
Roman Namdar (photo by JT Higgins)

ALLIANCE, Ohio – No. 2 ranked Mount Union beat Muskingum 56-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference football opener Saturday night at Mount Union Stadium.

It marked the second straight shutout for the Purple Raiders, who are now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the OAC.  After a 47-0 win over Bethany (W.Va.) two weeks ago, it is the first time since 1999 that Mount Union has opened a season with back-to-back shutouts (Albion 38-0 and Hiram 59-0).

The defense held Muskingum (0-2, 0-1 OAC) to 69 total yards and five first downs.

Senior linebacker Hank Spencer (Greencastle, Ind./North Putnam) led the unit with 12 stops and a forced fumble. 

Senior quarterback Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) threw for two scores and ran for another, senior Roman Namdar (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) had 117 yards receiving with two TDs through the air and junior Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) had 102 yards rushing to pace an offense that racked up 557 total yards – 367 on the ground.

After Muskingum started the game with a three-and-out, Mount Union needed just two plays as Scott had a six-yard run to go up 7-0.

The Raiders scored again before the end of the quarter as Scott found Namdar from 27 yards out to extend the lead to 14-0.

Mount Union tallied 28 points in the second quarter as senior Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) had scoring runs of 10 and four yards, Mitchell ran in from four yards out then Scott hit Namdar on a 83 yard bomb to put the Raiders up 42-0 at the half.  It was the longest pass and reception of both their respective careers.

The last two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter on one-yard runs from junior Dwayne Aaron (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) and freshman quarterback Matt Lowry (Rocky River/Rocky River).

Mount Union takes its first road trip next Saturday playing at 1:30 p.m. at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

NOTES - Mount Union extended its home field win streak to 88 games and its regular season win streak to 95 games – both dating back to 2005.