Football: #2 Mount Union Runs Past Marietta, 61-0; Raiders 412 Rushing Yards

Logan Nemeth (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Logan Nemeth (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

MARIETTA, Ohio – No. 2 ranked Mount Union football team scored a 61-0 Ohio Athletic Conference victory over Marietta Saturday at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta, Ohio.

Mount Union (3-0, 2-0 OAC) posted its third straight shutout (47-0 vs. Bethany, 56-0 vs. Muskingum ) outscoring its opponents 164-0 and won its 96th consecutive regular season game. 

The Purple Raiders had 716 yards of total offense including 412 rushing yards while holding Marietta (0-3, 0-2 OAC) to 151 total yards.

Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) threw for 279 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 41 yards, Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) ran for three touchdowns and Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) had two and Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) had 10 catches for 126 yards to pace the offense.

Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had five tackles with a tackle for loss and Mike Furda (Wintersville/Indian Creek) had a sack to lead the defense.  

On the Raiders first possession, Mitchell capped a nine-play, 58-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.  A penalty on the kickoff return gave Marietta the ball inside Mount Union territory but three plays later the Pioneers went for it on fourth-and-one and did not make giving the Raiders back the football.  Mount Union then went 57 yards as Nemeth had a four yard scoring run then a two-point conversion failed and the score was 13-0.  Mitchell had his second touchdown of the day this one from four yards out with 2:33 left in the quarter to make it 20-0.

Scott hits Namdar on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the first minute of the second quarter to extend the lead to 27-0.  Mount Union appeared to be stopped on its fifth possession but the punt went off a Marietta player and was recovered by the Raiders' Will Hiteshue (Medina/Medina).  The Raiders took advantage of the turnover as Nemeth scored his second touchdown of the day that made the score 34-0.  Mount Union drove to the Marietta one-yard line but did not convert on forth down with 2:33 left in the half.  The Raiders forced a punt got the ball back and drove ball down and Nemeth punched in a one-yard run on the final play of the quarter as it was 41-0 at the half.

On the opening drive of the second half, Scott hits Kennedy on a 12-yard touchdown pass which extends the lead to 48-0.  Dwayne Aaron (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) ran in a 17-yard touchdown with 27 seconds left in the quarter to take the score to 55-0.

The Raiders finished the scoring with 21-yard and 25-yard field goals from Jake Antel (Lakewood/Lakewood).