Football: #2 Mount Union Hosts Capital in Saturday Night OAC Showdown

Tom Lally (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Tom Lally (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference Saturday, October 3 at 7 p.m. in Mount Union Stadium.

What: #2 Mount Union (3-0, 2-0 OAC) vs. Capital (2-1, 2-0 OAC)

When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

Where: Mount Union Stadium -- Alliance, Ohio

Radio: 1310 AM WDPN (Alliance) - Sam Bourquin (p-b-p) T.J. Downing (color) / 91.1 FM WRMU (Alliance) - Mount Union student radio

Online Coverage: Live Stats | LIVE WDPN Audio | LIVE WRMU Audio

Complete Notes in PDF Format

Raiders post third straight shutout: Mount Union posted its third straight shutout with a 61-0 win at Marietta last week.  The Purple Raiders rolled up 716 yards of offense including 412 on the ground and set a new school record with 41 first downs.  The defense held the Pioneers 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.
 
Crusaders find the light: Capital rallied to beat Muskingum 34-31 last week in its first-ever night football game on campus.  Corey Heeter had a 13-yard run with just under six minutes left for the game winner as the game had six second half lead changes.  Capital outgained the Muskies 441-402 as the Crusaders' triple option offense churned out 414 rushing yards with Brent Walton getting 207 of those on 28 carries. On defense, Tim Seifert had 11 tacles while Eric Stroski had an interception.
 
The series: This is the 50th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 37-12 lead in a series that dates back to a 17-0 Purple Raider win in 1958. Mount Union has won 29 straight meetings with Capital's last win coming in its OAC Championship season of 1987, 26-25 in Columbus.

It's Coach to Cure MD Week: The Mount Union coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.

Opening Act for Defense: Mount Union's defense has made a mark as a dominant unit in NCAA Division III through the first month of the season.  The three straight shutouts to open a season is the most since a school-record four straight to open the 1935 season.

The Purple Raiders are ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III in ...

  • Total Defense (96.3 yds/game)
  • Opp. 4th Down % (0%)
  • Passing Yds. Allowed (51.7 yds/game)
  • Red Zone Defense (0%)
  • Scoring Defense (0.0 pts/game)

Up Next: Mount Union stays home to host Ohio Northern for homecoming next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

Crusaders on the run: Capital returns nine starters on offense from a year ago and that experience goes a long way in the Crusaders triple-option attack.  Capital's 461 yards of total offense per game is second in the OAC behind Mount Union.

The offense averages 6.5 yards per rush as junior "B" back Brent Walton leads the OAC in rushing yards (172 per game) and rushing touchdowns with nine.  Sophomore slot Cory Heeter averages 7.9 yards per carry and has two rushing touchdowns.  Sophomore quarterback Nick Iske completes 54-percent of his passes but has attempted just 28 passes total in three games.  Senior receiver Jake Shelton leads the team with seven catches for 89 yards.

On defense, the Crusaders are ranked eighth in the OAC allowing 440.3 yards per game.  Freshman safety J.R. Garrigo has a team-best 26 tackles while sophomore linebacker Tim Seifert has 22 stops.  Junior defensive end Tyler Conner has 2.0 tackles for loss.

Captains: Alex Kocheff, Tom Lally, Taurice Scott and Hank Spencer will be Mount Union's 2015 captains

Catching on: Senior Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) leads the OAC with seven TD passes while senior Roman Namdar (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) tops the OAC with six TD catches.

First and 10: Mount Union had a school record 41 first downs at Marietta last week.  The Raiders had 40 first downs in three previous games -- twice against Marietta in 2013 and 2015 and against Widener (Pa.) in 2012.

Katching Kennedy: Junior wide receiver Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) had the second 100-yard receiving game of his career with 126 yards on a career-best 10 catches at Marietta.

Logan's run: Senior running back Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) had a career-best three rushing touchdowns last week at Marietta.  Nemeth leads the team and his second in the OAC with six rushing touchdowns.

Sack attack: Senior defensive tackle Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) is second in the OAC this season with 2.5 sacks.  He has 24.5 career sacks which is sixth best in school history.  He is 0.5 sacks from the fifth place total of 25.0 by Jeremy Yoder (1996-99) while fourth place is 26.0 sacks by Matt Campbell (1999-2002).  That is the Matt Campbell that is the head football coach at University of Toledo.

Staying Regular: Mount Union has a 96-game regular season win streak dating back to 2005.