Football: No. 2 Mount Union Beats Capital, 62-7; Raiders Put Up 34-Point Third Quarter

B.J. Mitchell (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
B.J. Mitchell (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

ALLIANCE, Ohio – No. 2 ranked Mount Union scored on all nine of its possessions in a 62-7 win against Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference football game Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.

Mount Union moves to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the OAC and extends its regular season win streak to 97 games dating back to 2005.

Capital fell to 2-2 overall, 2-1 in the OAC, but did become the first team to score on the Purple Raiders this season when Zak Sheridan had a two yard score five minutes into the second quarter.

Senior quarterback Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) threw for two scores (10-of-18 passing for 175 yads) and ran for two scores (five carries 88 yards), junior running back Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) ran for a season-high 131 yards on 11 carries and senior running back Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) had three rushing touchdowns to pace the Raider offense.

Capital entered the game with the nation's No. 5 ranked rushing offense as its triple-option attack averaged 371 yards per game but the Mount Union defense held the Crusaders to 172 yards on the ground and 199 total yards.

Seniors Tom Lally (Fairview Park/Lakewood St. Edward) had nine tackles, a sack and forced a fumble while Will Hiteshue (Medina/Medina) and Jonathan Gonell (Pembroke Pines, Fla./University School) also had nine tackles.

After forcing a three and out, Mount Union got a short field thanks to a 28 yard punt return from Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) that put the ball on the Capital 30-yard line.  Four plays later, Scott hit Roman Namdar (Southlake, Texas/Carroll) from nine yards out to put the Raiders on the board, 7-0.

Capital took over six minutes off the clock with its next drive, did not score but a 49 yard Keegan Irwin punt put Mount Union at its five yard line.  The offense marched 95 yards in just under four minutes and Nemeth punched it in from three yards as it was 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Crusaders again took six minutes off the clock going 78 yards as Sheridan scored on a two-yard touchdown run which was the first score against the Mount Union defense in 199:08 of game action this season and cut the lead to 14-7.

Mount Union responded in 2:41 as Mitchell had a six-yard score to cap an 89 yard drive and give the Raiders a 21-7 halftime lead.

The Raiders got the ball to start the second half and on the very first play from scrimmage Scott scampered 74 yards – the longest run of his career – and put Mount Union up 28-7.

The big play by Scott sparked a 34-point third quarter that saw the offense score on another Scott touchdown run, a pair of runs from Nemeth and a 23-yard pass from Scott to Namdar to make the score 55-7 all while the defense held Capital to one first down and 27 total yards for the quarter.

Freshman backup quarterback Matt Lowry (Rocky River/Rocky River) finished the scoring with a 10-yard run and the 62-7 final.

Mount Union has homecoming next week against an Ohio Northern team that scored a 30-27 upset of No. 11 John Carroll today – next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.