Football: #1 Mount Union Makes Road Trip to Heidelberg Saturday

Football: #1 Mount Union Makes Road Trip to Heidelberg Saturday

What: #1 Mount Union (5-0, 4-0 OAC) vs. Heidelberg (2-3, 2-2 OAC) 

When: Saturday, Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hoernemann Stadium -- Tiffin, Ohio

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

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The matchup: Mount Union plays its second road game of the year Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Heidelberg in Tiffin.

Runnin' with the Raiders: Mount Union had three players go over 100 yards rushing as the Purple Raiders ran past Ohio Northern 51-7. Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) had a career-high 142 yards rushing on 22 carries with a pair of touchdowns, Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) had 114 yards while quarterback Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) had his first 100-yard rushing day of his career with 106 yards to pace a Mount Union offense that posted 415 rushing yards.

Mount Union out-gained Ohio Northern 547-184 as the defense put constant pressure on the Polar Bears. Mike Furda (Wintersville/Indian Creek) had 1.5 sacks, Will Hiteshue (Medina/Medina) had a sack while Tre Jones (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) returned an interception for a touchdown to lead the Raider defense.  

Three is a Charm: Mount Union had three players with over 100 yards rushing last week as Logan Nemeth had 142, Bradley Mitchell 114 and Taurice Scott 106.  It marked the first time since a game against Wilmington in 2013 that three Raiders crossed the 100-yard plateau in the same game.  In that game, quarterback Kevin Burke had 111, Mitchell had 105 and Mason Minnich (Ashland/Crestview) had 100.

Heidelberg picks its way to second straight win: Heidelberg's defense had five interceptions and its offense had a season-high 52 points at a 52-7 win at Muskingum last week.

Heidelberg outgained Muskingum in yards, 422-133, with the Muskies getting just 44 yards in the air.  The Berg defense had 11 tackles for loss and three sacks to go along with the five pics. After throwing five touchdowns in his debut, Tyler Stoyle threw four touchdowns against the Muskies. Stoyle was 21-for-36 with 233 yards and an interception. Running back Bryan Lacey gained 80 yards on 16 carries (5.0 yards per carry) with two touchdowns.

The series: This is the 59th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 45-13 lead in a series that dates back to a 34-0 Purple Raider win in 1910. Mount Union has won the last 26 meetings with Heidelberg's last win coming in 1988, 24-14 in Tiffin. Heidelberg's last win in Alliance was a 24-7 win in 1972 ... the same year the Student Princes won the Stagg Bowl.

Raiders Top Defense: Mount Union enters this week ranked No. 1 in the nation in pass defense (70.6 yds/game) and No. 1 total defense (134.4 yds/game).

Up Next ... Mount Union stays on the road playing next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Wilmington.

Berg Back on Track: Heidelberg has won its last two games after dropping its first three.  The Berg held the lead in the second half of each of its three losses on the season.

Heidelberg had to replace a four-year starter at quarterback along with its top running back and reciever from a year ago but come into this week with the OAC's No. 2 offense at 437.6 yards per game.  

Sophomore Tyler Stoyle took over quarterback duties two weeks ago and has thrown nine TD passes over his first two starts with a pair of wins.  Senior running back Bryan Lacey is third in the OAC in rushing at 102.8 yards per game while junior Nick DeLisa is among OAC receiving leaders with 27 catches with five for touchdowns.

Heidelberg's defense is No. 3 overall in the OAC allowing 323.2 yards per game, No. 2 against the run at 109.8 with a conference-best nine interceptions.  Senior linebacker Will Lance tops the squad with 32 tackles while fellow senior linebacker Joey Woodley has 3.5 sacks and freshman defensive back Dom Scott has a pair of interceptions.

The Road More Traveled: Mount Union has has won 98 straight regular season games dating back to 2005 along with a 106-game road win streak daing back to a 34-33 loss at Albion (Mich.) in the 1994 NCAA Playoffs.

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

Michigan Men: Mount Union's top two running backs -- senior Logan Nemeth (McBain, Mich./McBain) and junior Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) both hail from the state up north. Nemeth is coming off a career day last week with 142 yards on 22 carries.  He leads the OAC and is fourth in the nation with 11 rushing TDs.  Mitchell went for 114 last week for his 12th career 100-yard game.  On the season, he is averaging 8.74 yards a carry which tops the OAC and is third best in the nation.

Great Scott: Senior Taurice Scott (Alliance/Alliance) had his first career 100 yard rushing game with 106 against Northern.  In his first year as starting quarterback, Scott is the OAC's highest rated passer (153.8 rating) and tops the conference in passing yards per completion (15.13).
 
Keeping up with Jones: Senior defensive back Tre Jones (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) got his first interception of the season last week and ran back 38 yards for a touchdown.  It was his 12th career INT which tied him with Nick Driskill (2009-12) for 10th on the school's all-time list.  It was his fifth interception return for a touchdown which is the most of any player in Mount Union history.