Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts Heidelberg for Homecoming Saturday

Bradley Mitchell (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Bradley Mitchell (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

University of Mount Union Football

 #1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) vs Heidelberg Student Princes (2-2, 2-1 OAC)

Oct. 8, 2016 - 1:30 PM - Mount Union Stadium - Alliance, Ohio

Radio: WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance), WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance)

TV (tape delay): Jim Clark (play-by-play), Harry Paidas (color)

  • SportsTime Ohio - Sunday, Oct. 9 - 4 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 10 - noon
  • WIVM-TV (Canton) - Saturday, Oct. 8 - 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 9 - 2 p.m.

Mount Union Alumni Weekend / Homecoming Information

The matchup: No. 1 ranked Mount Union hosts Ohio Athletic Conference foe Heidelberg for homecoming Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

Three first half interceptions – one returned by Danny Robinson (Massillon/Massillon Washington) 100 yards for a score as the defense helped Mount Union get out to a 21-7 halftime lead as the Raiders went on to a 38-21 OAC win at Ohio Northern last Saturday.

Robinson also had a team-best 11 tackles to lead a defense that had 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, blocked a pair of kicks and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) ran for 129 yards on 23 carries to go over 100 yards for the fourth straight game and 16th of his career to lead the Raider offense.

Mount Union quarterbacks Luke Poorman (Orlando, Fla./University School) and D'Angelo Fulford (Cooper City, Fla./Mirmar) combined to go 20-of-27 for 207 yards with a touchdown.

Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) caught 11 of those a passes – a new career high – for 76 yards and Jordan Hargrove (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary) four catches for 83 yards with a touchdown.

Heidelberg (2-2, 2-1 OAC) running back Bryan Lacey rushed for a game-high 125 yards and two touchdowns -- including one in the final minute as the Berg beat Muskingum 27-24 last Saturday in Tiffin.

Demetrius Magee led Heidelberg receivers with seven receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown.

The defensive line tallied 13 tackles for loss. Chandler Hoover recorded 2.5 sacks on the afternoon. Austin Crow and Verondtae Wilkinson each finished with two sacks.

The series: This is the 60th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 46-13 lead in a series that dates back to a 34-0 Purple Raider win in 1910. Mount Union has won the last 27 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.

Sweet 16: Mount Union senior running back Bradley Mitchell went over 100 yards for the fourth time this season and 16th time in his career with 129 yards at Ohio Northern.

Mitchell leads the OAC in rushing yards (163.5 per game) and rushing touchdowns (7) this season while his 3,811 rushing yards is 4th best in Mount Union history.

No Fly Zone: The Mount Union defense had three interceptions last week at Ohio Northern and a conference best seven interceptions on the season.

Danny Robinson matched a school and NCAA record with a 100-yard INT return for a touchdown. He was the second-ever Raider to do that following Drew McClain in 2007 against Averett (Va.). It was his second touchdown of the year as he brought one back 76 yards against Marietta.

Austin White (Wadsworth) had a pick at Ohio Northern that gave him a team and OAC best four on the season while Darrell Sullins (Beachwood) had his first career interception last week.

Scouting the Berg: Former Purple Raider Mike Hallett left as Heidelberg head coach in the offseason but he did not leave the cupboard bare for new coach and former Berg defensive coordinator Scott Donaldson.

Junior quarterback Tyler Stoyle leads the OAC with 10 touchdown passes as he has completed a league-best 96 passes for 982 yards. His top target is junior Demetrius Magee who tops the conference with 25 catches and second with five touchdowns while senior running back Bryan Lacey is third in the conference in rushing at 87.8 yards per game and four TD's.

On defense, junior lineman Austin Crow tops the conference in sacks (6.0) and tackles for loss (13.0) as Heidelberg has 17 quarterback sacks. Sophomore linebacker Trevor Summers is second on the team in tackles with 33 while the secondary is manned by juniors in Dom Scott with an interception and Justin Hutchins with four pass breakups.

Senior AJ Morrison is the OAC's top punter at 41.8 yards per punt.

Special K: Mount Union senior receiver Tim Kennedy had a career-best 11 catches at Ohio Northern last week. On the season, he leads the Raiders with 22 catches. As a punt returner, Kennedy already has more return yards (1,071) than anyone else in school history and his 87 returns is second all-time at Mount Union behind Jason Cavell (94 from 2001-04).

Radio and TV: All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also hear the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

Students Noah Hiles (play-by-play), A.J. Gioglio (color) and Joe Mertens (sideline) make up the WRMU 91.1 FM crew.

Longtime area sports broadcaster Sam Bourquin and former Ohio State football player T.J. Downing will call the action on WDPN 1310AM.

On the television side, Mount Union will have two home games -- Oct. 8 vs. Heidelberg and Nov. 12 vs. John Carroll shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV39 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillion Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts while Jim Clark will do play-by-play and Harry Paidas on color. Clark, the longtime voice of the Akron Rubberducks, takes over for retired hall of famer Joe Tait while Paidas begins his 31st year on the telecast.

Up Next: Mount Union is back on the road playing Capital next Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Columbus.