Football: #1 Mount Union Travels to Capital For OAC Game Saturday

Football: #1 Mount Union Travels to Capital For OAC Game Saturday

University of Mount Union Football

 #1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC) vs Capital Crusaders (3-2, 3-1 OAC)

Oct. 15, 2016 - 1:30 PM - Bernlohr Stadium - Columbus, Ohio

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

The matchup: The matchup: Mount Union makes a road trip to Capital for an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium in Bexley.

Mount Union outgained Heidelberg 302-31 in the second half to score a 50-14 Ohio Athletic Conference win last Saturday.

The Raiders led 21-14 at the half and the defense came out in the third and held Heidelberg to 33 total yards and one first down for the quarter while the Purple Raider offense tallied 17 points to put the game out of reach.

Charlie Dear (Massillon/Jackson) and Danny Robinson (Massillon/Massillon Washington) each had 12 tackles while junior Kollyn Crenshaw (Solon/Solon) had an interception.

On offense, the Raiders had 502 total yards as they chewed up 278 yards on the ground with six rushing touchdowns and were led by the tandem of Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) and Dwayne Aaron (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward). Mitchell rushed for 133 yards and two scores on 26 carries to mark the fifth straight and 17th career 100-yard rushing game while Aaron also scored twice and matched his career-high with 84 yards on 15 carries.

The other two rushing touchdowns came from freshman quarterbacks Luke Poorman (Orlando, Fla./University School) and Dom Davis (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary). Poorman, who came in late in the second quarter, went 10-of-13 for 146 yards and threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to freshman Justin Hill (Circleville/Jireh Prep, N.C.). Poorman, Davis and fellow freshman quarterback D'Angleo Fulford (Cooper City, Fla./Mirmar) combined to go 18-of-26 passing for 224 yards. Senior wide receiver Jordan Hargrove (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had a game-high six catches for 71 yards.

Capital (3-2, 3-1) took its first OAC loss of the season with a 58-21 home loss to Ohio Northern.

The score was tied 7-7 early in the second quarter before Ohio Northern scored 27 unanswered points to lead 34-7 at the half. Capital got no closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

Capital quarterback Thomas Wibbeler was 22-of-35 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Both touchdowns were to David Barnett, who caught eight passes for 102 yards. Cory Heeter had 22 carries for 46 yards on the ground. On defense, Kane Murray and J.R. Garrigo each had seven tackles.

The series: This is the 51st meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 38-12 lead in a series that dates back to a 17-0 Purple Raider win in 1958. Mount Union has won 30 straight meetings with Capital's last win coming in its OAC Championship season of 1987, 26-25 in Columbus. A year ago, the Raiders won 62-7 in Alliance.

Backfield in Motion: The running back duo of Bradley Mitchell and Dwayne Aaron combined to run for 217 yards and four touchdowns. Mitchell had 133 of those yards for his fifth straight and his 17th career 100 yard rushing game. 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 3,944 rushing yards is 4th best in Mount Union history.

Aaron had a career-best 15 carries and two scores and matched his career-high rushing yards total of 84, which he had in a 2014 NCAA Playoff game against Washington & Jefferson.

Scouting the Crusaders: The first thing new Capital coach Chad Rogesheske did was scrap the triple-option offense the Crusaders had run for the past three seasons and replace it with a more conventional spread formation.

The results of his work are in sophomore quarterback Thomas Wibbeler, who leads the OAC in passing yards (243.2) and passing touchdowns (11). Wibbeler has completed 57-percent of his passes for 1,216 yards and his top target is freshman David Barnett, who leads OAC with 103 receiving yards per game and eight touchdowns. Junior Cory Heeter has rushed for 345 yards on 98 carries with seven scores on the ground.

On defense, junior linebacker Derek Eibon is conference's top tackler with 10.8 per game while senior lineman Tyler Conner has 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks and sophomore defensive back Jordan Duncan has two interceptions.

Block Party: Senior Dashon Redman (Steubenville/Steubenville) blocked a punt against Heidelberg and it marked the third straight game that the Raiders had a punt block. Mount Union leads the nation with those three punt blocks this season. The Raiders have a total of four blocked kicks this season as they blocked a field goal attempt at Ohio Northern.

Linebacker U: With all due respect to Penn State, Mount Union's top two tacklers this season are linebackers in senior Charlie Dear and sophomore Danny Robinson. Both set career-highs with 12 tackles each against Heidelberg. Dear leads the team with 33 stops on the season while Robinson had double digit tackles for the second straight game.
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 returns home to host Wilmington in an OAC game Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.