COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 1 ranked Mount Union shut down the Capital offense and the Purple Raiders shut out the Crusaders 45-0 in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday in Columbus.
The Purple Raiders defense held conference's top passing offense to 181 passing yards with 5.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and 239 total yards.
Senior safety Brian Groves (Stow/Stow) had nine tackles, a half sack, tackle for loss and a fumble recovery to lead the unit.
Freshman quarterback Dom Davis (Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary) made his first collegiate start and completed 16 – of – 23 passes for 326 yards with four touchdowns and engineered an offense that had 618 total yards.
Davis threw touchdowns to four different receivers and hit seven receivers total with Braeden Friss having a career-best 143 yards on five catches with a touchdown.
Senior running back Bradley Mitchell (Detroit, Mich./South Lake) went over 100 yards rushing for the sixth straight game this season as he had 184 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.
Capital quarterback Thomas Wibbeler went 15-of-34 for 180 yards.
Mitchell started the scoring with a 24-yard scamper midway through the first quarter.
On the Raiders next possession, Davis hit Kennedy on a 70-yard bomb for a score and Mount Union led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Davis hit Friss on a 26-yard scoring pass as the only score for the second quarter and the Raiders held a 21-0 lead at the break.
Alex Louthan (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) hit a 27-yard field goal on the opening possession of the second half to take the score to 24-0.
Davis then threw a 20-yard screen pass to Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs, Fla./Taravella) to make it 31-0 after three quarters.
Mount Union finished the game with two more scores as Davis threw a 23-yard strike to Justin Hill (Circleville/Jireh Prep, N.C.) and backup quarterback Nick Payakov (Akron/Manchester) had a 30-yard touchdown run for the 45-0 final.
The Raiders return home to host Wilmington in an OAC game next Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.