Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts Wilmington Saturday in OAC Matchup

Tim Kennedy (Photo by Dan Poel,
Tim Kennedy (Photo by Dan Poel,

University of Mount Union Football

 #1 Mount Union Purple Raiders (6-0, 5-0 OAC) vs Wilmington Quakers (0-6, 0-5 OAC)

Oct. 22, 2016 - 1:30 PM - Mount Union Stadium - Alliance, Ohio

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

The matchup: Mount Union plays its third home game of the season hosting Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

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 214 passing yards with 6.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and 241 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 17–of–24 passes for 344 yards with four touchdowns and engineered an offense that had 653 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 194 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.

Wilmington quarterback Luke Creditt ran for two scores and threw for another as he was 20-for-29 passing for 229 yards but also tossed four interceptions in a 66-20 loss at Marietta.

Wide receiver PJ Meyer had eight catches for 155 yards while Mason Poland had nine tackles.

The series: This is the 19th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding an 18-0 lead in the series. The series started with a 43-0 Mount victory on Nov. 9, 1968 in Wilmington and the return game in 1969 was a 70-0 Raider win in Alliance. After that the teams did not play until Wilmington became a member of the OAC in 2000. A year ago, Mount Union scored a 69-0 win in Wilmington.

Mitchell Keeps Moving: Bradley Mitchell had his sixth straight and 18th career 100-plus yard rushing performance last week as he had 194 yards on 16 carries at Capital.

Mitchell leads the OAC and is fourth in the nation in rushing at 163.5 yards per game. He is leading a Raider rushing offense that is seventh-best in the nation at 310 yards per game on the ground.

Mitchell is fourth all-time at Mount Union with 4,138 career rushing yards and is 386 yards from third place Dan Pugh (1999-2002) who has 4.514 yards. Chuck Moore (1998-2001) is second with 5,871 yards while Nate Kmic (2005-08) is college football's all-time leading rusher with 8,074 yards.

Three is a Charm: Freshman Dom Davis became the third different freshman quarterback to start a game for Mount Union this season and went 17-of-24 passing for 344 yards with four touchdowns at Capital last week.

The 344 yards passing was the most in a game since current assistant coach Kevin Burke threw for 415 against Wesley in 2014.

Double Deuce: Safeties in Brian Groves and Austin White had big games at Capital last week.

Groves had nine tackles, half a sack, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery while White had a season best nine stops.

Scouting the Quakers: Wilmington enters the week ranked No. 8 in the OAC in total defense (452.7 yds allowed per game) and No. 10 in total offense (285.8 yards per game).

Senior linebacker C.J. Thompson leads the team in tackles (46) and tackles for loss (5.5) while he also has a fumble recovery and an interception. Freshman linebacker Bryan Gonzalez is second on the team in takcles (39).

On offense, junior quarterback Luke Creditt has completed 63-percent of his passes for 1200 yards with four touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Creditt also leads the team in rushes with 56 and has three TD's on the ground. His top target has been junior wide receiver PJ Meyer, who has 31 catches for 516 yards with two scores. Senior running back Chase Manica has 53 carries for 185 yards and four rushing TD's and is also the second leading receiver with 18 catches.

Going Long: Senior wide receiver Tim Kennedy (Hudson/Hudson) had the longest reception of his career with a 70-yard TD pass from Dom Davis at Capital last week. Kennedy has a team-best 31 catches on the year with two touchdowns.

Also having a career day at Capital was junior wide receiver Braeden Friss (Avon/Avon). Friss had five catches for 143 yards with a score that included a career-long 65-yard catch from Dom Davis.

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 plays two straight road games with trips to Otterbein (Oct. 29) then Muskingum (Nov. 5) before finishing the regular season at home Nov. 12 against John Carroll.