Football: Undefeated Nationally Ranked Teams Meet as #2 Mount Union Plays at #21 Heidelberg

Elijah Berry and Michael Vidal (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Elijah Berry and Michael Vidal (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs #21 Heidelberg Student Princes

"Room At The Top": The Ohio Athletic Conferecne's two undefeated teams meet this week as No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays at No. 21 ranked Heidelberg Saturday, Oct. 7 at Hoernemann Stadium in Tiffin.

Mount Union's (4-0, 3-0 OAC) defense forced three turnovers, scored a touchdown and held Ohio Northern to 45 total yards in the first half while the offense ran out to a 27-0 lead as the Purple Raiders went on to a 43-14 win last Saturday.

Sophomore Gabe Brown (Plant City, Fla. / Durant) had what turned out to be the key play as his 89-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first quarter made it 10-0 and sparked a 17-point second quarter.  Junior Trevor Cox (Hillard / Darby) had the other interception while senior linebacker Charlie Dear (Massillon / Jackson) had 6 tackles and recovered a fumble as the Raiders held Northern to 214 total yards.

The offense was led by sophomore quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) and junior running back Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs. Fla. / Taravella). Fulford threw two touchdowns and ran for two more as he passed for 206 yards on 11-of-17 passing then ran for 47 yards. Evans-Morris had his second straight 100 yard plus game with 102 yards on 14 carries.

Heidelberg (4-0, 3-0 OAC) picked up a 36-13 road win at Muskingum last week. The Berg led 22-7 at the half and used a 14 point third quarter to take control.

Demetrius Magee caught seven passes for 111 yards with three TDs as Tyler Stoyle threw for a season-high 372 yards.

The defense caused three turnovers and had 11 tackles for loss with 3.0 sacks. Trevor Summers had eight stops while Austin Crow had three tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.

"Insider": This is the 61st meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 47-13 lead in a series that dates back to a 34-10 Raider win in 1910. Mount Union has won the last 28 meetings with Heidelberg's last win coming in 1988, 24-14 in Tiffin. A year ago, Mount Union led 21-14 at the half and broke the game open scoring 29 unanswered in the second half on its way to a 50-14 win.

"I Need To Know": Heidelberg featured one of the more veteran rosters in the OAC and a lot of that experience is on offense. Senior quarterback Tyler Stoyle, an All-OAC second team pick in 2016, has thrown for over 300 yards in five straight games and is the OAC leader in passing yards. His top target is fellow senior Demetrious Magee who leads the conference in receiving at 133 yards per game and was the OAC Receiver of the Year in 2016. Senior Cameron Vocke comes out the of the backfield and has an OAC-best seven rushing TDs while senior right tackle Tyler Hunter leads the line. On defense, everything starts up from with All-American senior Austin Crow, who is the OAC sack leader and has almost 200 career tackles with 55.5 for loss and 21 sacks. He had 11 tackles with 5.0 for loss aganst the Raiders a year ago.

"The Waiting": Mount Union returns home to host Capital in an OAC matchup next Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

"Learning To Fly": Mount Union sophomore quarterback D'Angelo Fulford is the nation's top rated passer (244.1) and also leads in yards per pass attempt (12.97) and completion percentage (72.1%).  Fulford has thrown for 882 yards with 13 touchdowns on the season.

"Runnin' Down A Dream": The running back combo of freshman Josh Petruccelli (Perry / Perry) and junior Jawanza Evans-Morris combine to lead a rushing attack is 20th best in the nation and tops in the OAC.

Petruccelli leads the team with 300 yards (82.5 per game) on 41 carries (8.0 yards per carry) while Evans-Morris has 311 yards (77.8 per game) on 38 carries (8.2 yards per carry). Evans-Morris also had his second straight 100 yard game last week with 102 yards against Northern. Both them along with quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (39 carries, 156 yards) each have two touchdowns on the ground.

"You're Gonna Get It": Sophomore Justin Hill (Circleville / Jireh Prep, NC) had 90 yards receiving on three catches with a touchdown last week against Northern. Hill has caught a touchdown in each game this season and his 61-yard scoring catch last week was the longest reception of his career. Hill had 92 yards in the opener against NC Wesleyan and does not have a 100-yard receiving game yet in his career.

"I Won't Back Down": Senior linebacker Charlie Dear leads the team in tackles on the season with 23 stops. He is also tied for the team lead with 4.0 tackles for loss this season.

"You Don't Know How It Feels": Mount Union kicker Alex Louthan (Loganville, Ga. / Grayson) kicked three field goals and four extra points last week but saw a streak of made extra points end at 77 dating back to last season. Louthan is 106-of-108 for his career in extra points at Mount Union. The 106 made extra points is seventh-best all-time for the Raiders.

"A Face In The Crowd": Mount Union has five senior team captains in 2017 in linebacker Charlie Dear, wide receiver Braeden Friss (Avon / Avon), safety Brian Groves (Stow / Stow), offensive lineman Cole Parrish (Creedmoor, N.C. / South Granville) and defensive lineman Michael Vidal (Miami, Fla. /Ronald Reagan Doral).
 
"Breakdown": 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. The Capital game will also be broadcast on television on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM-TV 39 in Canton.

Game Notes are Tom Petty song titles.