Football: #2 Mount Union Hosts Capital Saturday in OAC Matchup

Football: #2 Mount Union Hosts Capital Saturday in OAC Matchup

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs Capital Crusaders

The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium

Mount Union (5-0, 4-0 OAC) took over sole possession of first place in the OAC with a 63-7 win at Heidelberg last week. The Purple Raiders scored on the very first and very last play of the first half and in between scored four more times and out-gained the Berg 425-110 to take a commanding 42-7 lead at the half.

Quarterback D'Angelo Fulford generated 403 yards of total offense as he threw for 341 yards on 17-of-24 passing with four TDs then ran in two more scores on 62 yards rushing. His top two targets -- Jared Ruth and Justin Hill both went over 100 yards receiving and each caught two scores. Ruth had 151 yards on six catches while Hill had 158 yards on five catches.

The defense also got into the scoring column as Louis Berry returned an interception for a score. It was the fifth interception return for a touchdown this season for the Raiders who had two interceptions total on the day and held Heidelberg to 44 total rushing yards.

Capital (1-4, 1-3 OAC) suffered a 51-21 loss at Ohio Northern last week.

The Crusaders did not have an answer for a Northern rushing offense that churned out 470 yards on the ground as ONU back Christaan Williams ran for 407 yards himself.

Capital quarterback Thomas Wibbeler completed 28-of-45 for 243 yards with two scores while Nateshawn Hargrove had 92 yards rushing on 16 carries with a score to pace the offense.

Kane Murray, Austin White and Kayin Perkins each had seven tackles for the Capital defense.

The Series: This is the 52nd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 39-12 lead in a series that dates back to a 17-0 Raider win in 1958. Mount Union has won 31 straight meetings with Capital last win coming in its OAC title season of 1987, 26-25 in Columbus. A year ago, Mount Union won 45-0 in Columbus.

Scouting the Crusaders: After winning its OAC opener 39-28 over Muskingum, Capital has lost three straight games.

The Crusaders are sixth in the OAC in total offense at 417.4 yards per game and 10th in total defense allowing 463.2 yards per game.

Junior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler leads the offense as he is second in the OAC in passing at 294.4 yards per game and is tied with Mount Union QB D'Angelo Fulford for the OAC lead in touchdown passes with 17. Junior wide receiver Dartavious Stanford is second in the OAC with 102.8 receiving yards per game. Both Wibbeler and Stanford are graduates of Zanesville High School.

On defense, junior linebacker Kane Murray is tied for third in the OAC in tackles at 48, senior Eric Stroski has an interception while senior Kole Carter has 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Up Next: Mount Union goes on the road next week to play at Wilmington, Sat. Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Wilmington, Ohio.

QB1 is No. 1: Mount Union sophomore quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) is the nation's top rated passer (244.4) and also leads in yards per pass attempt (13.29). He is tied with Capital QB Thomas Wibbeler for the OAC lead in touchdown passes with 17.

Two of a Kind: The running back combo of freshman Josh Petruccelli (Perry / Perry) and junior Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs, Fla. / Taravella) combine to lead a rushing attack is 20th best in the nation and tops in the OAC.

The duo each have 374 yards rushing as Petruccelli averages 8.0 yards a carry and Evans-Morris 7.5 yards a carry which both rank third and ninth in the nation respectively.

Sky High: Senior Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) and Sophomore Justin Hill (Circleville / Jireh Prep, NC) both had over 100 yards receiving last week against Heidelberg. Ruth had 151 yards on six catches with Hill had 158 yards on five catches as both had two touchdowns.

It was the first time since last year's playoff game at Hobart -- Ruth and Tim Kennedy -- that a pair of Raiders both went over 100 yards.

It was the first career 100-yard performance for Hill and his 158 yards receiving was the most for a Raider since Taurice Scott had 160 yards receiving against Wesley in 2014.

Gimmie Five: Junior Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) returned an interception for a touchdown at Heidelberg last week and it marked the fifth time this season the Raiders have done that which is tops in the nation in that category.

Loss Leader: Senior defensive end Elijah Berry (Dublin / Dublin Scioto) is among OAC leaders in tackles for loss with 6.5 and sacks with 2.5.

Name Game: Both teams have safties on that are third-best on their respective teams in tackles named Austin White.

The Mount Union White is from Wadsworth, Ohio and has 24 stops with a sack, 3.0 tackles for loss a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The Capital White is from Hebron, Ohio, and has 27 tackles with a tackle for loss
 
On the Air: 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.