Football: #2 Mount Union Travels to Wilmington Saturday

Football: #2 Mount Union Travels to Wilmington Saturday

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs Wilmington Quakers

The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union travels to Wilmington to play an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday, Oct. 21 at Williams Stadium.

Mount Union (6-0, 5-0 OAC) scored a season-high 72 points in a 72-14 win over Capital last week. D'Angelo Fulford threw six touchdown passes in the first half as he was 13-of-17 for 263 yards over the air while Jawanza Evans-Morris had 102 yards rushing with two scores as the Purple Raiders led 56-14 at the break.

Linebackers Charlie Dear and Danny Robinson each had five tackles while the Raiders got interceptions from Trevor Cox and Tanner Murray to lead the defense.

Wilmington (2-4, 1-4 OAC) dropped its third straight game in a 43-33 home loss to Marietta.

The Quakers rallied to trail 28-26 midway through the third quarter but extra point attempt was returned by Marietta for two points and the Pioneers scored two more times to put the game away.

Wilmington quarterback Luke Creditt threw for 354 yards in the losing effort completing 28-of-44 passes with five TDs and an interception. Ameer Jackson had 10 catches for 162 yards while PJ Meyer caught two TD passes. Eric Flynn also had 79 yards on the ground as the Quakers out-gained Marietta 516-472.

On defense, Leroy Wilson had 11 stops while Tre'Quez Parks had nine tackles and an interception.

The Series: This is the 20th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding an 19-0 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 71-7 win in Alliance.

Scouting the Quakers: First-year Wilmington head coach Bryan Moore was on Mike Hallett's first staff at Heidelberg so he has been down the turnaround road before. So far Moore has led the Quakers to at least two wins in a season for the first time since 2008.

The Quakers are sixth in the OAC in total offense and seventh in total defense.

Senior quarterback Luke Creditt has completed 62-percent of his passes for 1,331 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. His top targets are Ameer Jackson (23 rec., 338 yds, 1 TD) and PJ Meyer (19 rec., 398 yds, 7 TD). Eric Flynn averages 70.3 yards rushing per game with four scores.

Defensively, freshman defensive back Leroy Wilson leads the team in tackles with 49. Senior defensive end Ryan Prince has 8.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks while linebackers in sophomore Bryan Gonzalez and senior CJ Thompson have 45 and 42 stops respectively.

Up Next: Mount Union returns home and plays its final two home regular season games next week versus Otterbein at 1:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. against Muskingum.

Air Show: Mount Union sophomore quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) is the nation's top rated passer (256.6) and also leads in yards per pass attempt (13.63). He tossed a career-best six touchdown passes last week against Capital and was the most TD passes in a game since Kevin Burke threw seven in an NCAA playoff game versus Wesley in 2014.

Making the Most of It: Junior Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs, Fla. / Taravella) is fourth in the nation in rushing yards per carry at 7.93.

Evans-Morris rushed for over 100 yards for the third time in four weeks with 102 yards against Capital last week. In fact, he has rushed for exactly 102 yards in each of those three games against Baldwin Wallace, Ohio Northern and Capital. He has 476 yards on 60 carries with five touchdowns this season.

Triple Threat: Senior Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike), sophomore Justin Hill (Circleville / Jireh Prep, NC) and senior Braeden Friss (Avon / Avon) have been a 1-2-3 receiving punch for the Raiders this season.

Hill has a team-best 21 catches with eight of those for touchdowns for 497 yards -- an average of 23.7 yards per catch.

Ruth has 20 catches for 458 yards with a team-high nine TD catches. It is also an average of 22.9 yards per catch.

Friss, who caught two TDs last week, has 18 catches for 279 yards with five touchdowns.

Catching Fire: Mount Union's defense hauled down two interceptions last week against Capital giving them a total of 11 on the season. One of those came from junior Trevor Cox (Hilliard / Darby) which was his team-best third of the season while the other was from freshman Tanner Murray (Alexandria, Va. / Hayfield) which was his first career pick. Murray was also the seventh different Raider to have an interception this season.

Nothing Runs Like a Dear: Senior linebacker Charlie Dear (Massillon/Jackson) has a team-best 38 tackles and is second in tackles for loss with 5.0. Fellow senior Elijah Berry (Dublin / Scioto) tops the team with 8.5 tackles for loss.

Youth Football Day: Next Saturday is Youth Football Day at Mount Union. Any youth football player in jersey and their families with a canned food donation will be admitted FREE of charge to the Otterbein game that kicks off at 1:30 p.m. All the food collected will be given to the Alliance Food Pantry.
 
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.