Football: #2 Mount Union Begins Regular Season Home Stretch Saturday Against Otterbein

Football: #2 Mount Union Begins Regular Season Home Stretch Saturday Against Otterbein

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs Otterbein Cardinals

The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday, Oct. 28 at Mount Union Stadium.

It is Youth Football Day and any youth football player wearing a jersey and bringing a canned good can get themselves and their family in the game for FREE. The youth players will also be welcome on the field for pregame to greet the Purple Raiders as they come out.

Mount Union (7-0, 6-0 OAC) quarterback D'Angelo Fulford went 13-for-13 passing with five touchdown passes in the first half as he led the offense to scores on five of their first six drives to get the Purple Raiders out to a 42-0 halftime lead on their way to a 66-7 win.

Fulford matched his season high with his sixth touchdown pass on the opening drive of the second half and finished the day 14-for-14 for 268 yards passing. The six touchdowns went to five different receivers as Justin Hill led the unit with five catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Jawanza Evans-Morris ran for a score while Josh Petruccelli ran for 82 yards on eight carries.

As impressive as the offense was the defense held Wilmington in the first half to minus-25 rushing yards as the Quakers finished the game with just 149 total yards. Charlie Dear led the defense with four tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and half a sack for Mount Union.

Otterbein (5-2, 4-2 OAC) survived a fourth quarter rally by Baldwin Wallace to win 37-29 last Saturday.

Quarterback Logan Stepp threw for 185 yards and two scores while he ran for 144 yards with a score to pace the Cardinal offense. Both TD passes went to Julian Lowe, who had 78 yards on seven catches while Christian Johnson had 207 yards rushing with a touchdown.

The defense got 13 tackles from Austin Jones while Fred Hardgrove had eight stops and an interception.

The Series: This is the 50th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 45-4 lead in the series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. The Raiders have won 39 straight meetings going back to a 24-17 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance. Mount Union won 66-7 a year ago in Westerville.

Scouting the Cardinals: Otterbein bounced back after an overtime loss to Heidelberg two weeks ago to beat Baldwin Wallace and sit tied for second in the OAC. The Cardinals feature the OAC's No. 2 offense (464 yards per game) and No. 7 defense (455 yards per game).

All-OAC senior quarterback Logan Stepp is at the controls of the high powered offense as he accounts for 343.4 yards per game. He is fourth in the conference in rushing at 101 yards per game while he completes 58-percent of his passes for 1,694 yards with 18 TDs and three interceptions. His top two targets are a pair of all-conference reveivers in senior Julian Lowe and xxx Hunter Joseph. Lowe has 50 catches and averages 100 yards per game with eight TDs while Joseph has six TDs. 

Defensively, sophomore Fred Hargrove leads the OAC in tackles (76) while Kyle Blust is among conference sack leaders with four.

Mr. Perfect: Mount Union sophomore quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) went 14-of-14 passing for 268 yards and six touchdowns last week at Wilmington. He is the first Raider QB to not toss an incompletion in a game since Greg Micheli went 9-for-9 against Averett in the season-opener in 2007. Fulford is the nation's highest rated passer (273.2 rating) and also leads nationally in points responsible for (198) and yards per pass attempt (14.26).

Up-Hill: Sophomore Justin Hill (Circleville / Jireh Prep, NC) had his second career 100 yard receiving performance with 105 yards on five catches and two touchdowns last week. Hill and senior Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) are tied for the OAC lead in touchdown catches as each have 10.

Many Happy Returns: Ruth is also ninth in the nation in punt returns as he averages 15.4 yards per return with a nation's best two punt returns for TDs.

Just For Kicks: Senior place kicker Alex Louthan (Loganville, Ga. / Grayson) is second in the nation in field goals per game (1.71). Last week, he was 9-for-9 on extra points and had a 27 yard field goal to score 12 points. He is eighth in the nation in scoring with 87 points this season.

Dear Season: Senior linebacker Charlie Dear (Massillon/Jackson) had four tackles, a half sack, a tackle for loss a forced fumble and a pass breakup last week at Wilmington. Dear leads the team in tackles on the season with 42.

Purple Purse Raffle: As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter will be selling raffle tickets at the game Saturday.
 
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.

A live video feed of the game will be available online for $9.95. Go to http://portal.stretchinternet.com/mountunion to buy your ticket to watch the game.

Up Next: Mount Union hosts Muskingum next Saturday at 1 p.m. in the regular season home finale at Mount Union Stadium.