Football: #1 Mount Union Engineers a Shut Out of Rose-Hulman

D'Angelo Fulford (photo by Ed Hall, Jr.)
D'Angelo Fulford (photo by Ed Hall, Jr.)

ALLIANCE, Ohio – No. 1 ranked Mount Union football team opened the 2018 season with a 54-0 victory over Rose-Hulman Saturday night at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders have now won 31-straight season openers and have a nation's best 16-game win streak.

Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) threw for two scores and ran for two more. He generated 271 yards of total offense with 192 yards passing on 17-of-27 passing along with 79 yards rushing on four carries.

The rest of the offense was generated by running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) rushed for 115 yards on 13 carries with a score while Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) caught two touchdown passes and Justin Hill (Circleville / Circleville) had five catches for 59 yards.

The Mount Union defense, which in its last game pitched the first shutout in a national title game since 1988, posted its second straight shutout as it held the Fightin' Engineers to 107 yards on 60 plays.

Safety Austin White (Wadsworth) had five tackles, a sack, forced a fumble and recovered it then scampered 21 yards for a score.

Mount Union took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a Petrccelli one-yard TD run and a 24-yard scoring pass from Fulford to Ruth.

In the second quarter, Fulford had a 10-yard touchdown rush and Cory Barnett (Grove City / Teays Valley) had a 39-yard field goal and the Raiders led 24-0 at the half.

White's sack and fumble recovery for a score came on the opening possession of the second half then Fulford added a seven-yard touchdown run, the extra point was blocked, then he threw a nine-yard pass to Ruth to make it 44-0 after three quarters.

The scoring was finished with a Teagan McFadden (Bainbridge / Paint Valley) eight-yard TD run and a Max Righetti (Salem) 25-yard field goal.

Mount Union is off next week before opening Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea.