Football: #1 Raiders Open OAC Action With 56-21 Win at Baldwin Wallace

Football: #1 Raiders Open OAC Action With 56-21 Win at Baldwin Wallace

BEREA, Ohio – No. 1 ranked Mount Union opened Ohio Athletic Conference action with a 56-21 win at Baldwin Wallace Saturday at George Finnie Stadium in Berea.

Mount Union (2-0, 1-0 OAC) extends the nation's longest win streak to 17 games while Baldwin Wallace took its first loss of the season at 2-1, 1-1 OAC.

Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) threw five touchdowns as he completed 18 of 22 passes for a career-high 364 yards. His top target was Justin Hill (Circleville), who caught six passes for 151 yards with two scores. Luke Herrington (Wintersville / Steubenville) also caught two scores for the Raiders.

The Mount Union defense held a BW offense that has averaged 48 points a game to 14 points through three quarters with 6.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks, . Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) had six stops, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack while Andrew Roesch (Avon) intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a score.

Jake Hudson completed 12 of 27 passes for 216 yards to pace the BW offense. Jordan Leverette had three catches for 90 yards before being ejected in the second quarter.

Baldwin Wallace was assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty prior the start of the game and on the opening kickoff, the Raiders pinned the Jackets on their eight-yard line. A Williams sack resulted in a negative seven-yard drive and a punt gave the Raiders the ball on the BW 33-yard line. Mount Union then struck on its very first play from scrimmage as Fulford hit Hill on a 33-yard touchdown pass.

BW then answered with a drive of their own going 75 yards on eight plays finished off with a Deion Grier 15-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7.

Mount Union had to punt on its next possession and on the Jackets next possession Roesch tipped a ball and intercepted it then ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown to put the Raiders up 14-7.

The Raiders then forced another BW punt and this time it took Fulford two plays to find the end zone as he hit Ruth on a 54-yard pass to put Mount Union up 21-7.

On the ensuing drive, another BW unsportsmanlike penalty took a touchdown off the board before Williams blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt but the Raiders turned the ball over and it was 21-7 at the end of the first quarter.

BW turned that turnover into a score as Hudson hit Ty Gallo on a 12-yard touchdown pass and made the score 21-14.

Mount Union responded and Fulford threw his third TD pass of the game hitting Herrington on a slant for a 35-yard touchdown pass and it was 28-14.

After forcing two BW punts, the Raiders put two more touchdowns on the field in an Evans-Morris three-yard run and a 31-yard touchdown pass to Herrington and Mount Union took a 42-14 lead into the half.

Fulford tossed his fifth TD pass of the game on the opening drive of the second half hitting Hill on 61-yard bomb to extend the lead to 49-14.

Backup quarterback Jake Keeney (Alexandria, Va. / Hayfield) then got another touchdown for the Raiders with a 22-yard run and pushed the lead to 56-14 after three quarters.

BW got a one-yard touchdown run from Kyle Grant in the fourth quarter for the 56-21 final.