Football: #1 Mount Union Defense Downs the Blue Streaks

Louis Berry (Photo by Dan Poel,
Louis Berry (Photo by Dan Poel,

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Sometimes the best offense is a good defense or in the case of No. 1 ranked Mount Union … a great defense … as the Purple Raiders scored two defensive touchdowns in a 23-10 win over No. 15 ranked John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.

The two defensive scores both came at key moments in game.

The first came from senior linebacker Danny Robinson (Massillon / Washington) forced a fumble and returned it 13 yards for a score to give the Raiders their first lead of the game 13-7 just before halftime.

The second was courtesy of senior defensive back Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) who came on a blitz and sacked John Carroll quarterback Anthony Moeglin took the ball out his hands and sprinted 45 yards for a touchdown that made it 23-10 Mount Union with just 34 seconds to play.

Mount Union's defense finished the game holding John Carroll to 231 total yards with nine tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception and three fumbles. Berry had two of those sacks, Robinson had eight stops while Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward) had an interception.

John Carroll (2-1, 1-1 OAC) drove 81 yards on the game's opening possession and Moeglin ran in from five yards out to give the Blue Streaks a 7-0 lead.

The Raiders defense then turned it on as John Carroll had minus-three yards for the rest of the half.

The John Carroll defense did its part keeping the Raiders offense off the board until quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs, Fla.) with five minutes left in the second quarter but the extra point was no good and John Carroll kept the lead 7-6.

Mount Union pushed the lead to 16-7 midway through the third quarter on a Cory Barnett (Grove City / Teays Valley) 32-yard field goal.

John Carroll got to within one score, 16-10, with 13:18 to play when Matt Danko kicked a 45-yard field goal.

The teams exchanged possession five times before John Carroll got the ball back at its 46-yard line and the Blue Streaks got it to the Mount Union 43 before Berry got the strip sack and score.

Moeglin finished 10-of-23 for 118 yards with an interception while Michael Canganelli rushed for 116 yards on 24 carries for John Carroll

Fulford was 15-of-38 passing for 153 yards with a touchdown and ran 60 yards on 13 carries to lead the Raider offense.

Mount Union (3-0, 2-0 OAC), which extended the nation's longest win streak to 18 games, goes on the road to play at Otterbein in an OAC game next Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Westerville.