Football: #1 Mount Union Takes on Otterbein Saturday in Westerville

Football: #1 Mount Union Takes on Otterbein Saturday in Westerville

#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs Otterbein Cardinals

The Matchup: No. 1 ranked Mount Union plays at Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Westerville.
 
The Purple Raiders (3-0, 2-0 OAC) have now won a nation's best 18 games in a row with a 23-10 win over then No. 15 ranked John Carroll last week in Alliance.
 
The Mount Union defense scored a pair of touchdowns and forced four John Carroll turnovers in the win. Linebacker Danny Robinson (Massillon / Washington) and defensive back Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) both forced fumbles and returned for them scores in the win.
 
On offense, D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) passed for 153 yards (15-of-38 passing) with a touchdown and ran for 60 yards on 13 carries.
 
Otterbein (1-3, 1-2 OAC) dropped its third OAC game in a row with a 13-7 loss to Ohio Northern last week at home.
 
The Cardinals held Ohio Northern to one touchdown and 328 yards of total offense but managed only 223 yards of offense themselves with a pair of turnovers.
 
Otterbein quarterback Steven Irwin threw for 77 yards on 8-of-29 passing and ran for a team-high 66 yards to lead the offense while Jake Harper had 12 tackles and a sack on defense.
 
The Series: This is the 51st meeting between the teams and Mount Union holds a 46-4 lead in the series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance. The Purple Raiders have won 40-straight games in the series with the last Otterbein win coming in 1977 in Alliance. The 40 consecutive wins is the longest current streak Mount Union has over any OAC opponent.
 
Team Captains: Mount Union has five team captains in wide receivers Luke Herrrington (Wintersville/Steubenville) and Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike), safety Nick Brish (Milford, Mich./Brighton), linebacker Danny Robinson (Massillon/Massillon Washington) and defensive back Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy).
 
Scouting the Cardinals: Defense is the name of the game at Otterbein as the Cardinals are third in the OAC allowing just 321.5 yards per game. Otterbein is second in the OAC in sacks with 16.
 
Leading the sack attack on defense is Jacob Tiell and Andre Douglass with 3.0 each. Niall Lewison is sixth in the OAC and leads the Cardinals with 36 tackles while Ryan Tuchow is second in the OAC in tackles for loss with 7.5.
 
On offense, the Cardinals have managed just 20 points through their first four games. Steven Irwin has completed 40-percent of his passes for 317 yards and has a team-high 48 rushes for 85 yards. 
 
Up Next: The Raiders return home and host Wilmington for homecoming next Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
 
Coach to Cure MD: This week around the country football coaches will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches as members of the American Football Coaches Association team up with the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to combat Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. 
 
Fans can help support the fight to end Duchenne by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill). 
 
Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at more than 525 different institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. The nine-year fundraising total is over $1.5 million dollars.
 
Robinson Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy: Mount Union senior linebacker Danny Robinson (Massillon / Washington) is one of 179 (41 from NCAA Division III) semifinalists for the National Football Foundation for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments®. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
 
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
 
Robinson, a team captain, has started the last 32 games for the Purple Raiders and has led the team in tackles each of the last two seasons. He is a two-time Academic All-OAC and All-OAC selection. Off the field, Robinson is a Mechanical Engineering major with a 3.7 grade point average.
 
Robinson is one of just 41 NCAA Division III semifinalist and Mount Union has sent four finalists to New York City over the years -- Hank Spencer 2015, Nick Driskill in 2012, Greg Micheli in 2008 and Eric Safran in 2007.
 
Just For Kicks: Senior Adam Snyder (Baltimore / Liberty Union) averaged 40.4 per punt last week against John Carroll as he had nine punts for 364 yards. Sndyer also became Mount Union's career leader in punts last week as he now has 167 which is two ahead of previous leader Rodney Chenos, who had 165 from 1998-2001.
 
Defense Adds Two TD's to Total: Mount Union's defense scored two touchdowns last week and now is second in the nation this season with four touchdowns. Mount Union scored seven defensive touchdowns last season so over the course of the last 18 games the unit has scored 11 touchdowns.
 
Defense in the Zone Again: Mount Union's defense found the end zone for the second straight week, this time it was junior end Andrew Roesch (Avon), who tipped an attempted screen pass to himself than ran 25 yards for a score. 
 
Backers Leading the Way: Linebackers Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) and Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward) lead the team in tackles with 21 and 19 respectively. 
 
Williams also has a team-best 3.5 tackles for loss on the season while O'Hara had an interception last week and he is the third different Raider to get an interception this season.
 
Berry Good Play: Louis Berry (Pittsburgh / Shady Side Academy) stripped the ball from John Carroll quarterback Anthony Moeglin and ran it 45 yards for a score last week. The clip then went viral Saturday night and when last checked on the ESPN Sportscenter twitter page it had been liked 53,000 times and retweeted 11,000 times.