Football: #1 Mount Union Hosts Wilmington For Homecoming

Demarco Haynes (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Demarco Haynes (Photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs Wilmington Quakers

 
The Matchup: No. 1 ranked Mount Union hosts Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference game for homecoming Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
 
The Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) won their 19th consecutive game with a 56-14 win last week at Otterbein.
 
The Mount Union defense had 7.0 quarterback sacks in the first quarter and finished with 10.0 sacks as they held the Cardinals to minus-seven rushing yards and 139 total yards. Junior linebacker Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) matched a Mount Union record with 4.0 sacks as he had seven tackles, 5.0 for loss and a forced fumble to lead the unit.
 
On offense, the Raiders got off to just as fast a start with D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) throwing two touchdown passes in the first 10 plays. An 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Justin Hill (Circleville) gave Mount Union a 21-0 lead as the Raiders would go on to lead 42-7 at halftime.
 
Fulford would finish 16-of-21 passing for 203 yards and four touchdowns while aside from the punt return, Hill had seven catches for 100 yards with a touchdown. Running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) ran for 90 yards on nine carries with a score.
 
Wilmington (1-3, 0-3 OAC) fell behind 17-0 to start then suffered its third straight loss with a 44-13 loss to Heidelberg at home last week.
 
Kyle Barrett threw for 245 yards on 24-of-38 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. He hit eight different receivers led by Luke Richardson, who had six receptions for 82 yards and a score while Christian Poynter had 33 yards rushing on eight carries.
 
Royon Washington had 11 stops to pace the Wilmington defense.
 
The Series: This is the 21st meeting all-time between Mount Union and Wilmington with the Raiders holding a 20-0 advantage in the series. 
 
The series started with a 43-0 Mount victory on Nov. 9, 1968 in Wilmington and the return game on Nov. 8, 1969 was a 70-0 Raider win in Alliance. After that the teams did not play until Wilmington became a member of the OAC in 2000.
 
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 Quakers: Wilmington is seventh in the OAC in total offense (373.3 yards per game) and 7th in total defense (394.0 yards per game).
 
The Quakers are No. 2 in the OAC in passing defense holding opponents to 171 yards per game through the air. Sophomore defensive back Tre'Quez Parks leads the team in tackles (29) and interceptions (1). 
 
Up front, freshman Weston Trampler is fifth in the OAC with a team-best 4.0 sacks while sophomore linebacker Tavion Bryant has a pair of fumble recoveries.
 
On offense sophomore Kyle Barrett is third in the OAC in passing averaging 252.8 yards per game. He has tossed nine touchdown passes and six interceptions. 
 
A pair of freshmen lead the receiving corps as Ace Taylor has 14 catches for 215 yards while Luke Richardson has three touchdowns. Another freshman in DJ Chambers is the Quakers leader on the ground averaging 5.5 yards per carry with two scores.
 
Home Again: Mount Union has won 26-straight homecoming contests dating back to a 20-20 tie with John Carroll on Oct. 12, 1991 with the last homecoming loss coming in a 28-9 defeat to Wooster on October 22, 1983. Since 1919, Mount Union has a 62-31-3 record on homecoming. 
Sack Attack: The Raiders had 10.0 quarterback sacks last week in a 56-14 win at Otterbein and now lead the nation with 20 sacks on the season. 
 
Junior linebacker Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) had 4.0 of those sacks which matched a Mount Union single-game record also held by former Raider Lambert Budzinski, who had 4.0 sacks in a 2009 NCAA Playoff game against Albright (Pa.).
 
Feels Like the First Time: Junior Justin Hill (Circleville) took his first-ever college punt return 85 yards for a score last week at Otterbein. 
 
Hill is the third active Raider with a punt return touchdown as senior Trevor Cox (Hilliard / Darby) returned one for a score a year ago while junior Jared Ruth (Indianpolis, Ind. / Pike) is second in Mount Union history with three career punt return touchdowns. Junior Darian Littlejohn (Fulton, Md. / Reservoir) also returned a kickoff for a touchdown last year.
 
Hill also caught a touchdown pass at Otterbein which now gives him 27 TD receptions for his career which is 10th on the Mount Union all-time list. Cecil Shorts III (2007-10) is the Raiders career leader in touchdown catches with 63.
 
Route 66: Junior D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) threw four touchdown passes last week at Otterbein and is now sixth all-time at Mount Union with 66 career touchdown passes. He passed former Raider signal caller Zac Bruney, who threw 64 touchdowns from 2001-04. Next on the list in fifth place is the 81 touchdown passes by Greg Micheli (2005-08).
 
Raiders "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes": For the sixth straight year, the Mount Union football team will partipate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Walk benefiting the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. 
 
Starting on the corner or Rockhill and State Streets on the western edge of the Mount Union campus, participants can put on women's dress shoes and walk to bring awareness to domestic violence and raise funds to benefit the shelter. After the walk, Detective Bill Johnson of the Alliance Police Department who will deliver a powerful message on domestic violence.
 
Since 1979, The Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter empowers and assists survivors of verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, and physical abuse by providing education, resources, emergency shelter and transitional support services. For more information go to http://alliancedomesticviolenceshelter.org/
 
Up Next: The Raiders make their second trip to Central Ohio in three weeks as they travel to Capital for an OAC matchup next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Bernlohr Stadium in Bexley.