Football: #1 Mount Union Travels to Muskingum Saturday

Louis Berry (Photo by Steven Kachilla)
Louis Berry (Photo by Steven Kachilla)

#1 Mount Union Purple Raiders vs Muskingum Fighting Muskies

The Matchup: No. 1 ranked Mount Union plays its final regular season road game of the season at Muskingum Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at McConagha Stadium in New Concord.
 
Mount Union is 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the OAC after a 55-24 win at Ohio Northern to push college football longest active win streak to 23 games.
 
Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) completed 18-of-21 passes for 332 yards with a career-best seven touchdown passes. Four of his scoring passes went to Justin Hill (Circleville), two to Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) and one to Luke Herrington (Wintersville / Steubenville).
 
Herrington had 116 yards receiving on five catches, Hill had four catches for 109 yards while Josh Petruccelli (Perry) posted his third-straight 100-yard rushing performance with 105 yards on 17 carries with a score as the offense out-gained the Polar Bears, 540-318.
 
Mount Union's defense posted a school-record 11.0 sacks with Andrew Roesch (Avon) getting 3.0 of those sacks and Jalen Griffin (Chicago, Ill. / Simeon) had 2.5. Griffin forced a fumble on one of those sacks and the Raiders also picked off two passes as Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) and Tanner Murray (Alexandria. Va. / Hayfield) each had interceptions.
 
Muskingum sophomore quarterback Brody Hahn (Louisville) registered a five-touchdown performance to lead the Muskies to a dominating 41-14 win at Heidelberg last week to move to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the OAC. 
 
Hahn went 5-of-11 passing for 114 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for 121 yards and four scores on 22 carries. Sophomore running back Cameron Near rushed for 83 yards on 20 carries while freshman wideout Amin Shaheed had two receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown. 
 
The Muskie defense allowed Heidelberg 14 first quarter points but kept them scoreless over the final three quarters. Sophomore linebacker Ethan Hall and junior defensive back Jayvon Brown each made seven tackles.Junior linebacker Caleb Gaiters and sophomore defensive back Brian Brown each had interceptions. Gaiters returned his pick 75 yards to set up Muskingum's final touchdown in the fourth quarter.
 
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).
 
Up Next: Mount Union wraps up the regular season at home against Marietta Saturday, Nov. 10 at at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
 
Scouting the Muskies: Muskingum enters the game 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the OAC under first year coach Erik Ieuter. The Muskies have not been .500 or better this late in the season since 2011 and have already matched their best single season win total for the last 15 seasons.
 
Muskingum is 9th in the OAC in total offense (321.6 yards per game) and 5th in total defense (359.9 yards per game).
 
Sophomore quarterback Brody Hahn, a Louisville, Ohio native, has completed 47.7-percent of his passes for 1,124 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also is the Muskies leading rusher with 93 carries for 393 yards and seven scores on the ground.
 
Sophomore Terry Geiger has a team-best 29 catches for 513 yards and four touchdowns.Senior Warren Wilson also has three touchdown catches.
 
On defense, senior linebacker Brandon Schon is the Muskies leading tackler with 73 stops. Junior Tim Ousley has a team-high 6.0 sacks and 14 tackles for loss while seven different Muskies have an interception.
 
Series History: This is the 73rd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 41-29-2 lead in the series that dates back to a 23-0 Muskingum win on November 3, 1906. The Raiders have won 29-straight meetings since a 17-17 tie in 1988 in Alliance. 
 
The last Muskie win in the series came in a 24-19 victory in 1984 in Alliance. A year ago, D'Angelo Fulford tossed five touchdown passes in a 59-7 Mount Union win in Alliance.
 
Sack Attack: Mount Union matched a team single-game record with 11.0 sacks at Ohio Northern last week. The Raiders also had 11.0 sacks in a 2015 NCAA Playoff game against Albright (Pa.). 
 
Junior Andrew Roesch (Avon) had 3.0 sacks last week, 5.0 over the last two weeks and 6.5 for the season while fellow junior Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) has 7.5 sacks on the season.
 
The Raiders lead the nation with 41.0 sacks on the season.
 
Up in the Sky: Junior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) had a career-best seven touchdown passes last week at Ohio Northern. 
 
It gave him 83 career passing touchdowns which is fifth all-time at Mount Union.
 
Fulford and his 206.7 quarterback rating is No. 1 in NCAA Division III and third-best in all of college football behind only Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa (238.8) and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray (227.3).
 
Back-to-Back-to-Back: Josh Petruccelli (Perry) had his third straight and fourth 100 yard rushing performance of the season last week with 105 yards on 17 carries at Ohio Northern. 
 
It was the seventh 100-yard game of his career and he has scored a rushing touchdown in five-straight games.
 
We The North: Mount Union is ranked No. 1 in the first NCAA North Region rankings of the season. The rankings are used to pick at-large teams and seed the teams for the NCAA Division III Playoffs. 
 
The NCAA Division III Playoffs is a five-week, 32-team tournament that begins November 17. Twenty-six of the spots in the tourney are automatic bids earned by conference champions, one spot is reserved for independents and their are five national at-large bids.
 
A win by Mount Union on Saturday would give the Raiders the Ohio Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the playoffs.