Football: #1 Mount Union Gets 100th Playoff Win in Denison Shutout

Josh Petruccelli and Justin Hill (photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Josh Petruccelli and Justin Hill (photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

ALLIANCE, Ohio – No. 1 ranked Mount Union defeated Denison 60-0 in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders move to 11-0 overall, extend the nation's longest win streak to 26 games and have posted their 100th all-time playoff victory.

Mount Union continued a trend of scoring early and getting scores from special teams and defense as it advanced to the second round against Centre (Ky.) next Saturday at noon at a site to be announced Sunday.

Jake Keeney (Alexandria, Va. / Hayfield) made his first career start at quarterback for an injured D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) and completed 11-of-15 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns.

All four touchdowns went to Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) who had six catches for 209 yards, running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) had his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season with 128 yards on 22 carries as the offense generated 495 yards.

This was all more than enough for a defense that held Denison (8-3) to 116 yards with 7.0 sacks and two interceptions. Danny Robinson (Massillon / Washington) has seven tackles while Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) and Austin White (Wadsworth) each had interceptions.

Alex Minton had 77 yards rushing on 20 carries and quarterback Cannan Gebele was 8-of-27 passing for 68 yards to lead the Big Red.

Mount Union scored a pair of rushing touchdowns on its first two drives in the first quarter on a 54-yard scamper by Petruccelli and a two-yard run by Ernie Burkes (New Castle, Pa. / Neshannock) to lead 13-0.

The Raiders tacked on another score when Keeney found Ruth on a 16-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 19-0.  

Mount Union then continued a trend from the regular season scoring touchdowns on special teams and defense. Justin Hill (Circleville) then had his third punt return for a score this season scampering 68 yards for a score while Berry had his third interception return for a score on the year taking a tipped ball back nine yards and it was 32-0 Mount Union at the break.

Kenney and Ruth got going in third quarter as two hooked up on touchdowns from 20, 67 and 61 yards to make it 53-0 heading into the fourth quarter.

The scoring finished with Kyle Moore (Marboro, N.J.) throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass to Demarco Haynes (Miramar, Fla. / Chaminade-Madonna).