Football: #2 Raiders Play #9 John Carroll in Top-10 Matchup Saturday

Photo by Michael Yakim
Photo by Michael Yakim
#2 MOUNT UNION VS. #9 JOHN CARROLL
Date & Time Saturday, Sept. 28 | 1:30 p.m.
Location Don Shula Stadium | University Heights, Ohio
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The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays at No. 9 ranked John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Don Shula Stadium in University Heights.
 
It is the only matchup between top-25 teams in this week's American Football Coaches Association Top 25 poll.
 
The Purple Raiders (2-0, 1-0 OAC) became the 16th team in college football history to win 800 games after defeating Baldwin Wallace 45-7 in its home opener at Mount Union Stadium last Saturday.
 
Senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.,) threw four touchdowns passes and finished 20-of-31 for 272 yards. He also added 62 yards rushing.
 
Junior running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry/Perry) had 18 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) had six catches for 107 yards and 2 TDs. Senior Derrick Harvey, Jr. (Akron / Buchtel) had four receptions for 92 yards and a TD.
 
The Purple Raiders forced four turnovers in the game and capitalized on each of them. Mount Union finished with 454 total yards and held Baldwin Wallace to 265 yards.
 
Senior Nate Fisette (Lancaster, Calif. / Quartz Hill) and Kordell Ford (Massillon) led the defense with seven tackles each. Ford also had three tackles-for-loss.
 
John Carroll (2-0, 1-0 OAC) won a defensive battle at Otterbein, 14-7 in its OAC opener as the Blue Streaks held Otterbein to 3-of-13 on third down and 228 yards of total offense. Chad Stalnaker had a game-high 12 tackles as John Carroll also had 7.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks.
 
John Carroll quarterback Jake Floria completed 10-of-16 passes for 200 yards and his 33-yard touchdown pass to Keyshawn Coleman late in the third quarter proved to be the difference. Joe Torok had four catches for 106 yards. 
 
The Series: This is the 39th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 33-3-2 lead in a seniors that dates back to a 48-0 Raider win in 1920. Mount Union has won the last two meetings -- 23-10 in Alliance last year and 31-27 in University Heights in 2017 after John Carroll won 31-28 in Alliance in 2016. The teams have played six times over the last five seasons (twice in 2014) and total points scored over those games is Mount Union 185, John Carroll 123.
 
Up Next: Mount Union returns home for an OAC game against Otterbein next Saturday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
 
Scouting the Streaks: John Carroll has grinded out a pair of victories to start the season with a stout defense. 
 
Senior linebacker Chad Stalnaker is at the center of a defense that returned seven starters from last year's 9-2 team. Stalnaker is among OAC leaders with 10.5 tackles per game while linemen in senior Tyler Frederick and junior Cal Reynolds have 3.5 and 3.0 sacks respectively.
 
The offense runs through junior running back Michael Canganelli, who had a JCU record 1,905 all-purpose yards a year ago. Junior quarterback Jake Floriea is completing 63-percent of his passes with a touchdown while his top target has been freshman Joe Torok, who has eight catches for 158 yards. 
 
Gimme 5: Senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Mirmar, Fla.) threw four touchdowns against BW as he was 20-of-31 for 272 yards passing. It was the 26th game he has thrown multiple touchdown passes and the four touchdowns give him 101 for his career and make him the fifth player in school history with at least 100 touchdown passes.
 
Career Touchdown Passes
1. Bill Borchert (1994-97) 189
2. Kevin Burke (2011-14) 134
3. Jim Ballard (1991-93) 118
4. Gary Smeck (1997-2000) 109
5. D'Angelo Fulford (2016-19) 101
 
Fulford is currently the nation's No. 3 rated passer with a 218.9 qb rating.
 
Running on Petro: Junior running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) rushed for 94 yards and had a touchdown last week against BW. The touchdown last week was the 27th on the ground in his career along with 2,837 rushing yards. His 8.1 yards per carry this season is currently fifth in the nation.
 
Just For Kicks: Senior Cory Barnett (Grove City / Teays Valley) kicked a 41-yard field goal against BW last week which matched his career long field goal that he kicked at the Stagg Bowl last season. He is 3-for-4 in his career in kicks over 40 yards. Barnett is also handling the punting duties this season and averaging 38.4 yards on his four punts.
Going Long: Senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) had six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns against BW last week. It was the 10th time in his career that he had over 100 yards receiving. On the season, Hill has 11 catches for 255 yards with six touchdowns. He is averaging 23.2 yards per catch and he ranked fifth all-time at Mount Union in yards per catch.
 
Career Yards Per Reception
1. Kevin Knestrick (1994-97) 20.5
2. Randall Knapp (2001-03) 19.96
3. Sean Lyons (1992-94) 19.69
3. Jason Candle (2000-01) 19.69
5. Justin Hill (2016-19) 19.62
 
Daniel Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy
Mount Union senior offensive lineman Frazier Daniel (Tiffin / Columbian) is one of 185 (49 from NCAA Division III) semifinalists for the National Football Foundation for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy®, Presented by Mazda. Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. 
 
Daniel played in 11 games and was on the playoff roster as a freshman in 2016, played in all 15 games and was an Academic All-American as a sophomore on the 2017 national championship team. In 2018, he suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason but has come back to become a starter at left guard in 2019.
 
Built Ford Tough: Junior linebacker Kordell Ford (Massillon / Washington) had 7.0 tackles with 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack against BW last week. The 7.0 tackles matched his career-high which he had against Centre (Ky.) in the NCAA Playoffs last year.  
 
Many Happy Returns: Senior Darian Littlejohn (Baltimore, Md. / Reservoir) is currently fifth in the nation averaging 31.8 yards per kickoff return.
 
Team Captains: Mount Union has nine team captains in 2019 in fullback Joe Fornaro (Chesterland / West Geagua), quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.), wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville), linebacker Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward), offensive lineman Brendan Klaus (Brighton, Mich.), defensive linemen Adam Pastor (Mantua / Walsh Jesuit) and Andrew Roesch (Avon), offensive lineman Sean Sherman (Springboro / Bishop Fenwick) and linebacker Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln).
 
Milestone Win: Mount Union now has an NCAA Division III best 800 wins and is the 16th team in college football history with at least 800 wins.