Posted: Oct 03, 2019
|#2 MOUNT UNION VS. OTTERBEIN|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Oct. 5 | 1:30 p.m.|
|Location||Mount Union Stadium | Alliance, Ohio|
|Ticket Information||$10 (gates open at noon - all seats are reserved)|
|Radio||WRMU 91.1 - Listen Live | WDPN 1310 AM - Listen Live|
|Video||LIVE VIDEO (pay-per-view)|
|Live Stats||LIVE STATS|
|Live Tweets||@purpleraiders | @MountUnionFB|
|Mount Union Info||Game Notes | Record Book|
|Otterbein Info||Game Notes|
|OAC Info||Website | Scoreboard|
|AFCA Top 25||Rankings - 9/30|
The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
The Purple Raiders (3-0, 2-0 OAC) dispatched No. 9 ranked John Carroll 37-14 last week. Mount Union held the Blue Streaks to 46 yards in the first half on its way to a 30-0 lead at halftime.
D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) had five touchdowns as he threw for three and ran for two as he went 20-for-30 passing for 258 yards and ran for 65 yards.
Two of the touchdown passes went to Justin Hill (Circleville) has he had six catches for 93 yards.
Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward) had 7.0 tackles, 1.5 for loss to lead the Mount defense.
Otterbein (0-4, 0-3 OAC) remained winless on the season as it fell 45-35 at Ohio Northern. The Cardinals were down 24-6 late in the first half and later rallied scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter before taking the loss.
That 22-point fourth quarter happened with freshman quarterback Logan Pharmer, who came off the bench to complete 10-of-16 for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Webb had 80 yards rushing and Jack Iannarino had 81 yards receiving as the Cardinals ran 88 plays on offense and had the ball for nearly 36 minutes.
On defense, safety Niall Lewison paced the defense with 10 tackles.
The Series: This is the will be the 52nd meeting between the teams and Mount Union holds a 47-4 lead in the series dating back to a 12-7 Otterbein win on October 16, 1937 in Alliance.
The Purple Raiders have won 41-straight games in the series dating back to a 24-7 Otterbein win in 1977 in Alliance. The 41 consecutive wins is the longest current streak Mount Union has over any OAC opponent.
Up Next: Mount Union makes the trek down to Wilmington for an OAC game next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Williams Stadium.
Scouting the Cardinals: Otterbein scored 35 points last week at Ohio Northern which is the most points for the Cardinals in a game since a 48-14 win at Marietta on Nov. 11, 2017. Since that 2017 win at Marietta, Otterbein is 2-12 and has a minus-17 turnover margin over that span.
On offense this season, two quarterbacks have split time in junior Bryce Hall and freshman Logan Pharmer. Hall has completed 52-percent of his passes for 616 yards and two scores while Pharmer has completed 54-percent of his passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore Matt Webb has team-best 51 rushes for 200 yards and fellow sophomore Luke Schmeling has 31 rushes with three touchdowns on the ground. Junior Dom Ross has 10 receptions for 196 yards and two scores.
On defense, junior safety Niall Lewison is second in the OAC in tackles with 45 while senior lineman Austin Torr has 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
In the Zone: Senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Mirmar, Fla.) threw for three touchdowns and ran for two last week at John Carroll. He accounted for 323 yards of total offense last week passing for 258 and running for a season-high 65. It was the 27th game he has thrown multiple touchdown passes.
Fulford is currently the nation's No. 4 rated passer with a 201.9 qb rating.
Feels Like the First Time: Junior running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) has 27 rushing touchdowns in 33 career games at Mount Union but last Saturday at John Carroll he got his first receiving touchdown as he caught a pass and raced down the sideline on a 27-yard reception that made the score 27-0 late in the second quarter.
Petruccelli did have a game-high 69 yards rushing and enters this week with 2,906 yards rushing on 449 carries.
Elite 8: Senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) hauled down a pair of touchdowns as part of a 6-catch, 93-yard performance at John Carroll.
His eight receiving touchdowns this season are currently the second-most in NCAA Division III behind Widener's James Gillespie has nine.
Show Me The Money: Third down is often called the "money down" and for Mount Union it was one of the keys in its win last week at John Carroll. The Raiders were 10-of-15 on offense and held the Blue Streaks to 4-of-13 on defense. John Carroll did not get a first down in the game until 7:12 left in the second quarter.
On the season, Mount Union is currently fourth in the nation at converting third downs at 59-percent and fifth in third down defense at 19.5-percent.
Career Day: Junior linebacker Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward) had a career-high seven tackles last week at John Carroll. O'Hara, who also had 1.5 tackles for loss against the Blue Streaks, now leads the Raiders with 16 tackles on the season.
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).