Posted: Oct 10, 2019
|#2 MOUNT UNION VS. WILMINGTON|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Oct. 12 | 1:30 p.m.|
|Location||Williams Stadium | Wilmington, Ohio|
|Ticket Information||$5 at the gates|
|Radio||WRMU 91.1 - Listen Live | WDPN 1310 AM - Listen Live|
|Live Stats||LIVE STATS|
|Live Tweets||@purpleraiders | @MountUnionFB|
|Mount Union Info||Game Notes | Record Book|
|OAC Info||Website | Scoreboard|
|AFCA Top 25||Rankings - 10/7|
The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union travels to Wilmington for an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Williams Stadium.
The Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) beat Otterbein 58-0 last week. Mount Union led 28-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at the half in keeping the Cardinals winless on the season.
Senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) had 303 yards passing and four touchdowns in the first half. Fulford completed 13-of-15 passes and now has 108 career touchdown passes.
Two of Fulford's touchdown passes went to senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville), who had 183 receiving yards before halftime.
Junior running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in the first half with 112 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
The Raiders forced two turnovers while Cadell Moore (Richmond, Va. / Hermitage) blocked a punt and recovered the football.
Wilmington (1-3, 1-2 OAC) is coming off a bye as the Quakers lost 38-21 at Muskingum two weeks ago.
Wilmington's win came in its last home game on September 21 when the Quakers beat Ohio Northern 42-38. In that game, quarterback Kyle Barrett threw an eight-yard TD pass to Itika Wynn with 28 seconds left to give Wilmington its first win over Northern since 1956.
The Series: This is the 22nd meeting all-time between Mount Union and Wilmington with the Raiders holding a 21-0 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.
Up Next: Mount Union returns home to host Capital for homecoming next Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
Scouting the Quakers: Wilmington is third in the OAC in total offense (420.0 yards per game) and ninth in total defense (432.3 yards per game).
Junior quarterback junior Kyle Barrett is at the helm of the offense as he leads the conference and is ninth nationally in passing yards with 1,321 along with being fifth nationally in total offense (1,398). Barrett also has a team-best two rushing touchdowns while senior running back Gino Hinton averages 5.4 yards per carry.
Barrett has thrown the ball to nine different receivers this season with sophomore Itika Wynn and Luke Richardson leading the way. Wynn has 30 catches with five touchdowns and averages 116.5 yards per game while Richardson has caught two TDs and 114.3 yards per contest.
On defense, junior defensive backs Ameer Jackson and Tre'Quez Parks are among OAC leaders with 43 and 40 tackles respectively. Parks has two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.
Club 3000: Senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) and junior running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) each crossed the 3,000 career yardage plateau last weekend.
Last week, Hill had his third 100-plus yard receiving game of the season and 10th of his career with seven catches for 183 yards. For his career, he has 152 receptions for 3,003 yards with 48 TD's.
Petruccelli had his second 100-yard rushing game of this season and 14th of his career with 14 carries for 112 yards last week. He now has 3,114 rushing yards with 29 touchdowns.
Top Rated: Senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Mirmar, Fla.) is currently NCAA Division III's highest rated passer with a 223.7 passer rating. That 223.7 rating is third-best in all of college football behind only Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts (231.3) and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa (225.1).
Big Plays: Mount Union's first score against Otterbein last week was an 82-yard pass from D'Angelo Fulford to Justin Hill. It was the longest pass play of both players respective careers and was the longest pass play for the Raiders since an 83-yard pass for a score from Taurice Scott to Roman Namdar against Muskingum at home on Sept. 19, 2015.
On the season, Mount Union has 33 plays over 20 yards with 10 of those playes going for scores.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Mount Union leads the nation in pass effiency defense. Sophomore defensive back Derrick Bradley (Bradenton, Fla. / Palmetto) leads the team and is among OAC leaders with five pass breakups. The Raiders are also No. 8 in total defense and No. 4 in scoring defense in NCAA Division III.
Block Party: Junior Cadell Moore (Richmond, Va. / Hermitage) blocked a punt and recovered the football last week against Otterbein. A year ago, Mount Union blocked five kicks.
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).