Posted: Oct 17, 2019
|#2 MOUNT UNION VS. CAPITAL|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Oct. 19 | 1:30 p.m.|
|Location||Mount Union Stadium | Wilmington, Ohio|
|Ticket Information||$10 (gates open at noon - all seats are reserved)|
|TV (Tape Delay):||
Harry Paidas (play-by-play) / Mark Miller (color)
WIVM-TV 39 (Spectrum Stark Cty Ch. 989) Sat. Oct. 19 - 8 p.m. / Sun., Oct. 20 - 1 p.m.
SportsTime Ohio (check listings for channel) Sun, Oct. 20 - 9 p.m. / Mon., Oct. 21 - 12 p.m.
WDPN 1310 AM - Listen Live
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|Mount Union Info||Game Notes | Record Book|
|OAC Info||Website | Scoreboard|
|AFCA Top 25||Rankings - 10/7|
The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Capital for an Ohio Athletic Conference game and homecoming Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.
The Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC) scored on five of its first six possessions to run out to a 33-0 lead and eventually defeat Wilmington 63-6 last Saturday in Wilmington.
D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) threw five first half touchdowns – two each to Justin Hill (Circleville) and Derrick Harvey (Akron / Buchtel) and another to Wayne Ruby, Jr. (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Flanagan). Fulford finished 17-of-22 passing for 265 yards and Hill had seven catches for 163 yards
Josh Petruccelli (Perry) ran in two scores as well as he rushed for 114 yards on 15 carries.
The Mount Union defense held Wilmington (1-4, 1-3 OAC) to 156 total yards. Nate Fisette (Lancaster, Calif. / Quartz Hill) had six tackles and an interception and Malik Britt (Bossier City, La. / Airline) also had an interception.
Capital (0-5, 0-4 OAC) suffered a 90-0 loss to No. 14 ranked John Carroll last week. It marked the largest single game defeat in a conference game in the OAC's 117-year history.
The Crusaders managed just nine first downs, 141 total yards and were 0-for-13 on third down.
Mitchell Machock was 9-of-16 passing for 75 yards and Nick Fisanick had five tackles and a tackle for loss.
The Series: This is the 54th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 41-12 lead in a series that dates back to a 17-0 Raider win in 1958. Mount Union has won 33-straight meetings with Capital's last win coming in its OAC title season of 1987, 26-25, in Columbus.
Up Next: Mount Union goes back on the road to play Heidelberg next Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Hornemann Stadium in Tiffin.
Scouting the Crusaders: Capital is 10th in the OAC in total offense (235.0 yards per game) and 10th in total defense (501.6 yards per game). The Crusaders have scored 27 points in their five games so far this season.
Junior quarterback Mitchell Machock has started three games under center and has completed 46-percent of his passes for 482 yards and two touchdowns. Senior David Barnett is the top receiver with 21 catches while fellow senior Evan Butler is the top running back with 154 yards on the ground.
On defense, linebackers in senior Kole Carter and freshman Nick Fisanick are the top tacklers with 32 and 31 stops respectively. Carter also has 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception and a pair of forced fumbles.
Home Sweet Home: Mount Union has won 27-straight homecoming contests dating back to a 20-20 tie with John Carroll on Oct. 12, 1991 with the last homecoming loss coming in a 28-9 defeat to Wooster on October 22, 1983. Since 1919, Mount Union has a 63-31-3 record on homecoming.
Top of the Hill: Senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) leads all levels of college football with 12 receiving touchdowns this season.
Hill, who has had over 100 yards receiving in four of five games so far this season, also leads the OAC in receiving yards per game with 138.8 yards per game.
With his two touchdown catches last week, he becomes only the third player in Mount Union history with 50 or more TD catches. The other two are Adam Marino (52, 1998-00) and Cecil Shorts III (63, 2007-10).
Passing Grade: Senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Mirmar, Fla.) is not only NCAA Division III's highest rated passer with a 229.2 passer rating but all of college football. The leaders at the other levels include - Joe Burrow, LSU (218.1) in FBS, Trey Lance, North Dakota St. (200.2) in FCS and Roland Rivers III, Slippery Rock (209.3) in D2.
On the Run: Junior Josh Petruccelli (Perry) is ninth in NCAA Division III in yards per rush this season as he averages an OAC-best 7.08 yards per carry. Petruccelli had 114 yards rushing at Wilmington last week and marked the second straight and third time this season he rushed for over 100 yards in a game.
No Fly Zone: Junior Malik Britt (Bossier City, La. / Airline) had an interception last week at Wilmington to give him a team-best two on the season. Senior Nate Fisette (Lancaster, Calif. / Quartz Hill) also had an interception last week and the Raiders are second in the OAC with 7 picks this season.
Down and Distance: Mount Union leads all of NCAA Division III with 146 first downs so far this season. Part of the success of getting first downs is that the Raiders are also the No. 1 team in the country at converting third downs at 63.9-percent.
Block Party Part 2: Mount Union blocked a kick for the second straight game as sophomore Derrick Bradley (Bradenton, Fla. / Palmetto) blocked a Wilmington extra-point attempt that junior Jalen Griffin (Chicago, Ill. / Simeon) returned to give the Raiders two points.
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).