Football: #2 Mount Union Travels To Marietta For Regular Season Finale

Justin Hill (Photo by Mohammad Shaktra)
Justin Hill (Photo by Mohammad Shaktra)
#2 MOUNT UNION VS. MARIETTA
Date & Time Saturday, Nov. 16 | 1:30 p.m.
Location Don Drumm Stadium | Marietta, Ohio
Ticket Information $5 Adults | $3 Senior Citizens (age 62 and up) and non-OAC students
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The Matchup: No. 2 ranked Mount Union closes out the regular season with an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Marietta Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Don Drumm Stadium.
 
Mount Union (9-0, 8-0 OAC) clinched a share of its 30th OAC title and secured its 31st posteason bid with a 51-3 win against Muskingum last week.
 
The Raiders chewed up 309 rushing yards as junior Josh Petruccelli (Perry) had nine carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman running back DeAndre Parker (Crystal River, Fla.) also had two rushing touchdowns on six carries while sophomore KJ Redmon (Fairborn) had 97 rushing yards and scored a TD. Senior D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) and freshman Braxton Plunk (Plant City, Fla.) each threw a TD and combined for 314 yards passing with their top targets being sophomore Wayne Ruby, Jr. (Pembroke Pines, Fla.,/Flanagan) and senior Justin Hill (Circleville) who had 101 and 70 receiving yards respectively.
 
Senior Trey Williams (Cardington/Cardington-Lincoln) had five tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss to lead a Purple Raiders defense that held the Muskies to 30 yards in the first half and 93 for the game.
 
Senior James Knox returned a blocked field goal 84 yards for a touchdown to put Marietta (5-4, 4-4 OAC) in front and the Pioneers went on to defeat Otterbein 21-10 at home last Saturday.
 
Marietta forced two Otterbein turnovers in the second half and the second one of those eventually led to a Bryce Agnew eight-yard touchdown run which allowed the Pioneers to put the game away. Kyle Gallagher had 8.0 tackles, 2.0 sacks and forced a fumble to lead the Marietta defense. 
 
The Series: This is the 58th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 48-8-1 lead in a series dating back to a 20-0 Mount Union win on Sept. 23, 1933 in Alliance. The teams have met every year since 1981 and Mount Union has won all 38 of those meetings. The last Pioneer win was a 20-6 decision in 1977 in Marietta. A year ago, Mount Union scored three defensive touchdowns in a 49-7 win.
 
Up Next: Mount Union waits until 5:30 p.m. Sunday to find out who and where it will be playing in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs next Saturday. The bracket selection show will online at ncaa.com.
 
Scouting the Pioneers: Marietta is fourth in the OAC in total defense (369.0 yds per game) and sixth in total offense (341.8 yds per game).
 
The defense is second in the OAC in fumble recoveries (10), sacks (28) and three defensive touchdowns. Sophomore linebacker Drake Neuberger is second in the OAC with 13.5 tackles for loss along with 5.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Junior defensive lineman Kyle Gallagher is has 7.0 sacks while sophomore linebacker Vic Giovengo has a team-best 81 tackles.
 
On offense, senior quarterback Kyle McSweeney is fourth in the OAC at 213 passing yards per game with 20 TDs and 11 interceptions. Senior Tanner Clark is third in the OAC in rushing at 99.4 yards per game and was an All-OAC first team selection a year ago.
 
Triple Threat: Mount Union running back Josh Petruccelli (Perry) had 125 yards rushing on nine carries last week for his third straight and seventh 100-yard rushing performance of the season. Petruccelli now has 1,066 yards for the season and is the first Mount Union running back since Nate Kmic (2005-08) to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.
 
Gimmie Five: Mount Union senior quarterback D'Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla.) is once again the nation's highest rated quarterback for a fifth straight week. He has completed 70-percent of his passes for 1,951 yards with 30 touchdowns and just one interception for a rating of 223.3. He is just ahead of Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts at 219.7 while Trey Lance of North Dakota St. leads FCS with a 191.1 rating and Roland Rivers III of Slippery Rock leads Division II with a 197.6 rating.
 
Climbing the Hill: Mount Union senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) tops the OAC with 1,081 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. His 17 touchdowns is second-best in the country behind the 18 by Andrew Kamienski of North Central (Ill.).
 
Men in the Middle: Linebackers in senior Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) and junior Mitch O'Hara (Avon / Lakewood St. Edward) both are Mount Union's top two tacklers with 49 and 38 stops respectively.
 
No Fly Zone: Mount Union's defense is tied for second in the OAC with 12 interceptions. Eight different Raiders have at least one interception including Jesse Vail (Estero, Fla.), who had his second of the season last week against Muskingum. Mount Union is also second in the nation in passing defense allowing just 100.7 yards per game.
 
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).