REGIONAL ROUNDUP | Saturday’s games
Mount Union 59,
No. 2 ranked Mount Union punched its ticket back to the postseason with an Ohio Athletic Conference win over Muskingum. The Purple Raiders claimed the conference title outright and the automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs. It is the 26th straight year and 29th overall the Raiders have qualified for the postseason. Mount Union quarterback D’Angelo Fulford threw five touchdown passes as he completed 15-of-19 passes for 211 yards. Luke Herrington and Justin Hill each caught two touchdown passes. Running back Jawanza Evans-Morris ran for two scores while Josh Petruccelli had 93 yards rushing for the Raiders. Louis Berry had two of the Raiders’ three interceptions. Trevor Cox returned the third interception 37 yards for a score.
Denison 36, Wooster 26
Wooster’s Gary Muntean, a Struthers High School graduate, completed 26-of-52 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns on “Senior Day.” Muntean broke his own single-season school record for yards of total offense with 3,325 yards with one game left to play. Muntean completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nick Strausbaugh — Muntean’s 30th touchdown pass of the season and 62nd of his career. The 5-yard pass moved Muntean’s season total to 2,939, one yard shy of his single-season school record set last year. The 300-yard game marked the 13th of Muntean’s career. He heads into next week’s game at nationally-ranked and undefeated Wittenberg needing 23 yards of total offense to become Wooster’s all-time leader and 17 more completions to match the career record.
Bethany 43, Grove City 34
GROVE CITY, PA.
Grove City quarterback Randall Labrie threw for a career-high 301 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 25-of-41 passing while two Grove City wide receivers went over the 100-yard mark for the game. Freshman wide receiver Cody Gustafson hauled in a career-high 15 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns while senior wide receiver Matt Pennypacker pulled in eight catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Wesley Schools ran his sixth consecutive 100-yard game as he rushed for 133 yards on 31 carries. Labrie added 68 yards and a score on 22 attempts. Bethany’s Raekwon Wright ran for 158 yards while quarterback Chase Kinemond completed 14 of 23 passes for 176 yards. Sophomore defensive tackle Colton Young blocked an extra point, his team-leading fourth blocked kick of the season.
Case Western Reserve 41,
Titan senior quarterback Paul Columbo went 15 of 32 for 200 yards and a touchdown. Senior Dominique McKinley rushed for a team-high 74 yards on nine carries. Zaire Williams added 61 yards on the ground on eight attempts. Junior Bryson Paulinellie led all receivers with a season-high five catches and season-best 71 receiving yards. John Fitzgerald, an East High School graduate, registered a career-best nine tackles. The Case Western Reserve combined for 442 yards of total offense. Westminster trailed 14-0 midway through the first quarter and couldn’t cut into the deficit.
Oberlin 27, Hiram 14
Hiram was held to 14 points for the second-consecutive week. After the Yeomen opened the scoring with a field goal, Hiram responded with an eight-play 75-yard drive to take a 7-3 advantage. Senior CJ Maner was the catalyst in the drive, catching four passes for 51 yards, including a 21-yard TD catch from Randy Tucker. The reception was Maner’s third, while Tucker connected on his 17th touchdown pass of the season. Oberlin responded to Hiram’s score by rattling off 24-straight points. Tucker finished with 290 yards of total offense, throwing for 223 yards and leading the Terriers with 67 yards on the ground. Maner led the receiving corps with 99 yards on nine catches, while DJ Franklin added 97 yards.
Thomas More 56, Thiel 7
CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY.
Thiel was held to 93 yards of total offense. Thiel running back Nick Barca ran for a team-high 95 yards on 20 attempts. Charles Debose ran for 10 yards and the team’s only TD on three carries. The Tomcats were held to 30 yards on 6 of 14 passing. Thomas More running back Luke Zajac ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Three other Saints ran for a touchdown.