Mount Union extends winning streak to 20
By JEFF ZUPANIC
Mount Union showed a little bit of everything during its 63-7 win over Wilmington on Saturday.
The offense got off to a fast start with a pair of touchdowns in the first four minutes. The defense was opportunistic with another non-offensive touchdown and the Purple Raiders spread the wealth around to extend college football’s longest winning streak to 20 games.
Wilmington started the game by kicking the opening kickoff out of bounds to give Mount Union the ball at the 35. Six plays later, the Purple Raiders led 7-0 after a 1-yard run by Jawanza Evans-Morris.
Less than two minutes later, junior quarterback D’Angelo Fulford found Luke Herrington wide open in the end zone for a 14-0 lead. The short touchdown was set up by a Nick Brish fumble recovery after a bad snap by the Quakers.
“I thought we executed our game plan right away. We got the ball first and wanted to come out and have a good showing and I think we did that,” said Mount Union head coach Vince Kehres.“
Wilmington played keep-away the rest of the first quarter with a drive that consumed more than eight minutes off the clock but came away empty after missing a 49-yard field goal. With a 21-0 lead, the Purple Raiders’ defense got another score after Lou Berry blocked a field goal attempt and Jalen Griffin picked up the ball at midfield and returned it for the fifth non-offensive score of the season for Mount Union.
“You want to implement those into your game plan if you can and try to execute them,” Kehres said. “We thought their operation was a little slow from what we saw on film and we thought we could get some pressure on the edge and Lou did a great job with the block and then Jalen getting the ball.”
Sophomore running back Josh Petruccelli added his second rushing touchdown just before halftime to make it 35-0. Petruccelli finished with 80 yards on nine carries.
Fulford completed 12 of 14 passes for 198 yards and 2 TDs in a little over two quarters. Backup QB Ernie Burkes ran the offense for the rest of the game and surpassed the century mark with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Burkes carried the ball five times for 105 yards and scored twice. The Purple Raiders finished with 576 yards offensively.
Wilmington (1-4, 0-4) got on the board with an 80-yard fumble return late in the third quarter.
Mount Union (5-0, 4-0) has scored at least 54 points in four of its five games this season. The Purple Raiders last accomplished this in 2014 by scoring over 50 points in the first nine games of the regular season.
“I told the kids after the game we will go to Capital next week and they are like Wilmington. The difference is Wilmington has young kids out there and Capital has some veterans that could present a challenge,” Kehres said. “We are looking forward to the challenge that is presented to us.”