Mount Union rolls to 62-0 win over Wilmington
Mount Union continued its dominance against Wilmington with a 62-0 win at Mount Union Stadium Saturday night.
The Purple Raiders took control of the game from the very start by forcing a fumble and turning that into an early touchdown. They led 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 at halftime.
Mount Union (5-0, 4-0) has won all every meetings between the schools and have pitched 10 shutouts in the 16 games. Wilmington (0-5, 0-4) was coming off a 35-28 overtime loss to Muskingum and had put up impressive offensive numbers with the fourth-best offense in the Ohio Athletic Conference, including the top quarterback and wide receiver in yardage.
Then the Quakers ran into the conference's best defense.
Wilmington didn't cross midfield a single time. They were held to just 60 yards in the first half and xx for the game. The Purple Raiders forced three turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble recovery - while recording their second shutout of the season. They've allowed just 21 points in the last four games.
Wilmington quarterback Brandon Arehart finished 7-of-23 for 64 yards and Jeremy Duncan, who had 327 receiving yards last week, was held to just one catch for 13 yards.
"We played a lot of Cover-2 where we hit him at the line and then had a safety covering behind him down the field to limit his explosiveness," said Mount Union head coach Vince Kehres. "We only rushed three or four guys to create pressure and wanted to keep Arehart in the pocket and stay in front of him to pressure him."
Offensively, Kevin Burke was on the money once again. The junior quarterback completed 12-of-18 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns before leaving the game in the third quarter after Mount Union took a 56-0 lead. This marked the third straight game Burke and the first-team offense didn't finish the third quarter.
Burke has 15 passing TDs in the last four games while also rushing for 111 yards on just nine carries with two more TDs.
"Kevin did a good job reading the coverages and making the right reads," said Kehres. "He pulled the ball down a couple of times and got some big plays for us running the ball."
Freshman B.J. Mitchell also surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground with 105 yards on five carries. Mitchell is the first Mount Union RB to surpass the century mark since T.J. Lattimore against Baldwin Wallace last season. As a team, the Purple Raiders ran for 425 yards.
"We had some explosive runs tonight and that was good to see," said Kehres. "The guys (running backs) are really starting to find their way out there and are getting more comfortable."
-- Jeffrey Zupanic /Alliance Review