Raiders Win Defensive Battle

ALLIANCE, OH: The Purple Raiders have now won forty in a row against Marietta after taking down the Pioneers, 20-3 on Friday night. 

Mount Union looked to start quickly, but their first drive would stall in Marietta territory and lead to a turnover on downs. Marietta was able to score on their opening drive in the form of a field goal. The Purple Raiders would strike back with a 16-yard connection between Sophomore Braxton Plunk and Senior Jaden Manley. The point after attempt was failed after a fumbled snap which left the Purple Raiders with a 6-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. 

The slow start would continue as the Purple Raiders were only able to score two points via safety in the second quarter. The Purple Raiders took an 8-3 lead to the half in a defensive battle. 

The third quarter was also very slow for both offenses, but Mount Union would add a score with 1:40 left in the quarter when Plunk found Senior Ulice Gillard for a touchdown. The extra point was no good and Mount Union took a 14-3 lead to the final frame. 

The Mount Union defense came up big again when Sophomore Mason McMillen intercepted a pass with 9:36 left in the game. Plunk made quick work of the next drive, finding Junior Wayne Ruby Jr. for 47 yards and a touchdown on the first play of the drive. The point after unit struggled again and the score would be held at 20-3, which would end up the final from Mount Union Stadium. 

Mount Union improved to 3-0 with the 20-3 victory, as Marietta fell to 1-2 after the loss. 

Mason McMillen was named the WRMU player of the game ending the game with 13 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, while adding a forced fumble and interception in his defensive masterpiece. 

Mount Union will be off next weekend after the cancellation of the Baldwin Wallace game due to COVID-19. They will be back in action on Friday April 16th for the division crossover. The Purple Raiders await the results from the Ohio Northern-Heidelberg game to see who they play. As always, 91.1 WRMU will provide coverage of the game.  

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