ALLIANCE, Ohio- The #1 Mount Union football team defeated #15 John Carroll in a defensive battle by the score of 23-10 in another classic rivalry match on Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.
The Purple Raiders defense had two scores in the ballgame against the Blue Streaks. Trailing 7-6 with time ticking down in the second quarter; Danny Robinson (Massillon/Washington) forced a fumble on Blue Streak running back Michael Canganelli and picked up the loose football and ran the ball in for a 13 yard score that gave the Purple Raiders the lead heading into the locker room.
The Mount Union defense gave up one touchdown to John Carroll in the game and that came on the Blue Streak opening drive as quarterback Anthony Moeglin capped a methodical drive with a 5 yard touchdown run. The Purple Raider defense held the Blue Streaks to 274 total yards, nine tackles for a loss, three sacks and an interception and three fumbles.
D’Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) finished the game 15-38 passing for 153 yards and one touchdown in the win over John Carroll. Fulford also ran for a team high in rushing with 60 yards on 13 attempts. The one and only touchdown from the Purple Raiders came with over five minutes to play in the second quarter from a Jawanza Evans-Morris (Coral Springs, Fla./Taravella) reception for 27 yards. Mount Union would miss the extra point and trailed John Carroll 7-6.
“It is business as usual, we always say that we don’t prepare for any one differently but the John Carroll game brings an extra edge because of the animosity but there is also a level of resect that most people don’t know about,” Fulford said before the match-up against the Blue Streaks. “The schools may hate each other, but for the players, you earn your resect on the field and there is definitely a level of respect with this game.”
Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy) sealed the game for the Purple Raiders as on second down with 44 seconds remaining, the Blue Streaks driving on Mount Union’s 43 yard line. Berry came on a blitz and stole the ball from Moeglin on a strip sack. Berry returned the ball 45 yards for a game ending score. The Purple Raiders defense prevailed in a 23-10 victory over the Blue Streaks.
The Purple Raiders extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games and improve to 3-0 on the season. The next game will be in Westerville next Saturday, as the Purple Raiders take on the Otterbein Cardinals (1-3, 0-3 OAC). Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.