Saturday was filled with excitement as Mount Union ran through the student section to open the game. The campus was busy with art fest, family weekend, and a football home opener. While they started slow, Mount Union finished a winner.
The opening drives saw Mount Union a 4 and out and then a botched punt snap. The feeling was odd as the Raiders started their season opener with big points in the first half. Mount Union regrouped and fans were treated to the usual highlights and on field success. The Raiders ran off 45-7 winners
D’Angelo Fulford fought through some over throws and early communication issues and found a way to move the offense. The Senior finished with 272 yards and four touchdowns. Fulford spread the ball around as D.J. Harvey, Justin Hill, and Ernie Burkes all had touchdowns and four or more catches. Harvey has an early 38 yard catch that set up the first Raider touchdown. A stable part of the offense was Sophomore running back, Josh Petruccelli. From there Mount Union found 17 more first half points. Petruccelli had 94 yards on the day with an opening wildcat touchdown run.
Defense may be the thing the Raider’s lean on this year. A switch two a 4-3 defense more often, has seen opposing offenses lack a pass gain. Junior Linebacker Kordell Ford is a product of the new defense. The Hybrid linebacker won WRMU player of the game after racking up 7 tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack. It appears the Raider’s have sacrificed high sack numbers for extra linebacker coverage and occasional blitz packages. This new defense is a monster in its own way. While sacks are flashy, holding your first two opposing quarterbacks to under 20 completions is a impressive result form the dfense change.
Next up is an early season match up with John Carroll, the OAC’s usual challenger. Mount Union travels to University Heights to face the Blue Streaks impressive defense. Next Saturday 1:30 kickoff, best place to listen is always 91.1 WRMU.