ALLIANCE, Ohio- The number one ranked Mount Union football team shutout the Heidelberg Student Princes this past Saturday 54-0 at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders defense opened the scoring against the Student Princes as Andrew Roesch (Avon / Avon) took down Heidelberg running back, Jace Grossman, in the end zone for a safety with 10:25 remaining in the first. The safety was set up from a 42-yard punt from Adam Snyder (Baltimore / Liberty Union) that placed the Heidelberg offense on their own one-yard line.

The Mount Union defense limited Heidelberg quarterback, Trace Reynolds, to 18 yards on 29 rush attempts. Reynolds came in to the game being second in rushing in the OAC averaging 101 rush yards per game. The Purple Raiders defense continue to dominate the run game this season, allowing just 43 yards on the ground this past Saturday against the Student Princes.

“They have a good quarterback and a lot of athletes at the wide receivers and running back position,” said senior safety Trevor Cox (Hilliard / Hilliard Darby). “We have to stay poised, they [Heidelberg] are going to make plays, we just have to move on to the next play, offense is going get rolling and we should be alright.”

Josh Petruccelli (Perry / Perry) rushed for more than 100 yards for a second straight game. Petrucelli rushed 27 times and chewed up 101 yards on the ground game for the Purple Raiders, along with having two rushing touchdowns.

D’Angelo Fulford (Miramar / Miramar) passed for two more touchdowns in the win as he accumulated 280 yards though the air on 17-of-29 passing. His longest pass came from a connection with senior wide-out Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) as Ruth made an athletic play and racked up the yards after catch with a 43-yard touchdown. Ruth on the day finished with six catches for 102 yards.

The Mount Union special team unit got into the scoring action as well with an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown from Justin Hill (Circleville / Circleville). Hill used his speed to get past the Heidelberg defenders and housed his second punt return for a touchdown this season. The punt return touchdown extended the Mount Union lead to 40-0 with 13 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Mount Union (7-0, 6-0 OAC) will hit the road to take on the Ohio Northern Polar Bears (5-2, 4-2 OAC) at Dial-Roberson Stadium in Ada, Ohio. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.

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