ALLIANCE, Ohio- The Purple Raiders cruised to a 63-7 win over the Wilmington Fightin’ Quakers Saturday for Homecoming at Mount Union Stadium. 

The number one ranked football team in the nation was led by junior quarterback D’Angelo Fulford (Miramar, Fla. / Miramar) who threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing against the Quakers. Fulford now leads the OAC in touchdown passes with 14. Fulford threw his first interception of the season against Wilmington as safety Tywon Berry intercepted a tipped ball in the second quarter. 

The Mount Union faithful continues to watch the emergence of junior quarterback Ernie Burks (New Castle, Pa. / Neshannock) who was listed as a wide receiver against Otterbein and was utilized as a wildcat quarterback. In the win over Wilmington, Burks was the back-up to Fulford and rushed five times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. 

The Purple Raiders defense recorded their first field goal block of the 2018 season as Louis Berry (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Shady Side Academy) blocked a Tyler Butcher field goal attempt. Jalen Griffin (Chicago, Ill. / Simeon) picked up the loose football and ran 50 yards for the score as Mount Union took a 28-0 lead with a little over five minutes to play in the second quarter. 

“It is fantastic, the crowd is absolutely amazing, just to go out there with your best friends to step out on the field, and here the fans roaring, it is pretty special,” Trey Williams (Cardington / Cardington-Lincoln) said about playing on homecoming. “11 is 1 when it comes to our defense, do what we need to do, everyone needs to do their job going forward,” said Williams. 

The lone score for the Fightin’ Quakers came right before the end of the third quarter as Que Taylor picked up a Purple Raider fumble and ran back 80 yards for a Wilmington score. 

The Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC) will hit the road next Saturday as they will take on the Capital Crusaders (0-5, 0-4 OAC) at Bernlohr Stadium. Kick-off will be at 1:30 p.m.

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