Football Travels to No. 1 Mount Union Saturday

Photo by John Swartzel
Photo by John Swartzel

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WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College football team continues its quest for an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) victory as the Fightin' Quakers travel to the University of Mount Union for a 1:30 p.m. contest on Saturday.

The Teams: Wilmington and Mount Union. The Quakers are 1-3 overall and 0-3 in OAC competition after losing to Heidelberg University 44-13 on Saturday. The Purple Raiders, the defending national champions, are 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the OAC after defeating Otterbein University 56-14 on Saturday.

The Coaches: Bryan Moore, a 1999 graduate of Hiram College, begins his second season leading Wilmington's football program. Moore began instilling his vision on WC last year which led to victories over Earlham and Capital. Previously, he spent time at both Bluffton University and Heidelberg University. Vince Kehres, the former Mount Union head football coach and current director of athletics Larry Kehres, is in his sixth season as head coach of his alma mater. The Purple Raiders have gone 70-4 during that stretch with two national championships.

The Offense: Kyle Barrett guides the Wilmington offense as he averages over 250 yards per game through the air along with throwing for nine touchdowns. DJ Chambers and Aaron Johnston have both rushed 31 times for over 100 yards on the season while a trio of Quakers – Ace Taylor, Zayne Hart and Luke Richardson – have all caught at least 10 passes. Richardson leads the team in touchdown receptions with three. D'Angelo Fulford has thrown for a dozen touchdowns and averages 228 yards per game for Mount Union. Josh Petruccelli and Fulford have both scored two touchdowns on the ground while Justin Hill has hauled in 22 receptions for 348 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Purple Raiders' receiving core.

The Defense: Tre'Quez Parks leads Wilmington defensively with 29 tackles for an average of 7.3 per contest. Weston Trampler, who has 21 tackles on the season, leads the team with four sacks while Parks and Dusty Lykins both have interceptions for Wilmington. Trey Williams and Mitch O'Hara both have over 20 tackles to lead the Mount Union defense. The duo has combined for five sacks while O'Hara, Andrew Roesch and Austin White all have interceptions.

Tale of the Tape: Points per game – Wilmington 25.5, Mount Union 47.3, points per game allowed – Wilmington 32.8, Mount Union 11.3, yards per game – Wilmington 373.3, Mount Union 465.3, yards per game allowed – Wilmington 394.0, Mount Union 220.3, passing yards per game – Wilmington 254.5, Mount Union 251.8, passing yards per game allowed – Wilmington 171.0, Mount Union 132.3, rushing yards per game – Wilmington 118.1, Mount Union 213.5, rushing yards per game allowed – Wilmington 223.0, Mount Union 88.0.

Series History: Wilmington has not beaten Mount Union since joining the OAC prior to the 2000 football season. More information on the series history can be viewed by visiting the link above.

Coverage: Live statistics, live video (pay-per-view) and live audio of the game will be available – visit the links above.

Social Media: Follow Wilmington athletics on social media! The Fightin' Quakers have a presence on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics) as well as Twitter and Instagram (@DubCQuakers).

Up Next: Wilmington travels Marietta College for a 1:30 p.m. game next Saturday.

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