No. 3 Mount Union Defeats Crusaders

Photo by Dustin Grovemiller
Photo by Dustin Grovemiller

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital Crusaders football team was unable to stop the University of Mount Union offense in its 75-0 defeat at Bernlohr Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, put up more than 700 yards of total offense and just under 500 yards on the ground. Capital (2-2, 1-2 OAC) fought to get its offense going, but was unable to break the century mark in total yards while committing three turnovers on the day.

The day began on a bright note for Capital when they stalled the Mount Union offense on its first possession. The Purple Raiders received the kickoff and moved the ball down to the Capital 14-yard line. There, the Crusaders defense kicked it into gear and made a huge fourth-and-one stop when Ben Heilman swallowed up Mount Union quarterback Kevin Burke on a keeper. It marked the first time this season that Mount Union had not scored on its opening possession.

Capital was unable to capitalize on its ensuing drive after being forced to punt before breaking midfield.

From there, the Purple Raiders began scoring in large amounts. They posted three touchdowns in the first quarter and bettered that in the second quarter with 28 points to take a 49-0 lead into the locker room.

Bradley Mitchell got the Purple Raiders on the board with a 12-yard run to cap off a six-play, 68-yard scoring drive that lasted 1:39. It was one of three rushing touchdowns he posted on the day.

Burke came back on the next drive and hit Roman Namdar in the end zone from 40 yards out for a second score. Namdar came up with the catch while being draped by a Crusaders defender and falling into the end zone.

Mount Union kept up the pressure with a Brandon Williams 13-yard touchdown run before alternating with Mitchell for the next three scores in consecutive possessions.

The Purple Raiders added three rushing touchdowns in the third quarter, two of which were broken off for more than 35 yards. Edward Ruhnke also added a pair of field goals to get the Purple Raiders to its total of 75 points on the day.

On the flip side, Capital mustered just 60 yards of total offense against a staunch Mount Union defense. Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) led the Crusaders with 24 yards rushing on nine attempts. Oshton Armstrong (South Miami, Fla.) touched the rock six times for 15 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Jordan Blair, in his first start of the season led the team with six-and-one-half total tackles.

Capital will now regroup for an away contest at cross-town rival Otterbein University on Oct. 11. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. from Memorial Stadium.