Berea, Ohio - Maple Heights grad T.J. Lattimore ran for a career-high 131 yards and the Mount Union defense held No. 15 ranked Baldwin Wallace to 159 total yards as the top ranked Purple Raiders scored a 38-7 Ohio Athletic Conference victory in Berea.
The win secured the Purple Raiders' 21st consecutive (24th overall) Ohio Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the 24th time. Mount Union (9-0, 8-0 OAC) is ranked No. 1 by the AFCA and d3football.com and No. 1 in the NCAA North Region.
After a scoreless first quarter that saw Mount Union gain just 20 yards on eight plays, the Raiders exploded for 499 yards over the last three quarters.
St. Edward grad Quarterback Kevin Burke completed 17-of-22 passes for 202 yards with touchdowns to Jasper Collins and Julius Moore . Collins had a game-high 81 yards on seven catches while Moore had four catches for 80 yards.
Lattimore led a ground attack that chewed up 311 yards on the ground. Holy name product Jake Simon had two touchdowns.
This was all more than enough for a defense that after surrendering 87 yards in the first quarter allowed just 72 yards the rest of the game.
The unit held BW to minus-one yard rushing with five sacks as freshman linebacker Hank Spencer) had a career-best 11 tackles while fellow linebacker Charles Dieuseul had an interception and Nick Driskill a fumble recovery.
Baldwin Wallace kept the football for 11:47 of a scoreless first quarter and took a 7-0 lead on a deflected pass that Kevin Johnson ended up with for a 24-yard touchdown pass from Ryan O'Rourke.
MountUnionthen got things going offensively as Skilliter capped a 75-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown run on his first offensive touch of the game. Skilliter found the end zone again on the Raiders next possession with a four-yard run and Mount Union took a 14-7 lead with 6:15 left in the second quarter.
On the ensuing BW possession, Dieuseul intercepted a pass at midfield and on the very next play Burke hit Moore on a 52-yard bomb to put the Raiders up 21-7 at the half.
Mount Unionoutgained Baldwin Wallace, 241-57 in the second quarter.
The third quarter featured more of the same as Elyria native Tyler Almeida hit a 27-yard field goal and Simon ran in a two-yard score to extend the lead to 31-7 while the defense held BW to just 12 total yards in and 1:11 time of possession in the quarter.
Collins hauled in a six-yard scoring pass from Burke early in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring.
MountUnion wraps up the regular season next week at John Carroll with a 6pm kickoff from University Heights.