Union Tested, But Still Perfect
Oct. 10, 2009
Courtesy of Mount Union
(COLUMBUS, OH)--Scott Panchik (Natrona Heights, PA/Highlands) ran in a touchdown from five yards with 3:10 to play then the defense held as top ranked Mount Union escaped with 28-21 Ohio Athletic Conference victory at No. 21 ranked Capital Saturday at Bernlohr Stadium in Columbus.
Panchick's score capped a 48-yard scoring drive that was started when defensive end Joe Millings (Copley/Copley) forced a fumble on a high snap to Capital quarterback Marty Assmann that senior defensive lineman Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) fell on to give the ball back to the Purple Raiders.
After the fumble, quarterback Kurt Rocco (Cincinnati/Roger Bacon) completed a pair of passes, 24 yards to Panchik and 17 yards to A.J. Claycomb (Medina/Medina) to get the ball down to the Capital seven yard line.
Two plays later, Panchick scored what turned out to be the game-winner.
Capital drove the ball down to the Mount Union 38 yard line before the game ended.
Rocco finished with the first 300-yard passing performance of the season as he went 21-for-31 for 314 yards and a pair of scores.
His two touchdowns went to Cecil Shorts (Cleveland/Collinwood), who had a game-high nine catches for 91 yards and tight end Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida) which was a 36-yarder with 8:17 left in the game that tied the score at 21-21.
The Crusaders out-gained Mount Union 407-378 as Capital signal caller Marty Assmann 17-of-31 for 249 yards and two scores.
Rocco's touchdown pass to Shorts started the scoring midway through the first quarter and gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead.
Capital tied the game on a one-yard run from Assmann midway through the second quarter and took a 14-7 lead when Assmann hit Matt White on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 54 seconds left in the half.
Rocco then led Mount Union down the field covering 74 yards on five plays and taking just 26 seconds as Panchick ran in from a yard out to tie the game at 14-14 at the break.
Capital would take the lead again, 21-14 early in the fourth quarter as Assmann hit Dominic D'Andrea from 23 yards out.
The Mount Union defense would come up big in the fourth quarter as they held the Crusaders to 60 yards on 14 plays for the quarter.
Mount Union stays on the road taking on Heidelberg next Saturday at 1:30 pm in Tiffin.