Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy of Mount Union Athletics

ALLIANCE, Ohio -
Mount Union scored six touchdowns and held Washington & Jefferson (PA) without a first down in the first half as the top ranked Purple Raiders rolled to a 55-0 victory in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division III Football Championship.

Mount Union (11-0) has the nation's longest win streak at 26 games and will host Montclair State (NJ) in a second round game next Saturday at noon in the second round.

Quarterback Kurt Rocco (Cincinnati/Roger Bacon) was an efficient 14-of-19 for 251 yards and two touchdowns as he engineered a Mount Union offense that outgained W&J, 581-127.

Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) was the top target as he caught seven passes for 160 yards and two scores, while the Raiders had a pair of 100 yard rushers as Terrance Morring (Sanford, FL/Winter Springs) had 18 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns while Scott Panchik (Natrona Hts, PA/Highlands) had 15 carries for 102 yards and three scores.

The Mount Union defense was equally efficient as in the first half they held the Presidents to 18 total yards.  For the game, W&J was held to minus-six yards rushing and 127 total yards.  Defensive ends James Herbert (Sagamore Hills/Nordonia) and Joe Millings (Copley/Copley) each had two of the Raiders five sacks.

Washington & Jefferson (9-2) went three-and-out and lost five yards on its first drive and took only two plays for Mount Union to get on the board as Rocco tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Shorts.

Mount Union would score three more touchdowns in the quarter on just 13 plays as Panchik and Morring had four and 16 yard runs then Rocco and Shorts hooked up again from 55 yards out to give the Raiders a commanding 27-0 lead.

Morring and Panchik each tallied rushing touchdowns in the second quarter as the Raiders extended the lead to 41-0 at the break.

Panchik would score one more time late in the third quarter and backup running back Zac Lemmon (Granville/Granville) finished the scoring with a four-yard run in the fourth quarter.