Mount Union advances to quarterfinals
RB Skilliter rushed for a career-high 78 yards on 18 carries
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 2 Mount Union defeated No. 25 Centre 30-10 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.
The Purple Raiders (12-0) make their 20th consecutive trip to the quarterfinal round where they will host No. 9 ranked Wabash (12-0) on Dec. 3 at Mount Union Stadium.
Junior running back Blair Skilliter came off the bench and rushed for a career-high 78 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown, junior fullback Jake Simon also rushed for a score and junior quarterback Matt Piloto threw for two scores to lead the Mount Union offense.
Junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul had a season-best 12 tackles along with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble to lead the Mount Union defense which held Centre to its lowest scoring and fewest yards this season.
Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins returned after missing the last four games and went over a defender to catch an 11-yard touchdown pass that capped a 97-yard scoring drive and gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Mount Union extended the lead to 14-0 on a Skilliter two-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. On the very next drive, Centre pinned inside its own 10-yard line was called for a holding penalty in the end zone which resulted in a safety and made the score 16-0.
Centre (9-2) got on the board just before halftime as Jordan Gay kicked a 47-yard field goal as the score was 16-3 heading to the lockers.
The Colonols took the opening possesion of the second half 63 yards on seven plays and quarterback Tyler Osterman hit brother Jason Osterman on a 17-yard touchdown pass to get within 16-10.
The Raiders then answered with an impressive seven-play, 80-yard drive that saw Piloto complete a 37 yard pass to senior A.J. Claycomb and a 22-yarder for a score to senior Brandon Brown that ended the third quarter with a 23-10 lead.
Mount Union put the game away with just under three minutes left as Simon ran in from seven yards out for the 30-10 final.