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MU cruises to 7-0

MOUNT UNION – Still unbeaten! After starting the season 6-0, there were no let downs Friday night when the Mount Union football team matched up against the 4-2 Everett Warriors at the Trojans home field on the campus of Mount Union high school.

Everett opened the game with the first score but after that the game was dominated by Mount Union as it defeated the Warriors 48-19 in the Inter-County Gold Conference battle on Homecoming night. On the ground, Mount Union finished with 399 yards while Everett tallied only 147. Passing-wise Mount Union finished with an even 200 yards, giving them a total 599 yards from scrimmage. Everett had 239. Defensively, B.J. Loner picked off the Warriors quarterback Kyle Sheaffer three time on the night. Teammate Trevon Walker also picked Sheaffer off as well, giving the Trojans four on the evening.

Walker had a big night all around, rushing for five touchdown runs on an 183-yard rushing effort. He also threw well through the air, passing for 200 yards. Loner also was red hot on offense as well, finishing with 116 yards on the ground and 42 yards in reception yards. In the first half, Everett started with the ball and went right to the air.

Sheaffer standing in the run and shoot formation launched a pass to Steven Sheaffer. After the catch it looked as if he was off to the races if it wasn’t for a slip of his feet in the wide open field. Mount Union’s defense responded and kept the Warriors off the board. After a Mount Union three and out, Everett’s offense struck for the first score of the game.

10-plays later, Kyle Sheaffer cruised on in from three yards out for the touchdown. With a successful PAT by kicker Cameron Steed, Everett had the 7-0 advantage. “The first half we played well. That first drive we fell short and we had done against Bellwood. But our kids are learning we only have seven seniors and we are progressing. We felt good going into halftime. We had hope the score would be different, even tied up or in our favor,” Everett coach Jerry Fabian said. “Obviously our defense has got to get better. They came out in the second half quarter in a different formation and did a few different things we have scouted but they did it well. We didn’t tackle well. We didn’t pursue as well as we have in the past. When you have flaws like that speed will get you.”

Going into the second quarter Mount Union’s offense let Walker loose and he did not disappoint.

The Trojans’ quarterback scored on the ground three times in the second quarter to take a 20-7 lead with 24 ticks left until the intermission. It looked as if Mount Union would go into the half leading by 13.

However, someone forgot to tell kick off returner Steven Sheaffer. Sheaffer took the ball at the 15-yard line and picked up some key blocks and got to the outside and used his speed to complete the 85-yard kick off return, cutting it to 20-13 with nine seconds left. But Mount Union’s offensive line came alive in the third quarter, taking the momentum back from the Warriors.

In its first possession, D.J. Bookwalter finished off a very impressive 77-yard drive, muscling his way in from a yard out. “We started out a little slow but we responded well in the second half,” Mount Union coach Matt Young. “The effort, the intensity and the execution was there. They did a great job the whole way around.

The Offensive line has been tremendous all year. They made adjustments and did a very good job in the second half.” On the Warriors next possession, Mount Union’s Zach Snyder got the ball back to his offense scooping up a fumble. Mount Union made them pay as it scored three plays later on a 25-yard scamper by Loner.

The home team would get one more in before the quarter ended when Walker cruised his way in for a 16-yard run, making it 41-13. Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the final stanza but it was too little too late for the Warriors as the Trojans went on for the victor

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