Game Day: An early look at purple

The state of Division III football is that Mount Union is forever December-relevant. But in September? Usually we can just presume that the Purple Raiders will get through the regular season unbeaten. (They’ve only lost one regular-season game in the history of, after all.)

Now UW-Whitewater has joined Mount Union in that echelon, we’re going to devote a little extra time to covering the two purple powerhouses. When our new site launches, you’ll see that on game day. But in the interim, heck, Mount Union is playing a game just five hours from one of our gurus. Shouldn’t we be there?

So when Neil Seaman makes his first start for the Purple Raiders on Saturday, and they debut a former Kent State regular at defensive tackle and another transfer at corner, sure, we want to be there to see what it looks like.

Great games in the Keystone State (that’s Pennsylvania, for those of you who haven’t seen the license plates) and out West, plus many places in between. Pat Coleman is at the Mount Union/UW-Oshkosh game. Keith McMillan is at Coast Guard/Merchant Marine (after taking in the Western Connecticut/SUNY-Maritime game Friday night), Gordon Mann is at Delaware Valley/Washington and Jefferson and Ryan Tipps is at North Carolina Wesleyan/Hampden-Sydney.

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25 thoughts on “Game Day: An early look at purple

  1. Overcast, damp day here in Oshkosh, but the drizzle has gone away for a little while. Mount Union traveled 65 players and a fan bus. The moment of the morning so far was seeing two older UW-Whitewater fans at the stadium interest, who said they were here to root against Mount Union.

  2. Whitewater 21 Dakota State 0 5:30 in first quarter.

    Levell Coppage over 100 on 6 carries 2 TD’s. Blanchard 44 yard TD pass to Brandes for the UWW scores.

  3. Wesley 30 -0 @ Frostburg St half. Sottilare three Td passes Frostburg st ran opening kick back to Westly 6 but did not score as Wsley blocked FG attempt.

  4. End of 1 at the Perk: UWW 28 Dakota State 0
    Booker Stanley takes one in from 1 just before the end of the first.

  5. Mount Union gets one first down but is forced to punt. False start, incomplete pass as a Neal Seaman pass is a little underthrown, then a pass caught on the sidelines by Jasper Collins but landing out of bounds.

    Then on the first play from scrimmage for UWO, a 20-yard run with several Mount Union missed tackles.

  6. Great pass breakups by Chaz Jordan and Tyler Alwardt stall UWO drive after the first big run by Jeremy Roach.

  7. Halftime has arrived here in Doylestown, PA where No. 10 Delaware Valley is dominating No. 20 Washington & Jefferson 21-0. Scary numbers tell the story – Delaware Valley has 272 yards to W&J’s 18. The Aggies have 16 first downs to the Presidents’ 0.

    The MAC has the advantage in all other games at last report.

    Lycoming 17
    Westminster 10 H

    Wilkes 28
    Waynesburg 23 – Start of 3rd

    King’s 16
    Bethany 13 – 9:08 2nd

    Widener 7
    Thiel 0 – 2nd 9:30

    Albright and Geneva play later and no score reported from St. Vincent/FDU-Florham.

    Hanover also leads Thomas More 6-0.

  8. Cecil Shorts goes up and out for a 35-yard TD pass from Neal Seaman and Mount Union goes up 7-0 with 9:52 left in the 1st. Shorts and Seaman made it look easy.

  9. Little razzle dazzle for UWO almost intercepted, almost a TD. Option pass by Craig McClelland into double-coverage in the end zone but nearly caught. Good work by Jeremy Roach on that drive but sack by DE Charles Dieuseul pushed UWO back and forced them to punt from the MTU 36.

  10. Neal Seaman at quarterback looks about like I remember him from the Baldwin-Wallace game last year, just a little better. I know he didn’t get as much PT after that but I thought he was fine them.

  11. Nice big one-on-one tackle by Nate Heard in the backfield, dropping Zac Lemmon for a loss of three. Third-and-14 from the OWU 22 for MTU.

  12. Kyle Miller very nearly hauled in a one-handed catch on third down, but would have been short of the sticks. 38-yard field goal attempt for Tyler Almeida is no good, wide left. Remains 14-0 MTU.

    Heard’s play huge there.

  13. UWW’s Booker Stanley 9 yards untouched following a mufffed Dakota State punt return. He scores his 2nd touchdown. UWW 49-0

  14. Nate Wara hits Juston Wara in the corner of the end zone and cuts the lead of Mount Union to 14-7 with 8:27 left.

  15. Oshkosh forced a punt. Mount Union pinned the Titans deep. Titans fumbled. Next play, TD MTU and it’s 21-7 with 3:45 left.

  16. Another TD for Booker Stanley, this time 82 yards. 12 rushes 159 3 TD’s for the former Wisconsin Badger. 63-0 UWW. Whitewater is going to have at least 3 RB’s with over 100 yards rushing today.

  17. Upset brewing in La Crosse, WI. UW-La Crosse is out to a 12-0 lead over Mary Hardin Baylor under 2 min remaining in 2nd quarter. The Cru is driving but just mised a 37 yard FG wide right.

  18. i like the idea of the PAC-MAC challenge but when the number one team from one of the conferences (ie Thomasmore) does not participate, it really kills the concept in my opinion….what a shame

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