Murray, Mt. Union run to first victory
Jeremy Murray wasted little time returning to form.
The Mount Union junior running back displayed the skill and diversity last Saturday that enabled him to become a key focal point in the Purple Raiders offense in 2010.
Murray ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a Mount Union 41-17 win against Wisconsin Oshkosh.
The former Martins Ferry standout tacked on 15 receiving yards and a touchdown on two catches.
That output should come as no surprise to Raiders fans who followed Murray’s ascent as a sophomore in 2010.
It was then, during his sophomore campaign, that Murray rushed for 1,616 yards and 21 touchdowns. That mark turned out to be the fifth-best single-season rushing total in Mount Union history.
It was a feat that landed Murray on the second-team All-OAC roster.
Murray also had two receiving touchdowns and 156 yards as a sophomore. Both of those receiving touchdowns came against Oshkosh in 2010.
After sparse duty his freshman season, Murray developed into the Purple Raiders’ feature back. Judging by his most recent effort, he has no plans of relinquishing that designation.
Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros passed for 230 yards, including a pair of TD tosses, but it wasn’t enough as the Bearcats fell hard on the road, 45-23, to Tennessee. The former Big Red standout added 17 rushing yards. Teammate and Beaver Local product Derek Wolfe charted four tackles, including 1 for a loss with a fumble recovery.
Fellow Steubeville alum and Yougstown State starting lineman Andrew Radakovich helped provide the push for a Penguins’ offensive attack that lit up Valparaiso for 657 total yards in a 77-13 whitewashing.
Martins Ferry’s Marco Richetti led West Liberty’s defense with eight stops in a loss to So. Connecticut St. Buckeye Local’s Isaac Omaits backed Richetti with six stops and a sack. Former Bridgeport lineman Nate Maleski record a sack to go with his two tackles and also added a 10-yard pass reception.
Former John Marshall receiver Mark Sampson made the most of his one catch for Fairmont State, hauling in a 9-yard scoring strike in a romp against WVU Tech.
Steubenville Central’s Brian DeFranco charted five stops in Washington & Jefferson’s tough 20-19 loss to Delaware Valley.
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