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AROUND THE HORN

Mount on verge of playoffs

ALLIANCE — Second-ranked Mount Union hosts Muskingum today in the Purple Raiders’ last regular-season home game. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders are 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Muskies are 2-6 and 1-6 OAC.

Mount Union senior quarterback D’Angelo Fulford is the high-rated quarterback in the nation. He has completed 72 percent of his passes for 1,887 yards and 29 touchdowns with just one interception.

Fulford’s rating of 225.7 is just ahead of Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts at 224.3. Mount Union senior receiver Justin Hill leads the nation with 16 touchdown catches.

The Purple Raiders lead NCAA Division III in scoring offense (53.1), passsing efficiency (221.3), completion percentage (72.5%), third-down conversions (64.8%) and first downs (27.9).

Quakers, Raiders play today

Salem and South Range will play first-round football playoff games at 7 p.m. today.

Salem (8-2) will play at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (7-3) in Cuyahoga Falls in a Division IV opener, while South Range (7-3) hosts Bellaire (7-3) in Division V action.

Tickets are $9 at the gate.

Charge’s new home court

CANTON — Due to damage sustained during the delivery process after being resurfaced, the Canton Charge game court will not be available for today’s opening night contest. Until repairs are made, the Cleveland Cavaliers have provided their new Classic Edition court inspired by the Gund Arena homecourt used from 1996-2003.

The Charge will play the Lakeland Magic at 7 p.m. today at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

Akron falls to WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Derek Culver and Jermaine Haley scored 16 points apiece to lead West Virginia over Akron 94-84 on Friday night.

Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 13 points and Miles McBride scored 11 points for the Mountaineers (1-0).

Xeyrius Williams scored a career-high 20 points for the Zips (1-1). Channel Banks and Loren Cristian Jackson added 16 points apiece and Tyler Cheese scored 15.

Culver, Haley and Matthews are holdovers from a team that went 15-21 and lost 83% of its scoring a year ago.

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