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Locals helping No. 1 Mount Union in D3 race

The top Division 3 college football team in the country has been receiving help from a number of local players.

Powerhouse Mount Union, which moved to 7-0 last weekend with a convincing 55-0 win over Wilmington, sits atop the D3 national poll again this week, and the Sunshine State is providing a few players to help this impressive Alliance, Ohio school.

On the Raiders' roster are 12 Florida players – 3 varsity performers from South Florida. Sophomore Madison Fernandez (5-7, 155) from Hialeah, junior safety Kristopher Claros (6-0, 190) from Miramar and Pahokee sophomore running Willie Jenkins (5-9, 200) have made a contribution for coach Larry Kehres and his team.

The Raiders also have a number of freshmen on the team, including quarterback Branden Allen (6-2, 172, Parkway Academy), defensive end DaRon Brown (6-2, 210, St. Thomas), linebackers Arthur Smith (5-11, 200, Killian) and Jorge Carbonell (5-10, 210, Archbishop Carroll), defensive back Woodley Leonard (6-0, 183, Ferguson), and receivers Trevor Lilly (6-0, 190, Ferguson) and Chris Michael (5-10, 175, St. Thomas).

Mount Union will take on John Carroll this week.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

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clayd

Great mention, Larry. As a Gables High grad who played D3 out in California at Occidental, and watched my brother and several other Cavaliers go to U of Rochester to play, I can tell you first hand that D3 is a great way to continue playing football. Its a shame there are no FL D3 schools, but a good many are playing now in the south that would definitely benefit from having players from South Fl on their teams. The schools are usually academically excellent as well. Check out www.D3Football.com for more - also, Pierre Garcon, the return man for the Colts this year is a Mt. Union grad! As is Matt Turk!

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