You've probably been wondering, "when does Cap Football get some love!?" Don't you worry. We appreciate your patience, but you have to wait no more. Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium (more on that later) had some pretty fantastic moments, and this one kicks off the top five.
Top Moment #5: Down to the Last Play, Cap Football Defeats BW in 2OT, 42-41
There are few things in college sports more exciting than overtime in football, and Cap treated us with an enthralling four quarters and bonus ball on Oct. 29, 2016 when Baldwin Wallace University came to town.
Coming off back-to-back tough defeats at the hands of a pair of national semifinalists, Capital needed a win. After 60 minutes, the Yellow Jackets and Crusaders were deadlocked at 28-28. After Baldwin Wallace scored on the opening possession. Cap's offense then took over and scored on two consecutive attempts.
Connor McCloud rolled out and hit Hunter Smith with an 11-yard touchdown pass, and with a successful point-after attempt the two teams headed to a second overtime. McCloud completed a pass to Eddie Preciado to get inside the five-yard line, where Nick Iske banged home a five-yard touchdown run to give Cap a 42-35 lead.
Now enter the defense. The 'D' needed a big stop, especially after BW took just four plays to get into the end zone and make for a one-point game. Both teams tried to get a read on one another by taking timeouts in succession, but as both teams came back out onto the gridiron the Jackets showed their cards and elected to go for the win. They lined up for a two-point conversion on what was destined to serve as the final play of the game, one way or the other.
Baldwin Wallace lined up its offense in the shotgun formation and then handed the ball off to its running back, Austin Smith. Smith ran off tackle to the left side of his line and looked like he had an open hole to the end zone. Out of nowhere, Capital linebacker Derek Eibon hit Smith from his left side and jarred the ball loose the instant he approached the goal line, sending the ball toward the back of the end zone. The loose ball skipped to the back of the end zone where Chuck English secured the rock, and the Capital win! The final score was 42-41 (2OT), for a Capital victory!
The win was Capital's fourth of the season, marking more wins in a single season that each of the previous three years. This comes in Head Coach Chad Rogosheske's first year at the helm of the program and was the team's second "big win" of the year … but we will save that story for later!
Honorable Mention: Cap Honors Wells Purmort '58 by Renaming Field Surface
Capital University and its athletic programs enjoy a lot of success, but those triumphs cannot be had and are not nearly as enjoyable unless you share it with those that came before you.
Wells Purmort, Class of 1958, made a charitable gift of $1 million in an endowment that will go towards the field surface of Bernlohr Stadium. For his generosity, it was decided that the field surface would bear the Purmort family name. From Oct. 7, 2016 and henceforth, the playing field for football, lacrosse, and soccer shall be known as Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium.
As part of the field dedication, we had Mr. Purmort and his family join us to take in the special pregame event and the football game afterward.
In Mr. Purmort's words, "We are the Pride of the Purple. We are C-A-P-I-T-A-L, V-I-C-T-O-R-Y.
We are that victory for the Purple and the White."
Previous Top Moments of 2016-17
#10: Women's Golf Rewrites Record Book at Purple & White Invite -- link
#9: Men's Golf Wins First Tournament in Nearly Five Years -- link
#8: Logan Allison Breaks Two School Records on the Same Day! -- link
#7: Hines, Wilson Preserve Win Over Kenyon as Cap Sets Program Winning Streak Record -- link
#6: Men's Soccer Builds Season-best 10-Game Win Streak / 14-Game Unbeaten Streak -- link