Crusaders to Host Wilmington in OAC Home Opener

Crusaders to Host Wilmington in OAC Home Opener

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Following a record setting performance on offense in Capital's season opening win last Saturday at Earlham College (Ind.), 54-20, the Crusaders welcome in Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Wilmington on Sept. 20. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

Capital (1-0) set a pair of new program records against Earlham, rushing for 537 yards en route to accumulating 735 total yards of offense. Prior to last week, the Crusaders rushing yards in a single game (510) had stood for over 50 years, dating back to 1963 in Capital's matchup against Kenyon College.

Sophomore quarterback Chase Longwell (Hilliard, Ohio) was one of the main catalyst's for the Crusaders' record setting performance, earning him OAC Offensive Player of the Week.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Crusaders posted 20 unanswered points in just over seven minutes of play, as Longwell scored a pair of rushing touchdowns from eight and 56 yards out. Junior linebacker Bryant Bokovitz (Gallipolis, Ohio) then returned a fumble for an eight yard touchdown.

Following an Earlham touchdown, sophomore running back Brent Walton (Pickerington, Ohio) then tacked on a late first half score, giving Capital a 27-6 lead heading into halftime.

Capital opened the second half with a 35 yard pass and catch from Longwell to junior wide receiver Jake Skelton (Madison, Ohio) for his first score of the day.

Earlham responded with a pair of touchdowns to pull to within 14 points of the Crusaders, but Capital never looked back as Longwell tossed a pair of long touchdown passes to Skelton and junior slot back Jake Breakey (Pickerington, Ohio). Walton then rushed for his second touchdown late in the contest, padding the Crusaders' lead at 24 points.

In the game, Longwell totaled 362 total yards of offense, including passing for 198 yards on an eight-of-18 passing mark and three scores. He also rushed for 164 yards with a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Head coach Craig Candeto sits down with 
Charlie Danis to talk Cap Football. 
Capital QB Chase Longwell talks about the
upcoming game vs. Wilmington. 

Walton also made his presence known, rushing for a game-high 171 yards on 20 attempts, while compiling a pair of touchdowns in the process.

Skelton led the game in receiving yards (118), catching five passes, two of them going for touchdowns. Breakey hauled in the other Capital touchdown pass, proving to be his lone catch of the game on a 56-yard score.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the win for the Crusaders was their lack of turnovers, as Capital did not throw an interception or fumble through over 30 minutes of possession.

On the defensive side of the ball, freshman defensive lineman Jared Johns (Hilliard, Ohio) posted a game-high two-and-one-half sacks. Fellow defensive lineman in sophomore Jimmy Ahern (North Olmsted, Ohio) and freshman Trey Reese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also recorded one sack apiece.

Sophomore defensive back Jimmy Curtis (Hilliard, Ohio) tallied the lone interception in the game.

Capital enters the game against Wilmington with multiple players leading statistical categories across the OAC, and even the nation.

Longwell places in a tie for first in the OAC in passing touchdowns (3), as well as fourth in passing (198) and rushing yards per game (164).

Walton currently ranks third in the conference in rushing yards per game (171) and rushing touchdowns (2), rushing for 8.6 yards per carry. Skelton leads the OAC in receiving touchdowns (2), while also recording the third most receiving yards per game (118).

Johns is second in the conference in sacks (2.5), as Curtis is tied for eighth in tackles per game (9).

As a team, the Crusaders are currently first in the conference and in all of NCAA Division III in total offense (735) and rushing yards (537), while placing third in points per game (54).

Defensively, the Crusaders are currently tied for fifth in the conference in points allowed (20) and ninth in total yards allowed (420). Capital's defense has totaled five sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery through one week of play.

Wilmington (0-1) comes into play having lost 41-24 at Olivet College in its season opener last Saturday afternoon.

After falling behind 21-0 through the first 17:30 of play, the Quakers inked the scoreboard for their first score of the season on a six play, 75-yard drive in just over two minutes.

Following a missed extra point, both teams tallied an additional touchdown before halftime, making the score 28-12 at the break.

Olivet opened the second half of action with another score before Wilmington responded with another score of its own to narrow its deficit to 34-18 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.

Both teams would post one touchdown apiece over the final 16 minutes of play, as the Quakers fell by 17 points.

Leading the way so far this season for the Quakers is sophomore quarterback Austin Jarbo (Gratis, Ohio), who is currently tied for first in the OAC in passing touchdowns (3) and fifth in passing yards per game (192).

Jarbo also leads the Quakers in rushing yards per game (150), earning him the spot of sixth best rusher in the conference at seven and a half yards per carry.

Junior wide receiver Justin Lee (Middletown, Ohio) leads Wilmington in receiving through one week of action, ranking second in the OAC in touchdowns (2) and yards per game (95), averaging 19.2 yards per catch.

On defense, the Quakers are led by junior linebacker Nick Williams (Cleveland, Ohio), who currently leads the conference in tackles per game (13), while also having combined for one tackle for a loss in week one.

Classmate and fellow linebacker Tarrell Starckey (Richmond, Va.) follows, averaging the fifth most tackles per game in the OAC (11), while also recording one sack and two tackles for a loss. Starckey also is the lead return man for the Quakers, averaging 28.6 yards per return on five kickoff attempts.

As a team, Wilmington ranks eighth in the conference in total offense (381), including seventh in passing (192) and sixth in rushing (189). Defensively, the Quakers place 10th in the OAC in points (41) and yards allowed (564).