Slow Start Spoils Crusaders Trip to Baldwin Wallace

Slow Start Spoils Crusaders Trip to Baldwin Wallace

BEREA, Ohio – Capital Football had a slow start on offense, making it hard to retaliate after the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets put up 28 points in the first half. The Crusaders were unable to overcome the early deficit, dropping a 56-20 decision on the road, Saturday afternoon.

Baldwin Wallace (6-2, 6-1 OAC) drove down the field on its first drive, putting up seven points following quarterback Tyler Moeglin's 11-yard touchdown scamper and a successful point after attempt. Capital responded with a six-play, 41-yard drive that set up sophomore kicker Jack Johns (Hilliard, Ohio/Davidson) for a successful 19-yard field goal to draw the score to 7-3.

Capital (2-6, 2-5 OAC) then went for the first down on a fourth-and-21 attempt, but could not convert from the Baldwin Wallace 35-yard line. The Yellow Jackets then drove down the field where running back Issac Reed III punched a touchdown in from one yard out. Capital went three-and-out on its next possession, to which BW used to extend its lead every further. Four plays later, Moeglin completed a 34-yard pass to Tommy Fuller to put Baldwin Wallace up 21-3 with 6:10 remaining in the half.

While Johns added his second field goal of the day, this time from 32 yards away, Capital struggled to get the ball into the end zone. The team's run improved from its last time out despite the absence of junior Brent Walton for the third straight game, but its only two touchdowns came through the air and after Baldwin Wallace had already built up a 49-6 lead. Capital finished with 215 yards of rushing offense, well below its average of 328.0 yards per game, which ranked them No. 5 in the nation coming into the contest.

Baldwin Wallace scored on its first three drives of the second half, all three on the ground. Sophomores Zak Sheridan (Zanesville, Ohio) and Nick Iske (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) each tossed a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Senior Jake Skelton (Madison, Ohio) came up with his first scoring grab of the season while freshman Eddie Preciado (Downey, Calif.) collected his first touchdown reception of his young Crusaders career. Preciado led all receivers with four catches and 59 yards, the best game of his career, to date.

Moeglin finished the game with 335 total yards and four total touchdowns. He went 17-for-19 through the air for 185 yards and two scores while the remaining yardage came from his 11 rush attempts. Eight different receivers caught passes from Moeglin.

Capital will play its second straight road contest next week at Heidelberg University.