WHAT: Capital University (2-7, 2-6 OAC) vs. Marietta College (2-7, 2-6 OAC)
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 14 | 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
The Pioneers and Crusaders are in the midst of similar struggles with wins against common opponents. Both Capital and Marietta have defeated Muskingum and Wilmington, but both teams allow more than 40 points per contest, limiting success beyond those wins.
Marietta features three runners with more than 400 yards on the season, led by Roger Bush. Bush leads Marietta's rushing attack with 662 yards and 10 touchdowns on 142 carries (4.7 ypc / 73.6 ypg). Nick O'Neal was the feature back last year and has 560 yards, four TDs, and averages 62.2 yards per contest. The third pillar of the Pioneer rush game is quarterback Lucas Havens (87-331-2). Under center Havens has struggled, completing just 46 percent of his attempts (93-204-5). He has tossed four TDs and averages 128.4 passing yards per game. His favorite targets include Clay Moorefield (25-167-1), Nick Hineman (20-225-2) and Bush (15-177-1) out of the backfield.
Senior linebacker Daryl DeWindt leads the Pioneer defense with 80 total tackles (38 solo), and averages 9.0 per game. He also leads the team with 9.0 tackles for loss. On the pass rush, senior Nick Thompson leads with 3.5 sacks with junior Aaron Johnson close behind with 3.0. Marietta is allowing 450.6 yards per game in total offense, including 223.3 yards on the ground. The Pioneers have caused just eight turnovers this season, with just three interceptions.
HISTORY WITH MARIETTA
The all-time series between Capital and Marietta has been fairly one-sided, favoring the Crusaders who have won 55 or their 86 total meetings (don't forget about three draws). In recent history it has been all Capital. The Purple and White have won 14 straight dating back to 2001. The last time the Pioneers won was in 2000, 52-21, in Marietta.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... these two teams engaged in a slugfest! Capital went up two touchdowns at the top of the fourth quarter, but Marietta would not go away following a touchdown pass to make it a seven-point game, 49-42. Zak Sheridan, in his first significant action, hit slot Nick Waters for a 25 yard TD pass to seal the game for the Crusaders, 56-42. Brent Walton went off for 179 yards and two scores on 30 carries, while Waters had a career day with four total touchdowns and 148 total yards.
WALTON BREAKS CAP ALL-TIME RUSHING RECORD
Just starting his third season as the Crusaders' B-back, junior Brent Walton has surpassed one big Capital career rushing record and is quickly approaching another. In the game against Otterbein, he tallied 23 yards on the ground to share the title of being Capital's all-time leading rusher with Rayshaun Gales (2000-02) at 2,287 yards. Walton was forced to leave the Otterbein game due to injury and has missed the next three weeks of action. He returned against the Student Princes and with the first carry of the game, a three-yard carry, took sole possession of that record. He finished the day with 130 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. He now has 2,417 yards.
Walton had also started creeping up on another single-season mark for rushing touchdowns. The junior currently has 11 on the year after posting three in each of his first three games this season. The single-season record holder is Al White, who in 1959 found the endzone 14 times.
CAPITAL AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Capital's triple-option ground attack is well-known in the OAC, but the nation is getting to see just how good it is too! Per this week's national ranking summary, Capital is currently ranked the No. 5 rush offense based on team rush yards (313.1).
Other top-ranked Capital numbers include:
Time of Possession: 1st (35:45)
Turnovers lost: 3rd (6)
Passes intercepted: 3rd (2)
Fewest Penalties: 19th (39)
Fewest Penalties per game: 18th (4.33)
WALTON SHINES IN RETURN
The much anticipated return of Brent Walton into the lineup lived up. After missing three games, he came back and rattled off 130 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. It could have been more but a holding call brought back a big 40+ yard gain. He achieved the all-time Capital rushing yards record on the first carry of the game. He now has four games with 100+ yards and 12 over the course of his career.
CURTIS TO RETURN TO SAFETY ROLE
After playing the first nine games in a STAR linebacker position, Jimmy Curtis will move back to the position he played all of last year, safety. Currently, he has 44 tackles (fourth on the team) after finishing last year with 59. He also had four forced fumbles, three interceptions and five pass breakups in the safety position. Curtis will likely see more action around the ball with the position move.
GARRIGO LEADS 'D' IN FIRST YEAR
Straight out of Florida, J.R. Garrigo brought his game up north and is having a great first year. He currently leads the Crusaders' defense with 65 total tackles (16th in OAC) and 29 solo tackles. He averages 7.2 tackles per game (top-20 in OAC).
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL!
The Crusaders have just six turnovers through nine games. Last year, they committed and eight in their first four games and 22 total turnovers. To date, the Crusaders have an (-3) turnover margin. Cap was the only team in Division III that has not surrendered an interception this season before throwing two last week at Heidelberg. Capital is currently third in the country in turnovers lost (6).
The Capital Army ROTC and the Capital Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a tailgate, open to all, on the East Mound Street (north) side of the S1 lot. Join the team behind the team for food, cornhole, prizes, and a good time beginning at 11 a.m.
The north end of the lot will be closed for preferred parking and additional approved tailgating.
Visiting fans wishing to tailgate are asked to use the S3 lot, located on Pleasant Ridge, across from the S2 lot.
Arrangements for parking and tailgating have been altered for this weekend's football game. The north end of the S1 lot will be closed Friday night through Saturday. The south end of the S1 lot and all of S2 lot are available for game day and overnight parking. Those that park in the S1 lot are asked to remove their vehicles by end of business on Friday.
Additional parking is available in lots S7 (located off of the visitor lot/cul-de-sac), the S3 lot (located on Pleasant Ridge Street, across from the S1 and S2 lots), the S5 and S6 lots (location off of Sheridan Avenue) and the S4 lot (located on College Avenue behind the open grass area). Public parking is also available along East Main Street or in the public lot on the corner of Park Street and East Main Street.
A campus map outlining all the parking lots is available here.