John Carroll Rolls in Shutout Win Over Capital

Photo credit: Evan Boggess
Photo credit: Evan Boggess

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – On Saturday afternoon, the Capital University football team traveled to University Heights to take on the No. 23 John Carroll University Blue Streaks inside Don Shula Stadium. The Blue Streaks exerted their powerful play and earned a 56-0 win over the Purple and White, dropping the Crusaders to 3-4 overall on the season.

Capital (3-4, 3-3 OAC) hung tough with the Blue Streaks through much of the first quarter. The Blue Streaks had to earn their first points of the game via an eight-play, 80-yard drive that spanned 3:13 and ended in a John Kukura one-yard touchdown run.

From there, the gates opened for John Carroll which went on to score twice in quick order at the top of the second quarter. JCU started its second scoring drive at the tail end of the first quarter, but on the first play following the field position swap, Kukura banged it one from short-range for the touchdown. The Blue Streaks then took advantage of a fumble by Nick Waters on the ensuing kickoff. The hosts recovered and again went to Kukura for a three-yard touchdown run to take a 21-0 lead.

The John Carroll offense continued to roll with touchdown passes on each of its next two drives. Anthony Moeglin completed scoring passes of 14 and 16 yards to Eddie Williamson and Danny Disbrow to add 14 to their lead. They wound up taking a 42-0 advantage into the half.

Capital's offense struggled much of the day by a top-ranked defense in NCAA Division III. The Purple and White managed just 171 total yards with a majority of them coming through the air. Sophomore quarterback Thomas Wibbeler was held to 13 completions on 29 attempts, while freshman wide receiver made just six catches for 51 yards. Freshman Evin Butler led the ground game in his first collegiate start, gaining 43 yards on 15carries. Capital was able to convert only three of their 15 third down chances.

Kukura finished the day with four rushing touchdowns and 74 carries on 14 totes. Ro Golphin was JCU's lead rusher with 98 yards on 13 carries. He also added a touchdown run in the third quarter from three yards out. Williamson turned out to be Moeglin's favorite target, hauling in six catches for 103 yards and a score. Moeglin had a final stat line that include 14 completions on 21 attempts, for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Arin Pruit added a touchdown at the end of the third on a 62-yard run, accounting for a majority of his 82 rushing yards.

Senior defensive back Chuck English (Cincinnati, Ohio) continued his strong play with an interception, the first of the season and his career. He also had five tackles. Sophomore safety J.R. Garrigo (Miami, Fla.) and junior linebacker Derek Eibon (Amhurst, Ohio) shared the team lead with nine tackles, each.

Capital will regroup after its second consecutive shutout loss for its next contest at home. Next Saturday, the Purple and White will host Baldwin Wallace University at 1:30 p.m. from Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium.