Cap Football Set to Invade Pioneer Territory

Cap Football Set to Invade Pioneer Territory

 Capital University Crusaders


Marietta College Pioneers

(2-6, 2-5 OAC)   Saturday, Nov. 5  |  1:30 p.m.   (4-4, 4-3 OAC)
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Capital pulled out another late thriller, defeating Baldwin Wallace 42-41 in double overtime. The game came down to one play when BW scored on its offensive drive in double overtime, and then elected to go for two points and the win. Cap's defense stripped the ball carrier just before crossing the goal line and hopped on the loose ball, ending the game in their favor.

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Marietta took a 45-29 loss at the hands of Ohio Northern. The teams went into the hlf tied 21-21, but the Polar Bears outscored the Pioneers 24-8 in the second half. Both teams put up more than 500 yards of total offense and more than 200 rushing yards. 

The two-headed machine of RB Roger Walker and QB Darrien Fields has revamped Marietta's offense. Walker earned OAC Offensive Player of the Week honors two weeks ago after putting up 265 yards on 34 totes. He is 46 yards away from 1,000 on the year and has nine TD carries. Fields has a line of 146-225-6 with 12 TDs to accompany his 1,601 passing yards. His favorite target is Nick Hineman, who has hauled in 33 passes for 291 yards and one score. Eight different pass catchers have scored a touchdown for Marietta.

Defensively, Marietta allows an average of 450.4 yards and 40.6 points per game. Its leading tackler is LB Garrett Davis with 65. Cody Walker is close behind with 63. Aaron Johnson leads with 3.5 of the team's 10 sacks. Watch for DB Jakkar Bishop. He has one sack, two INTs, one recovered fumble, and two blocked kicks.

The all-time series between Capital and Marietta has been fairly one-sided, favoring the Crusaders who have won 56 or their 87 total meetings (don't forget about three draws). In recent history it has been all Capital. The Purple and White have won 15 straight dating back to 2001. The last time the Pioneers won was in 2000, 52-21, in Marietta. 

After exiting the Otterbein game prematurely, missing the ONU contest and having limited time versus #1 Mount Union, junior LB Derek Eibon is back! Against #23 JCU, he recorded nine tackles, the most in four weeks (11, v. Wilmington 9/24) and followed that up with nine tachkles and one sack in a win over Baldwin Wallace.

In extended playing time versus #1 Mount Union, senior Chuck English took advantage of his opportunity and put together a strong stat line. English recorded a career-high nine tackles, four of which were solo. He also caused a fumble on his first career sack and had 1.5 tackles for loss. He collected his first career INT against #23 John Carroll (10/22) and added five tackles.

English is in his first year with the football program after having played basketball for three seasons. His junior season was his best where he scored 9.4 ppg and shot nearly 47 percent. He traded the hardwood for the gridiron and now has 22 total tackles on the season. 

Expanding on the previous note on DB Chuck English, the senior hauled in his first Defensive Player of the Week honor after a stellar game against Baldwin Wallace (10/29). In that game he recorded eight tackles, one sack, and an interception which he returned 98 yards for a touchdown. He also recovered the fumble on the two-point conversion that ended the game. 

The 98-yard return by senior DB Chuck English tied for the second longest INT return in program history and the longest since it was last done in 2004. He joins Kyle Hausler (2004) and Jim Darnell (1947) as the only others to return a pick 98 yards. The longest was a 100-yard INT return made by Thom Hausler in 2003. It was also the first INT returned for a touchdown since 2014, when Joe Rodriguez took one back 93 yards against Wilmington on Sept. 20, 2014. 

With the recent injury to quarterback Thomas Wibbeler, junior Connor McCloud has been asked to go back to being #5 and serve as one of two quarterbacks the Crusaders intend to use. McCloud rotated with junior Nick Iske in the win over BW. There, he went 12-for-16, 169 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions through the air. On the ground, he rushed four times for 30 yards and scored a touchdown. He will continue this role for the forseeable future. 

Sophomore defensive back Jordan Duncan has been solid as a defensive back, breaking up four passes, picking off two, and even recovering his own forced fumble in the Baldwin Wallace game. Adding to that line, he blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt that helped keep Capital in the game against the Yellow Jackets. It was the first blocked FG attempt for Cap since Oct. 8, 2011 (Aaron Rittgers).

The Crusaders had just seven turnovers through 10 games, last year, finishing the season with a -3 turnover margin. Capital ended the year second in the country in turnovers lost (7). In eight games in 2016, Capital has 14 turnovers and 18 takeaways (+4). On Sept. 17, they did not turn the ball over at all while causing three turnovers at Muskingum. The defense forced four interceptions against Wilmington (9/28). On Oct. 1 against Otterbein, they forced three fumbles (recovered all) and for the second time this season did not surrender a turnover. In all of their wins this season, Cap has won or equaled their opponent in the turnover battle. 

A high school standout at Shawnee High in Springfield, Ohio, David Barnett is putting his talents on display early in his collegiate career. He made three catches for a team-high 81 yards in the team's opener against Wittenberg, including a 58-yard grab in the second quarter. At Muskingum (9/17), he made his first career touchdown catch of 13 yards. He led the team in receiving for a second week in a row making five catches for 96 yards. In his third game, he caught two touchdown grabs, including an acrobatic catch in the back of the end zone. His streak of TD catches was snapped after four games after Cap was shut out by #1 Mount Union (10/15).

Barnett was a three-time all-conference, and two-time all-district and all-area selection at SHS, where he also holds multiple career, season, and single-game records for yards, receptions, and touchdown receptions. He also participated in the Blue-Gray All-American Bowl.

The last time a Capital wide receiver caught three touchdown passes in a single game was when Ryan Gunnarson did so against Heidelberg on Oct. 2, 2010. 


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