Saturday Marks Cap Football Season Finale, Heidelberg Comes to Town

Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney
Photo credit: Jamie Gaffney

 Capital University Crusaders


Heidelberg University Student Princes

(5-4, 5-3 OAC)   Saturday, Nov. 12  |  1:30 p.m.   (4-5, 4-4 OAC)
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Capital comes off a tough 27-21 loss to Marietta College in which it held the lead at half, and made a trip inside the 20-yard line in under one minute to set up four chances at the end zone for the tie and/or win. Four incomplete passes followed, resulting in the road loss to the Pioneers. Sophomore wide receiver scored twice, once on the ground and once through the air, to led Cap.

Behind a 24-point first half and seven sacks, Heidelberg won its third straight game behind a 37-27 win over Baldwin Wallace. Despite BW holding advantages in total yards, third down conversions, time of possession and first downs, Heidelberg finished off drives to lead it to victory.

Junior quarterback Tyler Stoyle is now over 2,000 yards passing and has a remarkable 22:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio to lead the offense. Senior Bryan Lacey leads the rushing game with 10 touchdowns and is 123 yards away from 1,000 on the year. Demetrius Magee is Stoyle's favorite target (47-548-9).

Look out for junior DE Austin Crow on the defense, who leads Heidelberg with 10 sacks and 25.5 tackles for loss. On the second level, sophomore linebacker Trevor Summers has 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The secondary has only five interceptions on the year but is aided by 36 sacks on the line, compared to having allowed 11 on the offensive side of the ball.

The Crusaders have lost the last five meetings with the Student Princes, with the last Capital win coming in 2010 in a high-scoring 60-50 affair. That was also the last win of an 11-game winning streak the Crusaders had built up that began in 2000. The overall series, however, sits with Heidelberg, 37-31-1. Last year, Capital lost to Heidelberg, 45-30.

Over their four years together, this senior class has built a 13-26 overall record and a 12-23 OAC record. Despite their overall record, the class helped produce some of the best rushing offenses in program history. The run game ranked sixth in 2015, seventh in 2014,  and 20th in 2013. This year's defensive and special teams units have made huge leaps over the last two seasons with thanks to members of this senior group. It is also the largest senior class (12) to be celebrated since 2013 (when they were freshmen). Congratulations and good luck to:

Keegan Irwin, P (Cincinnati, Ohio)
* Chase Longwell, QB/RB (Hilliard, Ohio)
* Tyler Conner, DE (Grove City, Ohio)
Chuck English, DB (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Jake Hooks, OL (Chillicothe, Ohio)
Will Weir, OL (Zanesville, Ohio)
Robert Beck, OL (Port Clinton, Ohio
Jack Harding, OL (Bellbrook, Ohio)
Seth Wentzel, OL (Canal Winchester, Ohio)
Zach Bennington, OL (New Vienna, Ohio)
Jimmy Ahern, DL (North Olmsted, Ohio)
Nick Wright, DT (Hilliard, Ohio)

* indicates captain

Though we know it is not nearly enough, Capital Athletics would like to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice by offering free admission to them and their families today. At halftime, the Armed Servies Medley will be played on the video board and we will ask to have our veterans stand and be recognized for their service when their respective branch is displayed. Thank you, veterans!-- More info --

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. In his last four games, he has posted 26 tackles (6..5 tack/g), two sacks, 1 forced fumble, three picks, one defensive TD, and four pass breakups. 

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 34 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. 

By virtue of injury, Capital was left without a kicker to care for its special teams duties. Senior center Will Weir has stepped up to fill that void, and he has done it well. He has not attempted a field goal this year, but has gone 18-for-21 on PATs, this season. Weir has now converted 12 straight PATs dating back to Oct. 8. In his debut kicking PATs, Weir went 4-for-5 against Muskingum (9/17) in its 34-16 win.

Last week at Marietta, sophomore wide receiver Eddie Preciado got back to looking (and feeling) like the impact player Capital expected him to be as a freshman. He touched the ball only twice, but made the most of those opportunities by scoring a touchdown in each circumstance. His first score came on a 15-yard end-around run at the end of the first quarter. He later scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. Those were his first touchdowns since his first collegiate touchdown reception against Baldwin Wallace in 2015.

Sophomore defensive lineman Drew Selegue exited the Mount Union game a little banged up, and missed the Crusaders' next contest at John Carroll. But since returning, he has blown it up and been moved around to make the best of his abilities. In his first five games, Selegue made just 12 tackles, the most in a game being four versus Wilmington. In his last two games coming off rest, he has 17 tackles. He recorded 11 of those versus Baldwin Wallace (10/29) in his first game back. 

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). He followed that up with nine tackles and one sack in a win over Baldwin Wallace (10/29), and a team-leading 12 tackles at Marietta, last week.

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.


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