COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Football endured a 61-13 loss to Heidelberg University on its Senior Day, Saturday afternoon. Capital honored its veterans by invited them and their families to the game, while recognizing a class of 12 young men playing in their final game donning purple and white.
Prior to the start of the game, Capital gave one final 'thank you' to its 12-man senior class on Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium. Those recognized included punter Keegan Irwin; H-back Chase Longwell; defensive end Tyler Conner; defensive back Chuck English; offensive linemen Jack Harding, Zach Bennington, Jake Hooks, Will Weir, Seth Wentzel, and Robert Beck; defensive end Jimmy Ahern, and defensive tackle Nick Wright.
Heidelberg (6-4, 6-3 OAC) totaled 574 total yards on offense, 308 of those coming on the ground. They spread the ball around to eight different ball carriers, though Bryan Lacey led the team with 11 carries, but just 43 yards. Dallas O'Green led the team with 86 yards on nine carries, and one touchdown. Quarterback Tyler Stoyle threw for 262 yards and five touchdowns, hitting Demetrius Magee six times, twice for scores. Four different wide receivers caught touchdown passes, though no rusher or receiver topped 100 yards on the day.
The Student Princes came out strong with a five-play, 65-yard opening drive that ended when Stoyle hit Jeffrey Helms for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Heidelberg went on to score the next 33 points, unanswered.
Capital broke that run when freshman wide receiver David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) connected with sophomore quarterback Connor McCloud (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) on a screen pass. Barnett caught it on the near side and took it 32 yards for his 10th touchdown catch of the season. Barnett is now one of eight Crusaders, all-time, to catch 10 or more touchdown passes in a season.
Barnett finished with eight catches, 102 yards and one touchdown. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and first since doing so on Oct. 8 versus Ohio Northern University. He ends the season with 877 receiving yards placing him seventh in the single-season record book.
Capital's other score game late in the game when sophomore running back Christian Peach (Newburgh, Ind.) caught a 10-yard pass from McCloud with 27 seconds remaining in the game. That marked Peach's first collegiate touchdown, and comes on his first reception of the season.
Heidelberg also scored points on defense and special teams, breaking some streaks for Capital opponents. The Student Princes recorded the first safety against Capital since 2007 when they blocked a punt deep in Capital territory and rolled out of the end zone. Heidelberg also returned a punt for a touchdown against Capital, the first time a team had done so since 2010. Cap came into the game with the 11th-best punt return defense in the nation, allowing just 2.5 yards per return. Justin Hutchins returned the punt for six from 59 yards away to put the Berg up 61-7 in the fourth quarter.
Capital lost the turnover battle for just the third time this season. Cap turned the ball over four times via two fumbles and two interceptions, while causing just two turnovers. Sophomore safety J.R. Garrigo (Miami, Fla.) made the first of Capital two picks in the first quarter. Senior Chuck English (Cincinnati, Ohio) made another acrobatic interception when he went up to knock down a Stoyle pass but instead came down with the interception, his team-leading fourth of the year. English also broke up two passes and made six tackles in his final game.
Sophomore linebacker Kane Murray (Warren, Ohio) led the Cap defense with 12 tackles, and also added half of sack to his line.
McCloud finished 9-for-12 passing for 117 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Freshman running back Evin Butler (Dayton, Ohio) led the run game with 50 yards on 14 carries.
The win marks the sixth straight over Capital, for Heidelberg. Capital ends its season with an overall record of 4-6 and 4-5 in OAC play, marking the most wins in both categories in a single season since 2011.