Crusaders Head to Alliance for Showdown with No. 2 Mount Union on Saturday

Pictured: Andrew Cline, 2016 (photo credit: Evan Boggess)
Pictured: Andrew Cline, 2016 (photo credit: Evan Boggess)

 Capital University Crusaders


#2 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders

(5-0, 4-0 OAC)   Saturday, October 14  |  1:30 p.m.   (1-4, 1-3 OAC)
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Mount Union is still really good. Like, number two in the country good. Sophomore QB D'Angelo Fulford has thrown for 1,223 yards (66-92, 71.2%) and 17 touchdowns to zero interceptions. Running backs Josh Petruccelli and Jawanza Evans-Morris both have 374 rush yards this season, and five touchdowns between them. The Raiders have two 400-plus yard receivers in Justin Hill (19-474-8) and Jared Ruth (17-400-6). Senior LB Charlie Dear leads the team with 31 tackles, is second with five tackles for loss, and is one of nine Mount players to record at least one sack. Louis Berry is one of six players to record an interception this season, and is tied for the team lead with four pass breakups. They lead the OAC in points scored per game (57.6), points allowed per game (6.2), yards against (217.2), and defensive touchdowns (5).
... Capital was held scoreless through four quarters at Bernlohr Stadium. Each of the seven scoring plays for Mount Union was over 20 yards. Capital was held to just 27 rushing yards and went 1-for-18 on third down conversions. Thomas Wibbeler went 16-for-35 and 214 yards and did not throw an interception. Conversely, Capital's defense did intercept two passes to help its cause.
Capital seeks its first win over Mount Union since the 1987 season when they defeated the Purple Raiders 26-25 en route to becoming OAC Champions. Mount Union has won the last 31 meetings and holds a 39-12 advantage over Capital in the all-time series.
... served as a battle against the Polar Bears and Mother Nature. As quickly as the rains fell, ONU's Christiaan Williams tallied rushing yards. Williams ran for 407 yards, an ONU school record, and scored three touchdowns. The Capital defense surrendered more than 600 yards of total offense in a 51-21 loss in Ada. Thomas Wibbeler went 28-for-45, 243 yards and two touchdowns. Junior WR Dartavious Stanford had another solid outing and his third 100-yard game of the season, while sophomore David Barnett caught seven for 75 yards and one touchdown.
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Capital's record in October games in recent history has not been pleasant. Over the last six seasons, Capital is 3-25 in the month of October, where the meat of the OAC schedule resides. Their 2016 win versus Otterbein snapped a streak of 19 straight losses in October. Their last October win prior to last week, ironically, came at Otterbein (24-20) on 10/15/11. They defeat Baldwin Wallace in double overtime last year in the final game of October for its second win, marking its best October in nearly a decade. 
What makes a quarterback happy? More weapons to throw to! Dartavious (Dar) Stanford joined the Crusaders this offseason after playing the last two years at nearby Ohio Dominican University (NCAA Division II) as a wide receiver. At ODU in 2016, he was the Panthers' second-leading receiver after making 60 grabs for 687 yards and four touchdowns. 
In his debut, Dar Stanford made four catches for 70 yards and recorded his first touchdown grab with Cap in the team's loss to Mount St. Joseph on Sept. 2. Versus Otterbein, he made had his second 100-plus yard game with 140 yards on nine catches (both team highs) and three touchdowns (new career high). He now has three games with 100+ yards receiving, and a season line of 31-514-6. 
Dar Stanford and David Barnett may be one of the best 1-2 combos in the OAC. Let's track out how they've done this season.
Week ... Stanford ... Rec-Yards-TDs ... Barnett
1 .........  4-70-1 ..................................  4-41-0
2 .........  5-126-11 ............................... 6-68-1
3 .........  4-60-11 ................................. 7-105-1
4 .........  9-140-31 ..............................  8-138-2
5 .........  10-118-01 ............................. 7-75-1
TOTAL ... 31-514-6 1 .......................... 32-427-5
Stanford had a run of four straight games with a touchdown catch snapped last week. Barnett missed out on a touchdown catch on opening day, but has since had at least one score in the last four games.
Looking at the Capital Football records, WR David Barnett cracked into the top-10 in single-season receiving yards ... as a freshman. Follow along as Barnett and new partner in crime on the outside, Dar Stanford, begin a new climb up the Cap Top-10 ladder for receiving yards and touchdown grabs.
Receiving Yardage (Year) ... Yards
1. Keith Willike 1987 ... 1,331
2. Derrick Alexander 2006 ... 1,093
3. Matt White 2011 ... 1,068
4. Lewis Howes 2005 ... 1,021
5. Matt Friesner 2003 ... 925
6. Mike Niedzwiecki 2006 ... 894
7. David Barnett 2016 ... 877
8. Ura Clerk 2003 ... 841
9. Kive Kraft 2005 ... 791
10. Dan Petersen 2001 ... 784
'17 - David Barnett 427, Dar Stanford 514
Touchdown receptions (Year) ... TDs 
1. Matt Friesner (2003) ... 15
2. Mike Niedzwiecki (2006) ... 12
2. Dan Petersen (2001) ... 12
4. Derrick Alexander (2006) ... 11
5. Matt White (2011) ... 10
5. Kive Kraft (2005) ...  10
5. David Barnett (2016) ...  10
'17  - David Barnett 5, Dar Stanford 6
It's not often that one town, or one high school can provide a college team such a significant portion of a team's offense (or defense for that matter). Junior WR Dar Stanford is no stranger to starting quarterback Thomas Wibbeler. The two, as well as with offensive lineman Zach Clapper, played together at Zanesville High School on some of the program's more successful teams of late. Stanford and Wibbeler have connected 31 times for 514 yards and six touchdowns (both team highs). Clapper has helped keep Wibbeler clean to be able to sling it. He and the rest of the O-line have surrendered just five sacks in four games.
Sophomore RB Evin Butler will likely see an increase in action with the injury to RB Cory Heeter. He has two runs of 25 yards or longer this season, and has accumulated 95 rushing yards on 30 rushes (3.2 ypc). He is currently the No. 1 back on the two-deep.
Cap fans got its first taste of junior RB Nateshawn Hargrove in late time versus Muskingum. While the Muskies were left with a bitter taste, fans loved seeing Hargrove pound out 59 yards on seven carries (8.4 ypc) and one touchdown. Last week against ONU, he ran a career-high 16 times for 92 yards and one touchdown despite the monsoon-like weather. He currently has 195 yards on 31 carries (6.3 ypc).
Hargrove came to Capital after spending two seasons at Notre Dame College (Ohio), where he spent a majority of the time playing special teams. 
If you don't get out of his way, freshman RB Dylan Schoonover may just move you himself. With the injury to Cory Heeter, Schoonover was the workhorse for the Capital run game, rushing 17 times for 29 yards against Otterbein on Sept 30. His playing time is likely to increase as a part of the back by committee at Cap.
Last year, LB Kane Murray made some noise with 74 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss. He has come out averaging near two more tackles per game than his sophomore season, and twice this year has posted 11 or more tackles in a single game. In the season opener versus Mount St. Joseph, the recorded a career-high 14 tackles and one pass defense. He got his first sack of the 2017 season driving right up the middle and sacking Otterbein QB Logan Stepp in the first quarter. Kane is among the OAC and nation's leaders, statistically. Check out page 4 for the complete rankings.
Capital has a strong foursome to lead the team into Saturday gamedays. The following individuals will serve as captains this season, as voted on by the team:
#12 Nick Iske, QB, Sr.
#13 Cory Heeter, RB, Sr.
#6   Shawn Facione Jr., LB, Sr.
#30 Derek Eibon, LB, Sr. 
A couple of this year's Crusaders took a year (or two) off, or came to Cap Football from other sports and now are donning purple and white.
#31 Antwan Shipp, DB
Played in seven games in 2015, made one tackle.
#67 James Zamor, DL
Played in 10 games between 2014-15.
#84 Ben Drake, WR
Played baseball at Cap in 2016, first year of football.
#86 Noah Dall, TE
Played two games at slotback in 2014.
Until the very last game of the 2016 season, Capital had one of the best punt coverage units in the league and was top 50 in the nation. One return changed that. In the season finale on Nov. 12, 2016, Heidelberg's Justin Hutchins returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown. Prior to that, Capital had not allowed an opposing team to return a punt for a touchdown in nearly six years. Jasper Collins of Mount Union was the last to do so when he went 47 yards the other way on Oct. 23, 2010. 


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