Senior Day and Home Finale Set to Accompany Showdown with Pioneers

Edward Lehman (75) and Zach Clapper (59) are two of the 16 seniors playing in their final home game as Cap Football hosts Marietta this Saturday. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Edward Lehman (75) and Zach Clapper (59) are two of the 16 seniors playing in their final home game as Cap Football hosts Marietta this Saturday. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

 Capital University Crusaders


Marietta College Pioneers

(5-3, 4-3 OAC)   Saturday, November 4  |  1:30 p.m.   (1-7, 1-6 OAC)
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The Pioneers' offense is run-heavy, with 60 percent of its plays calling for the run, and for good reason. Senior RB Roger Walker (157-1069-13) has eclipsed 1,000 yards for the second time in his career with two games left to play. When he isn't totting the rock, QB Darrien Fields takes over. Fields has 237 rush yards, one touchdown, but through the air he is 137-for-201 with 18 TDs to seven interceptions. Wideouts Ryan Vanmeter (35-423-2) and Andrew Barker (26-319-5) are his favorite targets.
The Pioneers defense averages 38 points against per contest and allows nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. Junior LB Garrett Davis has had eight or more tackles in all but one game this year and leads the team with 70 tackles. Senior LB Jake Tracewell leads the team with three of its 10 sacks this season, while junior DB Javi Zaragoza has a team-leading three picks of the team's nine.
Marietta has won three straight, including upset wins over then-No. 24 Heidelberg, 44-21, and Ohio Northern, 35-28.
... Marietta scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take a 27-21 lead with 56 seconds left on the clock. Capital got as far as the Marietta 16-yard line, but fell flat on four attempts to get into the end zone, leading to the loss. Evin Butler led the team with 73 yards rushing while Conner McCloud was under center and went 6-for-19 for 118 yards and a TD. Marietta scored three of its four TDs on the ground and racked up over 250 yards rushing.
The all-time series between Capital and Marietta has been fairly one-sided, favoring the Crusaders who have won 56 or their 88 total meetings (don't forget about three draws). Marietta broke a 15-year drought with its first win over Capital since 2000, last year.   
... a 21-point third quarter by the Yellow Jackets put Capital in a hole it could not dig itself out of. All three touchdowns came through the air, with one more coming later on the ground. More than 600 yards of total offense were tallied by BW, 277 of those on the ground. David Barnett caught three touchdown passes, but their third down efficiency (5-13, 38%) held them back from keeping pace with the Yellow Jacket offense.
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Sixteen seniors will be playing their final game at Bernlohr Stadium in their careers. They are:
Zach Clapper (OL, Zanesville)
Noah Dall (TE, Dublin)
Derek Eibon (LB, Amherst)
Shawn Facione Jr. (LB, Marion)
Eriq Hall (DB, Lorain)
Nick Iske (QB/TE, Hilliard)
Zack Kennedy (OL, Grove City)
Kristopher Lee (DL, Piqua)
Edward Lehman (OL, Longwood, Fla.)
Isaiah Lyle (LB, Youngstown)
Trey Reese (TE/DL, Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Hunter Smith (RB, Zanesville)
Eric Stroski (DB, Concord)
Nick Waters (WR, Hilliard)
Austin White (DB, Johnstown)
James Zamor (DL, Cape Coral, Fla.)
Thank you all for your time, dedication, and contributions to Capital University and Crusaders Football! 
** Senior RB Cory Heeter will be applying for a medical redshirt following a season-ending injury earlier this season **
Last year, QB Thomas Wibbeler became just the third Capital quarterback to reach 1,500 yards passing. That mark was reached just before he endured a season-ending injury against John Carroll in 2016. With more than 200 yards passing against No. 2 Mount Union, Wibbeler against surpassed the 1,500-yard mark and after last week's game at BW became the first 2,000 yard passer since Marty Assman (2,382 yards, 2009). He currently has 2,260 yards, 24 touchdowns, and nine interceptions, which are the best numbers since 2010 when Chase Carris threw for 1,905 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 picks. He now has the eighth-most passing yards and is tied for fourth for TD passes in a single season for Cap.
Capital's record in October games in recent history has not been pleasant. Over the last six seasons, Capital is 3-27 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 defeated 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, 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 five straight games with 100+ yards receiving and six overall. he has found the end zone in three straight games and nine times overall this season.
For the first time this season, a team tied No. 2 Mount Union after initial points were scored. Though Mount scored first, Hayden Kotwica's first TD pass tied it up 7-7 early in the first quarter - and on Cap's first possession.
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, Dartavious Stanford, begin a new climb up the Cap Top-10 ladder for receiving yards and touchdown grabs.

Receiving yardage

Dartavious Stanford has made his way into the single-season top-10 for receiving yards in a season! Following the Baldwin Wallace game, he now has 859 yards, which ranks him eighth. He now resides behind Barnett's 2016 total (877) and is 66 yards from getting inside the top-10 in a single season. The single-season record is held by Keith Willike, who in 1987 recorded 1,331 yards on 78 catches. 

10. Dan Petersen (2001) ... 784 yards, 50 rec., 12 TDs


Touchdown receptions

t-5th. Matt White (2011), Kive Kraft (2005), David Barnett (2016) ... 10 TDs

2017 numbers

Dartavious Stanford ... 859 yards, 9 TDs

David Barnett ... 645 yards, 9 TDs

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** Photos courtesy of Jamie Gaffney and Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography **