Capital to Celebrate Homecoming, Take on Baldwin Wallace this Saturday

Capital (0-3, 0-2 OAC) will take on the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace (3-1, 2-1 OAC) on Homecoming Weekend! (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Capital (0-3, 0-2 OAC) will take on the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace (3-1, 2-1 OAC) on Homecoming Weekend! (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets (3-1, 2-1 OAC) vs. Capital Crusaders (0-3, 0-2 OAC)

Saturday, September 29, 1:30 pm  |  Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

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Offensively, senior quarterback Jake Hudson has completed 74 of 113 passes for 979 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He ranks second in the OAC in almost every offensive category behind Capital's Thomas Wibbeler, and is the reigning OAC Offensive Player of the Week after going 18-for-27, 256 yards and two touchdowns against Heidelberg. Sophomore running back Jon Murray, Jr. leads the ground attack with 243 yards on 45 carries with a long of 34 yards and an average of 5.4 yards per rush. Senior wider receiver Chad Steinwachs tops the receiving corps with 16 catches for 146 yards and his three touchdowns rank him third in the OAC. Defensively, junior linebacker Josh Liberati and senior defensive end Wezlee Spence top the squad with 21 tackles. Spence also leads the team with 5.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 of the team's 10 quarterback sacks.
The all-time series favors Baldwin Wallace with the Yellow Jackets having won 36 of the 49 all-time meetings between the two teams. This marks the 50th time the two squads have met since their first game in 1928. BW has won five of the last six with Cap's lone win in the time coming in 2016 on a 42-41 2OT thriller at Bernlohr Stadium.
... the Crusaders and Yellow Jackets accounted for over 1,000 yards of total offense and 86 points. CU and BW went back and forth through the first half with the Yellow Jackets holding just a three-point lead at half. The Yellow Jackets then scored 21 unanswered points via three touchdown passes, two by Jake Hudson. The deficit was too much for the Crusaders to overcome. Thomas Wibbeler threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for 42 yards. For full statistics of this game, click here.
Capital has a strong duo to lead the team into Saturday gamedays. The following individuals will serve as captains this season, as voted on by the team:
#13 Cory Heeter, RB, Sr.
#17 Thomas Wibbeler, QB, Sr.
The team will also dress an honorary defensive captain that will rotate each week.
While David Barnett's week 1 stat line was really good (10-100), week 2 was GREAT. Against Marietta (9/8) the junior hauled in a NEW career-high 12 catches and 225 yards through the air and had one touchdown, too. For those counting at home, that is now eight 100+ yard games for Barnett and his first 200-yard receiving game. The last Crusader to hit 200 yards receiving was Ryan Gunnarson versus Heidelberg on Oct. 2, 2010 (232 yards). 
Side note: he also made two TD grabs in the Marietta game, marking the sixth multi-TD game of his career.
On Thursday, Sept. 13, Capital Athletics announced its Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018. We would like to congratulate all six of our inductees, whom will be honored at halftime on Homecoming Weekend at CU's home football game and later on the evening of Sept. 29. 
Congratulations to ...
Jake Beck '05 (men's basketball)
Rocky Pentello '07 (football)
Matt Spitz '08 (football)
Amanda Carroll-Dingess '04 (softball)
Ron Swearingin '04 (football)
Kyle Hausler '06 (football) pronounced HOWZ-ler
More information can be found at
When junior WR/P Wyatt Pertuset (pronounced per-TWO-set) arrived on Capital's campus in 2016, the Richwood, Ohio native shared with his new teammates that he is openly gay. His teammates, in true #CapFam fashion, welcomed him still and have been tremendously supportive. To Pertuset, being him is no big deal, but he made history in week one of the college football season when he scored his first career touchdown, and the first touchdown for a community that continues to fight for acceptance.
On Sept. 1, 2018 it was reported by that with his 37-yard touchdown reception at the end of the first quarter was the first reported touchdown of any kind scored by an openly gay football player in NCAA Football, at any level. The celebratory moment was monumental for Pertuset personally for his athletic career, but for the impact he hopes to make towards other LGBTQ athletes locally and afar.
On Friday, September 21, a small piece of Wyatt's story, including the catch, was featured on a segment of ESPN's Outside the Lines when host Bob Ley used it as his selection of Underreported News of the Week. To view the video clip, go to
Capital is currently only one of 17 teams in the country in NCAA Division III to have not thrown an interception yet this year. Senior QB Thomas Wibbeler has not thrown an interception in 144 attempts, and counting. His career line ... 50 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. He has not thrown an INT in six games, the last coming against Baldwin Wallace on 10/28/17.
Junior Wyatt Pertuset came to Capital as a wide receiver. As a sophomore, he was asked to double up and become Capital's punter, a position he also played in high school (North Union High School). He then missed his sophomore season with a lis franc fracture in his foot. Now he is back as a junior, ready to go. In his first action since his freshman year, Pertuset caught his first career touchdown pass at Mount St. Joseph (9/1) and finished with three grabs for 53 yards. He also had five punts with two landing inside the 20-yard line. This year he has 10 puns and averaging 34.4 yards per boot and registered a long of 47 against Heidelberg (9/15). He also has landed two inside the 20-yard line and induced two fair catches.
Capital's record on Homecoming has not favored the Crusaders in recent years. Capital has not won its homecoming in its last seven tries. It's last win came in 2010 when CU beat Heidelberg, 60-50,
On the other hand, Capital has had great success lately when playing coming out of its bye week. Capital has won its last seven games played after a week off. It's last loss after the bye was in 2010, when the Purple and White had a bye week on week one of the season and then lost to Baldwin Wallace, 10-7, on week two.
QB Thomas Wibbeler rushed for three touchdowns as part of his five-touchdown day in a 44-40 loss versus Heidelberg on Sept. 14. The last time a Capital player rushed for three touchdowns in a game was in 2016 when Cory Heeter did so against Wilmington at home on Sept. 24. 
Following week one, Capital was one of just 39 Division III football teams to not commit a turnover. They committed their first turnover at Marietta (9/8) and now have just two give aways this season. They currently 39th nationally in turnover margin (+3) and ninth in the country in turnovers lost (2). 


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