Crusaders Fall Short in Home Opener

Pictured: Jaden Gianettino (credit: Jason Mowry)
Pictured: Jaden Gianettino (credit: Jason Mowry)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University football team played its home and Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) opener on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Crusaders played a solid first half but second-half turnovers swung the game in favor of the Pioneers of Marietta College in a 44-7 loss.



  • For the second game in a row, Capital's defense made a stop on the first drive of the game.
  • On the next Marietta possession, senior Kole Carter intercepted Pioneer quarterback Kyle McSweeney to stop the drive.
  • Cap kept Marietta off the board in the first quarter and its only score came on a 26-yard pass to from McSweeney to Andrew Barker early in the second.
  • Capital's defense allowed just 64 passing yards and 88 yards rushing in the first half.


  • After Marietta went up 14-0 with a Tanner Clark one-yard touchdown run, Cap attempted was ready to punt but bailed on the boot as two Pioneers converged. Wyatt Pertuset lost yardage trying to run for the marker, leading to a turnover on downs. Two plays later, Clark ran 17 yards for another score to make the score 21-0.
  • Capital scored on its next possession when reserve quarterback Andrew Ray tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to David Barnett. Cap was primed to get the ball back but Devin Brown fumbled a punt back to the Pios, which two plays later turned into a passing touchdown from McSweeney to Barker (28-7).
  • To kick off the fourth quarter, Ray was hit and fumbled the ball behind the line of scrimmage, leading to another turnover. McSweeney turned that into another six points with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Cashaw (35-7).
  • An interception later in the quarter also allowed the Pioneers' Logan Alward to line up for a 29-yard field goal try, which he converted to make the game 38-7.
  • Marietta cashed in a pick-six to round out it's scoring inside the final seven minutes of the game.


  • Junior QB Mitchell Machock went 12-of-28 for 113 yards and one interception before he was lifted due to injury.
  • Fellow junior Andrew Ray went 8-for-13, 90 yards and two picks. He threw his first collegiate touchdown pass to Barnett for Cap's lone score.
  • Senior WR David Barnett made seven catches for 89 yards and one touchdown in the loss.
  • Senior LB Kole Carter led the Crusaders with 12 tackles and one interception on the defensive end.
  • Marietta QB Kyle McSweeney went 13-for-21, 164 yards and three touchdowns to one interception.
  • Pioneer running back Tanner Clark was held to 107 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries


  • Capital (0-2, 0-1 OAC) will head to Tiffin in its next action on Saturday, Sept. 21 where they will play Heidelberg University (2-0, 1-0 OAC) at 7 p.m.