Cap Ready to Roll into Berea

Cap Ready to Roll into Berea

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

Saturday, October 5, 2:00 pm  |  George Finnie Stadium (Berea, Ohio)

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SCOUTING THE YELLOW JACKETS
Baldwin Wallace has introduced a new starting QB this year, senior AJ Miller. Miller has thrown for 756 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in four games. He is 56-of-97 (.577) on the year. His favorite target is junior WR Iyan Mitchell, who has made 20 catches for 375 yards and three touchdowns, all team highs. Despite the success, BW makes team pay with its hard-nosed run game led by sophomore RB Jon Murray Jr. Murray has rushed 74 times for 352 yards (4.8 ypc) and three touchdowns. Senior LB Josh Liberati leads the defense with 35 tackles and one forced fumble. Senior DL Jake Schrock leads BW with three sacks and five tackles for loss. BW has five interceptions with Dominick Bowman and Anthony Kendall each contributing two.

THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... the Yellow Jackets came to Cap on Homecoming last year and left Bexley with a 45-17 win. Capital scored first behind Blake Middleton's 32-yard field goal on its second offensive possession, but then BW scored 31 unanswered points. Freshman RB Jon Murray Jr. scored on touchdown runs of one, two, and 80 yards to feed into the run. He added a four-yard touchdown run late in the game to complete BW's scoring and finished with 149 yards on 16 carries. Cap threw for 338 yards in the game and had two receivers with 100-plus yards. David Barnett ended the day with seven catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Capital's defense caused two turnovers, both of which resulted in points.
 
HISTORY WITH BALDWIN WALLACE
Baldwin Wallace has won the last two meetings against Capital and six of the last seven. Only one of those loses was by two scores or less. Capital's last win came in Coach Rogosheske's first year with the program in a 42-41 double-overtime victory in 2016 that ended with a goal-line stop by the CU defense.
 
CAP'S LAST TIME OUT 
Capital took much better care of the ball, committing just one turnover through the entire game. However, the Student Princes collected over 650 total yards of offense en route to a 55-6 win over the Crusaders. Cap escaped the first quarter down just 10-0 then scored four minutes into the second quarter on Andrew Ray's four-yard run. However, it was the last time Cap would get into the end zone. CU fell victim to the big play on multiple occasions. Five of The Berg's seven touchdowns were on plays of 30 or more yards, including three over 50. Cap had to rely on the pass after being held to just 30 yards and playing from behind, but went just 5-for-17 on third downs which stalled the offense.
 
BARNETT MOVES TO #2 ALL-TIME IN CU RECEIVING YARDS
Senior WR David Barnett made seven catches for 89 yards against Marietta (9/14) in the home opener and came back with an 11-catch, 100-yard day against Heidelberg. Following the Marietta game, he surpassed Keith Willike '88 (2,389) for second on the CU all-time receiving yards list.  Barnett enters this weekend with 186 catches for 2,547 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ranks second all-time in touchdowns caught and receptions. 
 
BARNETT CREEPING UP ON #1
  • Senior WR David Barnett is also quickly approaching some Capital career receiving records. Barnett is:
  • 117 from becoming #1 all-time in Capital receiving yards
  • 18 receptions away from becoming #2 in all-time catches, and 19 catches away from becoming #1
  • 4 touchdown catches away from becoming #1 all-time in a career
TAKING THE SNAPS
Capital has been looking for its replacement under center and has had three different players take snaps this season. Junior Andrew Ray began the season as QB1. Junior Mitchell Machock played in the opener as well, and then supplanted Ray on the depth chart for Week 2. However, Machock's climb to the top was stalled by an injury sustained in the first half of the Marietta contest. Freshman Justin McClelland has taken snaps late in all three games. It is thought that Machock may return against BW on Oct. 5. If he does not, Ray will continue to be QB1. Here are their breakdowns through three games in 2019:
 
COMP-ATT-YARDS-TD-INT (LONG)
Ray: 37-63-333-1-6 (24)
Machock: 17-38-175-1-2 (23)
McClelland: 7-15-44-0-1 (15)
 
BUTLER LOOKING FOR REPEAT OF WESTMINSTER
Senior RB Evin Butler had a breakout game in the season opener against Westminster College (Pa.) in which he ran 14 times for 95 yards in a loss. Since then, the running back known as "Pup" has ran a combined 19 times for 20 yards for just over one yard per carry.  
 
SWORD AND THE (MILE)STONES
It's not Merlin's magic. It's talent. Check out some of the milestones achieved by Capital players this season!
 
 
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