Posted: Oct 25, 2019
Capital Crusaders (0-6, 0-5 OAC) at Ohio Northern Polar Bears (3-3, 3-2 OAC)
Saturday, October 26, 1:30 pm | Dial-Roberson Stadium (Ada, Ohio)
SCOUTING THE POLAR BEARS
Senior QB Anthony McFadden leads the offense and has a respectable line in 2019 that reads 97 completions, a 65.5 completion percentage, 1,231 passing yards, and 16 touchdowns to just two interceptions. As impressive as that is, it's All-American running back Christiaan Williams is having another solid season, averaging 129.3 yards per game and four rushing touchdowns this season. Sophomore WR Austin Eick is McFadden's favorite target with his 32 catches, 517 yards, and 10 touchdown catches. The defense, which averages 32.7 points allowed per game, is led by senior LB Mark Niles. He leads the team with 69 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and four pass breakups. ONU rushes the quarterback well, registering 18 sacks this season. Dom DiFalco is 5-for-5 in field goal attempts and is 21-for-22 on PATs.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... the Crusaders struck first with the first of two Kameron Lee touchdown catches. Capital made its living through the air, accumulating 373 yards passing and six touchdowns. Cap trailed by 11 at the half but stormed back with a score to open the second half. Eventually, the Crusaders took the lead with a majority of the fourth yet to play. ONU again went up by double digits, but CU stormed right back with another Kam Lee touchdown grab with under three minutes to go. Cap sought a big stop to get the ball back, but the Polar Bears converted a key fourth down play to keep possession and earn a 49-46 win at Bernlohr Stadium.
HISTORY WITH OHIO NORTHERN
Capital seeks its first win over ONU since 2007. The Polar Bears have won the last 11 meetings and hold a 41-24-1 advantage in the all-time series. Since taking the reigns in Ada 16 years ago, ONU Head Coach Dean Paul is 12-3 against Capital. Capital Head Coach Chad Rogosheske seeks his first win over the Polar Bears in his CU career.
CAP'S LAST TIME OUT
Capital met up with No. 2 Mount Union in Alliance, where the Crusaders fell 66-0 to the Purple Raiders. Mount Union scored on its opening drive following a 7-play, 62-yard drive that lasted 3:04 and ended on a three-yard touchdown pass. Capital quarterback Mitchell Machock threw the first of two interceptions to stop Capital's next drive, which led to a Purple Raider touchdown. Mount Union then scored a touchdown on its next six possessions, five of those via the air. After taking a 48-0 lead, Mount Union added a 23-yard field goal before the turn of the half. It was the first of six field goals that rounded out its scoring on the day. Mount Union outgained Capital in total yardage, 669-101.
LEE WITH THE LEG
Sophomore Kameron Lee was primed to be an offensive weapon this year, but he has also become a valuable asset in the kicking game, as well. Over the last two games, Lee has assumed the punting duties for Cap and has done well in those situations. Against John Carroll (10/12) he punted five times after taking over midway through the game and pinned the opponents inside their 20 twice. He also booted a 65-yard punt, the longest of his career. He returned last week against Mount Union (10/19) and punted a career-high 10 times for 362 yards (36.2 ypp) with a long of 48. Twice, he induced fair catches.
THE SWITCH FOR SMITH
Sophomore Mike Smith quietly made a position switch in the offseason. Smith came to Cap from Ohio Dominican University (Division II) as a safety but missed much of his first year due to injury. He returned to camp and made the switch to wide receiver. After his game against Baldwin Wallace, we'd say it was a successful one. Smith elevated up the depth chart after an injury to David Barnett took him out of the game. Smith went on to lock on with QB Mitch Machock and made six catches for 68 yards, his longest a 21-yard strike. He has led Capital in receiving in each of the last three games. Over that time he has posted 15 catches for 124 yards and at least four catches in each game. He has a season line of 16 catches and 143 yards.
JUST A REMINDER, IT'S NOT OVER YET
While Capital's record may not be what was desired coming into this week, need we remind you that last year the Crusaders finished the 2018 season with three straight wins to end the season? Capital lost seven straight but after a 49-46 loss to Ohio Northern, Cap rattled off wins at Otterbein (23-19), vs. Wilmington (38-17), and at Muskingum (33-28). They can very well do the same in 2019!
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