WHAT: Capital Crusaders (2-4, 2-3 OAC) vs. #18 John Carroll Blue Streaks (5-1, 4-1 OAC)
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24 | 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
|Coach Craig Candeto|
|Getting to know ... Jake Breakey (Sr., Slot)|
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR POP CAN TABS!
Help the Capital Student-Athlete Advisory Committee aid in the local Ronald McDonald House fundraiser which turns discarded pop/soda can tabs into ways to make children comfortable. Find more information, and bring your pop tabs to The Cap Center main lobby!
SCOUTING THE BLUE STREAKS
The Blue Streaks have responded well to its loss to Ohio Northern (30-27) two weeks ago with back-to-back wins by large margins over Wilmington and Marietta colleges by a combined score of 97-24. D3Football.com ranked JCU No. 18 after last week.
First-year starting QB Jake Schaefer has led the offense well posting 16 touchdowns to six interceptions while accumulating 1,136 yards. He has four receivers with double-digit catch totals with Marshall Howell (39-493-8) leading all pass catchers. Jordan D'Orazio (29-305-3) is his second-favorite target with Nico James (16-137-2) and running back Ro Golphin (10-75-0) also getting touches. Golphin is JCU's leading ball carrier by yardage (440) and touchdowns (4) though Arin Pruitt has the most carries (79-335-1). The offensive line has worked wonders, allowing just one sack all season long.
The Blue Streak defense is allowing just over two touchdowns a game to its opponents and has wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks with 30 sacks on the season. Thirteen different players have at least one-half of a sack, but lineman Ray Brown is among the conference's leaders with 5.5 quarterback sacks. He also has 12.0 tackles for loss. Defensive tackle David Porter is not only one of the team's top tacklers (35) but also is second on the team in sacks (5.0).
HISTORY WITH JOHN CARROLL
John Carroll has won the last five meetings against the Crusaders and holds a 9-19-1 advantage in the all-time series. The last time Capital beat JCU was in 2009, 28-20.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... the Blue Streaks won in a lop-sided affair, 71-7. Two of JCU's first three touchdowns were done on special teams. Capital's lone touchdown came on a one-yard carry by Brent Walton in the second quarter.
LAST TIME OUT
Capital played three solid quarters of ball on the road at Ohio Northern University, but ultimately fell at the end by a final score of 52-31. Despite 500 yards of rushing offense, Capital was unable to stop the big play, allowing eight plays of 25 or more yards to the Polar Bears, including two 50-plus yard scoring plays. Nick Iske, Isaiah Lyle, and Jake Breakey all had career days on the ground. Capital was a combined 15 yards away from sporting three different 100-yard rushers against ONU. Tied 31-31 inside the final seconds of the third quarter, Devon Price broke off a 52-yard touchdown run to end the period, which also marked the turning point against the Crusaders.
CAPITAL AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Capital's triple-option ground attack is well-known in the OAC, but the nation is getting to see just how good it is too! Per this week's national ranking summary, Capital is currently ranked the No. 3 rush offense based on team rush yards (364.2).
Other top-ranked Capital numbers include:
Time of Possession: 1st (35:19)
Turnovers lost: 4th (3) *Mount Union leads the nation with 1 turnover.
Passes intercepted: 1st (0) *Only 3 teams in Division III have zero passes intercepted
Fewest Penalties: 28th (27)
Fewest Penalties per game: 23 (4.5)
3rd Down Conv.: 19th (.483)
First downs: 34th (145)
Rush TDs: Brent Walton, 23rd (9)
Rush yards/game: Brent Walton, 24th (124.4)
Yards per carry: Brent Walton, 21st (6.91)
Scoring: Brent Walton, 20th (10.8)
ISAIAH LYLE TO LEAD THE BACKFIELD
Following the injury to Brent Walton, sophomore B-back Isaiah Lyle was one of a few players to answer the call to fill the void. Lyle, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, had seven carries for 37 yards (both then-career highs) and averaged 5.7 yards per rush with his long coming in at 11 yards versus Otterbein. He bested both of those marks last week versus Ohio Northern when he rattled off 95 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Lyle was recruited as a slot back but made the transition to B-back during the spring of 2015 because of his bulk and power running style.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL!
The Crusaders have just THREE turnovers through six games. Last year, they committed two through a pair of games and eight in their first four games. To date, the Crusaders have an even (0) turnover margin. There are only three teams in Division III that have surrendered zero interceptions this season: Cap, Mount Union and Guilford. Capital is currently fourth in the country in turnovers lost (3).
NEW TRIO HELPS THE 'O' FLOW
Another key injury has opened up opportunities for Capital's slot backs. Junior Nick Waters and senior Wally Brewer also made huge impacts despite the team's loss to Otterbein (10/10). Both players scored twice and set new career highs in multiple categories. Waters rushed 11 times (career-high) for 95 yards and two scores while Brewer hit paydirt twice (career-high), rushes four times for 68 yards (career-high) and had a long of 58 yards.
Jake Breakey set new career highs in rushes (13), yards (90) and rushing TDs (2) in the Crusaders' loss to Ohio Northern (10/17).
Over the last three games, that trio has collected 524 yards on 56 carries and has accounted for seven touchdowns.
STREAKS, THE GOOD KIND
Capital has controlled the time of possession battle in each of their last 12 games (dating back to last year) and all but one game in 2014. In their final game of 2014, they held a 42:51-17:09 advantage in TOP over Marietta. Just last week at ONU, they held the ball for 42:18, a new season-high.
Capital collected more than 150 yards on the ground in all but one game in 2014, and each of the last 11 dating back to last year. Mount Union broke a steak of games in which Capital has collected 300+ yards, stopping it at six straight games. Against Mount Union, the Crusaders collected 172 yards on the ground against a team that had given up an average of 44.7 yards per game on the ground. Last week, they racked up 500 yards even against Ohio Northern.
The Capital Army ROTC and the Capital Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a tailgate, open to all, on the East Mound Street (north) side of the S1 lot. Join the team behind the team for food, cornhole, prizes, and a good time beginning at 11 a.m.
The north end of the lot will be closed for preferred parking and additional approved tailgating.
Visiting fans wishing to tailgate are asked to use the S3 lot, located on Pleasant Ridge, across from the S2 lot.
Arrangements for parking and tailgating have been altered for this weekend's football game. The north end of the S1 lot will be closed Friday night through Saturday. The south end of the S1 lot and all of S2 lot are available for game day and overnight parking. Those that park in the S1 lot are asked to remove their vehicles by end of business on Friday.
Additional parking is available in lots S7 (located off of the visitor lot/cul-de-sac), the S3 lot (located on Pleasant Ridge Street, across from the S1 and S2 lots), the S5 and S6 lots (location off of Sheridan Avenue) and the S4 lot (located on College Avenue behind the open grass area). Public parking is also available along East Main Street or in the public lot on the corner of Park Street and East Main Street.
A campus map outlining all the parking lots is available here.