Crusaders and Polar Bears to Square off on Military/First Responder Appreciation Day

Crusaders and Polar Bears to Square off on Military/First Responder Appreciation Day

Ohio Northern Polar Bears (4-2, 3-2 OAC) vs. Capital Crusaders (0-6, 0-5 OAC)

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 pm  |  Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

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Ohio Northern possesses a very balanced attack that sports 213.8 rushing yards and 202.8 passing yards per game. QB Anthony McFadden leads the offense in his first year as a starter and has been very efficient, tossing for 1,217 yards, 13 touchdowns and just to interceptions. The rushing game has two feature backs, AJ Marks (62-457-3) and the scoring threat Brock Martin (87-448-9). WR Chad Rex returns as the top receiving option and has 45 catches for 523 yards and five touchdowns so far. The next closest wide receiver in receptions is Caleb Saalfield (19). The ONU pass rush does not challenge many offensive lines, but they still manage to allow just 212.3 passing yards. LB Mark Niles leads the team with 77 tackles, 40 of those solo. DB David Haseleu actually leads the team with 3.5 of the team's six total sacks. The defense as a whole allows 24.3 points per game. 
Ohio Northern has lost its last two games against Marietta (43-42) and No. 10 John Carroll (49-17) after defeating its first four opponents who have a combined record of 7-17.
The series between the Polar Bears and Crusaders dates back to 1930 when ONU took the first of its 39 all-time wins from Capital. Ohio Northern has won 10 straight, dating back to 2008. Capital's last victory came in 2007 when they defeated ONU by a 24-6 score. Four of the last six meetings have been decided by two scores or less.
... the Polar Bears jumped out to a 24-0 lead at halftime and totaled more than 600 yards of total offense en route to a 51-21 victory in a very rainy, windy and cold Ada, Ohio, last year. Despite that, QB Thomas Wibbeler totaled 243 yards and 2 touchdowns while Dar Stanford made 10 catches for 118 yards.
... the Crusaders lost to the No. 1 Purple Raiders of the University of Mount Union, 77-3. Mount Union stymied the Capital offense, holding them to just under 250 total yards, forced three interceptions, and took two of those back for touchdowns.
Supported by the Ohio National Guard, Capital University Athletics wishes to thank and honor its veterans and active service military members, as well as those who have or are serving the community as a first responder, with free admission to the October 20 football game between the Crusaders and the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University. Free admission will be granted to those eligible and their family* to the Capital Crusaders / Ohio Northern Polar Bears game, which begins at 1:30 p.m. The Ohio National Guard will also be providing entertainment for all ages inside The Capital Center Field House. Doors will open to the field house and the stadium at 12 p.m. Special recognition of military service members will be made at the beginning of halftime in thanks to those for their service and sacrifice. Information tables for the Ohio National Guard, local Veteran of Foreign War posts, and ROTC programs will also be on site and available to visit. For more information, click here.
MR. 6000
Despite the game not going the Crusaders' way, QB Thomas Wibbeler hit another significant milestone when he surpassed 6,000 passing yards in his career. He is now just the third Crusader to hit 6,000 yards passing joining former Capital greats Shawn Wheeler (1996-99) and Rocky Pentello (2002-06).
Junior WR David Barnett continues to climb the ladder in the career receiving ranks. With his six catches and 96 yards he moved into third place in career receptions (157) and fourth in receiving yards (2,193). See the next page for more details his ascent in the career receiving lists.
Any team that has played Mount Union in the last 20 years knows that the game itself is a dogfight that takes a lot of out of a team. So how does Capital stack up in the week AFTER facing Mount Union? 
  • Capital has lost the last eight games that follow a Mount Union game.
  • The last time Capital defeated a team after playing Mount Union was in 2009 when they defeated John Carroll, 28-20, on October 17, 2009. They lost to No. 1 Mount Union the previous week, 28-21.
Capital's streak of five-plus seasons of allowing a pick-six was snapped when No. 1 Mount Union returned not one but two interceptions for a touchdown in its win over the Crusaders on Oct. 13. The last time it has been done was on Nov. 3, 2012 when Muskingum's Matt Williamson picked a Capital pass off deep in its own territory and returned it 26 yards for the score.
In the first three games of the season, Capital had great success in the offensive trenches. They allowed just two sacks, backs gained more than 100 yards in all three games, and they ran into the end zone six times. In the last three games, Capital quarterbacks have been sacked 18 times, have not had anyone accumulate more than 30 yards rushing, have finished below zero yards rushing as a team twice, and have not found the end zone.
QB Thomas Wibbeler is currently ranked in the top-25 in multiple categories on a NATIONAL level. 
  • #17 Passing Yards (1,743)
  • #15 Pass Yards per Game (290.5)
  • #15 Total Offense (318.3)
  • #10 Completions per Game (25.67) 
Sophomore LB Michael Lauofo (pronounced lew-OFF-foe) has made a splash since becoming a regular starter on the Capital defense. On Sept. 8 he set a new career high with 15 total tackles, eight of those solo, in the Crusaders' loss to Marietta. He has totaled 53 tackles this season - 24 solo - and 3.5 tackles for loss. Lauofo raked up 10 tackles against No. 1 Mount Union, marking the third time this season he has tallied 10 or more tackles in a game. He ranks seventh in the OAC in tackles and tackles per game (8.6), and ninth in solo tackles, this season.
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