Cap Football to Close Out Regular Season in Muskingum This Weekend

Cap Football to Close Out Regular Season in Muskingum This Weekend

Capital Crusaders (2-7, 2-6 OAC) at Muskingum Fighting Muskies (4-5, 3-5 OAC)

Saturday, November 10, 1:30 pm  |  McConagha Stadium (New Concord, Ohio)

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The Fighting Muskies have won two of their last three with wins over Otterbein (21-14) and Heidelberg (41-14), but come off a 52-10 loss to No. 1 Mount Union last week. Sophomore Brody Hahn leads the offense with 1,234 yards of 92-of-198 passing but has a 3:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His favorite targets are WR Terry Geiger (35-592-4) and TE Granger Long (21-269-2). Hahn also leads the team in rushing with 424 yards on 106 rushes, and has seven rushing touchdowns. If it isn't Hahn rushing, then look for sophomore RB Cameron Near (80-308-0) or senior RB Warren Wilson (77-274-2). Freshman WR Amin Shaheed leads the team in all-purpose yards per game (73.7) behind 313 receiving and 186 kick return yards. While the offense averages 20.2 points per game, the defense is allowing 371.3 yards per contest and 33.8 points. Junior DE Tim Ousley leads the team with seven sacks, which ranks fifth in the OAC. Ousley is second on the team in tackles (61.0) only to senior LB Brandon Schon (82.0). Out of the backfield, Brian Brown has 53 tackles, is one of seven Muskies to have one pick, and leads the team with seven pass breakups. Three of the team's five leading tackles all come out of the secondary.
... these two teams played earlier in the season and at Capital, where the Crusaders defeated Muskingum, 39-28. Capital totaled over 500 yards of offense, 318 of that through the air. Both teams traded touchdowns, but Capital scored five straight touchdowns from the midway point of the second quarter to the end of the third to take a 39-14 lead and ran off with the victory. The offense spreads the wealth around with six players scoring a touchdown for CU, and Wibbeler tossed for four and threw zero interceptions. Cory Heeter ran 13 times for 99 yards and a score, as well. Hahn as a first year starter went 11-for-23 and 113 yards with two interceptions. Now seniors Jordan Duncan and Kane Murray were toward the top of the defense charts with a combined 15 tackles. -- BOX SCORE -- 
After a period of dominance by the Crusaders, the Muskies have started to make this annual meeting more even-keeled. For a 10-year period (2001 to 2011), Muskingum could not defeat the Crusaders. In 2012 and 2013, each game went to overtime with both teams taking away a win. The 2015 matchup was held at Bernlohr Stadium in the program's first-ever home night football game which brought a capacity crowd. Capital has won three straight meetings and four of the last five. The all-time series sides with Muskingum, 37-28-1 since their first meeting in 1925. 
... the Fightin' Quakers of Wilmington College scored on the first play from scrimmage, a 67-yard touchdown pass. That was its last big play of the game. Capital responded when Thomas Wibbeler ran it in from 11 yards out to tie the game and then RB Evin Butler took a direct snap into the end zone with a two-yard run. Tied 14-14, Cap's Blake Middleton hit a 28-yard field goal to give Cap a lead going into halftime. Kameron Lee caught his third touchdown pass of the year to extend that lead before senior Cory Heeter made his mark on Senior Day with a seven-yard touchdown run to make for a 31-17 score. Freshman CB Michael Keels sealed the win with a pick-six from 30 yards out.  -- BOX SCORE  |  FULL STORY --
Senior Cory Heeter had mixed emotions when Wilmington came to town. He had one of the best games of his career in 2016 at home when he rushed 17 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns, totaling 119 yards of offense on the day. Last year, he endured a season-ending arm injury at Wilmington after he had rushed 12 times for 35 yards. He touches were limited against Wilmington but he did find the end zone for the 14th time in his career on a seven-yard sweep in the fourth quarter.
MR. 6000, AND 6500, AND 7,000
QB Thomas Wibbeler hit another significant milestone last week in the Crusaders' win versus Wilmington. With 267 yards he eclipsed 7,000 passing yards in his Capital career. He now has 7,082 total passing yards in his career.
He surpassed 6,000 passing yards in his career versus No. 1 Mount Union after tossing for 151 yards. 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).
QB Thomas Wibbeler is currently ranked in the top-25 in multiple categories on a NATIONAL level. 
#9 Passing Yards (2,713)
#8 Pass Yards per Game (301.4)
#9 Total Offense (326.8)
#7 Completions per Game (26.00) 
Freshman tight end Kameron Lee made a fantastic debut with the Crusaders on Oct. 20 versus ONU after missing the first six games due to an offseason injury. He made his first collegiate catch in the first quarter, which went for a touchdown on a nine-yard corner route to put Cap up 7-0. He made one other catch in the game which also went for a touchdown. Two for two! 
UPDATE: Lee made his third touchdown catch of the season last week at Wilmington. He made five grabs for 50 yards, one of those a seven-yard touchdown catch.
Due to an injury, Kameron Lee was called upon to channel his inner punter against Wilmington (11/3). He punted three times for an average of 38.7 yards and pinned the Quakers inside its 20-yard line twice!
If we look back in history, Capital has done well in regular season finales. Their overall record in the final game of the regular season is 60-29-5. They have lost their last two finales, but prior to that they won seven straight dating back to 2009. They have only played Muskingum in the final game twice - a 25-15 win in 1988 and a 41-7 loss in 1989.
Senior WR Dar Stanford is just 36 yards and one touchdown catch away from hitting 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season for the second straight year. He has already set a career high with 74 catches. Last year, he had 63 catches for 1,119 yards and 12 touchdowns. Only one Crusader has ever had two seasons with 10 or more touchdown catches, that being David Barnett (10, 2016 and 2017). No Crusader has ever put up 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons, let alone in back-to-back seasons.
Freshman DB Michael Keels capitalized on some miscommunication from the Wilmington offense last week and stepped up with his first career interception. Not only did he make the pick but he also ran it the other way 30 yards and into the end zone for a pick six. The interception was just Capital's fourth of the year and its first pick six since the 2016 season when Charles English did it against Baldwin Wallace on Oct. 29 when the took it 98 yards the other way.  -- WATCH THE PLAY --
Sophomore kicker Blake Middleton made 18 consecutive PATs in his debut season and went 30-for-33 overall. He is currently 27-for-30 and has made his last 15 tries going back to Sept. 29 against BW (9/29). 
Capital has won the time of possession battle in all nine of its games this season. In 2017, they won TOP in six of 10 games and 2016 just four times. The 2016 season turned out to be Capital's best (4-6) and in their wins the TOP sided with them just once - and only by 26 seconds. Their TOP this year is 34:32, which ranks 11th in the country at the D3 level.
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