Posted: Sep 12, 2019
Capital Crusaders (0-1, 0-0 OAC) at Marietta Pioneers (1-0, 0-0 OAC)
Saturday, September 14, 7:00 pm | Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Capital notes | Marietta notes (coming soon!)
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SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
In week one of the season, Marietta took it to Hiram College in Hiram, 41-0. The Pios have a new QB under center, that being Kyle McSweeney, who went 21-for-34 for 217 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in his debut starting debut. Andrew Barker was his favorite target, as three of Barker's four catches went for touchdowns and totaled 60 yards. Running back Tanner Clark rumbled for 116 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries to lead the ground attack. On the defensive side, the Pioneers tallied five sacks on Hiram, all from different players. They also forced two picks, and Tay Pryor broke up three passes. The Terriers were able to muster just 168 total yards, 102 of those coming on the ground.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... mere inches separated Capital from victory at Don Drumm Stadium. More than 100 points were scored between the two teams and Capital had a shot to go for the 'W' at game's end. With less than one minute on the clock, Capital ran the ball in for the touchdown and elected to go for the win on a two-point conversion. After a pass interference call gave Cap another chance, QB Thomas Wibbeler tried to do it himself again but ran into a hoard of Pioneers and was just barely kept out of the endzone. The Pioneers won, 51-50. Wibbeler broke Cap's passing yards record (511) and WR David Barnett had a career day behind 12 catches, 225 yards and one touchdown. Tanner Clark ran for 311 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Marietta offense.
HISTORY WITH MARIETTA
Marietta has won the last four meetings against Capital, and three of those four have been by seven or fewer points. Capital's last win over Marietta was in 2015 in a 28-21 victory at home in the season finale. Capital had won the previous 15 meetings prior its 2016 loss.
CAP'S LAST TIME OUT
... the Crusaders suffered a 66-7 loss at the hands of Westminster College (Pa.) in New Wilmington, Pa. on Opening Day. Capital saw the momentum swing when a touchdown pass between Andrew Ray and Wyatt Pertuset was called back due to holding, and after that the Titans recorded the first of their four pick-sixes to guide WC to the win. Capital totaled five interceptions and lost one additional fumble. CU's lone touchdown came from a 23-yard pass by Mitchell Machock to Dylan Schoonover.
LOOK FOR K-LEE TO GET CRAY-ZEE
Sophomore tight end Kameron Lee made a splash with the Crusaders on Oct. 20, 2018 versus ONU after missing the first six games of his freshman season due to 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! In four games, he made four touchdown grabs.
MIDDLETON END YEAR ON NICE PAT STREAK
Sophomore kicker Blake Middleton made 18 consecutive PATs in his debut season and went 30-for-33 overall. Last year, Middleton went 30-for-34 and hit 18 consecutive PATs before having his final attempt of the season blocked against Muskingum.
Prior to the team's season opener, the Crusaders took a team vote to determine who would represent Capital as its captains. Taking the coin toss this year will be senior LB Kole Carter (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) and senior WR David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio / Shawnee).
COACH TO CURE DUCHENNE MD
Now in its 12th year, Coach To Cure MD, annually involves over 10,000 football coaches at over 500 college and high school programs, making it the largest national game day charity event in football. Coach to Cure MD movement will be seen on a national stage throughout the country on Saturday, September 28. Coaches and staff members will wear patches on the sidelines with the cause's logo with many others hosting boys battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) on the sidelines.
The Crusaders will welcome The Nisley Family that evening to meet the team, lead them into Bernlohr Stadium and cheer on the Purple and White as they take on the Marietta College Pioneers. Austin Nisley, age six, will be Capital's special guest to help lead the Crusaders in "The Walk" prior to the game, join the team on the field for pregame workouts, and receive special VIP seating for him and his family during the game. He and his family will also serve as honorary captains with David Barnett and Kole Carter for the pregame coin toss.
BARNETT NOMINATED FOR ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM
Capital University senior David Barnett is one of 59 student-athletes from the FCS, Divisions II, III, and NAIA to be nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field. He joins 137 student-athletes across all levels of football that have been nominated for the award. Barnett was not selected as a finalist for the award, but being on the list is a show of impact in and of itself. For more information, go to athletics.capital.edu.
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!
- Dylan Schoonover scored first touchdown (9/5/19 at Westminster)
- Dakota Kirkbride makes first interception (9/5/19 at Westminster)
NFL'er ADDED TO CAP COACHING STAFF
Capital's coaching staff brought a big man with some big-time experience to the table. Keith Rucker, an NFL veteran that played six years professionally, was hired to handle the defensive line. Rucker was named All-American 14 times over the course of his
collegiate career at Ohio Wesleyan as both a football player and a thrower on the OWU track & field team. He is also serving as the throws coach on Capital's track & field team.
LAST YEAR'S ALL-OAC'ers
Four Crusaders were named 2018 All-OAC at season's end. QB Thomas Wibbeler and WR Dar Stanford were named to first team honors after banner years. LB Kole Carter and WR David Barnett were named honorable mention All-OAC. Barnett did so despite having missing the last three games of the season due to injury.
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