Posted: Sep 20, 2019
Capital Crusaders (0-2, 0-1 OAC) at Heidelberg Student Princes (2-0, 1-0 OAC)
Saturday, September 21, 7:00 pm | Hoerneman Stadium (Tiffin, Ohio)
SCOUTING THE STUDENT PRINCES
The 2-0 Student Princes have the ability to use their air or ground games to support the offense. While they are relying on first-year starting QB Jimmy Gephart, he has had two solid outing with lines of 25-35-6-0 against Adrian and 13-26-175-1-1 against Wilmington. He returns a top receiving option, Keivon Belcher, who missed much of last season due to injury. Maceo Matthews leads the team in catches (10), yards (236) and touchdowns (4). On the ground, Branden Short leads the charge following back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances and two touchdowns against Wilmington, last week. Sophomore LB Zachary Blackiston leads the defense with 13 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. Tramon Wiley leads the OAC with three interceptions. Through two games, The Berg is allowing 8.5 points, 71.0 rushing yards, and 249.0 passing yards per game.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... The Berg and The Purple and White duked it out in a back-and-forth affair that went down to the wire. Heidelberg actually took a 17-point lead toward the back half of the third quarter, but Capital rattled off 20 unanswered points to retake the lead, 40-37 with 8:17 remaining. Heidelberg scored one more time via a 22-yard Keivon Belcher touchdown grab, but left 4:28 on the clock for Cap. Capital drove the ball down to the Heidelberg 22-yard line but took a sack and found itself facing a fourth and 19 situation. The next play landed Cap three yards shy of the first down, turning the ball over on downs and ending the game.
HISTORY WITH HEIDELBERG
Heidelberg has had Capital's number in recent history, winning each of the last nine meetings. The last time Capital defeated the Student Princes was in 2010 as part of a 60-50 shootout at Bernlohr Stadium.
CAP'S LAST TIME OUT
... the Crusaders played a tough first half and trailed just 7-0 to Marietta College at the break. Capital's defense allowed just 64 passing yards and 88 yards rushing in the first half and Kole Carter intercepted a pass to stall out another Pio drive. However, the second half was marred with mistakes, leading to 31 unanswered points and a 44-7 loss. QB Mitchell Machock completed 12 passes for 113 yards, but was injured just before halftime. Andrew Ray came in and went 8-for-13 for 90 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. While the Pioneers did not do anything incredibly impressive statistically, they did take advantage of Capital's mistakes and keep the Crusaders to just 230 yards of total offense in the game.
BARNETT MOVES TO #2 ALL-TIME IN CU RECEIVING YARDS
Senior WR David Barnett made seven catches for 89 yards against Marietta (9/14) in the home opener. Along the way, he surpassed Keith Willike '88 (2,389) for second on the CU all-time receiving yards list. Barnett enters this weekend with 175 catches for 2,447 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ranks second all-time in touchdowns caught and receptions.
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