Here Comes Homecoming! Cap to Host No. 14 John Carroll This Saturday

Here Comes Homecoming! Cap to Host No. 14 John Carroll This Saturday

Capital Crusaders (0-4, 0-3 OAC) vs. #14/17 John Carroll Blue Streaks (3-1, 2-1 OAC)

Saturday, October 12, 1:30 pm  |  Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

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No. 14/17 John Carroll has a new signal caller under center this year, that being Jake Floriea. Thus far, Floriea is 49-of-89 for 708 yards, three touchdowns and one interception through the air. Keyshawn Colmon has two of the team's three receiving touchdowns, though Joe Torok leads the Blue Streaks with 13 receptions and 233 yards. The Blue Streaks mix it up with its strong run game led by Michael Canganelli, who is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and leads the team with four rushing touchdowns. Devin Limerick (32-99-1) supports him in the run game as his primary backup. JCU's bread and butter is (once again) its defense. Senior LB Chad Stalnaker leads the team with 41 total tackles and has never put fewer than nine up on the board in a given game. The team has 16 sacks through four games, paced by junior DL Cal Reynolds' 5.0 sacks. The defense has not forced many turnovers with just one interception and one fumble recovery to its name.
... the Blue Streaks shut out the Crusaders, 44-0, in University Heights, Ohio. Capital's defense held JCU to just 13 points in the first half and its only touchdown of the first half was scored in the final minute on a 39-yard shovel pass. Otherwise, the defense held its own until the turn of the half. Down 13-0, Capital then surrendered 31 unanswered points via two JCU touchdown passes and two scoring runs. The Blue Streaks defense notched eight sacks and two picks to help keep the Capital offense scoreless.
John Carroll has held the advantage in this season recently and since the first meeting in 1966. JCU holds a 23-9-1 advantage over Cap in the all-time series and has won the last nine matchups. The last time the Crusaders defeated the Blue Streaks was in 2009 in a 28-20 victory. JCU has shut out Capital in two of its last three meetings.
Capital and Baldwin Wallace engaged in a very sloppy game in Berea, one in which the Yellow Jackets managed to win, 37-7. Despite the score, the CU defense kept Cap in the game after forcing two turnovers inside its own red zone to stop BW from scoring. The Crusaders trailed just 16-0 at the half, but the offense was unable to click and did not find the scoreboard until the third quarter on a Mitch Machock to Kameron Lee 17-yard fade pass. The CU defense forced three fumbled made one pick. BW's defense scored nine points, one on a fumble recovery taken for a touchdown and another two points on a safety, which was set up by their own fumble on the previous drive.
Saturday, October 12 marks Capital's Homecoming Weekend. As such, there will be much going on in the area of The Capital Center and during the game. A few notes to consider:
  • The CapFest celebration on Saturday morning will be moved into The Capital Center (weather). Please heed signage for directions and access.
  • The CU Dance Team will be performing shortly before the National Anthem at approximately 1:15pm.
  • The Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be recognized between the first and second quarters of today's game.
  • The 2019 Homecoming Court and royalty program will begin at the top of halftime.
  • The 2018-19 OAC Regular Season Champion men's basketball team will be recognized after the Homecoming Court programming concludes toward the end of halftime.
  • Beginning at 6pm, the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will commence as we welcome five new inductees into the hallowed halls of Capital's elite.
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Senior LB Kole Carter served as a critical component of Capital's defense in last week's loss to Baldwin Wallace. Carter caused both fumbles that led to turnovers deep in Cap's own territory, ending both BW drives. He led the team with nine tackles, one sack, and two QB hurries. On the year, Carter has 28 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles.
Junior QB Mitchell Machock returned to the field after missing one game and using the bye week to heal and lower back injury. In his return, he went 22-for-50, 232 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss to BW. His currentl 2019 numbers read 39-for-88, 407 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.
Sophomore Mike Smith quietly made a position switch in the offseason. Smith came to Cap from Ohio Dominican University (Division II) as a safety but missed much of his first year due to injury. He returned to camp and made the switch to wide receiver. After his game against Baldwin Wallace, we'd say it was a successful one. Smith elevated up the depth chart after an injury to David Barnett took him out of the game. Smith went on to lock on with QB Mitch Machock and made six catches for 68 yards, his longest a 21-yard strike.
Capital's record in October games in recent history has not been pleasant. Over the last seven seasons, Capital is 4-32 in the month of October, where the meat of the OAC schedule resides. Their 2016 win versus Otterbein snapped a streak of 19 straight losses in October. Their last October win prior to that, ironically, came at Otterbein (24-20) on 10/15/11. They defeated Baldwin Wallace in double overtime in 2016 in the final game of October for its second win, marking its best October in nearly a decade. Capital earned its third October win in a 2018 mid-October contest against - who else - Otterbein, 23-19. 
Senior WR David Barnett made seven catches for 89 yards against Marietta (9/14) in the home opener and came back with an 11-catch, 100-yard day against Heidelberg. Following the Marietta game, he surpassed Keith Willike '88 (2,389) for second on the CU all-time receiving yards list.  Barnett enters this weekend with 186 catches for 2,547 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also ranks second all-time in touchdowns caught and receptions. 
  • Senior WR David Barnett is also quickly approaching some Capital career receiving records. Barnett is:
  • 117 from becoming #1 all-time in Capital receiving yards
  • 18 receptions away from becoming #2 in all-time catches, and 19 catches away from becoming #1
  • 4 touchdown catches away from becoming #1 all-time in a career
It's not Merlin's magic. It's talent. Check out some of the milestones achieved by Capital players this season!
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