WHAT: Capital Crusaders (2-6, 2-5 OAC) at Heidelberg Student Princes (4-4, 4-3 OAC)
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 7 | 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hoernemann Stadium (Tiffin, Ohio)
SCOUTING THE STUDENT PRINCES
The Student Princes have won four of their last five games with the only setback coming at the hands of No. 1 Mount Union. Last week, Heidelberg shut out Otterbein University, 44-0. Over their last two games, The Berg has totaled 107 points.
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The offense is led by sophomore quarterback Tyler Stoyle, who has a 63.8 percent completion percentage, 1,385 yards passing and a 20:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in just six games. He leaves the rush attach to tailback Bryan Lacey, who has 10 scores on the ground off of 159 rushes and 908 yards. His 113.5 yards per contest ranks him second in the OAC. Pulling down receptions for the Student Princes is the duo of Nick Delisa (39-388-6) and Zach Hogya (34-366-4). Six different receivers have caught touchdown passes and four of those have four or more scores throug the air.
The linebacking corp for Heidelberg leads the D with seniors Will Lance and Clay Staib combining for 96 total tackes. Staib has 5.5 tackles for loss, however ranks fourth on his own team, giving way to teammates sophomore defensive end Austin Crow (8.0), senior defensive lineman Ethan Rodgers (7.5) and freshman Verondtae Wilkinson (6.0). Staib also posts one fumble forced, one fumble recovery, and one interception. Wilkinson leads The Berg as one of two players with 3.5 sacks. Heidelberg's defense has also helped the team possess a +6 turnover margin on the season.
HISTORY WITH HEIDELBERG
The Crusaders have lost the last four meetings with the Student Princes, with the last Capital win coming in 2010 in a high-scoring 60-50 affair. That was also the last win of an 11-game winning streak the Crusaders had built up that began in 2000. The overall series, however, sits with Heidelberg, 37-31-1.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET ...
... the Student Princes spoiled Homecoming Weekend with a 52-28 win over Capital at Bernlohr Stadium. Heidelberg jumped out to a fast 21-6 start in the first quarter and led by 32 points at the half. Capital won the second half, outscoring The Berg 22-14, but clearly that was not enough. Current NFL'er Dontae Dye scored two receiving touchdowns and Heidelberg featured two 100+ yard rushers. Capital put up 434 total yards, 383 of those on the ground.
LAST TIME OUT
Capital was beaten by the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets in Berea, 56-20. The offense struggled again, allowing BW to jump out to a lead as large as 43 at one point. Touchdown passes from Nick Iske to Jake Skelton, and Zak Sheridan to Eddie Preciado (his first of his career) brought the Crusaders marginally closer in their fifth straight loss.
WALTON TIES CAP ALL-TIME RUSHING RECORD
Just starting his third season as the Crusaders' B-back, junior Brent Walton is quickly approaching Capital career rushing records. Last week against Otterbein, he tallied 23 yards on the ground to share the title of being Capital's all-time leading rusher. He shares that record with Rayshaun Gales (2000-02) at 2,287 yards. Walton was forced to leave the Otterbein game due to injury and has missed the last two weeks of action. He is probable to return against the Student Princes.
Walton had also started creeping up on another single-season mark for rushing touchdowns. The junior currently has nine on the year after posting three in each of his first three games this season. The single-season record holder is Al White, who in 1959 found the endzone 14 times.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS BALL!
The Crusaders have just FOUR turnovers through six games. Last year, they committed two through a pair of games and eight in their first four games. To date, the Crusaders have an (-1) turnover margin. Cap is now the only team in Division III that has not surrendered an interception this season. Capital is currently second in the country in turnovers lost (4).
STREAKS, THE GOOD KIND
Capital has controlled the time of possession battle in each of their last 14 games (dating back to last year) and all but one game in 2014. In their final game of 2014, they held a 42:51-17:09 advantage in TOP over Marietta. Three weeks ago at ONU, they held the ball for 42:18, a new season-high.
Capital collected more than 150 yards on the ground in all but one game in 2014. They had a streak of 11 games dating back to last year broken against JCU after posting 111 yards.
Mount Union broke a steak of games in which Capital has collected 300+ yards, stopping it at six straight games. Against Mount Union, the Crusaders collected 172 yards on the ground against a team that had given up an average of 44.7 yards per game on the ground. Against the Polar Bears, Capital racked up 500 yards.
FIRSTS FOR CRUSADERS
Last week, touted freshman Eddie Preciado caught the first touchdown pass of his career against Baldwin Wallace. It prompted us to outline Crusaders firsts for this season:
So., RB, Isaiah Lyle: 1st rush TD (vs. ONU)
Fr., WR, Eddie Preciado: 1st rec. TD (vs. BW)
So., K, Jack Johns: 1st PAT and FG (vs. Wilmington)
Sr., SB, Wally Brewer: 1st rush TD (vs. Otterbein)
So., DB, Eric Stroski: 1st interception (vs. Muskingum)