By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
TIFFIN, Ohio – Despite keeping pace with this weekend's opponent through the first quarter the Capital University football team was unable to continue that pace in its matchup against the Student Princes of Heidelberg University. Heidelberg rattled off 35 consecutive points between the second and third quarters to roll on to a 63-20 victory over the Crusaders in both team's last game of the season.
Junior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) had a strong start to the game after passing and throwing for a touchdown, which helped Capital garner an early 13-7 lead over the Student Princes. While Heidelberg struck first, Capital retaliated on its next drive when Wibbeler hit Dartavious Stanford (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) for a short, one-yard touchdown pass, which wrapped up a 12-play, 69-yard drive that lasted five minutes.
Capital trailed by one after the point-after touchdown attempt was blocked, bringing an end to a lengthy streak of consecutive makes by freshman kicker Blake Middleton. The Crusaders then came up with a big fourth-and-one defensive stop to obtain good field position from their own 45 yard line. Six plays later, Wibbeler found the end zone with an eight-yard touchdown scamper.
From that point, Heidelberg took the reins and its offense dominated the game. Standout wide receiver Demetrius Magee went on to make five touchdown grabs, accounting for half of his total catches and had 138 total receiving yards. Tony Morris joined him in the 100-yard club, while Braden Jerome was two yards short of making it a trio.
Tyler Stoyle finished the day with a 31-for-43, 419-yard effort and seven passing touchdowns to zero interceptions. Cameron Vocke finished the day off with 82 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.
Wibbeler went 22-for-44 for 274 yards and two touchdowns through the air and added 37 yards plus one touchdown on the ground. Sophomore David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) served as his favorite target, making six catches for 50 yards. Stanford and senior wideout Nick Water each made five catches for a total of 179 yards between them. Six different Cap receivers made at least one catch.
With his 129 yards and receiving touchdown, Stanford moved further up the single-season lists for receivers. He now becomes the fifth Capital receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season and ends the year with 1,119 which moves him to second-most all-time. He also finishes the campaign with 12 touchdowns, which ties him for second in Capital history.
Senior safety Austin White (Johnstown, Ohio/Lakewood) ended his career with a team-high 11 tackles and followed up by fellow senior, Derek Eibon (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) and his seven tackles. Freshman linebacker Michael Lauofo (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg) had the best game of his young career, finished with seven tackles of which five were of the solo variety.
Senior tight end Trey Reese (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) also posted a positive on his final career game, scoring on a two-yard touchdown pass from Wibbeler in the third quarter.
Capital ended its season with a 1-9 overall record and a 1-8 conference mark.