Football Hits the Road for the Final Time this Season

Pictured: Damian Loya (photo credit: Jamie Gaffney)
Pictured: Damian Loya (photo credit: Jamie Gaffney)


Capital Crusaders (0-8, 0-7 OAC) at Willmington(1-7, 1-6 OAC)

Saturday, November 9, 1:30 pm  |  Williams Stadium (Wilmington, Ohio)

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The Quakers (1-7, 1-6 OAC) are having similar struggles as the Crusaders with offensive production lacking (16.4 ppg) and the defense surrendering far too many points (42.9). QB Kyle Barrett leads the offense and is approaching 2,000 passing yards on the season, averaging 238.5 yards per game and completing 59 percent of his pass attempts. He has 12 touchdowns to nine interceptions. Sophomore WRs Ace Taylor and Itika Wynn Jr. both have 50 or more catches this season, and three receivers have 500 or more yards. Wynn has 50 catches and team-highs in yards (765) and touchdown catches (7). The play calling is balanced with 250 passes to 232 rushes, but the offense seems to flow better through the air. Senior RB Gino Hinton Jr. leads the running game with 73 rushes and 301 yards. Barrett has found the endzone most often with three rushing touchdowns. Junior DB Ameer Jackson leads the team with 85 tackles and four pass defenses. Fellow DB Tre'Quez Parks is third on the team with 72 tackles, a team-high two sacks, and has one of the team's two interceptions. Junior LB Tavion Bryant leads the second level defenders with 79 tackles, 11 of those for a loss, and two forced fumbles.

... the Crusaders posted 14 points in both the first and second quarters both start and end the game strongly. Despite Wilmington getting on the board first, Cap then came back with 14 straight points, including an Evin Butler two-yard touchdown run. After Wilmington tied the game at 14, Blake Middleton kicked a 28-yard go-ahead field goal followed by a seven-yard touchdown pass from QB Thomas Wibbeler to TE Kameron Lee. Cap then kept Wilmington off the board in the fourth quarter while taking on 14 more points, seven coming from a pick-six, to secure the 38-17 win at home.
This series heavily favors Capital as 21 of the 26 all-time meetings have gone to the Purple and White. Wilmington snapped a 16-game losing streak in 2017 when the Quakers defeated the Crusaders (37-30 OT) the last time these two teams met at Williams Stadium. Prior to that, Wilmington had not beaten Capital since the 2000 season, which was the first time the two schools squared off in 22 years. Wilmington has never beaten Capital in consecutive years.
Capital played in its most competitive game of the season despite a 33-18 loss to rival Otterbein University at Bernlohr Stadium. Three touchdowns in the middle of the game by the Cardinals help the guests build a 16-point lead, but Capital still had a shot to tie the game late in the game. Mitchell Machock hit Kameron Lee for a three-yard touchdown pass to make for an eight-point contest. Capital stopped Otterbein on a fourth-and-goal chance (despite a close no-call on a potential backward lateral) to get the ball back. However, in their quest to move down field QB Justin McClelland threw an interception deep in CU's own territory to turn the ball over and set Otterbein up for another touchdown to put the game out of reach.
Senior WR David Barnett made history in the Crusaders' game versus Otterbein last week (11/2). With his 60-yard reception in the fourth quarter from QB Justin McClelland, Barnett became Capital's all-time leader in receiving yards. Barnett surpassed Matt White '12, who ended his career with 2,663 yards receiving. The senior finished with 159 yards on seven catches and now has 2,723 yards in his career. He also ranks second all-time in touchdowns caught (26) and receptions (195). 
It has been a roller coaster ride for Barnett to get to this point, especially this season. Following the Marietta game, he surpassed Keith Willike '88 (2,389) for second on the CU all-time receiving yards list. Barnett did not make a catch before exiting the game at Baldwin Wallace (10/5) due to injury. He did not play against John Carroll, Mount Union or Heidelberg. He returned to the lineup last week at Ohio Northern where he made two catches for 17 yards, leading into last week's record-setting performance.
  • Senior WR David Barnett is also quickly approaching some Capital career receiving records. Barnett is:
  • 8 receptions away from becoming #2 in all-time catches, and 9 catches away from becoming #1
  • 4 touchdown catches away from becoming #1 all-time in a career
Senior LB Kole Carter served as a critical component of Capital's defense in its 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. He set a career high with 15 tackles against Ohio Northern (10/26) in a 49-0 loss. Last week versus Otterbein he tallied another double-digit tackle performance after posting 14. On the year, Carter has 64 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and three forced fumbles.
Sophomore Kameron Lee was primed to be an offensive weapon this year, but he has also become a valuable asset in the kicking game, as well. Over the last three games, Lee has assumed the punting duties for Cap and has done well in those situations. Against John Carroll (10/12) he punted five times after taking over midway through the game and pinned the opponents inside their 20 twice. He also booted a 65-yard punt, the longest of his career. Against Mount Union (10/19) he punted a career-high 10 times for 362 yards (36.2 ypp) with a long of 48. He has now punted 26 times and averages 40.4 yards per kick.
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. He has led Capital in receiving in three of the last four games. Over that time he has posted 15 catches for 124 yards and at least four catches in each game. He was held without a catch against Ohio Northern (10/26) but came back last week with three snags. He has a season line of 19 catches and 158 yards.
Last week, the Crusaders showed a two-quarterback look with junior Mitchell Machock and freshman lefty Justin McClelland. The snaps were shared pretty evenly, and their numbers were fairly comparable as well. Against Otterbein (11/2), McClelland went 11-for-18 for 155 yards, but threw two picks. Machock went 12-for-19, 84 yards and threw Cap's lone touchdown. McClelland also ran nine times, and while he netted negative yards he also found the endzone on a four-yard scamper.
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