Seniors Will Lead Crusaders into Final Home Game Versus Wilmington

Seniors Will Lead Crusaders into Final Home Game Versus Wilmington

Wilmington Fightin' Quakers (1-7, 0-7 OAC) vs. Capital Crusaders (1-7, 1-6 OAC)

Saturday, November 3, 1:30 pm  |  Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

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The Fightin' Quakers began the year with a 49-7 win over Earlham College, but since have lost seven straight. They have scored over 25 points just once since that win. They average 104.5 rushing and 230.0 passing yards, and 22.8 points per game. Sophomore QB Kyle Barrett is having a respectable first year as a starter with his 60.5 percent completion rate, 1,728 passing yards, and 17 touchdowns to nine interceptions. His favorite targets are freshmen wideouts Ace Taylor (36-412-2) and Luke Richardson (24-474-8), while another freshman, DJ Chambers, leads the backfield with 419 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries. The defense is the Quakers' bigger fault, allowing 44.8 points and 485.3 yards per contest. Wilmington allows 298.6 rushing yards per game. Sophomore DB Tre'Quez Parks leads the D with 74 total tackles, is one of five Quakers with one INT, and one of eight with one forced fumble. Linebackers Royon Washington and Tavion Bryant will get their names called as they have 51 and 47 tackles, respectively. 
... the Crusaders forced overtime with a 17-yard touchdown pass to David Barnett with 3:11 to go, but the Quakers came out in the OT session with a touchdown on its first possession. Capital was unable to answer leading to a 37-30 loss at Wilmington in 2017.
The all-time series between these two teams favors the Crusaders, heavily. Capital holds a 20-5 overall record in 25 meetings since the first in 1923. Since 2000, which was the first time in 22 years that the two teams had met, Capital had won 15 straight meetings. The Quakers broke that streak last year with a 37-30 overtime win in Wilmington.
... the Crusaders renewed its rivalry with Otterbein University. In a classic rivalry showdown the game went down to the wire and came down to the very last play to determine a winner. There were blocked punts, crucial play calls, costly turnovers, big sacks, trick plays, and plenty of theatrics. Thomas Wibbeler hit Dar Stanford with a 31-yard touchdown pass to help Cap regain the lead with less than one minute to go in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals gained possession of the ball near midfield on the kickoff and marched down to the one-yard line with 8.5 seconds remaining on the clock. They chose to run the ball with a QB sneak up the middle, but mishandled the snap and the Cap defense submerged on the ball runner. Otterbein was unable to get another play off, leading Cap to a 23-19 victory. It marks Cap's second straight victory at Otterbein, each being determined on the final drive.
Capital Football will use the pregame to celebrate its senior players. We'd like to take a minute and thank those that have dedicated a piece of their lives to the Capital University football program.
Andrew Cline, TE (Port Clinton, Ohio)
Jordan Duncan, CB (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Jon Eaton, LB (Wapakoneta, Ohio)
Chris Gordon, CB (Defiance, Ohio)
Logan Hernon, C (Hilliard, Ohio)
Jake Lindsey, CB (New Albany, Ohio)
Cory Mays, DL (Cleveland, Ohio)
Courtney Mays, OL (Cleveland, Ohio)
Conner McCloud, WR (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
Kane Murray, LB (Warren, Ohio)
LaShaun Sanders Jr., CB (Columbus, Ohio)
Justin Scott, DL (National City, Calif.)
Drew Selegue, DL (Westerville, Ohio)
Dartavious Stanford, WR (Zanesville, Ohio)
Thomas Wibbeler, QB (Zanesville, Ohio)
NOTE: Seniors Ben Drake and Nathan Sperling intend on returning for a fifth year.
Senior Cory Heeter most likely has mixed emotions when Wilmington comes up on the schedule. He had one of the best games of his career in 2016 at home when he rushed 17 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns, totaling 119 yards of offense on the day. Last year, he endured a season-ending arm injury at Wilmington after he had rushed 12 times for 35 yards.  He has missed the last three games due to injury but has done more damage as a receiver out of the backfield with 27 catches for 205 yards and a score.
Check out the year-by-year performance of Thomas Wibbeler against Wilmington. 
2016: 15-23, 193 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT - W, 35-21
2017: 18-28, 251 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT - L, 37-30 (OT)
TOTAL: 33-51, 444 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, 1-1 record
Last year against the Quakers, Stanford caught four passes for 60 yards and scored a toe-tapping touchdown for the third touchdown of the season. It was one of only two games in which he was held to under 100 yards receiving in 2017.
Check out the year-by-year performance of Thomas Wibbeler against Otterbein.
2016: 21-32, 351 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT - W, 42-41
2017: 32-45, 399 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT - L, 49-42
2018: 21-40, 239 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT - W, 23-19
TOTAL: 74-117, 980 yards, 13 TD, 4 INT, 2-1 record
The 2017 showdown was Dar Stanford's first time engaging in the rivalry. It marked the first of a seven-game streak of 100+ yards receiving in 2017. He made nine catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-42 loss. Last week, Stanford made nine catches for 98 yards and scored the eventual game-winning touchdown. He also threw for a touchdown, a 22-yard lob pass to Wyatt Pertuset.
MR. 6000, AND 6500
Despite the game not going the Crusaders' way, QB Thomas Wibbeler hit another significant milestone when he surpassed 6,000 passing yards in his career. He is now just the third Crusader to hit 6,000 yards passing joining former Capital greats Shawn Wheeler (1996-99) and Rocky Pentello (2002-06). 
Wibbeler is now also credited for hitting the 6,500-yard milestone as well. He hit that mark with 464 yards passing in a loss to Ohio Northern on Oct. 20. He now has 6,815 total passing yards in his career.
QB Thomas Wibbeler is currently ranked in the top-25 in multiple categories on a NATIONAL level. 
#9 Passing Yards (2,446)
#7 Pass Yards per Game (305.8)
#8 Total Offense (328.0)
#7 Completions per Game (26.00) 
We've come to expect lots of the national rankings to go the way of the offense, but what about special teams?! Junior KR/RB Antwan Shipp has his name in the top-25, too! Currently, Shipp is ranked No. 7 in total kickoff return yards with 688 this season. His season and career long return is 43 yards (10/27 at Otterbein).
Sophomore LB Michael Lauofo (pronounced lew-UFF-foe) has made a splash since becoming a regular starter on the Capital defense. On Sept. 8 he set a new career high with 15 total tackles, eight of those solo, in the Crusaders' loss to Marietta. He has totaled 74 tackles this season - 34 solo - and 6.5 tackles for loss. Lauofo racked up 10 tackles versus Ohio Northern (10/20)and against No. 1 Mount Union (10/6). After his 11-tackle performance against Otterbein last week, he now has tallied 10 or more tackles in a game five times this season. He ranks third in the OAC in tackles (74) and tackles per game (9.3), and eighth in solo tackles (34), this season.
Sophomore kicker Blake Middleton made 18 consecutive PATs in his debut season and went 30-for-33 overall. He is currently 22-for-25 and has made his last 10 tries going back to Sept. 29 against BW (9/29). 
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