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John Carroll Blue Streaks picked to finish 2nd in 2018 OAC Football Polls



Rick Finotti

The Ohio Athletic Conference had its annual Football Media Day last Thursday in Canton, Ohio and the John Carroll University Blue Streaks are predicted to finish second in the league standings by both the coaches and media.

In the coaches poll, Mount Union received 81 votes including nine of ten first place votes. John Carroll was next in line with 73 votes and one first place tally.

The order was the same in the media poll, with Mount Union taking in 310 votes and all 31 first place marks. John Carroll was second with 274 tallies.

Head Coach Rick Finotti returns for his second season at the helm of the Blue Streaks, who are coming off a 2017 campaign which produced a 6-4 record overall and a 6-3 mark (second place tie) in the Ohio Athletic Conference. While the team has added new faces at both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions, there is more of a sense of familiarity coming into 2018. Eight starters on offense and eight starters on defense return, as do both the punter and kicker.

“This is a veteran group, so our expectations are high,” said Finotti while speaking at the Hall of Fame podium. “Competition has been a big part of our off season. Whether it be competition in the weight room, in the classroom, in service opportunities … guys have been stepping up and challenging themselves and their teammates. I have been really impressed with their approach and their attitude.”

Other 2017 Highlights for John Carroll Football and head coach Finotti:

-First career win came against Baldwin Wallace, 24-21 in the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl.
-Coached Mason McKenrick to Gene Slaughter Award for Best Linebacker in OAC.
-10 members named to All-OAC honors.
-Five players earning Academic All-OAC.

2018 OAC Preseason Polls

Coaches (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Mount Union, 81 (9)
2. John Carroll, 73 (1)
3. Ohio Northern 61
4. Baldwin Wallace, 56
5. Heidelberg, 49
6. Marietta, 44
7. Otterbein, 32
8. Wilmington, 22
9. Capital, 19
10. Muskingum, 13

Media (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Mount Union, 310 (31)
2. John Carroll, 274
3. Ohio Northern, 223
4. Heidelberg, 206
5. Baldwin Wallace, 205
6. Marietta, 149
7. Otterbein, 140
8. Muskingum, 75
9. Capital, 74
10. Wilmington, 49

Muskingum, under new coach Eric Ieuter, looking to move up in 2018 OAC Football race



Eric Ieuter

The Muskingum University football team, under the direction of first-year head coach Erik Ieuter, will look to challenge for an upper-tier spot in their 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference campaign.

With the return of a talented veteran-laden squad, combined with a strong recruiting class, Coach Ieuter will have plenty of options to field a potent team.

Ieuter, an effective, championship-winning coach with a record of success and student achievement at every level, has instilled a new energy and commitment to the Fighting Muskie program. Ieuter’s winning vision for the Muskies will be spearheaded by a strong group of 30 returning letterwinners which include sophomore quarterback Brody Hahn, senior tight end Granger Long, sophomore offensive lineman TJ Boyd, senior defensive lineman Staci Wilson, senior linebacker Brandon Schon, and sophomore defensive back Brian Brown.

Hahn led the Muskie offense last season en route to setting numerous school marks. Hahn set marks for passing yards in season (2,026), pass completions in a season (177), pass attempts in a season (326), total offense for a season (2,396 – 2,026 pass/370 rush) and tied the record for touchdown passes in a season (14). Furthermore, he became the first-ever Muskie to amass 400 yards of total offense in a game with his 427-yard performance (364 passing/63 rushing) at Otterbein.
Long was second on the team with 38 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns. He will enter his final season having amassed 90 catches for 885 yards and six scores.
Boyd helped anchor the offensive line which allowed the Muskies to churn out 324.2 yards and 18.6 points per game.
Wilson, Schon, and Brown all return to lead the Muskie defense.
Wilson, a Second Team All-OAC honoree, finished last season with 39 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, and one fumble recovery.
Brown led the defensive secondary with 47 tackles and ranked second in the OAC with six interceptions which included a career-high two against Wilmington.
Muskingum opens the season on Saturday, September 1, at Waynesburg. The Muskies begin Ohio Athletic Conference play at Ohio Northern on Saturday, September 8. Muskingum’s home-opener is slated for Saturday, September 15, against Marietta in the annual Shriners Game in McConagha Stadium.

Mount Union continues to be the team to beat in annual OAC Football Polls



Mount Union Picked at OAC Football Preview as Preseason Favorite Austintown, OH – Mount Union, under the direction of sixth-year Head Coach Vince Kehres, was picked in both the preseason media and coaches’ polls to win the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) football title in 2018. The preseason polls were released today at the OAC Football Media Preview, held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Mount Union received 31 of 31 first place votes (310 points) in the media poll and nine of 10 first place votes (81 points) in the coaches’ poll. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting. The Purple Raiders climbed back to the top of NCAA Division III football in 2017 winning its 28th OAC title and a record 13th national championship. The Purple Raiders challenge to stay on top falls to the return of 12 starters and 50 returning letterwinners in 2018. “We appreciate the respect that coaches and the media in the OAC have for our program,” commented head coach Vince Kehres. “We also know that playing in this conference is a tremendous challenge week in and week out.”

The Raiders play five home and five away games starting Saturday, Sept. 1 with a first-ever meeting with Rose-Hulman (Ind.) at 7 p.m.

Coaches Poll Media Poll Rank School (1st Place Votes) Pts. Rank School (1st Place Votes) Pts. 1 Mount Union 81 (9) 1 Mount Union 310 (31) 2 John Carroll 73 (1) 2 John Carroll 274 3 Ohio Northern 61 3 Ohio Northern 223 4 Baldwin Wallace 56 4 Heidelberg 206 5 Heidelberg 49 5 Baldwin Wallace 205 6 Marietta 44 6 Marietta 149 7 Otterbein 32 7 Otterbein 140 8 Wilmington 22 8 Muskingum 75 9 Capital 19 9 Capital 74 10 Muskingum 13 10 Wilmington 49


Capital Crusaders, third season under head coach Chad Rogosheske, announces 2018 Football Schedule



Capital University Football has announced its 10-game schedule for 2018.

As the Crusaders did in 2017, the team will open the year against Mount St. Joseph University on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. This year though, the game will be played at Schueler Field in Cincinnati.

A week later on Sept. 8, Capital will open its Ohio Athletic Conference slate with a date at Marietta College. Capital ended its 2017 home season against the Pioneers last year.

The team will then open on Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium on Sept. 15 against Heidelberg University and that game will be the team’s annual night game with a 7 p.m. start. Capital rushed for 138 yards against the Student Princes last year, the team’s second-best rushing game of the season.

Following a week four bye, Capital play another game in its friendly confines on Homecoming against Baldwin Wallace University on Sept. 29. The Crusaders had their third-highest scoring game of 2017 against the Yellow Jackets with a 34-point performance in Berea. That game will kick off at 1:30 p.m.

Capital will hit the road to begin October and face John Carroll University on Oct. 6 but then return home for two more games. The first will be played at 1:30 p.m. against the University of Mount Union, the defending Division III national champions, on Oct. 13 and then the Ohio University Polar Bears will roll into town on Oct. 20.

On Oct. 27, the Crusaders will be on the northeast fringe of Columbus to take on rival Otterbein University at Memorial Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Capital racked up 476 total yards against the Cardinals in 2017, 399 through the air, and scored a season-best 42 points in a back-and-forth nail-biter of a game.

The final home game of the 2018 season will be played against Wilmington College on Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and the Crusaders will wrap up the regular season on the road with a battle in New Concord against Muskingum University. Capital hung 39 points and 537 total yards on the Fighting Muskies last year and had 219 rushing yards. That game will be played at 1:30 p.m.

For updates on game times, the latest news and more, follow Capital Football and Capital Athletics on Twitter.

Capital Crusaders, looking to improve, selected 9th in OAC Football Polls



CANTON, Ohio – Capital University Football was once again represented well at the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Seniors Thomas Wibbeler and Dartavious Stanford joined Head Coach Chad Rogosheske on Thursday, July 26 to talk to media members and the rest of the conference about the upcoming season as a part of the all-day event.

Reflecting on the day, senior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler said, “my first OAC Media Day was a great experience. We got to get out here and got to explore a little bit at the HOF, see some inspirational players that we’ve all watched and been around. Also being around some the players in the OAC and meeting some different guys…it’s a great experience.”

“I had a great time. It was a lot of fun,” said senior wide receiver Dar Stanford. “We got to walk around the Hall of Fame and see all the different things they have here. You get to hear about everything but to actually get to see everything, it’s a lot cooler.”

Each team in the OAC had the opportunity to send its head coach and one student-athlete to the podium to address a room full of media members, colleagues, and staff from around the conference. Coaches talked about their team and the excitement building around its preparation for the start of the 2018 campaign.

To conclude the day, the preseason media and coaches polls were announced to the crowd. Capital was voted to finish ninth and the defending NCAA champion, University of Mount Union, was voted to finish first in both polls. See below for complete poll results (first place votes in parenthesis).

2018 OAC Coaches Poll
# TEAM Pts
1. Mount Union 81 (9)
2. John Carroll 73 (1)
3. Ohio Northern 61
4. Baldwin Wallace 56
5. Heidelberg 49
6. Marietta 44
7. Otterbein 32
8. Wilmington 22
9. Capital 19
10. Wilmington 13


2018 OAC Media Poll
# TEAM Pts
1. Mount Union 310 (31)
2. John Carroll 274
3. Ohio Northern 223
4. Heidelberg 206
5. Baldwin Wallace 205
6. Marietta 149
7. Otterbein 140
8. Muskingum 75
9. Capital 74
10. Wilmington 49


Capital will look to improve upon last season and that journey begins with the season opener against the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

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