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John Carroll rallies to win at Capital, 28-20

Regis Scafe led John Carroll to first win at Capital since 1999 (courtesy of JCU athletics)

The John Carroll Blue Streaks won a football game at Capital for the first time since the 1999 season.

Capital held a 10-point lead in the first quarter at Bernlohr Stadium in Bexley, but the Blue Streaks from Cleveland, scored two touchdowns in a span of 88 seconds in the third quarter which was the key to winning the Ohio Athletic Conference battle, 28-20.

The Crusaders also lead 20-14 midway through the third quarter after their kicker Nick Van Meter scored on a career-best 44 yard field goal. Van Meter missed a 41 yard field goal attempt and that was the point of the game where the Blue Streaks took control of the game. They scored a touchdown after the missed field goal and when Capital fumbled away its next offensive possession, John Carroll iced the game with another touchdown.

Senior running back Dominic D’Andrea rushed 23 times for 112 yards for Capital.

John Carroll improves to 4-4 overall, 4-3 in the OAC.

Capital playing before a crowd of 2,826, falls to a disappointing 3-5, 3-4 in the OAC.

Capital travels to New Concord, Ohio next Saturday to play the Muskingum Fighting Muskies at 1:30 p.m.

compiled from staff, John Carroll & Capital athletic news

Capital and Heidelberg score 110 points; Crusaders wins shootout 60-50

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The Capital Crusaders and the Heidelberg Student Princes sure kept the crowd of 3,250 fans at Bernlohr Stadium in Bexley entertained last Saturday.

Capital scored nine touchdowns, one shy of a school record to get past the Student Princes in Ohio Athletic Conference action, 60-50.

Quarterback Kory Hartinger’s 1-yard dive clinched the game for the Crusaders (2-2, 2-1 OAC) with 2:49 remaining.

Hartinger had a hand in six touchdowns, four passing, two rushing in just his second start. He threw for 339 yards.

The two teams combined for 1,211 yards and 16 touchdowns, including 41 points in the second quarter.

Ryan Gunnarson caught three touchdown passes, and his 232 yards of receiving. give him 395 in his past two games.

Running back Dominic D’Andrea rushed 25 times for 113 yards for the Crusaders.

Andrew Miller, the Heidelberg quarterback, set an OAC record with 559 passing yards and a school-record seven touchdowns.

The Student Princes with all of their offensive weapons are 1-3 overall, 0-3 in OAC play.

This coming Saturday, Heidelberg will play its arch-rival, Ohio Northern in Ada, game time is 1:30 p.m.

compiled from staff & Capital University news

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Noah Key, Columbus Bishop Hartley High School, running back/defensive back


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I had a chance last week to go watch football practice at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus.  I had chance to watch one of the area’s top football teams as well as one of top programs in the state. There are several top-notch players on the Hawks team. On this day, I was going to interview Noah Key, one of the leaders on the team. I had thought back a few years in the past and on the same field and at the same school, I had interviewed his dad, David Key in the 1980′s.

His dad, played at the University of Michigan and in the NFL. So I’m sure that name is familiar to most football fans.


Hartley Hawks RB/DB Noah Key (

Noah is just as talented as his dad and I noticed one thing, they both have worn the uniform number 44 for the Hartley Hawks.

I’m sure that Noah probably gets most of the interview requests for the Bishop Hartley football team, but he gladly talked about his other teammates and made sure they’re talents are known as well.

At quarterback, there’s Austin Underwood, a 6’3, 180 pound senior who is a 3-year starter. Underwood completed 65 percent of his passes a year ago.

Linebacker Jarrod Zang, a junior, was all-league and district as a sophomore and freshman.

Bishop Hartley has some of the best facilities in the area. (

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The Hawks, who play in the Central Catholic League, Gold Division, returned three first-team All-Central District performers in Evan Jackson, a defensive and offensive lineman, Joey Moore, an offensive lineman and Noah Key.

Their second-team All-Central District members include linebacker Jawaun Woodley, a sophomore who led the team in tackles as a freshman. Kicker Brent Wahle is the other honoree.

Noah Key is a leader in the defensive backfield along with Omar Lane. That area of the team has two new starters, but is progressing well according to Key. They’re probably doing well, because David Key is the Hartley secondary coach and the players couldn’t ask for a better teacher.

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The Hartley Hawks, who play in Division 4, Region 15 in the state, have been on a mission this year. The mission is called “A Playoff Run.”  In 2009, despite finishing a solid 7-3, they fell short of the playoffs which means a great deal  to schools like Bishop Hartley who build teams for that purpose.

With 14 starters returning in 2010, 4 of the top 5 offensive lineman back, they want the state playoffs and a championship.

One of the most exciting players in the Central Ohio area, Noah Key is 6’0, 180 and very fast. In 2009, he rushed for 1,241 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is a threat in the return game as well, running back two kickoffs for a touchdown last season.

His dad, David ran for a total of 4,109 yards in his career at Hartley. I asked Noah can he break it and he said he would love to do it but will probably fall short. He wants wins and championships however.

This season, the Hawks are off and flying again at 4-1. The only blemish was an overtime loss at Elyria Catholic in week 4. They play eight teams who had  7 or more wins in 2009.

Here’s their results as of week 5.

Week 1 August 27 Amanda-Clearcreek. Hawks won 48-10 as Noah Key and Omar Lane scored four 1st half touchdowns. Key had TD runs of 75 and 35 yard scoring runs. Lane had 66 yards and two touchdowns.

Week 2 September 3 At Columbus Academy. This has developed into a nice rivalry among two of Columbus’ top private schools. The Hawks go to 2-0 with a 42-34 win. Hartley had 405 yards of offense. Noah Key had 318 yards on 24 carries and scored 4 touchdowns of (47, 6,80 and 4 yards).

Week 3 September 10 Bexley. This game is between two rivals located in the same area. The suburb of Bexley, starts about 3 blocks from the Hartley campus. Hartley wins the game 54-7 and goes to 3-0. The offensive unit put up 538 rushing yards on 59 carries. Jarrod Zang  ran for 110 yards and 1 touchdown and Noah Key ran for 203 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Week 4 September 17, At Elyria Catholic. The Hartley football team traveled to Lorain County to play in the Cleveland area. Eventhough they lost, 34-28 in overtime to fall to 3-1, the team proved once again that Columbus schools can play with the Cleveland area football teams.

Noah Key was held to 70 yards and 2 touchdowns if you can call that holding him down. But Jarrod Zang stepped up and rushed for 159 yards on 13 carries.

The only negatives in the game for Bishop Hartley is that they missed a 41-yard field goal in the 4th quarter and lost a fumble in overtime.

Week 5 September 24 Hartley hosted Villa Angela-St. Joseph out of Cleveland. If that school sounds familiar, it should. Former Ohio State and Indiana Pacers star Clark Kellogg graduated from there when it was just Cleveland St. Joseph High School.

The Hawks got back on the winning side of things with a 37-8 score. They are 4-1.

The rest of the schedule is:

Week 6 October 1 Columbus Grove.

Week7 October 9 Dayton Thurgood Marshall, which is the old Colonel White High School and the school was rebuilt on the grounds of the old Dayton Nettie Lee Roth High School.

Week 8 October 15 At Ironton.

Week 9 At Spencerville.

Week 10 Columbus Bishop Ready.

According to several recruiting services, Noah Key has visited Ohio State and Michigan and has received interest from some Mid-American Conference and lower tier Big 10 schools.

Wherever Noah Key ends up, that school is going to get a fine athlete, student and citizen from a solid family!

Special thanks goes out to Bishop Hartley head football coach Brad Birchfield for allowing us to cover practice and take photos. Also to Noah Key for taking time after a hard fought practice to grant us an interview. Good Luck to the Hawks!

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Dominic D’Andrea, Capital University senior running back


Dominick D'Andrea Capital RB (courtesy of Capital Athletics)

The Capital Crusaders started their 2010 football season under new head coach Henry Stanford, with a loss at Baldwin-Wallace up in Berea, Ohio, but there’ll be brighter days ahead for the team from the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Bexley.

Because of senior running back Dominic D’Andrea.

The Crusader’s offense averaged over 34 points a game in 2009 and it looks to be dominant again.

At the helm is fifth-year senior quarterback Marty Assmann, who finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference in both passing yards (2,382 and touchdown passes (23) in his first full season as a starter.

A large portion of the offense will be centered around senior running back Dominic D’Andrea who became Capital’s first 1,000 yard running back since 1970.

Dominic says that he and his teammates this season want to “Finish” every game and every play and every practice the right way so the can grab the school’s first postseason appearance since 2007.

They want to also play hard-nosed, play fast, physical just plain wear teams out and play in Salem, Virginia.

Dominic D'Andrea (33) takes the handoff from QB Marty Assmann (11) (courtesy of Capital Athletics)

For those of you who might be familiar with Salem, Virginia, it’s where the last two teams standing in the NCAA III playoffs, play for the national championship. Over the past 15-plus years, that usually means Capital’s OAC foe Mt. Union and one other Division III power. Well, Capital wants to end that string for the Purple Raiders.


A native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio,  Dominic is very happy to be playing for one more season alongside his college and high school teammate at Bishop Hartley, senior quaterback Marty Assmann.

“Marty and I have been playing with each other for almost 8 years,” D’Andrea said. “He really knows how to spread the ball around on offense.”

Head coach Henry Stanford looks for Assmann and D’Andrea to lead the Crusaders as the top two leaders of the upperclassmen.

D’Andrea aspires to graduate in the spring of 2011 with a business degree in marketing.

The Capital Crusaders will miss his hard work ethic and great leadership when the program starts the 2011 season. He will go down as one of the top players in the program’s history.

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Special thanks goes out to Capital University Sports Information Intern Erin Mowery for help with photos and information.

Also to head coach Henry Stanford for allowing us to cover practice and take photos and to Dominic D’Andrea for taking time after a long, hard  practice to talk with us.

2010 OHIO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Capital Crusaders picked fourth by coaches & media


Special thanks goes out to Capital Sports Information intern Erin Mowrey for usage of school logo

Special thanks to Todd Oliver and Dan Poel of for providing photo of Coach Stanford

The Capital University Crusaders just completed the most successful decade in school history under coaches Jim Collins and Jim Bickel. And now its time for a new decade to begin with a new head coach in Henry Stanford.

Stanford, a 1998 graduate of the Ohio State University is new as the head coach, but not new to the players and the school. He was named the 2009 Assistant Coach of the year as Capital’s offensive coordinator.

Coach Stanford told the media at the OAC football preview that:

* He’ll have 55 freshman in camp this year.

* He’ll return 7 starters on offense and defense.

* The team needs a Punter and Long Snapper.

A Crusader offense that averaged over 34 points a game in 2009, looks like it could be explosive again in 2010.

Leading the attack will be fifth year senior quarterback Marty Assmann, who finished second in the OAC  in both passing yards (2,382) and touchdown passes (23) in his first full season as the starter.

A large portion of the Crusaders’ offensive attack will be featuring senior running back Dominic D’Andrea and an offensive line that led the way for D’Andrea to become Capital’s first 1,000 yard running back since 1970. The offensive line is anchored by Kyle Koblinski and Brandon McCrate.

Capital head coach Henry Stanford ( photo)

When you speak of Capital University football, a strong defensive unit can always be counted upon.

The Purple and White defense will be led by the talented linebacking corps of Sam Jacobs, Matt Heagen and Troy Spiker. Jacobs led the Crusaders with 92 tackles, while Heagen was second on the team in solo and total tackles.

The defensive line is anchored by defensive ends Aaron Rittgers and Jake Nickel.

Anchoring the defensive backfield is Ziban Abdullah.

The Crusaders at the annual OAC Football Preview in early August, was picked fourth by the coaches, garnering 56 total points. The media also selected them fourth and they collected 197 points.

Capital opens its 2010 season at Baldwin-Wallace on Saturday September 11. They have a non-conference game with Wesley on September 25 and the annual battle of Columbus with Otterbein will be October 16 at Bernlohr Stadium. Otterbein won last year 35-34, so this year’s game should be just as exciting.


* Capital is located in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Bexley on East Main Street.

* The school was founded in 1830.

* Undergraduate enroolment is 3,850.

* Colors are Purple & White.

* The Crusaders play their games at Bernlohr Stadium which seats 3,000.

* Basic Offensive Formation is the spread.

* Basic Defensive formation is the 4-3.

* Lost 39 Letterwinners but return 21.

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