Another week, another dominant display by the No. 6 John Carroll University football team. The Blue Streaks improved to 3-0 after a 45-7 blowout win over the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets on Saturday, Sept. 27.
After starting off the year with big wins against St. Vincent College and Heidelberg University, the Blue Streaks crushed their bitter rivals from Berea in impressive fashion.
Homecoming weekend hype provided a big crowd for the night game at Don Shula Stadium.
According to head coach Tom Arth, the team was excited and fired up to play against Baldwin Wallace.
“It’s a great rivalry and a great tradition in Cleveland,” said Arth. “We’re honored to be a part of it, and were excited to get out here and play.”
Senior quarterback Mark Myers started the day out strong by hitting a wide open Marshall Howell for a 60-yard scoring play on JCU’s first drive. The sophomore wideout also caught a 23-yard touchdown from Myers later in the first quarter.
The Blue Streaks continued to score in the second quarter, putting up a spectacular 31 points by half. Two more Myers’ touchdown passes did the job. One went to sophomore wide receiver Brian Kornowski and the other to senior tight end Zach Strippy.
Myers later added a fifth and final touchdown on a 21-yard pass to junior tight end Brendan Carozzoni at the end of the third quarter.
Myers looked comfortable making a variety of throws while continuously picking apart the Baldwin Wallace defense. Myers completed 22-of-34 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions on the night.
Howell seemed to be Myers’ favorite target. Finishing with five catches for 112 yards along with a pair of touchdowns.
“It was a great motivation for the team to come out and have such a huge crowd behind us,” said Howell. “It’s an overwhelming feeling knowing you have that many people behind you and you can’t help but play your hardest for them.”
On the other side of the ball, the JCU defense suffocated the Baldwin Wallace offense. JCU regularly disrupted passes, while still managing to halt Baldwin Wallace’s running game in its tracks. The Blue Streaks’ defense held the Yellow Jackets to only 54 rushing yards and 161 passing yards for just 215 yards of total offense. In comparison, JCU netted 509 total yards.
The JCU defense also attacked Baldwin Wallace QB Tyler Moeglin, sacking him six times for a total loss of 39 yards. Seniors Choe Samba, Frank Pines, Nick Lasko and Chris Rizzo, junior Andy Bryan and sophomores Michael Hippler and Jovon Dawson all got in on the fun, each earning at least half a sack.
The defense also managed to record drive-ending interceptions on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter. Senior Jimmy King and junior David Porter were on the receiving end, snagging one pick a piece.
“The best things in life are unexpected,” said Porter. “It’s most tackle’s dream to get an interception, but it wouldn’t of been possible without my man Frank Pines.”
It may be still early in the season, but if JCU’s terrific play continues, the Blue Streaks will continue their climb up the ranks. JCU hits the road for the first time this season next week as they visit Ohio Northern University at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The Polar Bears should be quite the test for the Blue Streak defense, coming off an incredible game against Heidelberg University, in which ONU put up 52 points in a tough road loss.