Domination was the name of the game on Saturday, Oct. 11, as the then No. 6 Blue Streaks improved to 5-0 with a 69-0 win over Wilmington College.
The win was made possible by a John Carroll University offense that scored on its first eight possessions of the game and by a defense that blanked the Fightin’ Quakers.
From the first possession of the game, it was obvious that JCU was ready to play. A lengthy scoring spree started with a 31-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mark Myers to fellow senior Hayes Chrispin.
The next drive of the first quarter started in favorable field position after junior Jordan D’Orazio returned a punt to the Wilmington 12-yard line. Only three plays later, Myers found sophomore Marshall Howell for the eight-yard score.
JCU continued to roll on the next drive, as the team took only four plays to go 59 yards, with senior running back Tommy Michals finishing off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown rush.
The Blue Streaks managed to put up one more score before the first quarter ended, by way of another Michals touchdown run, this one from 10 yards out.
The 27-point lead built by JCU expanded even further before halftime, as the Blue Streaks scored a remarkable four more touchdowns in the second quarter, upping the lead up to 55-0.
Three touchdown passes from Myers to senior Zach Strippy, junior Brendan Carozzoni and senior Aramis Greenwood helped stretch the lead. The final touchdown of the half was credited to junior Josh Dasch, after junior Kevin Tyransky’s locked punt.
JCU did finally take its foot off the pedal after the first half, as the squad scored just twice in the second half. The two touchdowns were scored on a run by sophomore Johnny Watson and a pass from backup sophomore quarterback Jake Schaefer to Chrispin.
The JCU defense held steady all day, as the unit only allowed 180 yards of total offense and forced an astounding 11 three-and-outs.
Two of the stars who shined brightest for JCU offensively were Myers and Greenwood. Myers finished his day 14-of-18 for 284 yards and five touchdowns. Greenwood, the OAC offensive player of the week, was the primary receiver of the day, as he caught six passes for 168 yards and one touchdown.
“I think we came out really well,” said head coach Tom Arth. “That’s something we really focused on. I don’t think we did a really good job in starting well last week in our first road game. I thought we came out a little bit flat and slow [last week]. It was great to see our guys come out and play as hard as they did right from the start.”
All in all, it was a great win for JCU, as the team showed its dominance, which was missing in its close win at Ohio Northern University last week. Now at 5-0 on the season for the second straight year, and 4-0 in the OAC,
JCU returns home again to take on Marietta College at 1:30 p.m on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Every game from here on out holds a larger and larger significance for the Blue Streaks. Sitting in the top-10 and in the midst of an undefeated season, JCU needs to continue to build its resume as the season starts coming around the home stretch.
“Coach Arth has a great vision for this football program,” said Greenwood. “We are just trying to keep it going in the right direction.”