Halloween weekend had a few treats in store for John Carroll University football team.
For the second consecutive week, John Carroll shut out their opponent and continued a four-game winning streak.
JCU (7-1, 6-1) took care of the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies (0-8, 0-7) 30-0 in an important Ohio Athletic Conference victory.
Senior quarterback Jake Schaefer got the JCU offense moving early and often. On the first play from scrimmage, Schaefer hit senior wide receiver Jordan D’Orazio on a slant route that went for 72-yards, which set up a sophomore running back Stan Elad II’s three yard rushing touchdown.
On the ensuing Muskingum possession, sophomore defensive back Ray Brewster intercepted Muskie quarterback Kevin Peterson’s first pass. Schaefer and the Blue Streak offense capitalized with a six play, 40-yard drive that ended with a redshirt junior Nico James touchdown reception in the right corner of the end zone.
JCU had a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before Muskingum had an offensive yard.
A 21-minute scoring draught ended with a 23-yard Jake Vivonetto field goal. The sophomore kicker was busy on the afternoon with three field goals (23, 28 and 37-yards) in the contest. On the next Muskingum drive, senior linebacker Andy Bryant intercepted Peterson’s pass for the second time that half and secured the shutout heading into the locker rooms.
JCU carried a 17-0 lead heading into halftime. The defense was the star, holding the Muskingum offense to only 19-passing yards and 43-rushing yards.
The defense set the tone early in the second half, making a stop on the first drive of the half. Schaefer took the good field position and marched the Blue Streak offense down the field on a two-minute, 36-yard drive that ended in a 28-yard field goal.
Schaefer finished the afternoon with 234-yards through the air, which was good for one touchdown and one interception. D’Orazio (nine receptions, 134 yards) and James (four receptions, 26-yards and one touchdown) rounded out a receiving core that had eight different receivers registering a catch.
Sophomore running back Ro Golphin was the impact player of the second half for the Blue Streaks. The sophomore broke off the longest rush of his career with a 73-yard rushing touchdown. Golphin finished with 136-yards and one touchdown on 21-rushing attempts. The breakout run gave Golphin his eighth rushing touchdown on the year and gave JCU a 27-0 advantage late in the third quarter.
A Vivonetto 27-yard field goal and an unforgiving defense closed out the 30-0 victory over Muskingum.
The Blue Streak defense allowed the Muskingum offense to get past midfield only twice on seven second half drives. Peterson, the Muskingum freshman quarterback, was sacked four times and threw three interceptions. The freshman was held to just 8-for-21 for 56-yards.
Junior defensive back Jovon Dawson and seniorAndy Bryan led the defense with seven total tackles each.
By keeping Muskingum off the scoreboard, the Blue Streak defense has not allowed a touchdown in the last 12 quarters and has registered back-to-back shutouts in the regular season for the third consecutive season.
The Blue and Gold are now 7-5 all-time in games played on Halloween and 24-5-1 all-time against Muskingum. More importantly, the win puts JCU to 6-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, and moving towards a possible playoff position with just two games remaining on the schedule.