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JCU offense clicks in major conference victory

October 19th, 2016

The John Carroll University football team stayed in University Heights this past Saturday to battle against conference opponent, Heidelberg University.

John Carroll won in dominating fashion 42-14, bringing them to 2-1, (2-0) this season. Heidelberg dropped to 1-2, (1-1) on the season.

JCU established dominance early in the first possession, traveling 80 yards in 3:25. Sophomore Sam Kukura headlined the drive with a tackle shedding 51 yard run. On the ensuing  play, Kukura found himself in the end zone.

Heidelberg’s offense was non-existent in the first half as their first five possessions resulted in five consecutive punts.  The only threat from the visitors was silenced by a senior Mike Hollins interception.

JCU went into the half leading 21-0. Kukura scored twice in the half to go with a senior Marshall Howell 38 yard touchdown reception.

A muffed punt started the first half for the Blue Streaks, giving Heidelberg starting field position on the JCU 24 yard line.

Junior quarterback Tyler Stoyle made the Blue Streaks pay when he found his go to receiver, Demetrius Magee, multiple times with the short field. After John Carroll forced a fourth and six situation, Heidelberg stayed on the field, allowing Stoyle to find Magee for the score.

The Blue and Gold responded to the offensive life from the Student Princes with the best JCU drive of the afternoon. A 13 play, 63 yard drive took 6:54 off of the clock with Moeglin capping off the drive after scrambling for a 12 yard touchdown.

Moeglin said after the game, “When a play breaks down, you just try and make something happen.”

At the start of the fourth quarter, Kukura added three scores in the game after a one yard rush in the fourth quarter, giving the Blue Streaks a 35-14 lead.

Last year’s All-OAC second team member sophomore running back Ro Golphin put the icing on the cake with a 92 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. This was the second straight game that Golphin and Kukura rushed for over 100 yards a piece.

Moeglin and Howell had a special connection all day as they connected eight times for 107 yards and a score.

Junior linebacker Mason McKenrick led the way for the Blue Streaks with 10 total tackles, the senior Hollins said “We just have to trust our process and complete each play.”

Head Coach Tom Arth remains perfect against the Student Princes with the big win, Arth commented on the defense saying “We tried to mix up look a bit, give them a few things they haven’t seen.”