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Football Drops 17-14 Decision to John Carroll in Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Game

Dick Miller BW Outstanding Player of the Game
Dick Miller BW Outstanding Player of the Game

BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University football team was defeated by Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 17-14, on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium on Community & Family Day and in the 27th Annual Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Game before 5,750 fans. With its win, JCU assumes a 26-25-4 all-time lead in the series and a 14-13 advantage in the Gold Bowl series.

JCU (3-0, 2-0 OAC) led 7-3 after one quarter, 10-7 at halftime and 17-7 after three periods. The Blue Streaks outgained the Yellow Jackets (1-2, 1-1 OAC) by a 304-276 count in total yardage, including a 143-76 advantage through the air.

For BW, senior quarterback Tyler Moeglin (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) completed 9 of 17 passes for 76 yards and rushed it 21 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns. He was the Dick Miller Community & Family Day Player of the Game. In addition, sophomore running backs Austin Smith (North Royalton) and Adam Blake (Alliance/ Markington) had 55 and 54 yards rushing, respectively. He top receiver was junior Bryon Cook (Tallmadge) caught three passes for 31 yards. The Yellow Jacket defense was led by senior defensive end Jake Mauer (Brunswick) with nine tackles.

JCU was led on offense by by sophomore RN Arin Pruitt with a game-high 114 rushing yards in 19 attempts and a TD. Senior QB Jake Schaefer completed 19 of 34 passes for 143 yards with one TD and one interception.  The top receivers were junior Nico James and Jordan D'Orazio with four catches each. One of D'Orazio's grabs went for a TD. The Blue Streak defense was led by senior DE Mike Tozzi with a game-high 12 tackles.

In the first quarter, JCU gained a 3-0 lead at 4:09 on a 29-yard field goal by Jake Vivonetto. The boot came after BW drove deep into Blue Streak territory but the drive was stopped by an interception. The big play in JCU's 6-play and 71-yard drive was a 53-yard run by Pruitt.

BW came right back to take a 7-3 lead at 51 seconds when Moeglin carried into the bend zone from 5 yards away to cap an 8-play and 58-yard drive. Junior Academic All-OAC placekicker Joe Simonis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) booted the PAT.

In the second quarter, JCU retook the lead at 10-7 with 30 seconds before halftime when Schaefer threw a 4-yard scoring pass to D'Orazio to cap a 7-play and 49-yard drive. Vivonetto added the PAT boot.

In the third quarter, the Blue Streaks increased their lead to 17-7 at 5:27 when Pruitt scored from 2 yards out to cap an 11-play and 53-yard drive. Vivonetto added his second PAT boot.

On the first play of the fourth quarter Moeglin ran one yard to the end zone for his second TD of the game to cut the lead to 17-14 at 14:57. Simonis added the PAT kick. The four-play and 23-yard drive followed an interception by sophomore cornerback Theodore Washington (Orlando, Fla./ First Academy).

The Yellow Jackets return to action next Saturday, October 3 when they travel to New Concord, Ohio to play OAC rival Muskingum University at McConagha Stadium at 1:30 p.m. The next home game is on Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 10 versus Marietta College at 2 p.m.