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Blue Streaks throw 5 interceptions, fall 47-21 to Heidelberg

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS – Avoiding big plays and limiting turnovers was a focal point for the John Carroll University football team at practice this past week.

Neither aspect of the game plan came to fruition.

The Blue Streaks threw five interceptions – two of which were returned for touchdowns – surrendered 448 yards of total offense, and converted 36% (5-for-14) of their third downs in a 47-21 defeat to Heidelberg on Saturday afternoon from Hoernemann Stadium in Tiffin, Ohio.

Eddie Williamson and Kody Kidd registered a pair of receiving touchdowns, while Arin Pruitt crossed the goal line from two yards out.

The loss snaps JCU’s 10-game winning streak in the OAC, a dominant stretch dating back to November 14, 2015 against the Mount Union Purple Raiders (L, 3-36).

Moeglin, Larkin unable to sustain possessions

Quarterbacks Anthony Moeglin and Riley Larkin fired five errant passes to the opposition, halting offensive momentum in the one-sided affair.

The play-calling tandem threw back-to-back pick-sixes in the third quarter, turning a 27-24 deficit to a 40-14 hole in a nine-minute span.

Moeglin completed 15-of-26 (57.7%) passes for 175 yards and a 32-yard touchdown to Williamson, his second of the campaign.

Larkin took over in the fourth period, posting a 35.3% (6-of-17) completion percentage with 121 yards and an 11-yard strike to Kidd, the first of his collegiate career.

Running back Ro Golphin spearheaded the rushing attack on nine carries for 65 yards.

Pruitt barreled through a bevy of defenders for his first TD since October 22, 2016.

Defensive front beat by big plays

The Student Princes averaged 6.7 yards per play, primarily through a 73-yard connection between quarterback Tyler Stoyle and Tony Morris.

Demetrius Magee tacked on a 29-yard touchdown, igniting the home crowd and eventually knocking off the ninth-ranked team in the nation.

Stoyle finished with 317 yards through the air, sending defensive coordinator Kyle Hoke back to the drawing board ahead of Week 4.

Bogard teams with Thomas on defensive line

Sophomore Conner Bogard consistently applied pressure to his competition, tallying two sacks for 17 yards, four tackles-for-loss for 22 yards and one pass breakup.

Junior Jimmy Thomas followed suit, notching two tackles-for-loss for four yards.

Weather and attendance

John Carroll (1-2) and Heidelberg (3-0) drew 2,147 fans under sunny skies and upper-80s temperatures.

OAC update

Mount Union (3-0) crushed Baldwin Wallace (1-2), Marietta (2-1) beat Muskingum (1-2) and Ohio Northern (2-1) doubled up Otterbein (3-1).

Up next

JCU returns home to play the Wilmington Fightin’ Quakers next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from Don Shula Stadium.

Photo credit: John Carroll University Sports Information Department

John Alfes has covered John Carroll University athletics since September of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (jalfes18@jcu.edu).

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