Area college football: John Carroll overwhelms Ohio Northern

By Tom Usher -

ADA — John Carroll quarterback Anthony Moeglin wasn’t known for his scrambling and running ability.

But the 5-foot-11 junior found some openings and shot through them.

Moeglin used his right arm and his legs to help John Carroll run past Ohio Northern 49-17 Saturday at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

Moeglin entered the day with only 103 rushing yards in five games. On Saturday he ran 16 times for a career-high 126 yards.

“That’s on us,” ONU coach Dean Paul said of Moeglin’s running. “Between tackling and some poor assignment execution, those things can’t happen against a team like that.’’

Moeglin also completed 14 of 22 passes for 254 yards with two TDs.

John Carroll, ranked No. 10 in the nation in Division III, stands 5-1, 4-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

ONU is 4-2, 3-2 in the OAC.

The teams have split their last four meetings, including ONU getting a 27-20 double-overtime win at University Heights last year.

Most of Moeglin’s runs came off either a quarterback draw or the read-option keeper.

“It was definitely something we saw earlier in the week (on film),” Moeglin said of his running the ball. “With the scheme they play, we knew the quarterback run could be a huge part of the game. And we like to pride ourselves on being two-dimensional. If you can come in and run the football, that just adds another level that the defense has to prepare for.’’

Moeglin wasn’t the Blue Streaks’ entire offense, however.

John Carroll running back Michael Cangangelli had 25 carries for 109 yards and three TDs. He had TD runs of 1, 7 and 1 yards.

The Blue Streaks ended up with 296 yards rushing.

ONU quarterback Anthony McFadden completed 11 of 28 for 167 yards. He threw one TD (for 71 yards) and had one interception.

McFadden also led the ground game with 18 carries for 41 yards.

ONU freshman Brock Martin had nine carries for 36 yards.

John Carroll led 28-14 at the half, then pulled away in the second half.

After a scoreless first quarter, the second quarter quickly focused on a few scoring fireworks.

The Blue Streaks led 21-14 late in the first half when ONU quarterback McFadden went back to pass.

He was sacked by the Blue Streaks’ Rome Brundidge at the ONU 17.

The ball popped free and John Carroll’s Chad Stalnaker gobbled it up and went 17 yards for the TD.

That gave the Blue Streaks a 28-14 lead with 52 seconds left before the half.

“That was huge,” Moeglin said. “Our defense has carried our offense all year. … We got the sack and Chad got the scoop and score. That set everybody into a little frenzy, which is cool. It got us a ton of momentum.’’

ONU had one more shot in the half.

The Polar Bears got the ball at their own 38 and went right down to the John Carroll 16 in the final minute.

But McFadden was sacked on the final play of the first half to end the ONU threat.

“It was definitely a big play (by John Carroll) to go up two scores when things are kind of back and forth,” Paul said. “We got a good drive and responded, though, at the end of the first half, but probably should have kicked the field goal with 10 seconds left. But they dialed up a blitz. They picked the right call. I felt like we needed a touchdown to try to cut it to seven.’’

ONU cut the margin to 28-17 on a 22-yard field goal by Chase Watson (Elida) with 6:48 left in the third quarter.

The Blue Streaks answered with a three-play drive.

Canganelli scored on a 7-yard TD run and the Blue Streaks were in control 35-12 with 5:49 left in the third.

“We couldn’t get the timely stop,” Paul said. “They were just kicking our butt. There are no excuses.’’

ONU scored first after a 10-play, 68-yard drive.

A.J. Marks went off left tackles for a 9-yard TD to give the Polar Bears a 7-0 lead with 11:38 left before the half.

John Carroll tied it at 7 on a five-play, 70-yard drive.

Moeglin hit Danny Disbrow on a 22-yard TD pass in the right corner of the end zone with 9:35 left in the first half.

John Carroll needed only four plays to score again.

Moeglin bounced off two ONU defenders and rumbled for 34 yards to the ONU 10.

Two plays later, Moeglin hit J.J. Olivera for a 9-yard TD pass.

That gave John Carroll a 14-7 lead with 6:17 left in the half.

ONU tied at 14 when McFadden hit Anthony Amison on a quick slant over the middle. Amison got loose and took the pass 71 yards for the score.

That tied it at 14.

John Carroll took the lead to stay 21-14 when Canganelli bulled it over for a 1-yard TD with 1:51 left in the first half.

Manchester 21, Bluffton 17

BLUFFTON — Manchester benefited from two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Bluffton dipped to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play while Manchester improved to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the HCAC.

Bluffton quarterback and Perry graduate Plummie Gardner completed 11-of-29 for 106 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Drake Campbell and Darian Greeley went for 53 and 31 yards on the ground, respectively.

By Tom Usher

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