While in beautiful Barcelona, the visiting Blue Streaks party experienced all the sights of the city, including the Mercat de la Boquería, with its the bright colors of fruits and vegetables, spices and fresh seafood, Las Ramblas and the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. They journeyed north to Monserrat, where the mountain setting provides a dramatic backdrop for the 9th-century monastery that houses the Black Virgin Mary of Montserrat, the Cave of Saint Ignatius and the Chapel in Manresa.
Following a visit to the famous Nou Camp home of FC Barcelona, the Blue Streaks played an exhibition game against a Catalan All-Star team then will had a chance to enjoy the relaxed beach town of Sitges and Arragona, a city with years of medieval history. The visit ended with a private catamaran ride and an awards dinner.
John Carroll University went into the exhibition game expecting to win against a Catalan All-Star team eager to test themselves against high-quality visiting opposition, with the score being less important than the teaching and learning aspect of the scrimmages.
The Blue Streaks led 21-0 after the first quarter with Evan Nugent returning the opening kickoff 75 yards, Arin Pruitt scoring on a 3-yard run, and Brian Kornowski catching a 10-yard pass from Anthony Moeglin. All 3 PATs by Matt Danko were good.
JCU led 42-7 at halftime as touchdown passes of 42-yards to Kornowski and 25-yards to Danny Disbrow by Nick Velar, along with a Josh DeLozier 12-yard run and three more Danko PATs set the Blue Streaks well out in front.
A Jimenez interception return to pay dirt over 42 yards, a Joey Bates 24-yard run and two more Denko PATs earned a 56-7 lead by the end of the third quarter. The 91-7 final score was completed by a Brandon DiMarco 25-yard pass to DeLozier, Stan Elad’s 2-yard run, Delozier recovering a lateral pass in the end zone and reeling off 15-yard run, a Velar 80-yard run and the reliable Denko tagging on his PATs.