FB Game Notes: Heidelberg at Otterbein

FB Game Notes: Heidelberg at Otterbein


OAC Football
Heidelberg at Otterbein

Saturday, October 4, 2014  |  1:30 p.m.
Memorial Stadium  |  Westerville, Ohio


The 5-0 Student Princes, being untested so far on their 2013 campaign, faced adversity for the first time when they took to the road to face Otterbein.  The two teams battled back and forth with Heidelberg holding a 21-17 edge mid-way through the 3rd quarter before the Student Princes added on a pair of scores to pull away and win by a final score of 35-17, retaining the Rhine River Cup.

Cartel Brooks ran all over the Cardinals' defense, setting a then school-record with 337 yards on 39 carries.  His five touchdowns also set a Heidelberg record for one game, being the main source of offense for the Student Princes on the day, accounting for 337 of Heidelberg's 451 yards of total offense.

The Heidelberg defense was in the Otterbein backfield the entire game, racking up an impressive eight sacks.  Both Ben Poirier and Andy Sieving led the way with two apiece.

The win moved the Student Princes to 6-0 for the second consecutive year.


The Cardinals opened the season with a tough loss to #9 St. John Fisher, battling back and forth early before falling 36-14.  They bounced back to open OAC play, however, shutting out Capital 20-0 before defeating Wilmington 49-21.

Otterbein is led offensively by quarterback Brick Davis who has thrown for four touchdowns without an interception so far on the year.  Reid Hutchison and Drew Ervin are the go-to backs for the Cardinals, running for 280 and 129 yards, respectively.  Ervin leads the way with three touchdowns on the ground.

Austin Jones leads the Otterbein defense with 29 tackes in their three games, including 1.5 tackles for loss and recovering two fumbles.  Linebacker Will Brett has found his way into the opposing backfield regularly thus far, racking up four sacks on the season.

Year    Score
2013    Heidelberg, 35-17
2012    Heidelberg, 21-0
2011    Heidelberg, 41-20
2010    Otterbein, 35-34
2009    Otterbein, 49-20
2008    Otterbein, 52-14
2007    Otterbein, 33-31
2006    Otterbein, 34-6
2005    Otterbein, 65-35
2004    Otterbein, 31-14


  • QB Michael Mees has 27 career wins
  • Has 74 career TD passes, surpassing the record of 69 set by Andrew Miller in 2010
  • Has 4 career 300+ yard games
  • With 6,884 career yards, Mees needs 489 more yards to surpass Shane Fulton atop the Heidelberg career passing list (note:  last week's game notes contained a mathematical error regarding this figure)


  • RB Cartel Brooks led the OAC in rushing in 2012 & 2013
  • 465 yards at Baldwin Wallace set NCAA All-Divisions Record
  • 337 yards at Otterbein set a then-HU record (Jeff Brock, 301 yards, 1999 v MUSK)
  • Five TDs at Otterbein ties HU record, held by himself and five others
  • Has 56 career touchdowns (HU record is 58, set by Walt Livingston '58)
  • His 103 yard-day vs. ONU was the 22nd game of his Heidelberg career to go over 100 yards
  • The three touchdowns against Alma was his 5th career 3+ rushing TD performance
  • Has two career rushing TDs of more than 90 yards (99 at WILM, 2012; 94 at JCU, 2014)


  • CB Tim Littles' two-INT performance vs. Alma set a career high
  • First multi-INT day for HU since Mitchell Kelly had two at CAP on 10/6/12.


  • LB Clay Staib recorded a career-high 16 tackles in the Week 3 win over ONU, eclipsing career high of 12 (9/6/14 vs. ALMA)
  • His 100-yard INT return for a TD at JCU tied a 'Berg record, set by Adam Smith (1994)
  • Tied for 19th in nation with 12 tackles per game


  • WR Donteea Dye, a team captain, had 12 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns against ONU -- all career highs
  • Third in OAC with 108.3 ypg


  • WR/KR/PR Nick DeLisa had 198 all-purpose yards vs. ONU -- 91 receiving, 74 kick return 33 punt return yards
  • Had a career-high six catches vs. ONU


  • P/K Stephen Smith is one of only 200 organ performance majors nationwide
  • Is second in nation in points per game by a kicker with 11.3
  • Kicked a career-long 37-yarder vs. ONU


  • The offensive linemen - Austin Hunter, Dominic Racanelli, Alex Damschroder, Mike Lehman and Brock Riggs - have only yielded three sacks on the season in more than 100 dropbacks
  • Heidelberg's offense scored 69 points against ONU, despite only having the ball for 19:51
  • Mathematically, HU scored one point for every 17.26 seconds of possession
  • For the season, Heidelberg touchdown drives have averaged five plays, 64.4 yards and 1:28 seconds
  • The Student Princes do not have a scoring drive of more than 10 plays this season

Viel Glück, Student Princes!
Heidelberg will look to retain the Rhine River Cup for the fourth straight season.  The trophy commemorates the 1992 game between the schools that was played in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Each year since the 7-7 tie in Europe, the trophy and bragging rights have been up for grabs.  Otterbein leads the Rhine River Cup series 13-8.