Ohio Athletic Conference Football
Otterbein at Heidelberg
Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 1:30 p.m.
Hoernemann Stadium | Tiffin, Ohio
AFTER WEEK THREE...
...the Heidelberg defense is vastly improved and the offense is starting to find its groove.
A year ago, HU was fourth in the nation in total offense and 213th in total defense. Today, Heidelberg is 111th in offense and 82nd in defense.
The offense jumped from 161st last week thanks to a 500-yard day at Ohio Northern.
On defense, the line has become a major strength for the Tricolor. Heidelberg is 27th in the nation in sacks and 50th in tackles for loss.
After being shutout in the opener, the Cardinals have pounded out 31 points in back-to-back games. QB Kevan Green is a threat to move the ball with his legs and his arm. WR Julian Lowe had three TD receptions in last week's win over Wilmington.
Drew Ervin, who moved from RB to LB, leads the Cardinals with 32 tackles. As a team, Otterbein gave up 427 yards to Wilmington, but held the Quakers to one touchdown and a safety. Otterbein is tough in the red zone, only yielding points 61% of the time.
LOOKING AT WEEK FOUR...
Saturday's HU-OTT match up is one of five across the conference this weekend.
Baldwin Wallace and Muskingum each look to bounce back after a tough three-point loss in Week Three. BW fell to JCU 17-14 and MUSK lost at CAP, 34-31.
The most intriguing battle is the Ohio Northern at John Carroll game in University Hts. The Blue Streaks fell a spot to No. 11 in both polls despite their win over BW. Realistically, Northern needs a win to keep its postseason hopes afloat. If the Polar Bears play with the same intensity they had in the second half against Heidelberg, an upset could be in the making.
Marietta and Wilmington square off in a battle of the teams picked ninth and 10th in the preseason polls. Wilmington beat Bluffton in the opener while Marietta is still winless.
Capital draws the short straw this week, as it faces Mount Union in Alliance. No. 2 Mount Union has not allowed a point this season. It his third season, CAP head coach Craig Candeto seems to have the tools in place to effectively run the triple-option offense. The MTU-CAP game is the weekend's only night game.
Overall: HEID leads 47-28-4
Streak: HEID, 4
Last 10: OTT leads, 6-4
Mike Hallett vs. Otterbein: 4-4
Tim Doup vs. Heidelberg: 0-3
LAST TEN YEARS
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR
- Heidelberg has had second half leads in all three games this season
- Of the 180 minutes of game time, the Student Princes have led for 136:59, trailed 29:01 and been tied 14:00, as seen on the graph on the right
- Heidelberg hasn't lost 10-point leads in back-to-back games since at least 2002
- In the first three games, Heidelberg has had a different player lead the team in receiving
- Dre Valliant led the Cortland game with 49 yards, Demetrius Magee led the JCU game with 70 yards and Nick DeLisa led the way at ONU with 90 yards
RHINE RIVER REDUX
- Heidelberg and Otterbein tied 7-7 in the 92 game, held in Frankfurt, Germany
- The contest was the first collegiate game played in Europe
- Since then, a trophy game has been held between the schools, with OTT holding a 13-9 advantage
- Senior quarterback Jon Sandwisch threw for a career-high 290 yards on 21-of-37 passing at Ohio Northern
LACE 'EM UP
- Bryan Lacey set a career high with 31 carries in Saturday's loss at Ohio Northern
- Lacey averages 5.9 ypc in his career
WORTH CROWING ABOUT
- Sophomore Austin Crow had a career-high 10 tackles against ONU
- Crow was a disruptive force in the Polar Bear backfield, tallying 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks
STUDENT PRINCES IN THE NEWS
- Junior All-American volleyball player Sarah Parker tallied her 1,000th career kill in last weekend's win over Kalamazoo
- Parker and cross country runner Isaac Kuntz were named Heidelberg's Student-Athletes of the Week
- Kuntz led HUXC to a third-place finish at last Saturday's Pre-Regional meet in Terre Haute, Ind.