Ohio Athletic Conference Football
Wilmington at Heidelberg
Saturday, October 31, 2015 | 1:30 p.m.
Hoernemann Stadium | Tiffin, Ohio
AFTER WEEK SEVEN...
...An offensive eruption and a nearly-perfect first half against Marietta has the Heidelberg football team with high expectations entering the final three weeks of the season. The Student Princes scored touchdown on all nine of their first half drives as they built a 63-14 lead over the Pioneers at halftime. Heidelberg was able to coast in the second half as they came away with a convincing 63-28 win on the road.
Bryan Lacey had a career-day rushing for the Berg as he ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half. Both of those numbers set career-highs for the running back and also earned him this week's OAC offensive player of the week honors. Quarterback Tyler Stoyle had a solid day as well, throwing for 226 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions as Heidelberg's offense tore through the Pioneer defense in the first half.
On the defensive side of the ball, Adam Wolbert picked up the lone sack of the day for the Berg. Nick Coolidge made his second interception of the season in the win as the Student Princes picked up six tackles for loss in the victory.
Due to the potent HU offense, AJ Morrison had a busy day on the kickoff squad, finishing the day averaging 60.4 yards per kickoff with three touchbacks. One of his kickoffs was perfectly placed in a soft spot of the Marietta return team and was recovered by Joey Wooley, resulting in a short field and another first-half touchdown for the Berg.
LOOKING AT WEEK EIGHT...
...Heidelberg's contest with Wilmington is one of four OAC games taking place at 1:30, with the Marietta contest at Ohio Northern scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
The Quakers are still winless in conference play while the Student Princes look to continue their upward trend towards the end of the regular season.
Muskingum travels to John Carroll with the Blue Streaks looking to stay in second place in the OAC standings. The Muskies are still winless on the season after falling to Ohio Northern this past week.
Mount Union hosts Otterbein after recording their 100th-consecutive regular-season victory this past week over Wilmington. The Purple Raiders remained the top-ranked team in the country in this week's AFCA and D3Football.com Top 25 polls.
Baldwin Wallace will play host to Capital. The Yellow Jackets are seeking their fifth- consecutive win while Capital will be looking to avoid their fifth-straight loss.
ONU takes on Marietta in an early-evening contest. The Polar Bears are coming off a 42-7 win where they held Muskingum scoreless until 7 seconds remained in the contest while Marietta looks to shore up their defense after the Berg racked up 63 points in one half against them last week.
- Began: 2000
- Overall: WILM leads, 7-8
- Streak: HU, 6
- Last 10: HU leads, 7-3
- Mike Hallett vs. Wilmington: 7-1
- Stacey Hairston vs. Heidelberg: 1-2, 0-2 at WILM
- QB Tyler Stoyle has not played in enough games to be considered among the league leaders in most categories, but for the sake of argument, he would be:
- Completion % -- 2nd (65.9%)
- Yards/Attempt -- 4th (7.5 ypa)
- Yards/Game -- 5th (207.0 ypg)
- Touchdowns -- 3rd (15 TDs)
- Stoyle's per game averages are further skewed by his quick appearance in the Week 1 loss at Cortland. He came in for one play after Jon Sandwisch's helmet came off and he had to sit for a play
- Dividing Stoyle's yards by a more realistic four games played, he is second in the conference with 258.8 ypg
LACE 'EM UP
- Bryan Lacey leads the Student Princes with 1,012 all-purpose yards -- with 781 yards rushing, 22 in the air, and 209 in kick returns
- Lacey is tops in the OAC with 144.6 all-purpose yards per game.
- He is roughly three yards better than John Carroll's Marshall Howell
- Alum Donteea Dye (Pictured on the right / AP Photo) recorded his first NFL reception -- a 7-yard touchdown -- in Tampa Bay's heartbreaking 31-30 loss at Washington on Sunday
- Dye was selected as John Buccigross' '88 Star of the Night on ESPN's SportsCenter
LOCAL BUSINESS DAY
- Saturday's contest with Wilmington marks Local Business Day on campus
- The event is sponsored by WTTF Radio, Heidelberg Catering, Verizon Wireless of Tiffin and National Machinery
- Participants will be recognized during a halftime ceremony
HOME FIELD DISADVANTAGE
- Last week in the OAC, all five games were won by the road team -- a feat that was last accomplished November 1, 2014
- The margin of victory for the road team last week was a staggering 44.2 points
- All five road teams from last week (ONU, MTU, HEID, BW and JCU) are at home this week
- In conference action this season, home teams are 12-13 (.480)
A TOUGH DAY TO BE A PIONEER
- Heidelberg and Marietta squared off in four head-to-head sports last Saturday
- The Student Princes were a healthy 3-0-1 in those affairs, with the men's soccer 1-1 draw as the lone result for the Pioneers
- Volleyball and women's soccer each won, 3-0
STUDENT PRINCES IN THE NEWS
- Bryan Lacey was named OAC Offensive Player of the Week for his 207-yard outburst at Marietta
- Men's soccer player Ryan Homoki and volleyball player Karlie DiRuzza were selected as Heidelberg's Student-Athletes of the Week.
- Homoki, a midfielder, helped lead HU to an upset of #25 Ohio Northern
- DiRuzza, the primary setter, dished up 83 assists in wins over #22 Ohio Northern and Marietta
- The Heidelberg volleyball team clinched at least a share of the OAC regular season crown and the #1 seed in the conference tournament with their win at Capital on Tuesday