TIFFIN – Following an impressive debut in his first career start, quarterback Tyler Stoyle has been named offensive player of the week by the Ohio Athletic Conference. The sophomore, who stepped in for injured Jon Sandwisch, threw for five touchdowns with no interceptions as the Student Princes toppled Otterbein 49-31 on homecoming at Heidelberg.
Stoyle's first appearance of the game was delayed, as after an Otterbein touchdown on the opening drive, Bryan Lacey returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Following another scoring drive for the Cardinals, Stoyle took the field and looked nothing like a sophomore making his first career start.
He led the Berg down the field, completing five of seven passes for 37 yards, capping off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nick DeLisa to set the tone offensively for the game.
Late in the first half, Stoyle recorded two touchdown passes in the final two minutes, a five-yarder to Braden Jerome with 1:35 to go and an 18-yard scoring toss to Demetrius Magee with just 25 seconds to play in the half. That score gave Heidelberg their first lead of the game as they entered halftime.
It didn't take long for Stoyle to find his rhythm in the second half as well, as he led the Student Princes down the field on their opening drive of the third quarter for a touchdown, finished off with a five-yard pass to DeLisa to stretch the lead to 33-21.
After Otterbein responded with a scoring drive of their own, Stoyle completed a 71-yard bomb to Magee for a touchdown to answer back, his fifth touchdown pass of the game.
Stoyle finished the game going 30-for-45 through the air for 388 yards and five touchdowns while throwing no interceptions. He also had 30 yards rushing in the contest as Heidelberg (1-3) retained the Rhine River Cup.
The Student Princes will take to the road this weekend as they travel to Muskingum for another OAC contest. That game is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. in New Concord on Saturday.