Mount slips away in second half

Mount slips away in second half

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- A strong second half by the University of Mount Union doomed the Heidelberg University football team on Saturday. The Purple Raiders outscored the Student Princes 29-0 in the second half, en route to a 50-14 win.

Heidelberg falls to 2-3 on the season, 2-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. No. 1 Mount Union moved to 5-0, 4-0 in the OAC.

KEY STATS

Austin Crow continued his stellar season with 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss.

Receiver Demetrius Magee extended his touchdown-scoring streak to eight games.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Mount Union got on the board first with a one-yard BJ Mitchell touchdown plunge. It capped a 34-yard drive that started with a blocked punt.

Heidelberg answered right away, with Tyler Stoyle finding Magee for a four-yard touchdown. On the drive, the Student Princes went 70 yards on 11 plays, converting on three 3rd downs.

Following an interception, Mount went ahead with a 25-yard touchdown rush by Mitchell.

The opening drive of the second quarter saw MTU take a 21-7 advantage with a Dwayne Aaron one-yard touchdown rush.

Undaunted, the Student Princes would answer later in the quarter. The 12-play, 72-yard scoring drive -- punctuated by a five-yard touchdown rush by Branden Short -- included a third-down and a fourth-down conversion.

Before halftime, a 48-yard pass to Cameron Vocke set Heidelberg up with first-and-goal from the MTU 9 yard line. Heidelberg, however, couldn't take advantage, coming up empty with a missed field goal try.

In the second half, a Purple Raider punt pinned Heidelberg inside its 10 yard line. HU struggled to turn the field in its favor, and Mount capitalized with the excellent field position. Quarterback Luke Poorman ran 12 yards for a touchdown, making it 28-14 early in the fourth.

A field goal and a 45-yard touchdown pass in the quarter gave the hosts a 38-14 lead through three quarters.

Two Mount Union touchdowns in the fourth (both with missed PATs) gave the perennial powerhouse its 50-14 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Stoyle was 11-for-29 fow 172 yards with a pick and a touchdown.

The Purple Raiders have won 28 straight over Heidelberg, dating back to 1988.

QUOTES FROM THE COACH

Head coach Scott Donaldson on the day: "We had a great first half, but we didn't take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves in the second half ... I'm very proud of the energy and the fight we showed. This loss will help us get better."

UP NEXT

Heidelberg visits Otterbein 2-3 (2-2) next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. under the lights of Memorial Stadium.