Otterbein edges out football

Otterbein edges out football

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- For the first time in six years, the Heidelberg University football lost possession of the Rhine River Cup, as they were defeated by Otterbein University 45-38 on Saturday night. The loss sinks HU to 2-4, 2-3 OAC as the Cardinals improve to 3-3, 3-2 OAC.

A potential game-tying drive for the Student Princes stalled near midfield as time expired.

Justin Hutchins had a career day returning the football. The junior had 192 yards on kickoff returns, including a 95-yard touchdown that helped the Student Princes stay in the game in the fourth quarter.

Otterbein took control of the game in the second half with a 21-point surge that straddled the quarter break. The Cardinal run, which started with a 67-yard pass from Logan Stepp to Hunter Joseph, began less than two minutes after Heidelberg went ahead 24-21 on a Tyler Stoyle - Demetrius Magee 18-yard connection.

Magee's touchdown extended his streak to nine straight games with a score. He caught another touchdown later in the fourth quarter, a 19-yard play that made it 45-38 with 1:36 remaining. He finished with a career-high eight receptions for 139 yards.

For all of the explosiveness in the second half, the score was only 14-10 at halftime, in favor of the Cardinals.

The Tricolor took a second quarter lead at 10-7 lead when Stoyle connected with Geoffrey Helms for a 3-yard touchdown, his first career receiving touchdown.

On the first drive of the second half, Stoyle found Cameron Vocke for a 56-yard pass. The completion set up a 5-play touchdown drive. Lacey finished the drive with a 15-yard touchdown plunge.

Lacey rushed for 71 yards, surpassing the 3,000 yard mark in his career.

Stoyle was 25-of-39 passing for 364 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Austin Crow led the defense with nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss. Jarett Wasson, Trevor Summers, and Harrison Brown each tallied eight tackles.

Hutchins had two other long returns that were called back, including a punt return that would have gone for a 69-yard touchdown.

Otterbein holds a 14-10 edge all-time in the Rhine River Cup series, which commemorates the 1992 Otterbein/Heidelberg game held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Heidelberg hosts Marietta (2-4, 2-3 OAC) next Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Hoernemann Stadium.