TIFFIN, Ohio -- Bolstered by seven magnificent sacks, the Heidelberg University football team moved past Baldwin Wallace on Saturday, 37-27. The win was the third-straight for the Student Princes, who moved over .500 for the first time this season.
Heidelberg improved to 5-4 overall, 5-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Baldwin Wallace slipped to 2-7, 1-7 in the conference.
Captain Garrett Shutler had quite an afternoon. Shutler led the team with a career-high nine tackles, including three for a loss. The highlight, though, came after the game when he successfully proposed to his girlfriend on the steps of University Hall.
Quarterback Tyler Stoyle was 26-for-42 for 257 yards and two touchdowns.
Six different Student Princes records at least 0.5 sacks on the day. Austin Crown and Harrison Brown both had two.
The Student Princes managed 13 tackles for loss as a unit.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After BW quarterback Jake Hudson was sacked on consecutive plays during their opening drive, a poor punt gave HU excellent field position. On 3rd-and-1, Stoyle found a wide-open Branden Short in the flat. Short turned it into a 21-yard touchdown completion. A.J. Morrison added the extra point.
BW tied the game early in the second quarter when Austin Smith broke through the HU defense for a 42-yard touchdown run. Joe Simonis added the PAT.
HU regained the lead on the ensuing drive -- a 33-yard field goal from Morrison.
Near the end of the half, Heidelberg took over on downs inside their own territory. A nifty one-handed grab-and-run by Cameron Vocke went for 54 yards down to the BW 7. On 3rd-and-goal, Stoyle hit Tony Morris for a 2-yard touchdown. Morrison's PAT gave HU a 24-7 lead at the break.
BW tightened things up with a 98-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter, ending in a 13-yard scamper by Hudson. Mario Petit-Frare blocked the point after.
Morrison opened scoring in the final quarter with a 20-yard field goal, giving HU a 27-13 cushion.
Another poor BW punt put Heidelberg in a good position later in the quarter. Morrison took advantage, kicking a 25-yard field goal, his third of the game.
The Yellow Jackets scored later, cutting the lead to 30-21 after a 2-point conversion.
The Student Princes recovered BW's onside kick before turning it into another scoring drive. Bryan Lacey, carrying the ball for the final time at Hoernemann Stadium, ran left and found the end zone, scoring from 36-yards out.
Aided by a pair of personal fouls, BW would score on the final play of the game, making the final score 37-27.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Morrison's hat trick was the first by a Heidelberg kicker since Dan Kilger accomplished the feat in a 17-7 win at Muskingum in 2011.
Jones' pick-six was the first for Heidelberg since Clay Staib ran 100 yards for a touchdown at John Carroll in 2014.
Juxtaposed to Heidelberg's seven sacks, the BW defensive front was not able to get to Stoyle.
Head coach Scott Donaldson "All the guys stepped up today .. it wasn't just one or two. When you can get pressure on the quarterback, good things will happen."
Donaldson on the seniors: "I'm so proud of the our seniors are finishing off their careers ... I can't talk enough about their commitment to our program.
Chris Jones on his pick-six: "The quarterback let go of the ball and it was hanging up in the air so I had to go and grab it. I knew there was a guy to the left and right of me so I just took it all the way to the house.''
Heidelberg closes out the 2016 season on the road at Capital (4-5, 4-4 OAC). Kickoff with the Crusaders is slated for 1:30 p.m.