Ohio Athletic Conference Football
Otterbein at Heidelberg
Saturday October 14, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Hoernemann Stadium | Tiffin, Ohio
Rhine River Cup
AFTER WEEK FIVE
Falling from the ranks of the unbeaten, Heidelberg will try and respond on its home turf for a night game with Otterbein. The Berg gave up 63 points to No. 2 Mount Union a week ago.
After being idle last week, Otterbein stands as the only other OAC team with one loss this year. The Similar to HU, the Cardinals have scored at least 35 points in four of their give games.
The two teams will battle for the Rhine River Cup, which commemorates the Otterbein/Heidelberg football game in Frankfurt, Germany in 1992. The game ended in a 7-7 tie. The Cardinals won last year, which snapped a streak of six straight Student Prince victories over Otterbein.
LOOKING AT WEEK SIX
Five OAC games are on this week's slate, with the Berg-Otterbein matchup being the lone night game.
Muskingum, fresh off a bye week, searches for its first conference win when it hosts Baldwin Wallace. BW won a back and forth contest with Wilmington last week.
A struggling Capital travels to No. 2 Mount Union. The Crusaders have dropped three straight while MTU stayed atop the OAC standings with a commanding win over the Berg in week five.
John Carroll, winners of two straight, looks to keep momentum at home against Ohio Northern. The Polar Bears racked up 643 yards of total offense in last week's win over Capital.
Wilmington and Marietta clash as both teams will try and improve to the .500 mark this season. Wilmington fell at BW last week while the Pioneers lost to John Carroll.
LOOKING BACK AT 2016
In a shootout in Westerville, Heidelberg fell to Otterbein, 45-38 under the lights at Memorial Stadium.
Heidelberg trailed at the half, 14-10, thanks to a 34-yard field goal from AJ Morrison and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Geoff Helms. The Helms TD capped a 99-yard Student Prince Drive.
The Berg took a slim 17-14 lead early in the third with a 15-yard touchdown run by senior Bryan Lacey. The teams traded touchdowns for the remainder of the quarter, with Otterbein leading 28-24 headed into the fourth.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Otterbein extended its lead with a 7-yard touchdown run, and later tacked on another TD for a 42-24 advantage. On the ensuing kickoff, Justin Hutchins returned the kick for a 95-yard touchdown, giving the Student Princes life. A TD pass to Demetrius Magee in the final two minutes put HU to within a touchdown, but the Cardinal defense stood tall as a potential game-tying drive stalled near midfield.
Tyler Stoyle was 25-39 for 364 yards and three touchdowns. Magee led the receiving corps with eight grabs for 139 yards and two scores. Austin Crow added nine tackles, 1.5 for loss, and a forced fumble. Jarett Wasson, Trevor Summers, and Harrison Brown contributed with eight tackles each.
Overall: HEID leads, 48-29-4
Streak: OTT, 1
Last 10: Even, 5-5
Scott Donaldson vs. OTT, 0-1
Tim Doup vs. Heidelberg, 1-4
LAST TEN YEARS
TYLER, THE CREATOR
• Senior quarterback Tyler Stoyle is back for his
third season under center, 15-7 as a starter since
taking over midway through the 2015 campaign
• The senior has thrown for 300+ yards 10 times
• He currently sits third all-time in HU history with
63 passing touchdowns
• Stoyle has spread his 63 TD passes around to 10
• In two career starts against Otterbein, Stoyle is
55-for-84 for 752 yards, with eight touchdowns
and one interception
• Senior defensive tackle Austin Crow, a
preseason All-American, is 27th in the nation
averaging 1.8 TFLs/game
• For his career, Crow has 193 tackles, 55.5 TFLs
and 21 sacks
SHAKE AND BAKE
• Junior transfer Austin Baker is 19th in the nation
in punting, averaging better than 40 yards/punt
• Baker set a career high with a nice 69-yard punt
in the loss to Mount Union
ON THE REBOUND
• The Week 5 matchup with Mount Union was ... a
bit of a disappointment. But, as the OAC-saying
goes, don't let Mount Union beat you twice
• Since the last Berg win over the Purple Raiders
(1988), the Student Princes are 15-10 the next
week ... but have lost the last two
WTTF STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
• Volleyball's Morgan Strenk and Men's Soccer's
Cory GIlbert have been named the WTTF
Student Athletes of the Week
• Strenk had back-to-back 12 kill performances
for the volleyball team
• Gilbert scored twice as the men's soccer team
upset No. 4 John Carroll, 3-2
HU FOOTBALL PROFESSOR OF THE WEEK
• This week's Prof of the Week is Prof. Stephen
Svoboda, Assistant Professor of Theatre.
• Three professors are nominated by the captains
and voted on as a team
• The POTW is invited to all practices and may
accompany the team for the coin toss
• On Saturday morning, Karlie DiRuzza's medallion
on the Adams Academic All-American Plaza will
be unveiled. She was a 2016 CoSIDA Academic
All-American volleyball player.
• Between the 1st and 2nd quarter, Bill Landess
Award winners from the spring semester will
be recognized. Student-Athletes receive this
award by earning a 3.0+ GPA in the semester of
• Next week is Coaches in the Classroom, where
freshmen invite HU coaches to attend class with
• Later this semester, the Academic-Athletic
Advisory Board will host its first-ever Professors
at Practice event