Downed in the Valley: FB falls at Marietta

(Nate Knobel / Marietta College)
(Nate Knobel / Marietta College)

MARIETTA, Ohio -- The No. 24 Heidelberg University football team could not find its rhythm, falling at Marietta College, 44-21, on Saturday afternoon. Marietta scored 37 straight points en route to the upset victory.

HU falls to 5-2, 4-2 in conference play. Marietta improves to 4-3, 3-3 OAC.


Senior quarterback Tyler Stoyle was 26-42 for 298 yards, one passing touchdown, and a TD reception. Cameron Vocke led the Heidelberg receivers with six grabs for 91 yards and a touchdown.

HU used a trick play to get on the board first. Vocke found Stoyle in the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Austin Baker's PAT gave Heidelberg an early 7-0 lead.

The story would be all Marietta for the remainder of the half, as the Pioneers tacked on 24 points before halftime. The biggest blow was a 69-yard pass to open the second quarter.

Marietta picked up right where they left off, scoring two more touchdowns before the Student Princes scored again. With 8:28 to play, Stoyle found Vocke for a 20-yard TD pass. Vocke tacked on the final HU touchdown with a 6-yard run.


Jordan Green and Jermaine Burket each had interceptions in the losing effort. Green returned the pick for 38 yards -- the junior's first career interception.

Trevor Summers had 11 tackles while Terrance Cole picked up a career-high 10 tackles, 2.5 for loss. 

The Berg was whistled for 11 penalties for 96 yards. The loss snaps a string of nine straight wins over the Pioneers.

Marietta picked up 29 first downs, compared to Heidelberg's 19. The Pioneers outgained the Berg on yards of total offense. MC racked up 563 yards compared to the Berg's 376.


Heidelberg hosts Wilmington College next Saturday in its homecoming game. The game will also celebrate the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class and the 1972 Stagg Bowl team. Kickoff at Hoernemann Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.