Berg seniors 'Cap' off careers

Berg seniors 'Cap' off careers

TIFFIN -- It was a Senior Day for the (record) books.

With new career records set by Tyler Stoyle and Demetrius Magee, the Heidelberg University football team cruised its way to a 63-20 win over Capital University.

Stoyle was 31 of 43 for 419 yards and seven touchdowns. The senior set a new Heidelberg record for career completions with 617, breaking Shane Fulton's mark of 587, set from 1983-86. Additionally, Stoyle tied a single-game touchdown record, shared with Andrew Miller (10/2/10).

With a first quarter touchdown grab, Demetrius Magee became HU's all-time leader in touchdown receptions. Magee broke Michael Preston's (2007-10) record of 27 career TD receptions -- finishing with five on the day.

Senior defensive tackle Austin Crow had eight tackles, including five for loss.

On a trick play in the third, offensive lineman and Tiffin native Brock Riggs scored his first career touchdown. After getting the ball from Stoyle, Magee flipped the ball to Riggs, who somersaulted into the end zone for a senior day celebration on the successful hook-and-lateral.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Heidelberg rewrote the record books twice on its opening drive. Stoyle hit Randy Buffington for a 15-yard pass across the middle for his 588th career completion, a new HU record. Four plays later, Stoyle found Magee for his record setting touchdown catch. The Student Princes took a quick 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.

Capital responded on the ensuing possession with a 69-yard touchdown drive. Matt Davenport prevented the Crusaders from evening the score, blocking the PAT.

Forcing the Berg to turn the ball over on downs, the visitors used a 6-play, 55-yard drive to take a 13-7 lead midway through the first.

The Student Princes took the lead on the first play of the second quarter, thanks to a 5-yard rush by Cameron Vocke. Vocke turned the corner and raced into the end zone untouched. Austin Baker's PAT pushed HU ahead to stay, 14-13.

On a trick play in the second, Vocke threw his second touchdown pass of the season, hitting Magee in the corner of the end zone. The 17-yard strike gave Heidelberg a 21-13 advantage early in the period.

Magee's third touchdown of the half came from a 14-yard pass off the right hand of Stoyle. Magee made a brilliant diving catch, extending the Tricolor lead to 28-13.

Tony Morris added to the scoring with a 20-yard over the shoulder touchdown reception. The good field position was set up from a 26-yard run by freshman Josh Cross.

Magee hauled in his fourth TD of the game on a 26-yard pass early in the third quarter. The catch completed Magee's first four-score game of his career.

Hitting Keivon Belcher on a 4th and 12, Stoyle and the rest of the HU offense set themselves up for another red zone score. The drive resulted in Riggs's touchdown -- the second trick play by the Berg offense of the afternoon.

Two minutes into the fourth quarter, Stoyle connected with classmate Braden Jerome for an 11-yard TD strike.

Stoyle and Magee connected once again for an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. With the catch, Magee set a new program record for most receiving touchdowns in a game. The senior broke the record previously held by Ryan Pifer, set on Nov. 8, 1997. The grab also tied an Ohio Athletic Conference record for most touchdown receptions in a single game. 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

Stoyle finishes his career with 76 touchdown passes, good for second all-time on the Berg's career list, surpassing Andrew Miller (2007-10). It was the sixth time in his career he threw for 5+ touchdowns and his second career 400-yard game.

Magee's Heidelberg career comes to a close with 32 touchdown receptions. He ended the day with 10 catches for 138 yards.

Morris (126 yards) and Jerome (98 yards) had seven catches and one touchdown each. It was the third time this season Magee and Morris had 100-yard games.

Vocke did a little of everything for Heidelberg on the afternoon. The versatile senior had a rushing touchdown, a passing TD and -- much to his liking -- a 32-yard punt.

The Student Princes were a perfect 8 of 8 in red zone opportunities. Baker was also a perfect 9 of 9 on extra point attempts -- which ties a school record with four other individuals, including Stephen Smith who accomplished the feat three times. Baker's average kickoff yardage was 55.1 yards on the afternoon.

Jermaine Burket chipped in with eight tackles while Verondtae Wilkinson contributed 1.5 sacks.

Crow concludes his season with 21 TFLs, 66.5 for his career. He capped off his illustrious career with a TFL on the game's final play.

NOTABLE QUOTES

Head coach Scott Donaldson on the play of Stoyle: "I'm so proud of the way Stoyle took this team on his back and finished out season the right way … He did an unbelievable job today … This is attributed to him and this entire senior class."

Donaldson on the Riggs trick play: "It was a well called play and it was executed to perfection … Brock is an athlete, you can't sleep on those offensive linemen."

Donaldson on this senior class: "This class did so much for us and for me personally coming in last year, they made the transition so smooth … I can't thank them enough and I can't tell you how proud I am of all 19 of them."

Magee on his last game at the Berg: "I thought it would be special from the beginning of the game … The past few weeks we've been coming out slow out the half … Today we emphasized coming out strong."

Riggs on the play call: "I've been hoping it would happen … It's been in the playbook for awhile … It was an awesome way to go out and send these seniors out the right way."

Heidelberg concludes its season with a 7-3 (6-3 OAC) mark, good for a second place finish in the conference.