Sep 14, 2018
Heidelberg University at Capital University
Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Bernlohr Stadium | Bexley, Ohio
AFTER WEEK ONE...
The Heidelberg University football team pulled off a fourth quarter comeback vs. Olivet College in front of a packed Hoernemann Stadium during week one. After taking an early 7-0 lead, the Student Princes found themselves trailing 17-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Trace Reynolds busted out for a 44-yard touchdown run, before finding wide receiver Braden Jerome in the corner of the end zone with 1:11 remaining in the game on a 17-yard
pass. 'Berg is now 9-0 vs. Olivet in the series history. On the defensive end, freshman Zachary Blackiston compiled 16 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss and 3 sacks en route to OAC Defensive Player of the Week honors during week one. Collin Pecoraro and Elijah Brechbill accounted for a combined 16 tackles to help in the comeback.
Capital fell in week one away to Mt. St. Joseph 59-21, before dropping a week two contest to Marietta. The Crusaders narrowly fell to the Pioneers 51-50 after failing to convert on a two-point conversion with 0:26 left on the clock. QB Thomas Wibbeler and wideouts David Barnett and Dar Stanford have been phenomenal weapons for the Crusaders this year.
The Student Princes are making the trip to Capital for the 7 p.m. kickoff well-rested after coming off their bye week.
AROUND THE LEAGUE...
Week two was slow for OAC teams, with only three games being played. Mount Union, John Carroll, Wilmington and Heidelberg were the four teams with a bye week.
Ohio Northern knocked off Muskingum 42-14 at home on Saturday night. Running back Brock Martin had a big night for the Polar Bears, rushing for three scores. Marietta hosted Capital defeating the Crusaders by a narrow margin in a high-scoring affair, 51-50. For the Pioneers, Tanner Clark powered his way into the end zone for six touchdowns including 72-yard and 62-yard runs. Baldwin Wallace made a statement at home to Otterbein, defeating the Cardinals 33-3. Quarterback Jake Hudson racked up 282 passing yards on 24 completions and two touchdowns to lead the offense for the Yellow Jackets.
The OAC has a full slate of games in week three. Three games will be at 1:30 p.m., one will take place at 2 p.m. and one will kickoff at 7 p.m. John Carroll hosts Otterbein, Muskingum welcomes Marietta, Wilmington travels to Ohio Northern, Baldwin Wallace plays home to No. 1 Mount Union, and Heidelberg hits the road to Capital for the lone evening clash.
Overall: HEID leads, 40-31-1
Streak: HEID, 7
Last 10: HEID, 7-3
Scott Donaldson vs. CAP: 2-0
Chad Rogosheske vs. HEID: 0-2
THE AMAZING TRACE
• Senior quarterback Trace Reynolds won his first career start in Week One vs. Olivet
• Reynolds had been the primary backup for past two seasons
• In total, Reynolds had 337 yards of total offense, throwing for two TDs and rushing for one
BABY GOT BACKFIELD
• Both struggled to get going vs. Olivet, but face a Capital Defense which allowed Marietta's Tanner Clark to rush for 311 yards
JEROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY
• In his first game as the primary target, Jerome had five grabs for 101 yards, setting a career high
• Jerome caught the game-winning TD in the front corner of the end zone
P.S. IF THIS IS AUSTIN ...
• Senior All-American Austin Baker averaged 36.5 yards per punt vs. the Comets
• His long was 45 yards on a windy Tiffin night
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACKISTON
• LB Zach Blackiston, third on the depth chart, opened many eyes with a 16-tackle effort in the win vs. Olivet
• Blackiston, sporting long-flowing orange hair, seemed content to camp out in the Comet backfield, tallying 5.5 TFL and three sacks
SECOND GAME NUGGETS
• Under Head Coach Scott Donaldson, Heidelberg is 2-0 in OAC lid-lifters ... both coming against ONU
• Heidelberg hasn't opened up OAC action with Capital since a 46-32 loss in Bexley in 2009
• All-time, The Berg is 50-64-8 (.443) in the second game of a season
• In 2017, the Student Princes were 3-2 away from Hoernemann Stadium
• They won their first three games (Olivet, ONU, Muskingum), but dropped contests at Marietta and Baldwin Wallace
• As head coach, Donaldson is an even 5-5 on the road
LAST YEAR VS. CAPITAL
In the final game of 2017, Heidelberg defeated Capital, 63-20, capping off a 7-3 season for the Student Princes. After a back and forth first quarter, the Student Princes established dominance on the game in the second quarter scoring four touchdowns including a 17-yard pass by running back Cameron Vocke to Demetrius Magee.
Tyler Stoyle compiled a whopping 419 passing yards on the day, including seven passing touchdowns. Stoyle complete 31 of his 43 passing attempts to nine different receivers. Three receivers - Demetrius Magee, Tony Morris, and Braden Jerome - eclipsed or neared the 100-yard mark for receiving yards. Magee hauled in five touchdown passes, while Morris and Jerome each collected one score a piece. Things got interesting late in the third quarter when Berg dipped into their bag of tricks completing a hook and ladder for a touchdown. Stoyle found Magee on a 10 yard slant, before Magee pitched the ball back to lineman Brock Riggs who barreled into the end zone for the four yard score -- a play which won him the SB Nation's Piesman Trophy.
For the Crusaders, quarterback Thomas Wibbeler went 22-44 with two touchdown passes and one running score. Wide receiver Dar Stanford reeled in 129 receiving yards including one touchdown. Trey Reese accounted for the other receiving touchdown for Capital.