FB Game Notes: Heidelberg at Wilmington

Photos courtesy of Doug Sampson
Photos courtesy of Doug Sampson



Heidelberg University at Wilmington College

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1:30 PM

Williams Stadium | Wilmington, Ohio

The Heidelberg University football team stumbled in week three at home to Baldwin Wallace University losing their first game of the year 34-10.
QB Trace Reynolds had an off-night for the Student Princes, only mustering 229 yards of total offense - a season low. The biggest play of the day for the Student Princes came on the opening drive - on just the second play from scrimmage - as Reynolds broke to the right and slung a pass to Keivon Belcher, who outran the BW secondary for a 66-yard touchdown.
After that opening drive, the Berg offense couldn't get going all night, failing to break the defensive line of the Yellow Jackets. Austin Baker connected on a 23-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to account for the other Heidelberg scoring.
Defensively, the Student Princes picked off their first two interceptions of the year. The first was hauled in on an over-the-shoulder grab by freshman Tyler Freeman. The second was by wide receiver Braden Jerome, who was sent on late in the first half as secondary help on a hail-mary attempt by BW - his first career pick.
Wilmington was defeated byMuskingum at home last week, 31- 24. Kyle Barrett threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offensive efforts of the Quakers. The costly play for Wilmington came with just 27 seconds remaining in the first half, as a Barrett pass was intercepted by Muskingum and returned for a touchdown. The pick-six was one of three interceptions thrown by Barrett on the afternoon.
Four games were played across the OAC during week four, with Capital and Marietta having their by weeks. John Carroll fell on the road to No. 1 Mount Union by a final score of 23-10. The Purple Raiders made the difference defensively, returning two fumble recoveries for touchdowns to sink the Blue Streaks. Ohio Northern prevailed over Otterbein in a low-scoring affair, 13-7. Chase Watson was 2/3 on field goal attempts and 1/1 on PATs to help the Polar Bears past the Cardinals. Muskingum knocked off Wilmington in a 31-24 shootout. The Muskies kept the ball on the ground rushing for 180 yards and three scores. Baldwin Wallace downed Heidelberg in the lone night game, 34-10. Jake Hudson combined for 316 yards of total offense and four scores to drop the Student Princes.
All five OAC games kickoff at 1:30 p.m. in week five. Mount Union travels to Otterbein, Wilmington hosts Heidelberg, Ohio Northern hits the road to Marietta, and Muskingum welcomes John Carroll to town. Wrapping up the slate of games in week five is Capital playing home to Baldwin Wallace.
Began: 2000
Overall: HEID leads, 10-8
Streak: HEID, 9
Last 10: HEID, 9-1
Scott Donaldson vs. WILM: 2-0
Bryan Moore vs. HEID: 0-1
Year Week Site BERG WILM
2017 8 HOME 37 14
2016 8 AWAY 59 3
2015 8 HOME 44 0
2014 8 AWAY 53 10
2013 3 HOME 66 12
2012 3 AWAY 56 2
2011 8 HOME 49 20
2010 8 AWAY 36 3
2009 8 AWAY 17 14
2008 8 HOME 20 23
• Senior quarterback Trace Reynolds started strong in the loss to BW, throwing a 66-yard touchdown
• Despite tallying 29 carries, Reynolds only gained 61 yards
• Wideout Keivon Belcher is fourth in the OAC, averaging nearly 89 yards per game
• Belcher has scored touchdowns in consecutive games
• Senior All-American Austin Baker averaged 44.3 yards per punt vs. the Yellow Jackets
• Baker also sprinted for a first down on 4th-and-2 from near midfield
• He hit on a 23-yard field goal, but missed one and had one blocked
• Freshman LB Zach Blackiston leads the nation with 5.5 sacks
• Blackiston had six tackles vs. BW
• Sophomore Aidan Ammons makes his tackles count
• Of his nine tackles, 5.5 have been for a loss -- including a sack vs. BW
• After being pick-less in the first two games, Heidelberg tallied two vs. BW
• Oddly enough, the first INT was by wide receiver Braden Jerome on a BW Hail Mary at the end of the first half
Tyler Freeman had the second pick
• For the first time in 2018, Heidelberg will play in a day game
• The first three games this season had 7 p.m. starts
• Heidelberg is 1-0 on the road this season
• The win at Capital snapped a two game losing streak away from home
• Several familiar faces dot the Wilmington coaching staff
• Wilmington Head Coach Bryan Moore and Defensive Coordinator Corey Fillipovich both coached at Heidelberg
• Offensive Coordinator Matt Byrne is a 'Berg grad and spent two years as a GA
• Under Head Coach Scott Donaldson, Heidelberg is 2-0 in the fourth week of the season
• All-time, The Berg is 64-51-5 (.554) in the fourth game of a season -- their best mark of any week
• Heidelberg defeated the Quakers in 2017 on Homecoming weekend by a final score of 37-14
• The Student Princes racked up an immense 542 yards of total offense, including 317 in the air. Cameron Vocke was responsible for three scores on the afternoon, rushing for two, and one game-sealing 80-yard reception. Tyler Stoyle found Vocke on a slant out of the backfield, who found the open space to find the corner of the end zone for the huge score
• Jarett Wasson and Michael Warden each recorded an interception, while Verondtae Wilkinson and Trevor Summers tallied eight tackles a piece to keep the Quaker offense quiet
Austin Baker nailed his career-long 45-yard field goal with 14:02 remaining in the second quarter. Baker's effort was instrumental in earning OAC Special Teams Player of the Week and eventually being named to the D3Football.com All-America Team.
• Luke Creditt accounted for both Wilmington touchdowns. PJ Meyer hauled in a seven yard pass from Creditt on the stroke of halftime to put the Quakers on the board. Creditt used his legs to find the end zone for the second time to start the fourth quarter.