FB Game Notes: Heidelberg at Otterbein

Photos by Doug Sampson
Photos by Doug Sampson



Heidelberg University at Otterbein University

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Memorial Stadium | Westerville, Ohio

The Rhine River Cup

The Heidelberg University football team faltered at home in a back-andforth contest to Marietta College. The Pioneers emerged victorious 38-34, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 1:19 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Trace Reynolds had a productive day throwing for 183 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 142 yards and two scores. Braden Jerome proved to be a big target for Reynolds, hauling in 10 receptions and 96 yards, good for one touchdown. Maceo Matthews and Jace Grossman each accounted for the other Heidelberg scoring on the afternoon.
Defensively, Zachary Blackiston continued his dominance collecting 13 tackles on the afternoon. The Student Prince defense did force three turnovers but failed to convert them into points. Elijah Brechbill and Tyler Matuszak each picked off a pass, while Ahkil McGill forced and recovered a fumble.
Leading the way for Marietta was Tanner Clark, who rushed for 232 yards and three scores. Also adding offense for the Pioneers was Darrien Fields who threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Ryan Vanmeter.
The big difference in a game that saw 10 lead changes proved to be in total yardage, with Marietta compiling 544 yards, while Heidelberg mustered 420.
Muskingum, Otterbein, Baldwin Wallace and Ohio Northern took their byes in week six, while three games were still played.
John Carroll shut out the dangerous offense of Capital, 44-0. Tyshawn Jones hauled in two interceptions and had five tackles to lead the Blue Streak defense.
Mount Union steam-rolled Wilmington 63-7. As a team, the Purple Raiders rushed for 372 yards and five touchdowns.
Marietta defeated Heidelberg on the road, 38-34. Tanner Clark rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner with 1:19 remaining in the fourth quarter.
All 10 teams will return to action in week seven.
Four games kickoff at 1:30 p.m. -- Wilmington visits Marietta, Mount Union travels to Capital, Ohio Northern hosts John Carroll, and Muskingum hits the road for Baldwin Wallace. Capping off the weekend, Otterbein welcomes Heidelberg for a 7 p.m. night cap.
Each year, Otterbein and Heidelberg play for the Rhine River Cup. The traveling trophy game was created in 1993 to commemorate the first collegiate football game played on European soil, in which the Cardinals and Student Princes fought to a 7-7 draw.
Since its creation, the Cardinals have held a 14-11 edge in the series. The Student Princes have won five of the last six, however. A list of all Rhine River Cup games is on page 3.
Began: 1900
Overall: HEID leads, 49-29-4
Streak: HEID, 1
Last 10: HEID, 9-1
Scott Donaldson vs. OTT: 1-1
Tim Doup vs. HEID: 1-5
Year Week Site BERG OTT
2017 6 HOME 48 45
2016 6 AWAY 38 45
2015 4 HOME 49 31
2014 4 AWAY 45 28
2013 6 AWAY 35 17
2012 6 HOME 21 0
2011 3 AWAY 41 20
2010 3 HOME 34 35
2009 4 AWAY 20 49
2008 4 HOME 14 52


• Senior quarterback Trace Reynolds was responsible for 325 yards of total offense vs. Marietta, including four touchdowns
• With a completion to Braden Jerome midway through the second quarter, Reynolds eclipsed the 1,000 passing yard mark for the season
• Senior wide receiver Braden Jerome collected 96 yards receiving on 10 receptions vs. the Pioneers
• At the start of the fourth quarter, Jerome nabbed a 15-yard pass from Reynolds, surpassing the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career
• Senior All-American punter Austin Baker sent three punts away in week five
• His long of 64 yards marked the first punt 60+ yards since he accomplished the feat with a 69-yarder vs. Mount Union last season
• Freshman linebacker Zach Blackiston continued his tear collecting 13 tackles vs. Marietta
• He ranks 3rd in the OAC and 36th in the nation in total tackles per game with 10.4
• He is also ranked 11th in the nation for sacks per game with 1.30
• Senior defensive back Jordan Green collected two tackles vs. Marietta
• His big play was a 3-yard tackle for a loss on Tanner Clark that helped hold Marietta to a field goal at the end of the first quarter
• Otterbein's 2017 visit to Tiffin, Ohio was an instant classic. David Hoyle nailed a 49-yard field goal for the Cardinals to tie the game at 45 with only eight seconds remaining forcing the game to overtime. Just as overtime begun, after a quick three play drive, Heidelberg was forced to settle for a field goal attempt. Austin Baker connected on the 32-yarder and sent the Heidelberg crowd into a frenzy. The final score was 48-45, Heidelberg.
• Tyler Stoyle had a monstrous game throwing the football, amassing 489 yards through the air. The effort was good for three touchdowns, but marred by two interceptions. Cameron Vocke collected 98 yards on the ground and pounded his way into the end zone for three scores as well.
• The big play for the Heidelberg offense was midway through the second quarter as Stoyle found Demetrius Magee for a 73-yard touchdown. However, Otterbein responded with a 95-yard kickoff return by Julian Lowe.
• Jarett Wasson recorded an interception for the Berg while Verondtae Wilkinson tallied a pair of sacks
• For Otterbein, Logan Stepp rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns including a 54-yard outburst at the beginning of the second quarter. Stepp also threw for 315 yards and an additional three scores.
• After being pick-less in their first two games of the season, Heidelberg has now collected five interceptions over the last three games
Tyler Freeman, Braden Jerome, Jordan Green, Tyler Matuszak, and Elijah Brechbill have each accounted for one pick a piece
• Heidelberg is 2-0 on the road this season, defeating Capital and Wilmington
• The Student Princes are 7-5 on the road under the leadership of Scott Donaldson
• Under Head Coach Scott Donaldson, Heidelberg is 1-1 in the sixth week of the season
• All-time, The Berg is 46-66-4 (.414) in the sixth game of a season
• This week's game is the fourth under the lights for the Student Princes
• HU is 2-1 in evening games, with wins over Olivet and Capital