Oct 25, 2018
Muskingum University at Heidelberg University
Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 1:30 PM
Hoernemann Stadium | Tiffin, Ohio
Homecoming & Hall of Fame Day
AFTER WEEK SEVEN
The Heidelberg University football team was knocked off on the road, 54-0 at No. 1 Mount Union. The Purple Raiders outgained the Student Princes in total yardage 509-210 on the afternoon to establish control of the game. Despite the difference in yardage, Mount Union only held a 26-0 lead at the start of the fourth quarter before pulling away late.
Trace Reynolds couldn't find his groove all afternoon, only completing 48% of his passes for 167 yards. The ground game also struggled, rushing 41 times for a combined 43 yards. Maceo Matthews was a bright spot on the offense collecting three passes good for a career-high 97 yards. Braden Jerome, Dimitri Penick and Nick Cofer each accounted for the other Heidelberg receptions.
Defensively, Zachary Blackiston continued to be a force for the Berg, racking up 13 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss. He also found his way into the backfield, twice to sack Mount Union quarterback D'Angelo Fulford. Ahkil McGill collected nine tackles of his own to contribute on the defense.
2017 All-American punter, Austin Baker punted eight times, averaging 48.8 yards per punt, including a long of 63 and three punts inside the 20-yard line.
For Mount Union, D'Angelo Fulford passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns. The Purple Raiders got most of their work done on the ground, rushing for 229 yards and four scores, led by Josh Petrucelli who compiled 101 yards and two scores. Ernie Burkes iced the game late in the fourth quarter with a 54-yard outburst.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Five games were played across the OAC in week eight.
BaldwinWallace edged Wilmington 35-33 on the road. Jake Hudson tossed for 285 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 54 yards and two scores as well.
Marietta dropped their first game of the season at No. 9 John Carroll, 27-24. Devin Limerick rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead a comeback victory for the Blue Streaks.
Capital was once again on the wrong end of a shootout, losing at home to Ohio Northern, 49-46. Thomas Wibbeler passed for 464 yards and five touchdowns in the losing effort.
No. 1 Mount Union defeated Heidelberg at home, 54-0. The Purple Raiders rushed for four touchdowns on the afternoon, while putting up 509 yards of total offense.
Muskingum edged Otterbein at home, 21-14, thanks to a last-minute touchdown. Brody Hahn and Jordan Garrett each tossed one touchdown, both connecting with Terry Geiger to lead the Muskies.
All 10 teams will return to action in week eight. All five games kickoff at 1:30 p.m. Marietta hosts Baldwin Wallace, Wilmington welcomes John Carroll, Mount Union visits Ohio Northern, Capital travels across town to Otterbein and Muskingum pays a visit to Heidelberg on Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend in Tiffin, Ohio.
Overall: MUSK leads, 56-34-6
Streak: HEID, 8
Last 10: HEID, 9-1
Scott Donaldson vs. MUSK: 2-0
Erik Ieuter vs. HEID: 0-0
• Senior quarterback Trace Reynolds ranks 17th in the nation with 303.6 yards of total offense per game
• At Mount Union, Reynolds threw for 167 yards and rushed for only 18, his lowest offensive production of the season
JEROME ON THE RANGE
• Senior wide receiver Braden Jerome continues to be a popular target for Reynolds, hauling in five catches for 53 yards at Mount Union
• Jerome now has 44 receptions on the season good for 566 yards and four touchdowns
• Sophomore wide receiver Maceo Matthews has continued to pick up yardage and put points on the board with his receptions
• He hauled in a career-high 97 yards on just three catches at Mount Union
• On the season, Matthews averages 19.9 yards per catch
• Sophomore tailback Jace Grossman has rushed for 274 yards on the season, including 4 touchdowns
• He is the leading scorer out of the backfield for Heidelberg
• Senior All-American punter Austin Baker punted eight times at Mount Union en route to being named OAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career
• Baker averaged 48.8 ypp against the Purple Raiders and he averages 44.0 ypp on the year, which leads the nation
• Senior defensive back Jordan Green leads the team with seven pass breakups and two interceptions in 2018
• He also has tallied 20 total tackles on the year
BLACKIS-TON OF BRICKS
• Freshman linebacker Zach Blackiston has yet to slow down this season, picking up 13 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and two sacks vs. Mount
• Blackiston leads the OAC in total sacks with 10.5 and ranks fourth in the nation in sacks/game with 1.5
LAST YEAR vs. MUSKINGUM
• Heidelberg knocked off Muskingum in 2017 by a final score of 36-13. Tyler Stoyle threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Berg.
• Heidelberg established dominance early in the game. First, Stoyle found Demetrius Magee on a two-yard pass, which led to a twopoint conversion by Trace Reynolds. Just 14 seconds later, Verondtae Wilkinson recovered a Muskie fumble and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown, putting the Berg up 15-0. Cameron Vocke capped off the first half, rushing for a sixyard score with just 40 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
• Magee would go on to collect two more touchdown strikes from Stoyle in the third quarter, putting the game out of reach for Muskingum. Brody Hahn threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns for the Muskies, connecting with Damon Jones on both scores.
• Defensively for Heidelberg, Malik Dudley added a fumble recovery in addition to the Wilkinson touchdown return. Dudley also blocked an extra point attempt on Muskingum's second touchdown of the game. Jermaine Burket picked off two Hahn passes to aid the Berg defensive efforts. Cle'Von Burch and Jailen Willis each picked off a Tyler Stoyle pass on the Muskie defense.
WELCOME BACK LARRY
• Between the third and fourth quarter, Heidelberg will present a small gift to Larry Shank
• Shank, who retired as Muskingum AD in June, was a coach, administrator and professor at Heidelberg from 1990-2001
• As head wrestling coach, Shank won a program best 104 dual meets
PICK OR TREAT
• The Heidelberg defense snapped a streak of four consecutive games with an interception at Mount Union
• The team still ranks third in the OAC with seven interceptions on the season
• Under Head Coach Scott Donaldson, Heidelberg is 2-0 in week eight, twice defeating Wilmington
• All-time, The Berg is 38-59-3 (.395) in week eight