FB Game Notes: Heidelberg at No. 9 John Carroll

File photos by Doug Sampson
File photos by Doug Sampson



Heidelberg University at No. 9 John Carroll University

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 1:30 PM

Don Shula Stadium | University Heights, Ohio

The Heidelberg University football team continued their struggles at home on Saturday afternoon, dropping to Muskingum University by a final score of 41-14. The Muskies outgained the Student Princes 427-228, while rushing for 260 compared to Heidelberg's 113 yards.
For the Berg, Jace Grossman had a big early impact offensively. The sophomore tailback punched in two scores from one and three yards out respectively. Grossman picked up 44 total yards before leaving the game due to injury. Trace Reynolds accounted for 236 total yards of offense -- throwing for 175. Maceo Matthews and Braden Jerome continued to be favorite targets for Reynolds. Matthews hauled in five catches for 81 yards, while Jerome snatched four receptions for 42 yards.
Zach Blackiston continued to trouble opponent offenses stacking up 12 total tackles, one pass break-up, and one QB hurry against the Muskies. Tyler Matuszak and Gabe Smythe also contributed heavily on the defense for the Berg, each picking up nine tackles each. Matt Davenport was credited with a forced fumble as well.
For Muskingum, Brody Hahn threw for 114 yards, including a 69-yard strike to Amin Shaheed midway through the first quarter. Hahn also was the leading rusher for the Muskies tallying 121 yards on the ground while finding the end zone four times. Caleb Gaiters and Brian Brown each intercepted a Reynolds pass on defense for MU -- including a 75-yard return by Gaiters inside the Heidelberg 10-yard line.
The road warriors were out in full force during week nine, as all five visiting teams emerged victorious across the OAC.
Baldwin Wallace edged Marietta 30-28. Jimmy Marshall nailed a 42-yard field goal as time expired for the Yellow Jackets. No. 9 John Carroll stomped Wilmington 66-19, led by Josh DeLozier's 184 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Muskingum trounced Heidelberg 41-14. Brody Hahn threw for 114 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 121 yards and four scores to lead the Muskies. No. 1 Mount Union strolled to victory, knocking off Ohio Northern 55-24. D'Angelo Fulford accounted for 332 passing yards including seven touchdowns. Capital got off the mark picking up their first win of the season at Otterbein, 23-19. Wyatt Pertuset hauled in two touchdown passes, including one from wide receiver Dar Stanford.
All 10 teams will hit the gridiron in week ten. As the case in week nine, all five games will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. Marietta visits Otterbein, Ohio Northern travels to Baldwin Wallace,Capital welcomes Wilmington, John Carroll hosts Heidelberg and Muskingum plays home vs. Mount Union.
Began: 1929
Overall: JCU leads, 25-7
Streak: HEID, 1
Last 10: JCU, 6-4
Scott Donaldson vs. JCU: 1-1
Rick Finotti vs. HEID: 0-1
Year Week Site BERG JCU
2017 3 HOME 47 21
2016 3 AWAY 14 42
2015 2 HOME 16 23
2014 2 AWAY 16 43
2013 9 AWAY 7 48
2012 9 HOME 31 10
2011 9 AWAY 41 28
2010 9 HOME 37 35
2009 3 HOME 27 30
2008 3 AWAY 15 17


• Senior quarterback Trace Reynolds sits 19th in the nation in total offense with 295.1 ypg
• Against Muskingum, Reynolds threw for 175 yards and rushed for 61 yards
• Senior wide receiver Braden Jerome continues to be a popular target for Reynolds, collecting four receptions for 42 yards vs. the Muskies
• Jerome has 48 catches for 608 yards in 2018
• Sophomore wide receiver Maceo Matthews hauled in 81 yards on five catches vs. Muskingum
• He leads the team in yards per catch with 19.1 per reception
• Matthews has 459 total receiving yards and six scores on the season
• Sophomore tailback Jace Grossman became the team's leader in rushing touchdowns after finding the end zone twice vs. Muskingum
• Known for his ability to make big plays on short yardage, Grossman now has six scores on the year on just 318 total yards
• Senior All-American punter Austin Baker punted five times last weekend for 175 yards, averaging 35 ypp
• Two of those five punts dropped inside the 20, pinning the Muskies to a long field
• Baker sits second in the nation in ypp with 42.7
• Under Head Coach Scott Donaldson, Heidelberg is 1-1 in the ninth week of the season
• Overall, Heidelberg is 40-39-2 in week nine
• Freshman linebacker Zach Blackiston has continued on a tear this season, ranking 34th in the nation and second in the league in total tackles with 10.4 per game
• Blackiston also averages 1.31 sacks per game, which ranks seventh in NCAA DIII
• Last week vs. Muskingum, the freshman lineback earned his first career start compiling 12 total tackles, including 10 solo
• Heidelberg pulled off the upset in 2017 over the Blue Streaks of John Carroll, winning 47-21 at Hoernemann Stadium.
• The Berg held a slight edge in total offense, out-gaining the Blue Streaks 448-414. Tyler Stoyle accounted for 300 yards of total offense, throwing for three touchdowns. Demetrius Magee hauled in two touchdown passes, while
Tony Morris reeled in the other from Stoyle. Magee and Morris each eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the game. Morris finished with 135 yards, while Magee had 109.
• The Berg defense picked off five passes over the game. Michael Warden and Donovan Walker each nabbed two pass attempts, while Jermaine Burket tallied the other. Warden and Walker each returned one pick for a touchdown during the second-half to help put the game out of reach for the Blue Streaks.
• For John Carroll, Anthony Moeglin and Riley Larkin each threw for over a hundred yards. Moeglin completed 15-26 for 175 yards, one score, and two interceptions. Larkin was 6-17 with 121 yards, one touchdown and three picks. Todd Green made the big play on defense for JCU, collecting one interception.
• The Heidelberg defense as now gone two straight games without an interception or forced turnover
• However, Heidelberg still sits fourth in the conference with seven interceptions
• Heidelberg's final home game of the year will serve as Military Appreciation Day
• Former servicemen and servicewomen can attend the game for free