FB Game Notes: Ohio Northern at Heidelberg

Photo by Doug Sampson
Photo by Doug Sampson



Ohio Northern University at Heidelberg University

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 1:30 PM

Hoernemann Stadium | Tiffin, Ohio

Military Appreciation Day | Senior Day | Bendo Bowl VIII

The Heidelberg University football program dropped to 4-5 overall on the road to No. 9 John Carroll University on Saturday. The difference maker appeared in total offensive yardage on the afternoon, as John Carroll compiled 398 yards of total offense compared to the Berg's 121.
Three quarterbacks saw time below center for the Berg as Wendell Morrison and Trevor Harrison-Rawn made their varsity debuts as the signal caller. Trace Reynolds had a tough night as the starter, only completing 3-9 passes, while rushing nine times for a combined yardage of negative four yards. Harrison-Rawn saw some success, completing six of nine passes for 45 yards. Morrison connected two of four of his attempts for 32 yards.
Defensively, Elijah Brechbill was kept busy in the secondary, compiling 16 total tackles on the day. As well, Tyler Matuszak hit the double-digit mark in tackles, picking up 10, while also intercepting Blue Streak quarterback Anthony Moeglin.
Senior, 2017 All-American punter Austin Baker had a career day punting the football, including a 95-yard boot which set a new NCAA Division III record at the beginning of the second quarter. The play highlighted a day which saw Baker average 50.6 yards per punt, while collecting three touchbacks, and one that was downed inside the 20-yard line.
For John Carroll, Moeglin threw for 172 yards and two scores, while both Michael Canganelli and Josh DeLozier rushed for one score a piece. The Blue Streak defense compiled an immense 11 tackles for a loss, including eight sacks, while intercepting two passes, making things extremely difficult for the Berg's offense to get going.
Marietta knocked off Otterbein 43-21 in Westerville. Darrien Fields threw for 414 yards, while connecting  with Justin Bell for three touchdowns. Baldwin Wallace topped Ohio Northern in a high-scoring affair, 48-41 at home. Wide receiver Chad Steinwachs returned an interception for 100 yards as time expired in the first half for the Yellow Jackets defense. Capital made it two in a row, defeating Wilmington at home, 38-17. Thomas Wibbeler accounted for 317 total yards of offense and two touchdown scores for the Crusaders. No. 9 John Carroll took care of business at home blanking Heidelberg 27-0. Austin Baker booted a NCAA Division III record 95-yard punt to highlight the day for the Student Princes. No. 1 Mount Union strolled to a 52-10 victory at Muskingum. At the end of the third quarter, Gabe Brown scooped a blocked field goal and returned it 80 yards for the Purple Raiders.
The OAC wraps up the regular season on Saturday, November 10, with all five contests kicking off at 1:30 p.m. No. 1 Mount Union welcomes Marietta, No. 25 Baldwin Wallace travels to No. 8 John Carroll, Wilmington hosts Otterbein, Capital hits the road for Muskingum and Heidelberg plays home to Ohio Northern.
Began: 1897
Overall: ONU leads 46-35-5
Streak: HEID, 2
Last 10: HEID, 6-4
Scott Donaldson vs. ONU: 2-0
Dean Paul vs. HEID: 8-6
Year Week Site BERG ONU
2017 2 AWAY 40 21
2016 2 HOME 45 14
2015 3 AWAY 20 34
2014 3 HOME 69 52
2013 2 HOME 55 27
2012 2 AWAY 43 7
2011 10 HOME 48 21
2010 10 AWAY 14 35
2009 5 AWAY 7 38
2008 5 HOME 0 41
• Senior quarterback Trace Reynolds had a rough go as the signal caller for the Berg at JCU Carroll
• He only completed three of nine passes, while rushing nine times for a combined total offense of -4 yards
• Senior wide receiver Braden Jerome as been the most targeted receiver all year for The Berg
• At John Carroll, Jerome hauled in four catches for 30 yards
• Sophomore wide receiver Maceo Matthews had one catch at John Carroll for 16 yards
• He is averaging 19 yards per catch on the season and has six receiving touchdowns
• Sophomore running back Branden Short rushed ten times for 36 yards at John Carroll
• Short is second on the team with 325 yards
• Senior All-American punter Austin Baker punted eight times at JCU, including a 95-yard bomb that set a new NCAA DIII record
• Baker is ontinuing to lead the nation in ypp with 44.2 yards per boot
• Under Head Coach Scott Donaldson, Heidelberg is 2-0 in week 10
• Overall, the Heidelberg football program is 17-21 in 38 total games played during the tenth week of the campaign
• Freshman linebacker Zachary Blackiston was held in check vs. John Carroll only contributing seven tackles
• He continues to rank highly across NCAA DIII, including tenth in the nation with 1.17 sacks per game
• The Heidelberg University football team took care of business on the road in Ada, Ohio, defeating Ohio Northern University 40-21 last season.
• Heidelberg exploded for 655 yards of total offense on the afternoon, led by Tyler Stoyle's 365 yards passing. Demetrius Magee was responsible for hauling in nine catches for 176 yards. Stoyle's lone passing touchdown was collected by Keivon Belcher. Cameron Vocke rushed the ball 17 times for 179 yards, including two scores. Jace Grossman also punched into the end zone twice for the Student Princes.
• The Berg found their way in ONU's backfield often, collecting 10 tackles for a loss, including seven sacks. Jarett Wasson, Heidelberg's leading tackler on the day, also intercepted the Polar Bears. John Eckroth made a huge impact early in the first quarter, sacking ONU quarterback Will Freed, forcing a field goal attempt, which he blocked as well.
• Freed connected on 23-32 pass attempts good for 289 yards to lead the Polar Bear offense. Freed also connected with Chad Rex on three occasions for touchdowns. Mark Niles made the big play on defense for Ohio Northern, stopping a promising Heidelberg drive at the ONU 15, by forcing and recovering a Tony Morris fumble.
• Eight years ago, ONU HC Dean Paul and then HU HC Mike Hallett created the Bendekovic Bowl to honor the lives of Ronnie and Jason Bendekovic, sadly cut short by a genetic blood clot disorder
• Ronnie was an assistant at ONU at the time of his passing in 2005. Jason worked at Heidelberg when he passed away in 2010.
• Since its inception in 2011, Heidelberg has won six of seven