ADA - Heidelberg coach Mike Hallett admitted that his club was a little nervous in the early going at Ohio Northern.
It made perfect sense. Despite going 8-2 in 2011 and smashing Alma 45-0 in the season opener two weeks ago, the Student Princes had history against them Saturday.
HU hadn't won an Ohio Athletic Conference opener since 1997, and hadn't beaten the Polar Bears in Ada since 1993.
It took a little while for Heidelberg to get going. They led ONU just 14-7 at halftime.
Then, everything started clicking, and the Polar Bears were left in the dust.
HU quarterback Michael Mees threw for a career-best 346 yard and two touchdowns. Running back Cartel Brooks, after being held in check in the first half, erupted in the second, finishing with 184 yards (including a 51-yard run) and a pair of scores.
Then there was receiver Donteea Dye, a sophomore, who caught five passes for 146 yards and a pair of TDs.
Add to it a pick-six from linebacker Adam Cepik, and it equals out to a 43-7 thrashing of the Polar Bears, and a 2-0 record.
"I think we were fairly nervous," Hallett said. "Last time Heidelberg won an OAC opener was 1997. That's a pretty big deal."
Hallett was asked if the win over the perennial powerhouse ONU will put more pressure on the Princes.
"If anything, today's game will take pressure off us internally," he said. "In the second half guys relaxed a little bit."
Four Heidelberg receivers had at least 53 yards receiving, and Heidelberg piled up more than 600 yards of total offense. Ohio Northern had 320.
Ohio Northern fell to 0-2.