On Saturday the sun was shining, the stands were full, and points were in abundance.
Perfect weather, perfect atmosphere.
Thats how you could describe Heidelberg's 73-17 thrashing of Capital. Quarterback Michael Mees was in the driver's seat, completing 10 of 20 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns.
"We scored every time we touched the ball," Mees said.
Cartel Brooks lead the ground attack, rushing 15 times for 121 yards and four touchdowns.
Saturday's win, while powered by offense, was more than one dimensional.
"I've got to give a lot of credit to the linemen up front giving me a lot of protection," Mees said "Our defense held up pretty tight. We haven't seen any offense like the triple option [which Capital ran], but they handled that well."
Facing an offense never seen before, Heidelberg (5-0, 4-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) coach Mike Hallett knew his team had to be ready, "We had to get settled in to playing the option early, they broke off that long touchdown in their first drive, it was a well-executed play but I was really, really pleased with the way our guys responded." The defense seemed to have found its rhythm, only allowing Capital to put up points on three of its 12 possessions. The dimensions of the team didn't stop there. On the first play of the game Heidelberg's special teams put together an outstanding 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Nick Delisa, "Starting the game with that kick return was a big deal, it gave us a lot of momentum," Mees said. Hallett also was impressed with his team.
"Our kicking game I think was outstanding. We had a kickoff return for a touchdown, and a number of long punt returns today" Hallett said. "Our emphasis there was to continue to develop in the kicking game, I thought we did that very well."
As with any football game efficiency and clock management played a huge role, along with the ability to make the big plays when it counts.
"Our offense was very efficient; we converted in some tough situations," Hallett said. "Some fourth and long, some third and longs we were able to run the football, especially in the second half, and control the clock."
And Brooks was a huge part of that.
"Having Cartel in the backfield, scoring is almost automatic when he touches the ball. Its a great feeling, takes a lot off of my back," Mees said.
With this win behind them coach Hallett is looking toward the future.
"You know it's another step forward for us, and now we can turn our attention to Otterbein and the Rhine River Cup," he said.