Hallett grants Kapelka his wish
Heidelberg coach Mike Hallett says that fullback Aaron Kapelka has been bugging him about getting more rushing attempts.
“He always wants me to run him a little bit more, and I probably should,” Hallett said. “At least if he’s scoring touchdowns he’s happy. I’m happy if he’s happy.”
Kapelka, a Hopewell-Loudon graduate who is best known for his blocking, caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Michael Mees in HU’s 66-12 win Saturday over Wilmington at Mayer Field.
“Down there at the goal line, it was just a little out-of-the-backfield type of thing,” Kapelka said. “I think they were bringing blitz and I ended up wide open.”
Kapelka said he’s enjoying being part of an offense that has been as successful as Heidelberg. The Student Princes have scored more than 50 points in all three of their games.
“It’s pretty cool,” Kapelka said. “We move the ball well, everything was working from running and passing. It’s pretty nice when you’re running on all cylinders like that.”
HOME COOKING: Heidelberg opened its season with three games at home, and came away with three lopsided wins.
The downside to that is now the Student Princes will hit the road for three of their next four games. It starts next week when Heidelberg travels to Marietta for a 7 p.m. contest.
“We’ve got to make that trip in the day, so hopefully we’re gonna be OK,” Hallett said. “We’ve got to handle travel, and I think our guys will handle that, but it poses a new challenge for us.”
Marietta lost its first two games, but Heidelberg cornerback Larry Massey said the Princes won’t be taking the Pioneers lightly.
“Last year they played us tough,” Massey said. “They aren’t pushovers. No team in the OAC is a pushover. If you don’t come out to play you can get beat any day.”
SCREENS: Columbian graduate Austin Bentz had six tackles for Heidelberg…Calvert grad Stephen Smith punted four times for HU, averaging more than 43 yards an attempt…How good was HU’s rush defense? The Quakers ran 31 times and averaged 1.6 yards a rush… Wilmington was the first team this season that generated any kind of a pass rush against Heidelberg. It sacked HU quarterbacks three times…Heidelberg linebacker Clay Staib may never be as close to emulating Josh Cribbs or Devin Hester as he was Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound sophomore picked up a Wilmington squib kick and returned it 62 yards. He was forced out of bounds at the 3.