Student Princes not looking past Muskingum

Heidelberg coach Mike Hallett said he isn’t concerned about today’s game at Muskingum being the dreaded “trap game.”

One week from a showdown with No. 1 Mount Union, outsiders may wonder if the Student Princes will look past the 1-5 Muskies.

The way Hallett sees it, HU walked into a trap last week at Otterbein. While it came through with its record unblemished, the coach said his team knows what can happen if you don’t bring your best to an OAC game.

“We didn’t play our best [last] Saturday, our guys know that,” Hallett said. “I think we’ve had our humility check; I think [last] Saturday was a good wake-up call for our football team.”

Hallett said Heidelberg can’t afford to sleep on Muskingum, which despite its record, has some pieces.

“They play very, very hard,” Hallett said. “They are an excellent football team, regardless of their record. They are aggressive on defense. They tackle well. They run around. Offensively, they have the best offensive line we’ve seen to date. They’re very good up front.”

In last year’s game at Meyer Field, Muskies quarterback C.J. Snider gave HU some fits before the Student Princes won 28-14. Snider is no longer with the team, but Hallett said Muskingum quarterback Cody Williams has shown some promise.

“He’s done a very good job,” Hallett said of the sophomore who’s thrown for 456 and two scores. “He reminds us a lot of Steve West.”

West, a mobile, physical QB, was Hallett’s first signal caller at Heidelberg.

Current Heidelberg QB Mike Mees will be looking to bounce back after a tough performance against the Cardinals last week. Mees completed just 6 of 20 passes for 103 yards. In a conversation after the game, Hallett was almost guarded in his comments about the passing game.

Thursday, he was more blunt.

“Passing game was awful last week,” Hallett said. “Terrible.”

And it might not get much easier, since the Muskies have some talented corners and linebackers. Damond Goggins, a freshman LB, has 28 tackles and a sack.

“I think we’ve got a good plan,” Hallett said.

That plan is likely to include running back Cartel Brooks, who was named Ohio Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for more than 300 yards and five touchdowns last week.

Hallett said he expected Muskingum to try to make HU defeat it with the pass.

“I don’t doubt that will be part of their mindset, but at the same time, we’ve got a pretty good offensive line that, regardless of what (the Muskies defense will) do, I think we can handle some of that.

Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.