Heidelberg dismantles Ohio Northern
The booming fireworks before the game and at halftime weren’t the only fireworks going off Saturday at Hoernemann Stadium.
Heidelberg’s offense and big plays on defense and special teams fueled the Student Princes in a 45-14 win over Ohio Athletic Conference rival Ohio Northern in the sixth Bendekovic Bowl.
It was also the first career win for new HU head coach Scott Donaldson.
It all started with a blocked field goal in the first quarter that got the Student Princes (1-1, 1-0 OAC) rolling.
“That really ignited us and then our offense just took over from there sustaining drives,” Donaldson said. “The defense did a good job of getting off the field, and just overall we had a great effort from everyone. This just proves that if you put in the work and become a family, you can beat anybody. That is a great football team we just beat.
“I’m still digesting (my first win), but this feeling is nice.”
Off the blocked field goal in the first quarter, HU quarterback Tyler Stoyle found Cameron Vocke on a 5-yard TD to put the Student Princes ahead 7-0 heading to the second quarter.
The ‘Berg began to roll as Stoyle found Demetrius Magee down the left sideline, Magee made two tacklers miss and then sprinted 33 yards for a score. Thirty-three seconds later, ONU (0-2, 0-1 OAC) snapped a ball over quarterback Will Freed’s head for a safety, and The ‘Berg went ahead 22-0 at the half on a 43-yard TD reception by Nick DeLisa, who was wide open on a wheel route and went into the end zone untouched.
“You have to respond. We knew there is ebbs and flows in any game, but they made the plays. That’s the bottom line,” ONU coach Dean Paul said. “They made the plays they needed to and we didn’t. That was the story of the game.”
HU started the second half with a 39-yard field goal from A.J. Morrison, and then Tony Morris caught a 13-yard TD pass from Stoyle to give the Student Princes a commanding 32-0 advantage.
Ohio Northern got on the board as receiver Chad Rex ran in a 1-yard TD out of the Wildcat, but The ‘Berg responded as Branden Short bursted up the gut untouched for a 54-yard score and DeLisa caught his second score of the game on a fade in the left corner of the end zone from Stoyle, who was 30 of 47 passing for 268 yards and five touchdowns.
“This all started with a great week of practice and then our offensive line played great tonight,” Stoyle said. “We saw some stuff on film this week and we just had to execute. Our offensive line played well, which made my job a lot easier and that allowed Nick, (Magee) and Tony to do their thing. It makes things easy.
“This is a huge momentum builder for us. We can now roll into John Carroll 1-0, which is different than last year and I think we have confidence now. We beat a really good team. We will celebrate this one tonight, but get back to work tomorrow.”
Bryan Lacey rushed for 87 yards on 11 carries for the Student Princes, while Short added 85 yards on nine carries, DeLisa caught seven balls for 81 yards and Magee had 68 yards receiving on five grabs.
HU limited the Polar Bears’ offense to just 322 total yards. Freed went 17 of 37 passing for 170 yards. Freshman tailback Christiaan Williams led ONU offensively with 123 yards on the ground and 63 receiving yards.