Heidelberg looks for 1st road win of season vs. Wilmington
So far this season, Heidelberg hasn’t exactly resembled that old Roger Miller song.
No. ‘Berg has been anything but “King of the Road.”
The Student Princes are 0-3 in away games this season, but it looks like that could change today in southwest Ohio.
A look at the day’s opponent tells the story.Wilmington hasn’t won a game this season.
In fact, the Quakers haven’t been close to winning a game this season.
Seven games, seven losses, all by double digits. The Quakers’ closest game came Oct. 8, in their homecoming game against Baldwin Wallace.
The Yellow Jackets won 28-17.Meanwhile, Heidelberg comes in at 3-4.
“I want to see us play a full four quarters, that’s the biggest thing I need to see this week,” Heidelberg coach Scott Donaldson said. “And obviously, get a road win, because we don’t have one of those yet. I want to see a team that gets off the bus and is ready to play, and does that for 60 straight minutes.”
Donaldson said he’s not overlooking Wilmington.
“I see a young team that still plays hard,” Donaldson said. “The’ve never given up in any of their games. Coach (Stacey) Hairston does a good job, and those guys do a good job of playing for him.”
Hairston, who played for Bill Belichick and the Cleveland Browns as a defensive back from 1993 to 1994, is in his fourth season. He has one win in that span, but Donaldson said this year’s team has some talent, starting with its quarterback, Luke Creditt.
Creditt has thrown for almost 1,300 yards this season.
“They have a very good quarterback, a big kid that, I call him ‘The Magic Man,'” Donaldson said. “He gets out of a lot of sacks, he extends plays with his feet. He’s not a runner, but he extends plays. It’s tough to cover for more than four seconds when he’s running around there, and gives a chance for the receivers to get open.”
Donaldson wants to see his team limit the big plays.“Make sure we limit the deep passes and the long runs,” he said. “Most importantly, we have to get back to getting after the quarterback. We did a great job of that the first four weeks. The last couple of weeks, we’ve been limited.”
Donaldson said the Quakers’ defense has size, especially on its line.
“They do some very different things defensively that you have to prepare for, blitzing from every angle imaginable,” he said. “So you’ve got to be prepared for all that stuff, but their D-line is very good.”
Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.