Heidelberg closes against Capital with chance at winning record

The 2016 season concludes with a matchup between a pair of first-year coaches.Heidelberg’s Scott Donaldson brings his Student Princes into the Columbus area to take on a vastly improved Capital squad.

The Crusaders, under new coach Chris Rogosheske, are 4-5 and have recorded impressive wins over Baldwin Wallace and Otterbein.

“Coach has done a great job, the kids play extremely hard,” Donaldson said. “It’s been an excellent turnaround.”

Heading into Week 10, Rogosheske has already improved on Capital’s 3-7 mark a season ago. He also changed the offense. Heidelberg no longer has to prep for the triple option.

But Donaldson said the Crusaders aren’t easy to prepare for.

“You gotta prepare for everything,” Donaldson said. “In practice you have to mix it up, show them things with a running quarterback, a pocket quarterback. In Week 10, we’ve seen everything. So if they are doing something different, it’s easier to make adjustments on the sidelines.Donaldson said he’s impressed with Thomas Wibbeler, the Capital quarterback who has thrown for more than 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns.

But Donaldson said he’s not sure if Wibbeler will play today.

“Their quarterback is banged up right now, don’t know if we’re gonna see him,” Donaldson said, “but he is an excellent QB.”

Donaldson said he believes his offense can match up.

“I’m always confident in our offense,” Donaldson said. “(Quarterback Tyler) Stoyle, (running back Bryan) Lacey, (wide receivers Demetrius) Magee and (Tony) Morris, you can always be confident, but they have their work cut out for them too.”

It’s a big week for Donaldson and his team, who have won three straight games. A victory would mean a winning season, an improvement on last season’s record, and a chance to send the seniors off with a W.

“We can give our seniors a great sending off party, get four wins in a row and head into this offseason with some serious momentum.”

Donaldson said.Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.