Student Princes not fooled by BW’s mark
Scott Donaldson didn’t say it, but he probably didn’t have to.
The first-year Heidelberg football coach has been around the Ohio Athletic Conference a while, so he knows just how tough games against Baldwin Wallace are.
And, looking at the Yellow Jackets’ results this season, it’s probably not much of stretch to think BW is the most dangerous 2-6 team in Division III.
The Yellow Jackets were romped by Mount Union, 49-7, in the third week of the season. Their other five losses all have come by seven points or fewer. Three of the defeats have been by three points or fewer.
And two of them — including last week’s 42-41 double overtime loss to Capital — have been by a single point.
“They’ve lost five games in the last minute,” Donaldson said. “It’s different, them coming in with a 2-6 record, but it’s still a very, very good team.”
It’s also a different team, even from the beginning of the season. BW has a new starting quarterback, sophomore Jake Hudson.
Hudson has thrown for 962 yards and five touchdowns, but he’s also emerged as an effective runner, going for 557 yards and four touchdowns.
“The new guy is more of a runner,” Donaldson said. “His legs are terrifying. He’s not scrambling to extend plays like we’ve seen this year. He’s running to get first downs.”
Donaldson said the Yellow Jackets also have a solid rotation of running backs.
“But what really scares me, too, is that they have so much experience at receiver,” he said. “They have 7-8 guys they rotate through. Their slots are extremely fast. Their outside guys are big and run good routes. I theythink have five seniors at receiver this year, and they’re all really good.”
BW’s top receiver so far this season, at least statistically, has been senior Mike Waggoner. He’s tied for the team lead with 18 receptions, and has a team-high 237 yards.
“I can’t characterize their offense,” Donaldson said. “They’re so across the board.”
Defensively, Donaldson said HU needs to neutralize Hudson.
“We’ve got to find a way to control the quarterback’s legs,” Donaldson said. “That’s the No. 1 thing, getting hits on him, making sure when he does go to pass the ball, he’s uncomfortable. But the biggest thing this week, defensively, is to force them into passing situations. Force them into situations where they have to throw the ball to get a first down.”
Donaldson said defensively, the Yellow Jackets are led by the secondary. Strong safety Typp Washington leads the Yellow Jackets with three interceptions. BW has 11 overall on the season.
“The guys do a good job; they don’t give up any big plays,” Donaldson said. “They really force you to drive the whole field. It’s a little different, because, usually, they’re led by the linebackers; they’ve always had great linebackers there. Their linebackers are good this year — don’t get me wrong — but the secondary is very experienced and very good.”
Donaldson was asked if the strength in the secondary would cause the Student Princes to focus on the run.
“I think it’s an opportunity for everyone to have a big game,” Donaldson said. “Not that they’re a bad defense whatsoever, but they’re just solid everywhere. It’s not gonna be a game where we need the running game to 200 and we can forgo the passing game. It’s a game where we need to have great balance.”
Donaldons said whether it was quarterback Tyler Stoyle, the running backs or the receivers, everyone on the offense has to be “on point” against BW.
Heidelberg comes into today’s game — which is at Hoernemann Field — at 4-4, 4-3 in the OAC.
Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.