Quakers’ receivers a concern for Heidelberg

Last week, Heidelberg coach Scott Donaldson admitted that, even two days before the game, he knew very little about Adrian.

That didn’t prove to be a problem. Behind record-setting days from quarterback Jimmy Gephart and the offense, the Student Princes crushed the Bulldogs.

Being unfamiliar didn’t appear to hurt HU.

This week, the opponent is very familiar.

The Student Princes open Ohio Athletic Conference play — and their home schedule — with Bryan Moore’s Wilmington Quakers.

Moore and Donaldson are close friends, having coached together as assistants for Mike Hallett starting about a decade ago. Not only that, but the staffs are familiar with each other as well. Corey Fillipovich, a long time Heidelberg assistant, is the defensive coordinator for Wilmington.

But when asked about his biggest concern coming into this game, Donaldson didn’t mention any of that.

“Biggest concern is they’re a good football team,”Donaldson said. “heir offensive skill…they have one of best receiving corps in conference. They run good routes are fast. They can catch a five-yard hit,make it a 70 yard completion.”

In fact, the Quakers have three young, talented pass catchers in sophomores Ace Taylor and Luke Richardson and freshman Nico Jones. The trio combined for 14 catches and 164 yards in last week’s close loss to Olivet.

“Really excited about experience the wide receivers got as freshman, watching them grow every week,” Moore said.

Wilmington has shown it can compete in the OAC. It lost all nine of its conference games last year, but a closer look reveals three of those losses by 10 points or loss. That included a 35-33 loss to Baldwin Wallace, one of the league’s stronger programs.

“We can see the growth,” Moore said, “and now we got make that next step.”

The coach said he knows it will be tough against a Heidelberg coaching staff that isn’t afraid to take risks.

“Biggest thing that concerns me is how aggressive coaching staff is,” he said.

Meanwhile, Donaldson said the Quakers are showing a different look defensively, especially with their front.

“It’s schematic, a 3-3 kind of monster,” Donaldson said. “It’s very different, not a 3-4 or 3-3 stack.”

That might mean some changes for the Heidelberg offense, although it’s understandable if the Princes prefer not to do too much different on offense.

Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.