Student Princes not looking past winless Otterbein

Heidelberg coach Scott Donaldson, while preparing his team for winless Otterbein, made a declaration Thursday during his weekly interview.

“They’re probably the best 0-5 team I’ve seen,” he said.

Theres reason behind that declaration. The Cardinals, led by Tim Doup, have a very solid defense. One of their losses came to powerhouse John Carroll.

It was by a 14-7 score.

“They’re a young team trying to find their identity, but they have a good defense that can keep them in most games,” Donaldson said.

That defense is led by Niall Lewison, who has a team-best 55 tackles, four for a loss. He also has broken up three passes and blocked a kick. Meanwhile, Austin Torr has 3 ½ tackles for a loss, and 2 ½ sacks.

The Otterbein offense has struggled. The Cardinals are averaging only 16 points a game. They have used three quarterbacks.

Bryce Hall has been the primary signal caller. He’s thrown for 616 yards and two touchdowns, while being intercepted five times.

Logan Schmeling also have seen snaps in each game this season

“(Hall is) more of a pocket kid, he’s banged up,” Donaldson said.

Pharmer is a freshman, while Schmeling primarily is used in wildcat formations.

“He’s dangerous, they use him everywhere,” Donaldson said. “He’s dangerous with his feet, we’ve gotta keep an eye on him.”

Heidelberg’s offense erupted for 58 points last week, helping the Student Princes improve to 4-1, 3-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Donaldson was asked what the key was to maintaining that offensive consistency.

“Approaching every game the same, approaching every game with same philosophy,” I think best thing about our offense, it’s pretty balanced, that’s huge.”

Donaldson added that in its last two games, his team appeared to lose focus at times. That was a major factor in the loss to Baldwin Wallace, and last week it allowed Marietta to stay in the game.

“I want to see fire from everyone, 60 minutes of football,” he said.