Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Mayer Field (3,500) - Tiffin, Ohio
Radio: WHEI 88.9
Radio: WTTF AM-1600 (Jon Kerns, play-by-play, John Cullen, color)
Television: SportsTime Ohio (Jeff Garvin, play-by-play / Chris Young, color)
Top Story: The Heidelberg University football team opens up its 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference slate on Saturday when it entertains Baldwin-Wallace College at 2:00 p.m. at Mayer Field. The contest marks the first of nine straight weeks of league play. Heidelberg is coming off its bye week that was preceded by a 42-23 season opening victory at Alma College. Next up for Heidelberg, and fourth-year head coach Mike Hallett, is Otterbein University. The Cardinals visit Mayer Field Sept. 25 for a 1:00 p.m. kick off to conclude a two-game ’Berg home stand.
Quick Stat of the Afternoon: Heidelberg will take the field on Saturday in a true “home opener.” The Berg will host the Yellow Jackets at Mayer Field, located in the heart of the Heidelberg campus. This season all five home games will be played on Mayer Field. Last year Heidelberg closed out the year with its final two home games at Mayer Field, which marked the first time in 64 years that the Berg has played on campus. Aside from last year, the last time the Berg played on campus was in 1945. More specifically the last time its home opener was hosted within the campus community was on Oct. 20, 1945. The Berg played Otterbein College to a 7-7 tie on homecoming.
On TV: Saturday’s Baldwin-Wallace and Heidelberg game will be aired on tape delay on SportsTime Ohio. Catch the game Saturday evening at 11:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, September 23 at 5:00 a.m. and noon.
Streaking: On Saturday Heidelberg will look to extend its winning streak against Baldwin-Wallace. The Berg is striving for its fourth straight win over the Yellow Jackets, all of which have came under the direction of Mike Hallett. In Hallett’s inaugural campaign the Berg upended then nationally ranked B-W 42-17 on homecoming. In 2008 the Berg traveled to Berea and its defense shone late in the game to lead to a 37-34 win in overtime. A season ago, Heidelberg posted another homecoming win over the Yellow Jackets, 41-36
The Series: Heidelberg and Baldwin-Wallace will be meeting for the 64th time on Saturday with the Yellow Jackets holding a 44-19 series lead. Prior to Heidelberg’s three-game winning streak, B-W had won 17 consecutive by a combined score of 585-186. The series began in 1897 when the Yellow Jackets posted a 36-0 victory. The last Baldwin-Wallace win was in 2006, 36-10.
Stay Connected: For the latest information on the Heidelberg football team visit the Heidelberg athletics web site at www.heidelberg.edu/athletics. Also stay connected on facebook at Heidelberg University, twitter at bergathletics and on You Tube at Heidelberg1850.
Saturday’s Opponent: Baldwin- Wallace enters the game with an overall record of 2-0 and are 1-0 in the OAC after opening league play last week with a 10-7 win over Capital University. The Yellow Jackets received votes in the latest D3football.com national poll and are a win shy of tying its win total from a season ago. B-W is averaging 24.0 points a game and 258 yards of offense. Defensively, B-W is allowing 10.5 points a game and 261.5 yards per outing.
Last Time Out: Heidelberg scored on three of its first four possessions to take an early 21-0 lead and never looked back in its season opener at Alma College. Heidelberg topped the Scots in the first ever meeting between the schools, 42-23. As a team, the Berg tied the passing first down record of 15. Overall the Berg had 483 yards of total offense. Andrew Miller completed 19-of-30 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Mike Preston caught eight passes for 92 yards and two TD’s. Mario Walton recorded a career-high 135 receiving yards. Newcomer Germany Woods rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Helping limit Alma to just 73 yards rushing was Andy Fadenholz with six tackles. Vaughn Klein had five tackles and a fumble recovery, while the defense combined for four sacks.
Yellow Jackets Last Outing: A week ago the Yellow Jackets opened league play hosting Capital University. B-W posted a 10-7 victory after forcing five turnovers. Brad Pollock had a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter and its lead was extended to 10 with a five-yard TD run by Kyrell Crook in the third quarter. Capital’s lone score same with 2:13 left in the game. Leading the running game was Tim Miker with 83 yards in 15 attempts and Crook had 20 yards in eight carries. Devon Jennings had six catches for 34 yards. Defensively, J.J. Laseak led B-W with 12 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Pollock was tabbed the OAC Special Teams Player of the Week, while Laseak was named the defensive player of the week.
Campus News: The game between Heidelberg and B-W culminates an exciting weekend on campus. Alumni successful in various fields of business, along with academicians and other experts converged on campus Friday for the second Heidelberg Business Conference. On Friday evening, the university kicked off the Patricia Adams Lecture Series at Heidelberg by welcoming as the inaugural speaker Sherron Watkins, the Enron vice president for corporate development who alerted top executives to accounting irregularities that ultimately led to the company’s collapse. Saturday morning, Heidelberg will dedicate its newest facility, the recently renovated Adams Hall, which is the new home to the School of Business. Also this weekend, the university is welcoming back to campus members of the Fellows Organization, the premier giving society which was founded in 1950. The members of this organization support Heidelberg through their generous unrestricted giving each year to the Heidelberg Fund.
A Leg Up: Senior placekicker Jesse Hawkins is in his fourth season as the primary kicker for the Berg and is on the verge of some impressive accomplishments. In the season opener, Hawkins was 6-for-6 in point afters to increase his career mark to 86, which is four shy of tying the school record. He is equally impressive with his field goal kicking. For his career he has 25 field goals, which is three off the school mark. As a freshman he set the single season record for made field goals at 14, while connecting for a 48-yarder to mark the longest made FG at the Berg.
Clearing the (for) Woods: The Heidelberg offensive line helped to clear a path through the Alma defense for newcomer Germany Woods. In his collegiate debut, Woods carried the ball 14 times for 75 yards. He finished the outing with two touchdowns. His first score was a 20-yard strike in the opening quarter, while his second came as time was running out in the opening half.
Presto-”n” Offense: Heidelberg opened the year with Mike Preston displaying his ability to score. In the win over Alma Preston registered two touchdowns, marking the second consecutive year Preston has opened the year with two scores. Preston got the Berg on the scoreboard with a 24-yard TD reception less than two minutes into the contest. His second score was a five-yard TD reception to open the scoring in the second quarter. On Saturday Preston will look to double up his scoring mark once again, which would mark the second straight year he has opened up with multiple TD’s in the first two outings.
Putting Up a Wall: Despite the graduation of All-American Matt Grieves, the Berg defensive line did not back down in its season opener. The D-line allowed just 73 yards on the ground and did not give up a rushing touchdown. It was the second straight year that the defense opened the year allowing under 100 yards on the ground.