Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m.
Bernlohr Stadium (3,000) - Bexley, Ohio
Radio: WHEI 88.9 (Matt Cotman, play-by-play)
Radio: WTTF-AM 1600 (John Kerns, play-by-play)
'Berg Central: Game Notes
Top Story: The Heidelberg University football team heads on the road this weekend for an Ohio Athletic Conference outing with Capital University at 1:30 p.m. in Bexley, Ohio. Heidelberg is in search of its first league win on the year and will look to snap a two-game losing streak when it faces the Crusaders. The Berg is coming off a hard fought 35-34 setback to Otterbein University on Sept. 25. Despite career-highs in passing by Andrew Miller and two 100-yard receivers the Berg fell to the Cardinals in its second game of a two-game home stand. Its road trip will be short lived as the Berg returns to the friendly confines of Mayer Field for an Oct. 9 homecoming game with Muskingum University.
Quick Stat of the Afternoon: Heidelberg is coming off a setback to Otterbein last weekend, but cannot help to be optimistic about what lies ahead following some career outings. In the loss, senior signal caller Andrew Miller completed 29-of-46 passes for a career-high 423 yards. It was the first time he has eclipsed the 400-yard mark and topped his previous best of 381. His 29 completions was just on shy of the single game mark. Miller has set the single season passing touchdown record in each of the last two years. On Saturday he had four TD passes which increased his career total to 50, tying the career mark held by Shane Fulton, who played from 1983-86. On the receiving end of 15 passes against Otterbein was senior wide receiver Mike Preston. Preston’s 15 receptions was a career-best and was one shy of the single game mark. He recorded 210 yards, marking the first time he has passed the 200-mark and topped his career-high of 192. And finally, senior placekicker Jesse Hawkins connected on four point after’s to increase his career total to 92, which topped the record of 90 held by Rusty Bartley (1972-75). Hawkins is three field goals shy of tying the career made field goals record of 28.
In Memory: Heidelberg’s players are playing with some extra meaning for the remainder of the year in memory of assistant coach Jason Bendekovic. Coach Bendo, as he was affectionately referred to by all, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 27, from complications from a blood clot that started in his lung. He was 37 years old and had been an assistant at Heidelberg for five years. Coach Bendo oversaw the offensive line and was the recruiting coordinator, as well as taught classes for Heidelberg’s health and physical education department. His brother, Ron, passed away five years ago from a similar condition. Ron was a coach at Ohio Northern University at the time. All players are wearing a sticker on their helmets that reads JB in honor of Jason Craig Bendekovic.
The Series: Heidelberg and Capital will be meeting on the gridiron for the 64th time on Saturday. The series dates back to 1928 with the Berg holding a 32-30-1 advantage. The Crusaders have held a tight grip on the win column as of late, posting a victory in the last 10 consecutive meetings. Prior to the 2000 season, Heidelberg had won eight of the previous nine games. The last time the Berg topped Capital was exactly 11 years ago on Oct. 2, 1999. Heidelberg won its fourth straight game over the Crusaders, a 33-9 road victory.
Saturday’s Opponent: Capital enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 1-2 and is 1-1 in the OAC. The Crusaders are under the guidance of first-year head coach Henry Stanford and are coming off a 42-21 setback at home to no. 3 ranked Wesley College. For the year, Capital is averaging 12.7 points a game, while giving up 19.7. Offensively Capital has put up on average 349 yards a game, with just under 200 coming through the air. The Crusaders defense has kept its opponents to under 100 yards on the ground through three games.
Last Time Out: Otterbein found the end zone with just under five minutes to play and held on for a 35-34 victory over Heidelberg last Saturday. The Berg finished with 559 yards, with 423 coming though the air, while Otterbein tallied 378 yards of total offense. Andrew Miller completed 29-of-46 passes for a career-best 423 yards. His leading receiving threats were Mike Preston with career-highs of 15 receptions and 212 yards, as well as Mario Walton with 119 yards on eight catches. Germany Woods led the ground game with 59 yards in 13 carries. Defensively, Vaughn Klein and Andy Fadenholz led the way with 13 and 12 tackles, respectively. Travis Coates had two interceptions.
Crusaders Last Outing: Last weekend Capital entertained no. 3 ranked Wesley. Trailing 28-13 in the fourth quarter, Capital scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to seven. However, Wesley scored the final 14 points en route to a 42-21 victory in Capital’s home opener at Bernlohr Stadium. The loss was the first regular season non-conference loss since 2002. In his second career start, Kory Hartinger was 24-for-40 for a career-high 335 yards and one touchdown and one interception. He became the first Crusader quarterback to pass for more than 300 yards since 2007.
Campus News: The weekend of Sept. 18 Heidelberg dedicated its newest facility, the recently renovated Adams Hall, which is the new home to the School of Business. Next up is a new residence hall and university commons which is slated to open in the fall of 2011. The new facility will include a 120-student Residence Life Hall and a 9,000-square-foot student University Commons area for all students. The as-yet unnamed residence hall will be located in the center of campus, between Brown Hall, the Bryenton Honors House and Gundlach Theatre. The new residence hall will address Heidelberg’s two paramount strategic goals, improving academic excellence and improving the student experience. Ground breaking for the new residence hall is set for Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Passing By: Senior quarterback Andew Miller is on the verge of passing by Shane Fulton’s career passing touchdown record. Against Otterbein Miller threw for four scores which increased his career total to 50, which ties Fulton. In each of the last two seasons, Miller has passed the single season mark for passing touchdowns. As a sophomore he threw for 20 which topped the record of 19 held by Fulton and James Ruth. A season ago he connected for 22 to pass his own mark.
Presto-”n” Offense: Senior wide receiver Mike Preston is off to a solid start through the first three games. He has set new career-highs in receptions (15) and receiving yards (210) already. For his career he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark on seven occasions. He has already recorded 17 career touchdowns, which is just off the career mark of 21 held by Chuck Ritzler (1982-85). His 15 receptions against Otterbein was one shy of the single game record.
Experience Counts: Heidelberg returned 10 starters on offense including its entire offensive line entering the 2010 campaign. The o-line, which includes senior right guard Nate Kater, junior center Ryan “Tank” Morgan, junior Cassady Willford at left guard, as well as juniors Paul Dunn and Derrick Arbogast at left and right tackle, respectively. The line enters Saturday’s game at Capital having combined for 98 career starts.
Mario Cart: Heidelberg’s offense has been able to ride Mario Walton’s cart for extra support through the air. In three games Walton has recorded 18 receptions for 275 yards. Included in the mix has been two 100-yard outings. He opened the year with his first 100-yard receiving game finishing with 135 yards at Alma. Walton returned last week against Otterbein and had eight catches for 119 yards. Walton has already surpassed his totals from a season ago. In 2009 he had 14 receptions for 274 yards.
Stepping Up: Heidelberg’s secondary graduated three all-conference performers and had some big spots to fill entering the new year. Joining returning corner back Tony Gordon has been first time starters corner back Travis Coates, along with free safety Tyler Levanduski and strong safety Justin Stewart. The quartet has begun to settle in and are coming off one of their best outings on the young season. Against Otterbein Levanduski had a career-high 10 tackles, including a career-best eight solo stops. He also had an interception. Coates led the way with two interceptions, which was one shy of tying the single game record, to go along with three tackles. Gordon and Stewart each finished with five tackles.
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 and in week three he moved atop the career list for made PAT’s. He has 92 and counting, topping the previous record of 90 held by Rusty Bartley (1972-75). 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.