Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1:00 p.m.
Dial-Roberson Stadium (3,500) - Ada, Ohio
Radio: WTTF-AM 1600 (John Kerns, play-by-play)
Top Story: The Heidelberg University football team looks to close out the 2010 season on a high note when it travels to Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio for its season finale. Kick off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Dial-Roberson Stadium. It is the second straight year that the Berg has traveled the short distance to ONU. Heidelberg is coming off its third consecutive victory, topping John Carroll University 37-35 last week in its home finale. Andrew Miller connected with Mike Preston for a 15-yard score with 48 seconds remaining and the Berg held on for the win. It was the first win over John Carroll since 1993. In the win Preston hauled in 151 yards receiving to become the career leader at the Berg. Preston sits at 2,666 which tops the old mark of 2,586 held by Greg Lehrer (1990-93)
Quick Stat of the Afternoon: Heidelberg is looking to produce its first non-losing season since 1997 when the Berg went 5-5 overall. A win over the host Polar Bears would give the Berg its first winning season since1994 when the team finished at 7-3. Heidelberg will also be striving for its fifth OAC victory on the year, which marks the most league wins in 13 years. Its current three game winning streak is the longest under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Mike Hallett.
The Series: Heidelberg and Ohio Northern first met on the gridiron in 1897 and Saturday will mark their 79th meeting. The Polar Bear’s lead the overall series 44-29-6 and have won the last 14 meetings. Prior to the 15-game winning streak by ONU, Heidelberg had won nine out of the previous 11 games, with a tie mixed in. The last time that the Berg topped the Polar Bears was 34-20 victory on Nov. 12, 1994 in Tiffin. On Nov. 13, 1993 Heidelberg beat ONU in Ada, 34-33, to mark the last road win for the Berg over the Polar Bears.
Familiar Faces: When Heidelberg and Ohio Northern take the field on Saturday it will not only be a battle between familiar institutions, but also a contest with familiar faces. Heidelberg head coach Mike Hallett served as the offensive coordinator under ONU head coach Dean Paul at Thomas More College from 1999-2003. Paul left the Saints to begin his tenure at ONU and Hallett took over the reigns for three years before rebuilding the Berg into an OAC contender.
Last Time Out: The 2010 home finale for the Heidelberg last week offered a thrilling Ohio Athletic Conference game that saw the host ’Berg post a 37-35 victory over John Carroll University. Down four with six minutes to play, Heidelberg ran off just over five minutes off the clock before Andrew Miller connected with Mike Preston for a 15-yard touchdown to put the Berg on a top, 37-35. A failed point after left an opportunity for JCU to position itself for a 41-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, but the Blue Streaks could not capitalize and it gave the Berg its third win in a row. For the game, Preston had 151 yards on nine receptions with a touchdown, while Germany Woods racked up his third straight 100-yard rushing game. Woods finished with 177 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Defensively, Craig Sykes led the way with nine stops followed by Andy Fadenholz with seven.
Saturday’s Opponent: Ohio Northern enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 8-1 and is 7-1 in the OAC. The Polar Bears are riding a five-game winning streak heading into game 10 on the season. ONU is averaging 34.9 points a game, while keeping its opponents to 12.8. The ONU offense is registering 383.1 yards a game, while holding its opponents to 288.6. Under center is Kyle Simmons who has completed 120-of-197 passes for 1,594 yards and 14 touchdowns. The leading receiving threats are Jay Priest, Brook Crawford and Ryan Fleming. Priest and Crawford lead the way with 29 and 28 receptions, respectively, and Fleming has 447 yards and four touchdowns. On the opposite side of the ball, Jesse Richards has 64 tackles followed by Chad Coward (59) and Zack Click 956).
Polar Bears Last Outing: Ohio Northern put forth a team effort in a 44-6 win over Wilmington last weekend in Ada, Ohio. Ohio Northern outgained WC 424-200 in total offense, forced three turnovers and blocked a punt and a PAT in the victory. Brent Donley gained 90 yards on 15 carries. Kyle Simmons completed 13-of-17 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran seven times for 23 yards and a third score. Marcus Bodamer and Trygve Henrickson each had seven tackles and Chad Coward and Justin Henck each had interceptions to lead the ONU defense.
Academic Honors: Helping to bring out the student in student-athlete is junior right tackle Derrick Arbogast and sophomore defensive end Andy Lovins. For their efforts, the duo has earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV College Division recognition. Arbogast was named to the first team, while Lovins was tabbed a second team honoree. It is the second straight year Arbogast has been honored. He was named to the second team as a sophomore.
New Holders: The Heidelberg record book was overtaken in a couple of categories in the win over John Carroll. Senior Mike Preston increased his career receiving yards to 2,666 to top the record of 2,586 held by Greg Lehrer (1990-93). Senior place kicker Jesse Hawkins connected on a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter to give him 28 for his career which ties the career mark held by John Davis (1985-88).