Wilmington, Ohio – October 30, 2010 – Finding a spot on the scoreboard in five of its seven first half possessions helped pave the way for the Heidelberg University football team in a 36-3 victory at Wilmington College. The game was played under the lights at Williams Field in Wilmington, Ohio. The win was the second straight for Heidelberg who improves to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Heidelberg opened up to a 16-0 lead after one quarter of action. Its lead was extended to 22-0 after one possession in the second quarter before Wilmington scored its lone points of the game. A touchdown in each of the final two quarters of action helped to seal the Berg victory.
For the game, Heidelberg racked up 431 yards of total offense that consisted of a balanced ground and passing game. The Berg ran for 198 yards, while picking up 233 through the air.
The reigning OAC Offensive Player of the Week, freshman tailback Germany Woods (Cleveland, Ohio / St. Edwards) eclipsed 100 yards on the ground for the second consecutive week. He finished with 125 yards with an average of 7.4 yards per carry.
Senior quarterback Andrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton) completed 14-of-27 passes for 233 yards. He had a touchdown pass to four different receivers including Mike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid), Josh Lynch (Dayton, Ohio / Meadowdale), Mario Escalante (Highland Hts., Ky. / Newport Central Catholic) and Aaron Kapelka (Fostoria, Ohio / Hopewell London). To go along with his TD, Preston finished with seven receptions for 131 yards. Lynch was second among the receivers with 34 yards on two catches.
Scoring the final touchdown in the win was Brad Jones (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain Southview), while Jesse Hawkins (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County) finished with a 32-yard field goal and three point afters.
Wilmington’s offense finished with 312 yards and was limited to just 41 yards rushing. It was the second week in a row that the Berg defense held its opponent to under 100 yards on the ground. Included in the mix were five sacks led by 2.5 from Andy Lovins (Clinton Twp., Mich. / Lake Shore) and 1.5 from Justin Suddeth (Warren, Ohio / Howland). Recording the final sack was Andy Fadenholz (Grafton, Ohio / Keystone). Lovins finished the day with a career-high six tackles, including four for a loss of 21 yards, while Suddeth added six of his own, along with an interception that he returned for 26 yards.
Craig Sykes (Centerburg, Ohio / Centerburg) led the defense with nine tackles followed by Justin Stewart (Maplewood, Ohio / Sidney) with eight.
Scoring on the first possession of the game was Miller connecting with Preston from two yards out. A failed PAT gave the Berg an early 6-0 advantage. Escalante added a 33-yard touchdown reception with 6:48 on the clock in the first quarter. Hawkins connected on the point after before making his only field goal of the game on Heidelberg’s next, and final, series of the opening quarter.
Kapelka registered his first collegiate touchdown on a five-yard pass from Miller to open the scoring in the second stanza. With less than a minute to play before halftime, Wilmington’s Aaron Pohly hit a 24-yard field goal to reach the scoreboard for the Quakers.
Lynch had a 22-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, while Jones ran for a three-yard score in the fourth to close out the scoring. Hawkins connected on both point afters.