TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University football team, 34-28 overtime winners against Alma (Mich.) College on Sept. 3, will travel to Berea, Ohio to take on Baldwin-Wallace College on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Tressel Field at the George Finnie Stadium at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised via tape delay by SportsTime Ohio. The game will air at 11 p.m. Saturday night.
The Student Princes enter the game following a 34-28 win in overtime in the season opener against Alma. The Berg battled temperatures in the mid-90’s and overwhelming humidity and came up with big plays on both sides of the ball. Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) came off the bench in the first quarter to complete 21-of-40 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and the game-winner in overtime.
Sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward), a 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman, rushed for 174 yards on just 17 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
In overtime, sophomore defensive back Mitchell Kelly (North Randall/Bedford) intercepted a tipped pass to thwart the Scots’ effort and set up the winning touchdown drive for Heidelberg.
Baldwin-Wallace enters the contest with a 1-0 record following its season-opening 23-0 win at The College of Wooster (Sept. 1). The Yellow Jackets scored two offensive touchdowns and forced six turnovers, including one fumble returned for a touchdown. The offense was guided by Ryan O’Rourke, who completed 10-of-18 passes for 119 yards and one TD. On the ground, Willie Jackson carried the ball 14 times for 127 yards with a TD.
Since fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett’s arrival in Tiffin prior to the 2007 season, Heidelberg owns a 3-1 record against Baldwin-Wallace, including a 37-34 win in overtime in 2008 in the last game between the two teams in Berea. Those four games have featured an abundance of scoring, with the teams combining for no less than 55 points in each contest.
Saturday’s game marks the third return for Heidelberg to Berea under Hallett’s watch. Hallett is 2-0 in Berea, including a 41-36 shootout in 2009 and a 37-34 edging of the Yellow Jackets in 2008.