TIFFIN, Ohio—Heidelberg University sophomore second-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) and senior cornerback Tony Gordon (Euclid) were named OAC offensive and special teams player of the week, respectively, announced today by the league office. Woods broke the Berg’s single-season school rushing record and Gordon scored on a 50-yard fumble recovery in the Student Princes 48-21 win over rival Ohio Northern University on Saturday.
Woods, who is getting the player of the week nod for the second time in 2011, entered Saturday’s contest needing 84 yards to break Bryce Tuohy’s record of 1,331 yards. Woods tallied 173 yards on the ground on 24 carries and scored a season-high three touchdowns to finish the season with 1,421 yards, which led the OAC. He eclipsed Tuohy’s 1989 mark by 90 yards in 238 attempts, 68 less than Tuohy’s 306.
Woods rushed for 100 or more yards in eight of 10 games this season and has passed the century mark in 12 of his last 14 contests dating back to last season. Through 20 career games, Woods has rushed for 2,455 yards and 21 TDs and averages 122.8 yards per game.
Gordon scored his second career TD in the last game of his career, returning a fumble in the second quarter to extend Heidelberg’s lead to 34-7. On fourth-down-and three from the ONU 41-yard line, the Polar Bears faked a punt and picked up the first down before the ball popped loose near midfield. Gordon scooped up the loose ball and ran 50 yards to pay dirt. He also notched seven tackles on defense.
Gordon appeared in all 40 games during his career, making 137 tackles and intercepting four passes.
Heidelberg’s win against ONU capped an 8-2 season under head coach Mike Hallett, the best mark since 1993.