Heidelberg University scored the first 17 points and gained more than 551 yards on offense Saturday in a 44-13 win over Wilmington College in Ohio Athletic Conference football action at Townsend Field.
With the win, the Student Princes are 3-1 overall, 2-1 in the OAC.
Wilmington falls to 1-3 overall, 0-3 in the OAC.
Heidelberg built a 24-7 halftime lead, which they extended to 31-7 on the opening drive of the third quarter. Wilmington was able to score just one second half touchdown as the Student Princess put the game away.
For Wilmington College head coach Bryan Moore it was a very frustrating contest. He says that inexperience cannot be used as an excuse, despite utilizing many young players.
“This is what we anticipated with such a youthful squad, but we have several sophomores who now have 14 games under their belt, and some freshmen, with four games played. They really need to step up and show accountability,” Moore said.
Perhaps the biggest issue with his team Saturday was a lack of passion and fire, and that is something he puts squarely on his shoulders.
“That is definitely on me. We were seemingly flat playing a home game and I have got to do a better job in terms of motivation and getting them ready to play,” said Moore.
Despite falling behind 17-0, the Quakers got back in the contest with just under 11:00 to play in the second quarter when quarterback Kyle Barrett connected with Clinton-Massie product Luke Richardson on a six-yard TD pass. Tyler Butcher’s PAT cut the deficit to 17-7.
On the day, Barrett completed 24 of 38 passes for 245 yards. Richardson caught six passes for 82 yards. Matt Creditt, a Wilmington High School graduate, had the second touchdown reception for WC, and had three receptions for 27 yards.
Heidelberg dominated the run game, though, outgaining the Quakers 280-72. Branden Short fueled the Heidelberg attack with 139 yards on 18 carries and one score.
For Wilmington, top rusher was Christian Poynter with 33 yards on eight carries, and Barrett collected 16 yards on 10 carries. Poynter is another CMHS graduate.
“On their side, I saw a lot of kids playing with confidence, while it seemed like we were playing somewhat timid,” said Moore, who formerly coached at Heidelberg. “That is what we have to get corrected here and change the culture. It’s not gonna be easy, but it can be done.”
Wilmington’s opponents only will get tougher, with a pair of unbeaten’s next on the horizon, as WC faces Mount Union and Marietta — both on the road. Then WC returns home to Williams Stadium to face once-beaten Baldwin-Wallace and John Carroll.
“Over the next four weeks, we will see just how resilient we are. We have to be ready to compete,” Moore said.
Sept 29 2018
Heidelberg 44 Wilmington 13
H-Nick Cofer, 14-yard reception from Trace Reynolds.Austin Baker PAT kick good at 13:09.
H-Jace Grossman, 7-yard run. Austin Baker PAT kick good at 6:02
H-Austin Baker, 37-yard field goal at 14:51.
WC—Luke Richardson, 6-yard pass from Kyle Barrett. Tyler Butcher PAT kick good at 10:51.
H-Maceo Matthews, 14-yards pass from Trace Reynolds. Austin Baker PAT kick good at 3:57.
H-Maceo Matthews,34-yards pass from Trace Reynolds.Austin Baker PAT kick good at 10:56.
WC—Matt Creditt, 16-yards pass from Kyle Barrett. Conversion attempt failed at 7:44.
H-Trace Reynolds, 4-yard rush. PAT kick failed at 4:37.
H—Branden Short, 38-yards run.Austin Baker PAT kick good at 7:45.
Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.