Tiffin, Ohio – October 24, 2009 – The senior backfield duo of Kenny Sims (Garfield Heights, Ohio / Garfield Heights) and Jemar Lewis (Bedford Heights, Ohio / Bedford) paced the Heidelberg University football team to a 41-36 victory over Baldwin-Wallace College today, Oct. 24, on homecoming at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
The win improved Heidelberg to 2-5 overall and 1-5 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 2-5, 2-4. It was the third-straight victory for the Berg over the Yellow Jackets and it was the second time in three years that Heidelberg has topped B-W on homecoming weekend.
Sims rushed for 111 yards in 15 carries and a touchdown followed by Lewis with 110 yards in 22 attempts. It is the third-straight game that Heidelberg has registered an 100-yard rusher, and it’s the first time that the Berg has had two 100-yard rushers since 2007. Sims and Lewis each eclipsed 100 yards on Oct. 20, 2007 at Wilmington College.
Heidelberg led 14-0 after the first quarter, 21-3 at halftime and 35-17 after the third quarter.
The Berg took the game’s opening drive 61 yards on four plays and found the end zone when junior quarterback Andrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton) hooked up with wide receiver Clifton Powell (Detroit, Mich. / Bishop Foley) for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Jesse Hawkins (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County) added the point after touchdown to put the Berg up 7-0 at the 13:21 mark.
Heidelberg increased its lead at the 3:16 mark of the quarter with a fake field goal pass from Miller to running back Anthony Washington (Douglas, Wy. / Douglas) to cap off a 12-play and 91-yard drive that took 6:31 off the clock. Hawkins’ PAT made it 14-0.
B-W got on the board at 12:26 of the second quarter when placekicker Brad Pollock booted a 28-yard field goal to cap a nine-play and 39-yard drive that took 3:19 off the game clock.
Two possessions later and with 0:52 left before halftime, Miller found receiver Mario Walton (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria) for an 11-yard TD pass. Hawkins’ PAT increased the score to 21-3 and capped an eight play and 61-yard drive that took 2:06.
B-W’s opening drive of the second half went deep into Heidelberg territory and Andy Fadenholz (Grafton, Ohio / Keystone) forced a fumble that was recovered by DeWayne Lindsey (Dayton, Meadowdale). Lindsey picked up the loose ball and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. Another Hawkins PAT made the score 28-3 with 14:14 left in the third quarter.
B-W battled back on its next possession when Tim Miker scored on a one-yard run with 9:49 left in the third quarter. Pollock’s PAT made the score 28-10 and capped a nine-play and 43-yard drive which took 3:19 off the board.
Heidelberg answered right back on its next possession when Miller found wide out Mike Preston (Maple Heights, Ohio / Euclid) for a 12-yard TD pass with 4:50 remaining in the third to cap a nine-play and 47-yard drive that last 4:59. Hawkins’ fifth PAT made the score 35-10.
B-W’s next possession also ended in a touchdown when Gardner hooked up with John Stock from nine yards out to cap a quick eight-play and 71-yard drive. Pollock’s PAT brought the score to 35-17 with 1:43 left in the third quarter.
The Student Princes capitalized with a five-play and 55-yard drive that culminated in a 29-yard TD run by Sims with 10:14 left to play. The PAT was no good and left the score at 41-17.
Baldwin-Wallace went on a late scoring surge, recording three touchdowns over the final 8:11 of the game, but the Berg held on for the win.
For the game, Baldwin-Wallace held a slight advantage in total offense, 493-468. Heidelberg Had 246 yards passing and 222 yards on the ground, compared to 255 through the air and 240 rushing yards for B-W.
Miller completed 21-of-31 passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns. Leading the receivers was Preston with 62 yards in seven receptions.
On defense, Fadenholz finished with 10 tackles followed by Wayne Glisson (Huntington Beach, Calif. / Fountain Valley) with nine. Sam Driscoll (University Heights, Ohio / St. Ignatius) and Justin Dawson (Westminster, Calif. / Golden West JC) each had eight stops.