Bulldogs Fall to Visiting Heidelberg, 57-7, in Football Season Opener

Docking Stadium received new signage to welcome the 2019 season opener for Adrian College Football. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Docking Stadium received new signage to welcome the 2019 season opener for Adrian College Football. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Visiting Heidelberg pounced on some Adrian miscues early on to set the tone for a 57-7 non-conference football victory on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

= Final Score: Heidelberg University 57, Adrian College 7

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium; Weather: Partly Sunny, 75 degrees, Wind W 9 mph

= Records: Heidelberg Student Princes 1-0 overall, 0-0 OAC; Adrian Bulldogs 0-1 overall, 0-0 MIAA

TOP DAWGS
= Freshman linebacker Dwight Mann led all defenders with a game-high 13 total tackles in his collegiate debut.

= Sophomore Jack Wurzer threw for 165 yards on 13 completions.

= Senior running back Colton Randle ran 16 times for 64 yards.

= Junior wide receiver Henry Wilson had three catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.  

= Sophomore defensive back Brandon Kwiatkowski led all student-athletes with eight tackles for a total of 11. Fellow classmate Steven Moses also had 11 total stops in the secondary.

Leonard Cohen, a freshman linebacker, came up with two sacks (13 yards) among four solo tackles and six total.

THE OPPOSITION
= Quarterback Jimmy Gephart threw six touchdown passes on 25-for-35 and 322 yards.

= Branden Short led all rushers with 116 yards on 26 carries.

= Tyler Matuszak led the visitors with six tackles, including three for loss of seven yards.

= Tramon Wiley intercepted two passes and finished with two tackles.

= Elijah Brechbill had four solos among five total tackles.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The 'Berg jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Keivon Belcher caught a 13-yard TD pass from Gephart to cap the game's opening drive in nine plays, 65 yards and 2 minutes, 28 seconds of elapsed time. Adrian's first offensive series ended with a wild snap from center at the home 33, ending up in the end zone for a safety and 9-0 Student Princes lead at the 10:32 mark.

= The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with 11:51 left in the second quarter when Wilson hauled in an electric 68-yard catch-and-run from Wurzer down the left sideline into the end zone.

= But on the ensuing kickoff, Montavious Year scampered down in front of his sideline for an 87-yard TD return to make it 37-7 just 13 seconds later.

= The Student Princes led 44-7 at halftime.

= Adrian had a 25-yard field goal attempt blocked.

= The Student Princes also dominated the key statistics: total offense (591-228), first downs (37-14), turnovers (0-2), third-down efficiency (46%, 6 of 13--14%, 2 of 14), yards passing (348-165) and yards rushing (243-63).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Heidelberg competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference, which has claimed 13 NCAA Division III Football championship titles--all by Mount Union.

= Despite the loss today, Adrian still leads Heidelberg in the all-time series, 12-5, including a 7-3 home mark. This marked the first meeting between the schools since 2005 when the 'Dogs crushed the Student Princes, 61-14, at home.

= The 'Berg defeat Adrian for the first time since Sep. 14, 1996 in Tiffin, Ohio, a 10-7 victory, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the 'Dogs. 

UP NEXT
= Adrian has its road opener next Saturday at Hanover, which is a seven-time NCAA Tournament participant including last season.

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