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Football Cruises Past Heidelberg in First Road Contest

Jake Hudson accounted for four of the Yellow Jackets five touchdowns (Photo courtesy of Erik Drost)
Jake Hudson accounted for four of the Yellow Jackets five touchdowns (Photo courtesy of Erik Drost)

TIFFIN, Ohio – For the first time in 2018, the Baldwin Wallace University football was away from the friendly confines of the George Finnie Stadium as it earned a road victory over Heidelberg University in an Ohio Athletic Conference game by a final score of 34-10 in Hoernemann Stadium.

BW (3-1, 2-1 OAC), who played its third and final night game of the season, improved to 48-24 in the all-time series and won its second straight game in the matchup.  Heidelberg (2-1, 1-1 OAC) lost just its third game at home in its last 12 games. 

Offensively for BW, senior quarterback Jake Hudson (East Lake, Florida) completed 18 of 27 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns.  Hudson also led the ground attack as he rushed for 60 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns.  Senior wide out Jordan Leverette (Cleveland/John Adams) led the receiving corps with six catches for 109 yards.  Defensively, sophomore Taino Arocho (Holiday, Fla./Anclote) had seven tackles.   Senior defensive lineman Wezlee Spencer (North Canton/Hoover) had four tackles, two sacks and a blocked field goal.

Heidelberg was led by Academic-OAC quarterback Trace Reynolds as he completed 11 of 25 passes for 168yards with one touchdown.  Reynolds was also the leading rusher as he gained 61 yards on 29 carries.   Senior wide receiver Keivon Belcher led the air attack with four catches for 88 yards and a 66-yard touchdown. Defensively, junior defensive back Elijah Brechbill led with a game-high eight tackles.

The Student Princes opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game when Reynolds found a streaking Belcher.  Senior All-OAC kicker Austin Baker added the extra point.   The Yellow Jackets scored 13 unanswered points to take a 13-7 lead after the opening quarter.  Hudson hooked up with Steinwachs on a one-yard touchdown for the first score at the 10:17 mark.  Hudson then threw a screen pass to junior running back Niejel Henderson (Pittsburgh, Pa./The Kiski School) who took it 28-yards to pay dirt at 5:31.   Junior kicker Jimmy Marshall (Lakewood) added one extra point but the second point after failed due to a high snap.

BW kept the offense rolling in the second quarter as it scored the only points to take a 27-7 lead.  Junior wide receiver Deion Greer (Toledo/Toledo Central Catholic) took the jet sweep 14-yards for the score at the 11:41 mark.  Hudson closed out the scoring as he took the designed quarterback keeper for the score with 56 seconds remaining.  Marshall tacked on both extra points.

Heidelberg capitalized on a Yellow Jacket turnover and opened the second half scoring when Baker converted a 23-yard field goal to cut the lead down to 27-10 at the 6:07 mark. 

BW got its first points of the second half when Hudson scored his second rushing touchdown of the game as he scampered five yards for the score at the 7:52 mark of the final quarter.

The Yellow Jackers remain on the road next week when they travel to Bexley on Saturday, September 29 for an OAC game against Capital University at 1:30 p.m.