College football: Pioneers stumble

Marietta College struggled again.

For the second straight week the Andy Waddle-coached Pioneers took on a nationally ranked, Ohio Athletic Conference football powerhouse, and for the second straight week they were dominated as the Heidelberg Student Princes rolled up 629 total yards en route to a 68-17 victory at Don Drumm Stadium Saturday night.

“We played a very good football team tonight. I felt like coming into the game that Heidelberg was an elite team,” Waddle said. “They are every bit of that if not better and they’re a team that is going to give a lot of other teams trouble down the road.”

Last week, the Pioneers, who have now dropped 15 in a row dating back to 2011, were routed by top-ranked Mount Union 84-14.

Number 10-ranked Heidelberg University (4-0 overall, 3-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) scored 27 points in the opening quarter and followed that up with 28 more in the second quarter to claim a 55-17 lead at the intermission.

The Berg scored TDs on their first eight possessions of the contest.

The winless Pioneers (0-4, 0-3) scored all 17 of their points in the second quarter when Tim Conner returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Tom Fulton connected with Kirby Harris on a 39-yard touchdown pass just before the end of the opening half.

Williamstown High School graduate Garret Butler also made good on a 40-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter to round out the MC scoring.

Heidelberg quarterback Michael Mees completed 13-of-16 pass attempts for 180 yards and five touchdowns in only a half of football, while running back Cartel Brooks rushed for a game-high 139 yards on 16 carries.

The Pios got a strong performance from Conner who in addition to the kickoff return, rushed for 108 yards in the game on 23 carries while Roger Bush added 91 more on 14 touches.

Marietta is scheduled to host John Carroll University in an OAC and homecoming game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Pioneers have never defeated the Blue Streaks on the gridiron in the all-time series.

“We play without a doubt the three toughest teams in the OAC right in a row here,” said Waddle of the Pioneers brutal schedule. “I just continue to believe that there are winnable games on our schedule and we just have to continue to fight and continue to get better.”