Saturday, November 9, 2013

John Carroll-Heidelberg postgame observations

Some observations and notes from John Carroll's surprisingly easy 48-7 victory over Heidelberg:

-- John Carroll junior Mark Myers throws the ball as well as any small-college quarterback.

Myers started his career at Pitt and transferred to John Carroll before last season. His relationship with Coach Tom Arth is a big reason why he landed in University Heights. Myers and Arth are both St. Ignatius graduates. At 6-foot-4, Myers has the size and arm strength to play at a higher level.

He completed 31 of 44 passes for 387 yards and three touchdowns. Seven different receivers caught passes. Myers is patient -- a line that hasn't allowed a sack since Week 2 helps -- and he often finds second and third options. He's a difference-maker.

"Our game plan was to drop eight and they kept finding windows," Heidelberg coach Mike Hallett said. "You can't drop nine. At some point, you have to stop dropping people. When Mark Myers is on, he's really, really good, and he was really good today."

-- John Carroll's defensive front dominated a solid Heidelberg offensive line. Led by left tackle Quentin Rembert, a Euclid graduate and All-American candidate, the Student Princes surrendered six sacks.

The Blue Streaks have allowed 33 points through nines games. Their relentless line has flustered the entire Ohio Athletic Conference.

"Their front is what makes them go," Hallett said.

-- Many discussions in University Heights already center around next Saturday's game at No. 1 Mount Union. The winner claims the outright Ohio Athletic Conference title. Some enterprising John Carroll students were selling these T-shirts following the victory over Heidelberg:

"It's going to be a huge game," Myers said. "We're both 9-0. It's going to be awesome. It will be a good game to come and watch."

-- John Carroll junior kicker Kresimir "Krash" Ivkovic is a weapon. The Lake Catholic graduate booted two field goals, increasing his season total to 15, and had six touchbacks. Strong kickoffs thwarted multiple Heidelberg drives before they started.

-- Heidelberg freshman Nick DeLisa will have a solid college career. The Mentor graduate caught four passes for 32 yards. He's also a dangerous kick returner.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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