Stephen Smith stood on the Heidelberg sideline in the first quarter, attempting to simulate a punt.
Smith, a former all-state kicker for Calvert, was in his first game as the Student Princes' punter.
For most of Saturday against Alma, Heidelberg didn't need him.
Paced by remarkably efficient quarterback Michael Mees and potent running back Cartel Brooks, Heidelberg scored touchdowns on its first five offensive possessions. It took the Princes four offensive plays to go 66 yards and score their first touchdown of the 2013 campaign. By the time Heidelberg had run 22 plays, it had 35 points, and the rout was on, as No. 14 HU crushed the Scots, 52-7.
"We came out of the gate and we were operating pretty well today," said Heidelberg coach Mike Hallett, who is 7-0 in season openers.
Mees made only one real mistake in the first half, when he was intercepted by Alma's Adam Nelson in the second quarter. But in a half of football, he finished 9 of 12 for 251 yards and a touchdown.
Had a receiver never come open on a pass, it's likely Mees still would be standing in the pocket as you read this. He had a seemingly endless amount of time to throw, and made the most of it.
"A lot of the credit goes to the line for giving me protection, making me feel comfortable in the pocket," Mees said. "To have the receivers that I do, I trust them to catch the ball every time."
Nine different receivers caught passes for Heidelberg, with Dontae Dye making three receptions for a team-best 81 yards. Ethan Kindle had two catches on the day, both went for touchdowns - one thrown by Mees, the other by Woodmore graduate Jon Sandwisch.
But as good as the receivers were, they may have been overshadowed by Brooks. The Galion graduate had 94 yards and two touchdowns alone in the first half (including a 43 yard gallop for a score) and finished with 104 yards on the ground on 10 carries. He also caught a 28 yard pass from Mees on HU's first drive.
Brooks said Heidelberg had about 10 months worth of aggression it needed to take out after losing in the playoffs to Wittenberg last November.
"We decided to play today," Brooks said. "After that last game against Wittenberg, it left a bad taste in our mouth."
Brooks wasn't the only running back to get going. Bryan Lacey ran 10 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Brooks said there's a competition going between the backs.
"At the end of the day, we're teammates, but we try to be our best," Brooks said. "He tries to beat me, I try to beat him."
While the offense was cruising, Heidelberg's defense nearly had a shutout, holding the Scots to just 211 total yards, just 74 rushing. Linebacker Adam Cepik led the defense with 11 tackles, one for a loss, while DB Mitchell Kelly had an interception.
"I think (Alma) was trying to protect the ball, but we shouldn't have let them score," said HU lineman Will Nunnally, who had seven tackles. "I'm kind of disappointed in that, but we came out and played hard."
Alma's lone points came in the second quarter, when Erik Hines caught a three-yard pass from Jarrett Leister and fought his way into the end zone.
But it was Alma's lone highlight. Heidelberg even scored 10 points off special teams - a 25-yard field goal from Danny Kilger, and a 71-yard punt return by Ryan Fischer in the fourth quarter.
And Smith? He attempted three second half punts, getting one downed at the Scots' 2. He also kicked one of Heidelberg's seven extra points.