By Zach Baker
Quentin Rembert and Dean Paul are on opposite sides of an Ohio Athletic Conference rivalry.
Rembert is a senior left tackle for Heidelberg; Paul is the coach of Ohio Northern.
But the two said they were doing the same thing in preparation for this week's game: Telling younger players about the impact of the Bendekovics.
Ron Bendekovic was Paul's offensive coordinator until his death in 2005. Ron's brother, Jason, was Heidelberg's offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator until he died in 2010.
In the years since, the matchup between ONU and Heidelberg has become known as the "Bendo Bowl," with a trophy going to the winner.
"I knew Jason and Ronnie starting in 1991, my very first year of coaching at Allegheny College when they were players," Paul said. "So I know them, and their family very well.
"I always think about them, especially this week," he said. "We miss them a lot. It's an emotional thing."
It's the same for Rembert, who was especially close to his position coach.
"The offensive line, we always say a prayer for (Jason) after every game," Rembert said, "just to show the young guys that everything we do, we still do, the messages, the drills, everything else, we're teaching them."
Paul said he does the same thing.
"We try to educate our players about (the Bendekovics)," Paul said. "They hear the Bendo Bowl and they know who those guys are. I talk to the team about both guys. I told them about both Ron and Jason, how I knew them both ... what great men they were and great coaches."
Rembert said Jason Bendekovic's work as recruiting coordinator continues to have an impact at Heidelberg.
"A lot of those guys are still here; there are a lot of seniors this year," Rembert said. "He pretty much recruited a lot of guys that have really helped the program now, so, I know for me... [this game] meant a lot to me. This game meant more to me than (Mount Union), the playoffs, anything ... just because we got to honor Coach Bendo."
SCARY MOMENT: Ohio Northern linebacker Trent Stout, a Fremont Ross graduate, suffered an injury late in the fourth quarter and was on the field for several minutes before being stretchered to an ambulance.
It was a scary situation, but Paul sounded reasonably optimistic after the game.
"They tend to be very cautious with neck and head injuries," Paul said. "He was starting to feel better, the headache was starting to be less severe, and fingers and toes and everything were fine. There was feeling and all that.
"Hopefully, he'll be fine."
SCREENS: Heidelberg actually lost time of possession by more than 18 minutes ... Stephen Smith, a Calvert graduate, hasn't been used much in the first two games. He only punted three times Saturday, averaging 40 yards an attempt ... When talking about star running back Cartel Brooks, HU coach Mike Hallett gave credit to defensive coordinator Scott Donaldson, who he said played a major role in recruiting Brooks out of Galion.