Heydt anchored line on '04 team
Jacob Heydt graduated from Carbon County Technical Institute in 2005 and was a member of the 2004 Olympians football team that finished with a 10-1 record. The 2004 team was the only team to finish the regular season with a record of 10-0 in school history.
While at Jim Thorpe, Heydt lettered in track as well as football throwing the shot put, discus, and javelin. Heydt also participated on the Olympian Power Lifting team in his four years, placing second in the 242-pound weight class at the Glen Mills Tournament in 2003.
Heydt was a four year member of the football team was a lineman on both offense and defense. He made the most impact of his career at the offensive tackle spot. The Olympians offense had a balanced attack in 2004 that scored a total of 426 points for the season, averaging 38.7 points per game and had an average margin of victory over 30 points per game.
As an offensive tackle on that unit, Heydt solidified a line that not only opened up holes for Jim Thorpe all-time leading rusher Jason Figura, but gave signal caller Dan Flizack adequate protection when throwing the football.
Heydt was named to the Republican Herald All-Area team, Reading Eagle First Team Offense, and Morning Call AAA All Star squad. He was also named to the TIMES NEWS first team offensive squad and was an Honorable Mention consideration for the the Big 33 Game. Heydt's most prestigious award in his senior season was when he was named to the AAA Pennsylvania All-State team by the Associated Press.
"Jake was our anchor up front," said Jim Thorpe head man Mark Rosenberger. "He was physical and had great technique. He might have been one of Jim Thorpe's best lineman ever."
Heydt is married to the former Marie Melber of Jim Thorpe and has one son by the name of Gabriel. he is employed by Air Products in Allentown.
Heydt still resides in Jim Thorpe with his family.
The Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. The induction ceremony is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. and entertainment will follow at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the induction ceremonies and the entire evening can be obtained by calling Craig Zurn at 570-325-3855/3363, Wilmer Redline at 570-325-3073, Ron Sheehan at 570-325-4244 or Jack Kmetz at 570-325-4923.
The Class of 2012 includes Heydt, Tom Skelly, the 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic High School football team, Derick Reis, Jason Figura, Justin Young, and Aaron Smith.
During the next few weeks, the TIMES NEWS will be featuring highlights of the careers of each inductee leading up to the banquet on Aug. 18.