Strong Second Half Leads Anderson to Come-From-Behind Win Over Football

Photo by Dan Oetting
Photo by Dan Oetting

ANDERSON, Indiana - The Earlham College football team scored the game's first 16 points, but Anderson University scored the last 27 including outscoring the Earlham College football team 24-0 in the second half in a 27-16 victory in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener for both teams on Saturday.

Earlham's offense went to work from the opening kickoff as the Quakers drove deep into Raven territory. Unfortunately for the visitors, the drive stalled as senior quarterback Wesley Hundley took a rushing loss forcing a field goal attempt. Sophomore Dan O'Donnell's 45-yard attempt fell short, however.

Both teams forced each other to punt on the next two drives, and the Quakers' defense forced another Raven punt late in the first quarter. This time, however, Earlham's special teams came up with a block, setting up the offense at the Anderson 29-yard line. Five plays later, Hundley rushed to pay dirt, giving the Quakers a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Quakers' special teams once again came up with a big play as Demontrae Hart was stripped and Earlham recovered.

Anderson looked to stall Earlham's drive, but a holding penalty on fourth-and-12 moved the chains. On third-and-two, Hundley found fellow senior Marcaus Cooper in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown. The extra point failed, however, and the Quakers held a 13-0 lead.

Earlham's defense forced Anderson into a three-and-out, and Hundley led the Quakers on a 19-play, 87-yard drive that ended in a 26-yard O'Donnell field goal.

Trailing 16-0, Anderson mustered a field goal at the end of the first half.

The Ravens began the second half rejuvenated as the hosts scored a touchdown on their first possession and after forcing and Earlham three-and-out, connected on a 42-yard field goal to make the score 16-13.

Anderson ended the third quarter driving deep into Earlham territory, but the Quakers stuffed Johnny Ovalle for no gain on fourth and one. Unfortunately, Earlham was forced to punt, and consecutive touchdowns from the Ravens on their next two drives put the game away.

Earlham finished with 279 yards of total offense with all but 30 coming from Hundley, who finished 18-39 passing for 174 yards while also rushing 24 times for 75 yards. Cooper hauled in seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Jarrod Humble threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns to lead Anderson offensively. Ovalle rushed 21 times for 57 yards and a score.

Sophomores Jordan Christian and Kobe Walker finished with nine and eight tackles respectively.

Earlham (0-3) has a bye week before traveling to Defiance College on Sept. 30.