Defiance Defeats Football 34-14

Photo by Dan Oetting
Photo by Dan Oetting

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College scored the game's first three touchdowns in a 34-14 victory over the Earlham College football team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action from Corssel Stadium on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets (1-4, 1-1 HCAC) took the opening kickoff and drove 57 yards in 11 plays for the game's first score, a 2-yard run from Corey Bennett. On the Quakers' first drive, senior Wesley Hundley connected on a 3-yard pass to junior Elijah Bilal to move the chains, but Earlham's drive stalled after a short run and an incomplete pass. Sophomore Jordan Christian's punt was blocked and recovered by Kendrick Harvey for a Defiance touchdown.

Trailing 14-0, Earlham drove into Defiance territory, but a holding penalty stalled the drive once again. The Yellow Jackets drove into the red zone, but the Quakers' defense came up with a stop on fourth-and-two to end the threat.

An Earlham three-and-out gave Defiance the ball at the Quaker 45-yard line, and Joe Webb wasted no time putting the hosts up three scores as he scampered 45 yards for a one-play touchdown drive.

Earlham did not fold, however, as Hundley punched in a two-yard touchdown run on the next drive and took the 14-point deficit into halftime.

After a three-and-out to begin the second half, Earlham's defense once again stepped up as sophomore Dan O'Donnell forced a fumble which was recovered by fellow sophomore R.J. Scott. Unfortunately for the visitors, a Hundley run of seven yards would be all that was gained as the three incompletions that followed turned the ball over on downs.

The Defiance offense responded with a 9-play, 77-yard drive capped by a pass from Logan Mico to Carl Stokes for a 10-yard score.

The Quakers answered on the very next drive, however, as Hundley found Bilal for a 38-yard touchdown strike. Defiance put a stamp on the win on the next drive as Mico again found Stokes, this time for a 27-yard touchdown.

Defiance outgained Earlham 407-320 and were led by Mico who finished 19-of-27 for 203 yards and two scores through the air. Hundley again led the Quakers in passing with 144 yards and rushing with 128 yards on 24 attempts. The Gardnerville, Nevada, native accounted for 85 percent of the offense.

Sophomore linebacker Kobe Walker led all defenders with a career-high 17 tackles.

Earlham (0-4, 0-2 HCAC) hosts Franklin College at Darrell Beane Stadium next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.