Football stopped at home by Bluffton

Malcolm Jones

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College effectively ran a screen pass offense most of the afternoon, but committed four costly turnovers that limited the Quakers' scoring opportunities in a 34-0 loss, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash on Saturday afternoon at Darrell Beane Stadium.

Earlham quarterbacks Collin Hauschild and Joe Enwright combined to complete 35 of 55 passing attempts for 194 yards, accounting for the bulk of the Quakers' 209 yards of total offense on the afternoon.

The 35 pass completions by Hauschild and Enwright was one shy of the Earlham record for most pass completions in a single game of 36, back in 1999 against the College of Wooster.

Jamel Barnes hauled in nine of those passes for 44 yards, while Zachary Baker made eight receptions for a team-best 59 yards. Baker's 26-yard reception in third quarter brought the Quakers down to the Bluffton 21-yard line, part of a 12-play, 53-yard drive that brought Earlham all the way down to the Bluffton 9. The Quakers were unable to get the ball into the endzone, and came up short on a fourth-and-goal attempt when Enwright's pass attempt into the endzone was knocked away from Baker.

The drive was one of two Earlham trips inside the red zone during the game.

Bluffton had struggles of its own in the first half as the Earlham defense made stops on key plays. The Quakers allowed the Beavers into the red zone just twice, and forced Bluffton into one turnover on a fumble and three turnovers on downs.

The Beavers' only score of the opening half came at 3:08 of the second quarter when Zachary Nobis connected with Adam Duncan on a nine-yard pass play to put Bluffton ahead, 7-0.

Bluffton put up three touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away from Earlham, and added some insurance points in the fourth quarter with another TD strike.

Defensively, Rance Albert led the Quakers with 12 total tackles, including three solo stops. Kobe Walker charted eight tackles with four of them unassisted, while William Norwood had seven tackles with a team-high six solos.

Tyler Showalter paced Bluffton with 13 total tackles, including 10 unassisted stops.

Earlham completes its string of four straight home games to open the 2018 season with next Saturday's Homecoming matchup with Mount St. Joseph at Darrell Beane Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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