Football falters under the lights against Anderson

Earlham defense

RICHMOND, Ind. – A potentially momentum-establishing opening drive by Earlham College was stopped short of the end zone and visiting Anderson University responded by going at an offensive pace that left the Quakers breathless, and the end result was a 63-0 Earlham loss to the Ravens on Saturday night at Darrell Beane Stadium.

Earlham gambled early in an effort to put Anderson on its heels, with an opening drive that showed the Quakers' willingness to go downfield in a hurry. The Quakers set that tone on their first play from scrimmage, when a Jamel Barnes run play turned into a 25-yard pass to Elijah Bilal and put Earlham near midfield.

Later in the drive, first year quarterback Collin Hauschild connected with Barnes on a 28-yard pass play that brought the Quakers to the Anderson one-yard line.

An illegal formation call pushed Earlham back to the Anderson six-yard line, and Melvin Davis was caught in the backfield on third down to push the Quakers back to the Anderson 29. Hauschild was sacked on fourth down, forcing Earlham to turn over the ball on downs with no points.

That opened the door for Anderson, who immediately marched downfield on a 10-play, 65-yard drive that lasted just 3:14 to take a 7-0 lead. The Ravens went straight to the line on every play, preventing the Quakers from making any substitutions.

Earlham's first play from scrimmage on its ensuing possession was fumbled on the Quaker 27, and a trio of Ravens handed off the recovery to score and take a 14-0 lead.

Anderson added another score on a 13-play, 69-yard drive that lasted 3:54, and the Ravens led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Two more Anderson touchdowns in the second quarter put the Ravens in front 35-0 at the intermission, and the Ravens tacked on one more touchdown in the third quarter and three more in the fourth for the final 63-0 margin.

Earlham had 127 yards of total offense, with 151 yards coming through the air. Hauschild was 4-12-0 for 52 yards, with senior Joe Enwright coming on in the second quarter and finishing the game 10-25-1 for 74 yards.

Barnes was the top target with four receptions for 44 yards, while five other Quakers had two receptions each.

Anderson finished the night with 511 yards of total offense, including 290 yards rushing. Reggie Lipscomb led the Ravens' ground game with 113 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns.

Defensively, Alfago Shoemake led Earlham with 12 total tackles including eight solo stops, while Kobe Walker charted 10 total tackles. Hogan Modirzadeh logged eight unassisted tackles among his nine total tackles on the night.

Earlham returns to the road to face Franklin College next Saturday, Oct. 20, in a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

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