Slow Start Hurts Quakers at Hanover

Slow Start Hurts Quakers at Hanover
HANOVER, Ind. — Surrendering three touchdowns in the first quarter proved to be too much for the Earlham College football team to overcome on Saturday as the Quakers fell 51-23 at Hanover College.

Earlham was forced to punt on its initial possession of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference battle, while the Panthers (4-2, 3-1) scored the first time they had the ball.

Following that score, Hanover recovered an on-sides kick and quickly went into the end zone again to build a 14-0 advantage with 8:50 left in the opening stanza.

From that point, Hanover would put together a 34-0 lead midway through the second quarter before the Quakers could get on the scoreboard. Nick Cummings (Rolling Prairie, IN, New Prairie) gave Earlham its first score with a 4-yard touchdown run with 6:39 remaining in the first half.

"We gave up too many big plays and did not capitalize with our early offensive drives to really be in the game," Earlham Head Coach Gerry Keesling said.

Hanover scored another touchdown and then Earlham finished the half with a safety when Dorian Stroud (South Bend, IN, Adams) tackled Hanover's quarterback in the end zone to make it 41-9 by intermission.

The Panthers added their final 10 points in the third period and then the Quakers ended the scoring with a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback James Mees (North Ridgeville, OH, North Ridgeville) scored on an 11-yard run at the end of the third period and James Kayhill (Powder Springs, GA, Hillgrove) followed with a 2-yard run in the final quarter.

Mees finished the afternoon with 20 completions in 38 attempts for 219 yards. Bryant Foreman (Mechanicsburg, OH, Northeastern) had five catches for 54 yards, while Cummings ended up with five receptions for 29 yards. Kyle Ripperger (Richmond, IN, Richmond) had for grabs for 81 yards.

Cummings ran for 70 yards in 12 carries and Cayhill added 47 yards on 10 attempts.

Defensively, Stroud led the way with 11 tackles and three quarterback sacks. Lenden Bowsman (New Castle, IN, New Castle) and Sean Gardner (Connersville, IN, Connersville) were next with five tackles each.

The Quakers (0-6, 0-4) return home next week to face Defiance College. The HCAC contest in Darrell Beane Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.

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