Posted: Nov 13, 2010
Rose-Hulman won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest 40-15.
"I'm proud of this team for their fight week after week," Earlham Head Coach Gerry Keesling said. "There was never any quit in this team. We love and are going to miss our seniors."
Earlham's seniors on the roster are Austin Manahan (Orlando, FL, University), Ben Randall (Milford, OH, Milford), Nick Cummings (Rolling Prairie, IN, New Prairie), John Metcalf (Galveston, IN, Lewis Cass), Kyle Ripperger (Richmond, IN, Richmond), Bryant Foreman (Mechanicsburg, OH, Northeastern), Lenden Bowsman (New Castle, IN, New Castle), Dan Kelich (Elwood, IN, Elwood), Mike Liby (Muncie, IN, Muncie South), Andrew Roembke (Indianapolis, IN, Lawrence North), Wes Bowling (Fortville, IN, Mt. Vernon) and Chad Wertman (Holland, IN, Southridge).
On Saturday, the Quakers got on the scoreboard first. Woody Earls (New Lebanon, OH, Dixie) capped a 4-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 8:23 left in the opening quarter.
After a missed Earlham field goal and a Rose-Hulman punt, the Quakers began the scoring drive with a penalty, but quickly responded.
Quarterback James Mees (North Ridgeville, OH, North Ridgeville) completed a 5-yard pass to Kyle Shannon (Gary, IN, Roosevelt). On the next play, Mees ran 20-yards for a first down and a facemask penalty added 15 more yards. James Kayhill (Powder Springs, GA, Hillgrove) then ran 44 yards to set up the score by Earls that put the Quakers on top 7-0.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, Rose-Hulman added a field goal and a touchdown to lead 10-7 after the first period. The Engineers (6-4, 5-3) added another score to lead 17-7 by intermission.
Rose-HUlman scored on its first possession of the second half and got in the end zone again to lead 30-7 after three quarters.
In the fourth period, Rose-Hulman went up 33-7 with a field goal before the Quakers put together another scoring drive.
Mees ended the 9-play, 60-yard drive with a 7-yard run at 9:33. The Quakers followed with a 2-point conversion with Mees and Ripperger hooking up for the score to make it 33-8. Rose-Hulman score the last touchdown of the contest.
For the day, Mees completed 7-of-21 passes for 57 yards, while gaining 72 yards on the ground in 14 attempts. Kayhill finished with 54 yards rushing on five carries. Ripperger led the Quakers with three receptions for 30 yards.
Defensively, the Quakers had four players reach double digits in tackles. Seth Shipley (Springfield, OH, Springfield Shawnee) led the way with 15, while Collin Draine (Trotwood, OH, Trotwood-Madison) added 14. Metcalf had 12 tackles and Randall contributed 10. Manahan had an interception.
The Quakers end the season at 0-10 and 0-8 in the HCAC.