Posted: Nov 12, 2011
It was also Senior Day as Aaron Barth (Springfield, OH, Springfield Shawnee), Collin Draine (Trotwood, OH, Trotwood-Madison), Dorian Jenkins (Indianapolis, IN, Arlington), Joe Jividen (Wheeling, WV, Linsly), Dan Kerns (West Manchester, OH, National Trail), Josh Lewis (Newburgh, IN, Castle), Joe Molina (Lantana, FL, Cardinal Newman), Jaysn Murphy (Winchester, IN, Winchester), L.V. Plummer (Eads, TN, Christian Brothers), Seth Shipley (Springfield, OH, Springfield Shawnee) and Chad Wertman (Holland, IN, Southridge) were all on the field in Darrell Beane Stadium for the final time in their careers.
“I’d like to thank the seniors for their efforts for four years," Earlham Head Coach Gerry Keesling said. “My hat is off to this whole football team. It’s really hard to come out here week after week and not have any quit in you. They don’t have any quit in them. I’m probably as proud as this group as I’ve been of any team.”
Each team had six possessions in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest before either could score. The Engineers (5-5, 5-3) finally got on the scoreboard with a 17-yard run by Kyle Kovach with 2:54 left in the second quarter.
After missing the extra point, Rose-Hulman led 6-0 at intermission.
On their first possession of the second half, the Quakers got going offensively with quarterback Jacob Stewart (Richmond, IN, Centerville) calling the signals after spending the first half with a boot on his injured ankle.
Earlham scored twice on the drive, but both times penalties nulified the touchdowns. The 12-play, 49-yard possession ended with a missed field goal.
“That would have been a different swing for a team that’s tried to find itself all year," Keesling said. "It would have been a great momentum boost.”
Rose-Hulman responded with an 8-play, 80-yard drive to widen its advantage to 14-0 after a touchdown and two-point conversion with 8:18 left in the third quarter.
The Engineers added their final touchdown at the 7:11 mark of the fourth quarter.
A 35-yard interception return by Draine gave the Quakers their score of the afternoon with 2:16 remaining in the contest. It was Draine's second interception return for a touchdown this season. He had a 55-yarder at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Jividen added the extra point to make it 21-7.
Stewart led the Quakers on offense by completing 16-of-31 passes for 189 yards.
Murphy topped the squad with eight grabs for 94 yards. Woody Earls (New Lebanon, OH, Dixie) had five catches for 26 yards. Kaleb Lingg (Dayton, OH, Northridge), who played in the first half at quarterback for the Quakers, finished with four receptions for 55 yards.
Defensively, Shipley led Earlham with 15 tackles and a fumble recovery. In addition to his interception, Draine had 11 tackles, a sack and a blocked punt.
Barth, Lewis and Justin Darden (Muncie, IN, Central) had seven tackles each for the Quakers.
The Quakers finish the season at 0-10, 0-8.