RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College football team opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Saturday when the Anderson University Ravens come to Darrell Beane Stadium for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Teams: Earlham and Anderson. Both teams are 0-2 this year after falling in the non-conference portion of the season. The Quakers lost at home to Southern Virginia University followed by falling at Gallaudet University last weekend. The Ravens lost to North Park University on the road and Centre College 56-14 at home.
The Coaches: Nick Johnson enters his second year as Earlham's head football coach. The HCAC Coach of the Year in 2015, Johnson played football for the Quakers from 1997-01 and later served the program as defensive coordinator from 2007-12. He also held the position of head track and field coach for 12 seasons. John Sala was hired as Anderson's head football coach in Jan. of 2015.
The Offense: Junior wide receiver Marcaus Cooper is Earlham's top offensive threat having caught ten passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns this season. Sophomore quarterback Treylon Anderson has thrown for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Niquille Bell has 105 yards on the ground to lead the Ravens' rushing attack. Anderson has played two quarterbacks, Garret Miller and Triston Anderson, equally so far this season. Each has passed for over 170 yards and at least one touchdown.
The Defense: A trio of Earlham freshman, Kobe Walker, Grant Bowersock, and Torrie Mayberry, have all tallied over 35 tackles this season. Senior Lajay Kelly has 14 tackles along with a 99-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Southern Virginia. Alec Monte and Jeremy Gonzalez have combined for 43 tackles to lead Anderson's defense. Austin Williams has one save and one interception.
Recent History: Earlham is 2-2 against Anderson in the last four years. The Ravens have won the last two matchups by a margin of over 30 points. The Quakers' last victory as a program was over Anderson 21-20 on Oct. 26 of 2013.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham has a bye week before facing Defiance College at home on Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.