RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College football team hosts Bluffton University for senior day at Darrell Beane Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Bluffton. Both teams are looking to rebound as the Quakers fell at Manchester University 65-13 and the Beavers (6-2, 4-2 HCAC) dropped a 42-19 decision at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
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. Denny Dorrel is in his third season leading the Beavers.
The Offense: Sophomore Treylon Anderson has thrown for 1,109 yards and five touchdowns this season. Junior Wesley Hundley has aided the Quakers in all facets of offense having thrown for 447 yards, rushed for 284 yards, and caught 37 passes for two scores. Fellow junior Marcaus Cooper has 469 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Connor Sheehan leads the Beavers with 1,796 passing yards, a 68.2 percent completion rate, and 20 touchdown passes. Dante Carroll has rushed for 637 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Defense: Senior Lajay Kelly leads the Quakers in tackles with 66 while freshmen Grant Bowersock and Torrie Mayberry have each recorded over 50 tackles. Senior defensive back James Johnson has two interceptions this year. Isaac Zickafoose has 60 a team-high eight saves to bolster the Beavers' defense. Jake Harmon has 60 tackles.
Recent History: Earlham has not beaten Bluffton since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) prior to the 2010 season. The Quakers nearly defeated the Beavers in 2014, a 24-22 loss at Darrell Beane Stadium on Oct. 18.
Senior Day: The game against Bluffton marks the final home game for seven seniors – Malik Lawrence-Reid, James Johnson, Denis Caulley, Alec Dews, Lajay Kelly, James Ezell, and Joseph Miller. A brief celebration for these student-athletes will be held prior to kickoff.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham ends its 2016 season at HCAC leader Rose-Hulman. Kickoff in the Battle for the Boarder Broadsword is slated for 1:30 p.m.