RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College football team opens its 2017 season with a trip to Wilmington College for a 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 2.
The Teams: Earlham and Wilmington. Both Quakers are looking for a victory after going 0-10 in 2016. Earlham's last victory was a 21-20 triumph over Anderson University on Oct. 26, 2013 while Wilmington last bested an opponent in the season-opener of the 2015 season, a 14-10 win over Bluffton University.
The Coaches: Nick Johnson enters his third 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. Bryan Moore, the former offensive coordinator at Bluffton, is in his first season as head coach at Wilmington.
The Offense: Earlham returns jack-of-all-trades senior Wesley Hundley to the offense. A Second Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) honoree last season, Hundley led the team in rushing with 444 yards, caught 35 passes for 429 yards, threw for 721 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. In total, Hundley accounted for over 68 percent of the Quakers' offense in 2016. Fellow senior Marcaus Cooper also returns having caught 43 passes for 530 yards and five touchdowns. Luke Creditt anchors the Wilmington passing game as he threw for 1,521 yards and five scores as a junior. PJ Meyer hauled in 42 receptions for 621 yards and two touchdowns.
The Defense: The Quakers lost defense leader Lajay Kelly to graduation last season, but return sophomore Grant Bowersock who is coming off of a 71-tackle freshman campaign. Senior Eric Bryant is the veteran in the secondary having led the squad with six pass breakups in 2016. Wilmington also graduated its top tackler from last season, C.J. Thompson, and will rely on Bryan Gonzalez and Bryan Milligan to fill that void this season. Both Gonzalez and Milligan recorded over 45 tackles last year.
Recent History: Earlham has not played Wilmington since 1997, a game Wilmington won 43-7 at home.
Quaker Bowl: The athletics departments of Wilmington and Earlham have re-created the Quaker Bowl rivalry. Originally a traveling trophy for just football and men's basketball, the bowl will now be competed for across all sports the two schools compete in. The football contest between Wilmington and Earlham is the first event in the 2017-18 Quaker Bowl standings.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available – visit the links above.
Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Up Next: Earlham travels to Hiram College for a matchup between old conference foes. Kickoff from Charles A. Henry field is slated for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.