HIRAM, Ohio – The Earlham College football team fell to Hiram College 65-41 in a high-scoring non-conference affair on Saturday afternoon.
The game started promising for the Quakers as scored on a 57-yard run from freshman Brandon Kinney on third and ten. Earlham held the Terriers from scoring in their next possession, but the Quakers were stopped on downs on the possession that ensued.
Hiram (1-0) got on the board with a 10-play, 63-yard drive to get within a point, but a two-point conversion failed. Earlham answered with a field goal on the next possession as junior Justin Kerobo connected on a 27-yard field goal.
Earlham held the 10-6 lead through the first quarter, but Hiram took the lead on the second play of the second quarter from Randy Tucker to Jaris Foreman. Trailing 13-10, the Quakers' offense stalled for the remainder of the first half. During that time, the hosts scored three more touchdowns and led 34-10 at halftime.
The Quakers did outscore the Terriers 25-14 in the third quarter to get within 13 points (48-35), but Earlham could not keep Hiram out of the end zone as the hosts scored two more touchdowns to put the game away.
Earlham, which broke the 40-point plateau for the first time since Nov. 1 of 2008 (49-42 win at Kenyon College) tallied 420 yards of offense including 327 yards from senior Wesley Hundley. The Gardnerville, Nevada, native threw for four touchdowns as well as running for 101 yards. Senior Marcaus Cooper caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns while junior Elijah Bilal and freshman Jamel Barnes also hauled in touchdown catches.
Hiram had 628 yards of offense including 369 yards through the air from Tucker, who completed 28-42 passes for six touchdowns. Miguel Hernandez was the lone Terrier to cross the 100-yard receiving plateau while Isaiah Jones rushed for 100 yards on nine carries and a touchdown.
Earlham (0-2) opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) at Anderson University next Saturday.