RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College football team continues Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play when the Quakers travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a 1:30 p.m. game with Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) on Saturday.
The Teams: Earlham and MSJ. The Quakers are 0-5 on the season and 0-3 in conference play after a 56-26 loss at the hands of first-place Franklin College on Saturday. The Lions are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the HCAC after falling 35-10 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology last weekend.
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. Tyler Hopperton is in his fifth season with the MSJ football program and is the Lions' interim head coach for the 2017 campaign.
The Offense: Senior Wesley Hundley has accounted for 1,424 of 1,700 yards (84 percent) of the Quakers' offense through four games this season while leading the team in passing and rushing. Senior wide receiver Marcaus Cooper as hauled in 36 receptions for 342 yards and six touchdowns. MSJ is led by freshman quarterback Chaiten Tomlin who averages over 2356 passing yards per game. He has thrown 28 touchdowns in six games compared to nine interceptions. His top target, Garrett Weaver, has caught 14 touchdowns on 46 receptions.
The Defense: Sophomore Kobe Walker, who made a career-high 17 tackles at Defiance two weeks ago, leads the Quaker's defense with 42 wrap-ups. Junior Joe Enwright has forced two fumbles while sophomore R.J. Scott has a team-high 3.5 tackles for loss. Sophomores Dan O'Donnell and Cole Burrell combed for 10 pass breakups in the Quakers' secondary. The Lions duo of Tavon Robertson and Colby Webb average over 20 tackles per game. Tyler Hannah and Kenny Thornton each have four interceptions for the MSJ secondary.
Chasing Records: Wes Hundley is on pace to break Manny Myers' (2005) record of 900 rushing yards in a season. The Gardnerville, Nevada, native needs to average 62 yards rushing of the final five games of the season to break the record.
Recent History: Earlham is 0-7 against MSJ since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season. The closest game during that span was a 28-7 win for the Lions on Oct. 22, 2011.
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 hosts Hanover College during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.