RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham Football pulled to within a touchdown of visiting Hiram College at the end of the first quarter, before the Terriers pulled away to a 47-13 win over the Quakers on Saturday at a rain-soaked Darrell Beane Stadium.
Earlham (0-2) managed 70 yards of total offense on the afternoon, with first year running back Melvin Davis accounting for 63 yards on his 20 carries.
Davis' longest rush of the day was a 27-yard scamper on 2nd-and-5 from the Earlham 45 late in the first quarter, which moved the Quaker offense into the Terrier end of the field for the first time and all the way to the Hiram 28. He followed that up with a 23-yard run down to the Hiram five-yard line, and two plays later first year quarterback Collin Hauschild connected with Malcolm Jones on a 10-yard pass in the endzone for the Quakers' first touchdown of the day to cut the Terrier lead to 14-7.
Hiram answered with touchdowns in each of their first two drives in the second quarter, and the Terriers held a 27-7 lead heading into the locker room at the intermission.
The Terriers opened the second half with a 15-play, 63-yard drive all the way down to the Earlham one-yard line, where the Quakers stopped Hiram's Randy Tucker on a 4th-and-goal run play.
Earlham took over on downs, but Hauschild was tackled in the endzone for a safety on the first play from scrimmage – one of three safeties recorded in the game.
Hiram tacked on another touchdown and a second safety by the end of the third quarter, and went into the final frame with a 38-7 lead.
The Quakers put up their second TD of the day at the 2:35 mark of the fourth quarter, taking full advantage of a Terrier fumble at their own one-yard line. Earlham's Will Bradley recovered, and first year running back Morgan Dinwiddie carried it over the goal line on the next play for the touchdown for the final 47-13 score.
Hauschild finished the day 5-of-14 through the air for 29 yards, with Jones hauling in three catches for 18 yards. Davis had a pair of receptions for 16 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Kobe Walker amassed 19 total tackles, five of those unassisted, including 3.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards with one forced fumble. Rance Albert charted 14 total tackles with three solo stops.
Hiram recorded 538 yards of total offense, with the majority of that – 347 yards – coming on the ground. Isaiah Jones finished with 110 yards on 14 carries, while Marquithias Joh logged 100 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Earlham is at home again next Saturday, Sept. 15, when it hosts Bluffton University at 2:30 p.m. at Darrell Beane Stadium.
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