RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College football team got a solid effort on the defensive side of the football but was unable to fully capitalize on the offensive end, and the Quakers were upended, 28-10, by visiting Defiance College in Saturday's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup at Darrell Beane Stadium.
The Quakers held Defiance (1-8, 1-6 HCAC) to 406 yards of total offense, the fewest Earlham has allowed this season, and forced the Yellow Jackets into committing four turnovers.
Sophomore Rance Albert and first year Robert Dickelman each had interceptions for Earlham, while Albert and sophomore Hogan Modirzadeh were credited with the Earlham fumble recoveries. Senior Justin Kerobo forced one of the two fumbles.
The Quakers forced Yellow Jacket turnovers on each of Defiance's first two drives of the game, both of which reached deep into Earlham territory.
Earlham opened the game with an 11-play, 53-yard drive off the opening kickoff, aided by a 26-yard Joe Enwright-to-Elijah Bilal senior day pass play connection that brought the Quakers into the Defiance red zone. Melvin Davis' 11-yard reception moved Earlham inside the Defiance 5, but the Quakers had to settle for a 33-yard Javier Lopez field goal and a 3-0 lead.
Defiance's ensuing drive reached the Earlham 11, when Kerobo popped the ball out of the hands of Defiance's Tanner Hughes, with Albert recovering for the Quakers.
Earlham was unable to get out of its own end of the field after the Defiance turnover, and punted to force the Yellow Jackets back to their own 23. From there, Defiance went on a 15-play, 73-yard march that lasted well into the second quarter, before Albert intercepted a Logan Mico pass in the Quaker end zone for a touchback.
An Earlham turnover five plays returned the ball to Defiance at their own 48-yard line. A 33-yard run by the Jackets' Corey Bennett and a 20-yard pass play resulted in a Defiance touchdown, giving the Yellow Jackets a 7-3 lead.
Defiance extended that lead to 14-3 with a quick four-play, 44-yard, 57-second drive to open the third quarter. The Quakers' ensuing drive reached the Defiance 19, aided by a 17-yard pass reception by Jamel Barnes, but Lopez's 36-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Each team threw an interception over the next four plays – with Defiance's Mico throwing a pick to Dickelman at the Earlham 4, and Hauschild throwing an INT at the Earlham 10 on the next play from scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets capitalized on the Quaker turnover inside the red zone, with Mico hitting Vorce on a five-yard pass play to give Defiance a 21-3 lead with 7:07 to play.
Defiance rounded out its scoring with a nine-yard Mico-to-Nate Roberts TD strike with 1:54 remaining in the third quarter extending its lead to 28-3.
The Quakers cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to 28-10 with 6:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, after a three-play scoring drive that ended with Hauschild hitting Bilal for a 55-yard completion and his first TD catch of the season.
Offensively, Earlham finished the day with 266 yards, including 179 yards through the air and 87 on the ground. Davis charted 60 net yards rushing on 16 carries to lead the running attack, with Hauschild getting 25 net yards on six rushes.
Hauschild was 8-of-17 through the air for 128 yards with one TD and one interception. Enwright got the senior day start, and finished with 51 yards passing while completing five of his 12 pass attempts.
Bilal had an Earlham season-best 101 yards receiving on five catches.
Defensively, Albert recorded 16 total tackles, including four unassisted, while Kobe Walker and Modirzadeh tallied 13 and 11 tackles respectively. Kerobo had a career-high eight total tackles in his senior day game at Darrell Beane Stadium.
Earlham closes out the 2018 season next Saturday, Nov. 10, when it travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
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