The Hiram College football team was defeated by DePauw (Ind.) University, 24-13, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Charles A. Henry Field in the home finale on senior day.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Hiram (2-7, 1-7 NCAC) broke the stalemate at the 13:08 minute mark of the second period when senior quarterback George Blake (Parma) found sophomore wide receiver Nate Eaton (South Euclid/Walnut Ridge) in the back of the endzone on a 19-yard pass completion that put the Terriers up, 7-0. The touchdown play capped a 10-play, 72-yard drive. DePauw (4-5, 4-4 NCAC) answered the score two possessions later on a 25-yard pass play from quarterback Matt Hunt to Barry Flynn with 4:52 left in the half that capped a 10-play drive of its own evening the score at 7-7. Neither team added any more points in the final minutes as the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 7-7.
In the third quarter, Hiram was forced to a three-and-out on its first possession and DePauw then went 54 yards in 10 plays on its first possession of the second half to take the lead on a two-yard run by Armani Cato making the score 14-7. The Tiger touchdown was the only score of the period as Hiram trailed 14-7 heading into the final quarter.
DePauw added to its lead early in the fourth quarter on an 18-yard TD run by Cato with 9:51 left in the game making the score 21-7. On Hiram’s ensuing possession, the Terriers were forced to punt. But a mishandle on the snap resulted in excellent field position for DePauw, giving the Tigers the ball at the Terrier nine yardline. The Hiram defense held DePauw to only a field goal by Eric Malm from 21 yards out to limit the damage, but would still trail 24-7 with 6:50 left to play. Following the field goal, Hiram drove to the DePauw 46 yardline, but would be forced to convert a fourth and 15 attempt to keep the drive going. Blake connected with senior wideout Richard Simpson (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) on the fourth down play in the endzone for the TD with 4:43 to go. The extra point attempt was blocked, keeping the score at 24-13. Hiram got one more possession in the final minutes, but would turn the ball over on downs, allowing DePauw to run out the clock and claim the 24-13 victory.
DePauw recorded 321 yards of total offense (171 rushing and 150 passing). The Tigers were led by Cato who rushed for 105 yards on 19 carries and had two TD. Hunt completed nine-of-27 passes for 150 yards and a score. Flynn led all receivers with four catches for 89 yards and a TD. On defense, Will Longthorne had a team-high eight tackles (six solo and two assists), including 2.5 tackles for loss.
Hiram ended the game with 200 yards of offense (35 rushing and 165 passing). Blake completed 13-of-24 passes for 165 yards and a pair of scores. Simpson caught two passes for 65 yards with a score and was also the team’s leading rusher with 32 yards on 12 carries. Eaton led all Hiram receivers with four catches and had 38 yards in addition to his one TD. Defensively, two Terriers recorded 10 or more tackles led by All-NCAC senior Josh Peacock(Carson City, Nev./Carson) with 18 stops (12 solo and six assists). Fellow senior John Davis added 15 tackles (two solo and 13 assists), including a half tackle for loss.
Hiram will wrap-up the 2013 season when it travels to Oberlin for a NCAC matchup against Oberlin College next Saturday, Nov. 16. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.