The Hiram College football team was defeated by Oberlin College, 47-13, in the North Coast Athletic Conference and season finale in Oberlin.
Both team’s offenses struggled to get anything going in the opening minutes of the first quarter. On Hiram’s (2-8, 1-8 NCAC) third drive of the game, the Terriers recorded two plays for negative yards and a delay of game penalty, but on the fourth play of the drive, senior quarterback George Blake (Parma) connected with senior wide receiver Brendon James(Brunswick) on a 71-yard pass play for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead at the 4:53 minute mark. The lead wouldn’t last long as Oberlin (3-7, 2-7 NCAC) answered the Hiram score on its ensuing possession going 61 yards in five plays that included a long pass play of its own on a 51-yard TD completion to even the score at 7-7 after the first 15 minutes.
The Yeowomen scored again on its next drive that began at the end of the first quarter and consisted of 11 plays and 81 yards and ended on a two-yard TD run that put Oberlin up by the score of 14-7 with 10:26 left before halftime. This time, it was Hiram who answered the Oberlin score on its next drive with Blake scoring on a one-yard TD scamper, capping a 15-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 6:15. But the extra point attempt was blocked preserving a slim 14-13 edge for Oberlin. Oberlin found the endzone one more time before the end of the half by scoring on an 18-yard run to extend the margin to 21-13 at the intermission.
In the third quarter, Oberlin scored the only points of the frame, beginning with a defensive safety at the 9:59 mark and then the Yeomen found paydirt again following the free-kick by Hiram after the safety with an 11-yard pass play to make the score 30-13 with 8:44 to go in the quarter. Oberlin reached the endzone one more time just before the end of the period on a 41-yard run extending the margin to 37-13 heading into the fourth.
Following a blocked Hiram punt on its first drive of the fourth quarter, Oberlin added to its lead with a 38-yard field goal, making the score 40-13 with 4:18 to go. The Yeomen padded its lead later in the period with their final score of the game coming on a 48-yard TD run as Oberlin cruised to the 47-13 final.
Oberlin ended the game with 465 yards of total offense (305 rushing and 160 passing) and was led by running back Moses Richardson who rushed for a game-high 142 yards on 29 carries and had a pair of TD. Quarterback Lucas Poggiali completed 11-of-23 passes for 160 yards with two TD and an interception. He also rushed for 63 yards and a score. Blake Buckhannon led all Oberlin receivers with three catches for 65 yards and a TD. On defense, Kirby Livingston and Kyle Kessler both had a team-high nine tackles. Livingston also had four tackles for loss, including three sacks, and a forced fumble.
Hiram had 244 yards of offense (14 rushing and 230 passing) for the game and was led by Blake who completed 15-of-33 passes for 230 yards with a TD and an interception. Senior running back Caleb Jones (Lake Placid, Fla./Lake Placid) carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards. James finished the game with game-highs of four catches for 84 yards and a score. Defensively, All-NCAC senior Josh Peacock (Carson City, Nev./Carson) had a game-high 10 tackles (seven solo and three assists) and had an interception.