The 2014 Hiram College football team put together one of the programs most successful seasons in recent memory.
Under fifth year head coach Randy Moore, the Terriers went 5-5 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC. The five wins were the most for the program since the 1988 season.
The season appeared to get off to a rough start as Hiram tailed 27-3 midway through the third quarter in its season opener at Westminster (Pa.). But the Terriers stormed back, scoring 27 unanswered points to get the win. Senior Robert Partridge(Massillon/Washington) found junior Britton Lewis (Tampa, Fla./Paul R. Wharton) for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left.
The Terriers followed up the dramatic win with a 37-26 home victory over Denison in its home and NCAC opener. The Hiram defense forced eight turnovers and Partridge and Lewis hooked up for a 84-yard completion, which is the longest in school history.
Hiram would fall in its next three contests, but rebounded with a dominating 31-8 win over Kenyon. The Terriers followed the victory up with a road victory at Ohio Wesleyan 35-28. Freshman Brendon Carr (Wellsville/Wellsville Local) scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:49 left and senior Mario Lemuel (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) batted down a pass on to clinch the win.
Hiram would close the season with a 35-13 home win over Oberlin on Senior Day. Senior James Romanowski (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) had a 15-yard interception return for a touchdown to lead the Terriers to the win.
In all, Hiram saw five members earn All-NCAC honors. Sophomore Zayd Mabin (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Lemuel earned Second Team All-NCAC accolades, while senior Kyle Bates(Painesville/Thomas W. Harvey), Partridge and Romanowski were named Honorable Mention All-NCAC.
Mabin led the team with three fumble recoveries and was second in tackles for loss (10.5) and forced fumbles (two).
Lemuel led the team with six sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. In the Terriers win over Denison, he finished with three sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Bates earned his second straight All-NCAC honor. He started all 10 games on the offensive line.
Partridge threw for 2,167 yards and also accumulated 2,317 yards of total offense, which are both new school records. In addition, he threw for 14 touchdowns and added three more rushing.
Romanowski finished the season with 90 tackles, which was a team-high. In addition, he also recorded two interceptions and 2.5 tackles for loss.
With a strong season behind them, Hiram will look to build off of the momentum from the 2014 season.