OBERLIN, OHIO — The Hiram College football team could not overcome an early 20-0 deficit in the first quarter as the Terriers fell to Oberlin College, 27-7, today (Saturday, Sept. 24) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Savage Field in Oberlin. [Game Stats]
Following today’s outcome, Hiram falls to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC. Oberlin improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 NCAC.
The Yeomen scored early and often as Oberlin recorded touchdowns on its first three possessions beginning with its first score on a four-play, 50-yard drive to begin the game and ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass play from Robin Witjes to Drew Mixter for the 7-0 lead. Following an interception on the ensuing Hiram possession, Oberlin struck again on a four-yard TD run by Moses Richardson at the 4:52 minute mark. The Yeomen failed to convert the extra point, but still led 13-0. Oberlin recorded the final points of the first quarter on a 56-yard pass play from Cory Kidd to Robin Witjes that extended the margin to 20-0.
In the second quarter, Hiram looked to get on the board with a 36-yard field goal by freshman kicker Greg Klisuric (Mentor), but the attempt would hit the right upright, keeping the score 20-0. Oberlin took advantage again, scoring on its next drive that ended with an 11-yard TD scamper by Justin Williams with 8:25 left in the half and increased the deficit to 27-0. The Terriers threatened late in the period, but a fourth down play from the Oberlin 21-yard line fell short ending the drive and Hiram went into the locker rooms down 27-0.
After a scoreless third quarter, Hiram ended the scoreless drought with 8:36 left in the game on a 24-yard TD run by sophomore quarterback Brandon Hanna (Ashtabula/Lakeside) narrowing the gap to 27-7. The Terrier defense forced an Oberlin turnover on its next possession and Hiram drove to the Yeomen 24-yard line, but a turnover of its own ended the possible scoring drive and gave the ball back to Oberlin. The final turnover by the Terriers ended all momentum and sealed the victory for the Yeomen as Oberlin went on to claim a 27-7 win.
Oberlin edged Hiram in total offense with 392 yards (258 rushing and 134 passing) as the Terriers recorded 353 total yards (197 rushing and 156 passing).
Individually, the Yeomen were led by Richardson who rushed for a team-high 94 yards on 13 carries and had one TD. Quarterback Joe Cook completed six-of-12 passes for 51 yards and had one interception. Witjes caught three passes for 69 yards and a score. He also completed three-of-four passes for 27 yards and a TD. Defensively, Derrick Dennis tallied a game-high 13 tackles (10 solo and three assists), including a tackle for loss.
Hiram was led by Hanna who completed 17-of-36 passes for 156 yards, but threw two interceptions. He also rushed for a game-high 119 yards in 18 attempts and had one TD. Sophomore wide receiver Richard Simpson (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) had five receptions for 65 yards. On defense, senior All-NCAC linebacker Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic) led the way with a team-best 11 tackles (10 solo and one assist).
Hiram will host Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University in non-conference matchup next Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Charles A. Henry Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will part of Homecoming Weekend.