The Hiram College football team was defeated by Kenyon College, 24-7, in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at McBride Field in Gambier.
Following the outcome, the Terriers fall to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the NCAC. The Lords improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 NCAC.
Kenyon received the ball to open the game, but would give the ball to Hiram on its first play from scrimmage on an interception by freshman defensive back Tevin Weaver (Garfield Heights). But the Terriers gave the ball right back to the Lords, tossing their own interception on their first play of the game setting up the Lords at the Hiram 23 yard-line. Kenyon capitalized on the turnover scoring five plays later on a five-yard touchdown run by Brett Williams for the early 7-0 lead. Following a punt on Hiram’s ensuing possession, Kenyon added to its lead on a 28-yard field goal by Sam Howard at the 3:17 mark that capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive making the score 10-0 after the first quarter.
Hiram recorded its first points of the season on its first possession of the second quarter when junior running back Caleb Jones (Lake Placid, Fla./Lake Placid) found the endzone on a 15-yard TD scamper as part of an 11-play, 55-yard drive. The touchdown ended a nine-quarter scoring drought and cut the deficit to 10-7 with 8:45 left in the half. The TD by Jones was the only scoring in the quarter as the Lords maintained a slim 10-7 advantage at the break.
The third quarter started in similar fashion as the first for Hiram as the Terrier offense gave the ball to Kenyon on its opening possession via an interception. But the Hiram defense came through holding the Lords scoreless despite driving all the way to the Terrier four-yard line. But Kenyon increased its lead on its next drive with a 33-yard field goal by Howard to make the score 13-7 with just under a minute remaining in the quarter.
The deficit remained six points for Hiram entering the fourth and final quarter, but Kenyon looked to pull away with a score with 9:27 left in the game on a two-yard TD rush by Williams as part of another lenghty 10-play, 81-yard drive to increase the margin to 21-7. The Hiram offense failed to get anything going as the Lord offense capitalized again on its next drive with Howard’s third field goal of the game, this time from 20-yards out, with 1:13 remaining. The Howard field goal was the final points scored in the game as Kenyon went on to a 24-7 victory.
Kenyon finished the game with 296 yards of total offense (213 rushing and 83 passing) led by Williams who carried the ball 33 times for 121 yards and a pair of TD. Quarterback Dan Shannon completed nine-of-15 passes for 83 yards and had one interception. Defensively, Kolin Sullivan recorded a game-tying high 14 tackles (nine solo and five assists) to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss.
Hiram posted 185 yards of offense (91 rushing and 94 passing) with senior running back Chris Austin (Cleveland/Glenville) leading the way on the ground with 60 yards on 14 carries. Senior quarterback Brendon Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) completed 19-of-27 passes for 90 yards but threw two interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver Brent Bryner(Willowick/Eastlake North) recorded game-highs of seven catches for 37 yards. Defensively, junior Jon Davis (Newton Falls) had a game-tying high 14 stops (seven solo and seven assists), including a half tackle for loss.
Hiram will seek its first win of the season next Saturday, Sept. 22 when it hosts Denison University at Charles A. Henry Field. The game will be part of homecoming festivities with kickoff slated for 1 p.m.