Hiram College

The Hiram College football team was defeated by Case, 35-0, in a non-conference game and the home opener at Charles A. Henry Field.

With the loss, the Terriers fall to 0-2 overall, while the Spartans improve to 2-0 overall for the season.

The Spartans scored the only points of the first quarter on their first drive of the game as part of a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Erik Olson to Adam Hochman for a 7-0 advantage after the first frame.

Case added to its lead in the second quarter with the only points of the period thanks to an 11-yard TD pass from Olson to George Darany capping a 14-play, 89-yard drive making the score 14-0 with 7:45 left before the break.  Hiram would get to the Spartan side of the field on its next three possessions following the Darany score, but could not find the endzone as Case maintained its two touchdown margin at the intermission.

In the third quarter, the Spartans looked to gain momentum and slowly began to take control of the game scoring their third touchdown of the contest with 7:39 left in the period on a 1-yard TD scamper by Kenny Riordan putting the Spartans up by a score of 21-0.  Late in the quarter, Hiram found itself at the Case 12-yard line as part of a solid 12-play drive, but the drive would end when the Terriers fell just shy on a fourth down play that gave the Spartans the ball back and took a 21-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

Case sealed the victory with a pair of scores in the fourth when Olson and Hochman connected again, this time from eight yards out that ended a seven-play, 70-yard drive to make the score 28-0.  The Spartans recorded their final score of the game with 12:37 left on a blocked punt that Adam Watson picked up and returned 38 yards to the endzone as Case cruised to the 35-0 victory.

Case totaled 426 yards of total offense (131 rushing and 295 passing) with Olson completing 22-of-30 passes for 277 yards with three TD and one interception.  Running back Kenny Riordan rushed for a team-high 54 yards on 11 attempts and a TD.  Wideout Sean Lapcevic caught six passes for a game-high 132 yards.  Defensively, Ryan Ferguson and Kevin Nossem both tallied a team-best 11 tackles.  Ferguson also had a forced fumble, while Nossem posted a tackle for loss and forced two fumbles.

Hiram ended the game with 208 total yards of offense (84 rushing and 124 passing).  Senior quarterback Brendon Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) completed 18-of-26 passes for 124 yards.  Senior running back Chris Austin (Cleveland/Glenville) carried the ball 20 times for a game-high 59 yards.  Junior wide receiver Richard Simpson (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) caught a game-high nine passes for 51 yards.  On defense, junior defensive back Josh Peacock (Carson City, Nev./Carson) and sophomore linebacker James Romanowski (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) both had a game-best 11 tackles.

Hiram will seek its first win of the season when it travels to Gambier for a matchup against Kenyon College in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.