SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — The Hiram College football team was defeated by No. 7 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University, 49-7, today (Saturday, Oct. 9) in a scheduled non-conference game in Springfield. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 1-5 overall and the Tigers improve to 6-0 overall this season.
Wittenberg scored the only points of the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Corey Weber to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead after the first period.
In the second quarter, Wittenberg found the endzone on two occassions with a pair of rushing TD from Conner Warye, from 52 and two yards out, to extend the lead to 21-0 at halftime.
The Tigers continued to increase the margin with two more scores in the third quarter thanks to an 18-yard TD pass play from quarterback Ben Zoeller to Michael Cooper and an 11-yard TD completion from Zoeller to Mat Guida to make the score 35-0.
In the final quarter, Wittenberg’s Weber would find the endzone for the second time in the game on an 11-yard pass play for a 42-0 advantage. Hiram ended the possible shutout with its only score of the game coming on an 11-yard TD completion from sophomore quarterback Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) to senior All-NCAC wideout Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel). The Tigers answered the Terrier score with a 12-yard TD pass from Andrew Durbin to Bill French to end the scoring as Wittenberg went on to win by the final of 49-7.
Wittenberg ended the game with two 100-yard rushers, led by Warye who had 122 yards in 11 carries and two TD. Weber finished with 112 yards in 13 carries and a TD. Zoeller completed 14-of-28 passes for 212 yards and two scores. Josh McKee led the Tiger receivers with five catches for a game-high 86 yards. Cooper also caught five passes for a game-high 70 yards and a TD. Defensively, Zach Hurtt had a team-best seven tackles, including a tackle for loss, and an interception.
The Hiram offense was led by Rehor who completed 24-of-42 passes for 160 yards and had one TD and an interception. Campbell ended the day with a game-high 11 receptions and had 73 yards and a TD. On defense, junior two-time All-NCAC linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) led the Terriers with a game-high 11 tackles. In addition, freshman defensive back Chase Laudato (Brunswick) recorded 10 tackles.
Hiram will face another tough opponent when it hosts Case next Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Charles A. Henry Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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