HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College football team was defeated by Westminster (Pa.) College, 23-6, today (Saturday, Sept. 4) in the season and home opener at the Charles A. Henry Field. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers begin their season with a 0-1 overall record. The Titans improve to 1-0 overall.
Hiram scored the only points of the opening quarter late in the period on a 30-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Luke Russo (Strongsville/Bedford Chanel), giving the Terriers an early 3-0 lead.
The Terriers added to their lead at the 11:14 mark of the second quarter with another field goal by Russo. This time from 38-yards out, extending the margin to 6-0. Westminster cut the lead in half with a field goal of its own from 33-yards, making the score 6-3 with 8:29 left before halftime. The Titans then took the lead with a two-yard touchdown run by quarterback Shawn Lehocky with 2:15 left to play, giving Westminster a 10-6 advantage. The TD would be the final points of the quarter as the Titans maintained a 10-6 advantage at the break.
During Hiram’s first possession of the third quarter, the Terriers would march 79 yards to the Westminster one-yard line, but could not find the endzone on two attempts, turning the ball over on downs. The missed opportunity proved costly for Hiram as Westminster later added to its lead on a seven-yard TD scamper by John Proano at the 2:17 mark. The Titans failed to convert the extra point attempt, but increased the margin to 16-6. On the ensuing Hiram possession, Westminster put the game away with a 33-yard interception return for a TD by Kyle Allen, capping a 23-point scoring streak with 1:40 left to play in the quarter.
Neither team would find the endzone in the fourth quarter as Westminster went on to the 23-6 victory.
Hiram had a significant advantage in total yards of offense with 355 yards (55 rushing and 300 passing) to Westminster’s 274 yards (198 rushing and 76 passing) for the game.
Individually for the Titans, Proano led the team with a game-high 123 rushing yards in 23 attempts with one TD. Lehocky ended the game with 64 yards on the ground and a score in addition to completing eight-of-17 passes for 76 yard, but threw one interception. Defensively, Cory Meeker and Jake Brown each recorded a game-high 15 tackles. Tom Geraghty would also finish in double figures in tackles with 12.
Hiram was led by sophomore quarterback Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) who completed 31-of-46 passes for a game-high 300 yards and had one interception. Senior wide receiver Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) recorded game-highs of eight catches for 130 yards. Defensively, junior Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic) led the way with 11 tackles, including two sacks. Junior tw0-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) added 10 stops to go along with one fumble recovery.
Hiram will travel to Gambier next Saturday (Sept. 11) for a matchup against Kenyon College in the NCAC opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email at email@example.com.