The Hiram College football team was beaten by Wooster, 45-14, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game under the lights at John P. Papp Stadium in Wooster.
Following a three-and-out by Hiram (0-6, 0-4 NCAC) to start the game, Wooster (2-4, 1-2 NCAC) gave the ball right back to the Terriers on its first possession, putting the Terriers in excellent field position at the Fighting Scot 30-yard line. But Hiram failed to score any points going three-and-out on back-to-back possessions. Wooster capitalized on its next possession scoring on a 36-yard touchdown completion from quarterback Richard Barnes to Jordan McIntyre capping a 7-play, 84-yard drive to put the Fighting Scots up 7-0 with 3:35 left in the first quarter. The two teams traded turnovers following the Wooster touchdown, but a blocked Hiram punt later in the quarter would set up another Wooster TD just before the end of the period on a eight-yard TD completion from Barnes to Tyler Sinclair as the Scots led 14-0 after one quarter of play.
Hiram began the second quarter mounting a 14-play, 55-yard drive that ended at the Wooster 27-yard line on a fourth-down play giving the ball back to the Scots. Wooster then marched 75 yards in 12 plays on its ensuing possession and found the endzone again this time on a five-yard TD scamper by Barnes with 4:52 left before the half as Wooster led 21-0. Hiram got on the board on the kickoff following the Wooster score as freshman Tevin Weaver (Garfield Heights) returned the kick 94 yards making the score 21-7. The Terrier defense forced a three-and-out of their own following the Weaver TD, but Hiram gave the ball back on a punt attempt by way of a fumble. The Scots cashed in again with a one-play scoring drive when Barnes tossed his third TD of the game, finding McIntyre for the second time on a 20-yard completion at the 3:03 mark for a 21-point edge, 28-7. Wooster found the endzone one more time before the end of the quarter thanks to a 19-yard run by Chase Ullman that gave the Scots a commanding 35-7 advantage at the break.
Wooster recorded the only points of the third quarter on a 27-yard run by Ullman, his second of the game, at the 9:00 minute mark padding the lead to 42-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Following a botched Hiram punt attempt to open the final quarter, the Scots scored their final points of the game on their next possession on a 22-yard field goal by Tyler Gerwig making the score 45-7 with 8:11 left to play. On Hiram’s next drive, the Terriers began the drive with an incomplete pass, but on their next play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Richard Simpson (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) for a 65-yard TD completion with 7:54 remaining cutting the deficit to 45-14. But the touchdown play would be the final points scored for either team as Wooster cruised to the 45-14 victory.
Wooster finished the game with 539 yards of offense (243 rushing and 296 passing) and was led by Barnes who completed 14-of-22 passes for 185 yards with three TD and one interception. Running back John Battaglia led all rushers with 77 yards on 11 attempts. Ullman ended the game with seven carries for 68 yards and two TD. Joe Stoffer led the Wooster receivers in receptions with five for 40 yards. McIntyre caught four passes for a game-high 100 yards and two scores. Defensively, Wooster was led by Quinn Hood with seven tackles (two solo and five assists).
Hiram had 259 yards of offense (102 rushing and 157 passing) with Rehor completing four-of-seven passes for 113 yards and a TD. Freshman Zach Bailey (Warren/Niles McKinley) also saw playing time, completing six-of-18 passes for 44 yards, but threw one interception. Freshman running back T.J. Babauta (Lompac, Calif./Cabrillo) led the Terrier ground attack with 58 yards on seven carries. Simpson led the Hiram wideouts with three catches for 70 yards and a TD. On defense, junior Tyler Williams(Ravenna/Rootstown) recorded a game-high 15 tackles (nine solo and six assists) to go along with a forced fumble. Freshman Garrett Primer (Madison) had 14 stops (seven solo and seven assists) in addtioni to three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In addition, junior John Davis (Newton Falls) added 10 tackles.
Hiram will seek its first win of the season when it hosts non-conference opponent University of Chicago (Ill.) next Saturday, Oct. 20 at Charles A. Henry Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.