The Hiram College football team fell short of Allegheny (Pa.) College, 13-0, in the North Coast Athletic Conference and season finale at Charles A. Henry Field on senior day.
Allegheny (5-5, 4-3 NCAC) scored the only points of the first quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Ryan Mong that was set up by an interception by John Douglas on the previous Hiram possession to give the Gators a 3-0 after the first 15 minutes.
In the second quarter, the Gators got on the board again with a 37-yard field goal by Mong with 5:16 left in the period that ended a 13-play, 62-yard drive that began at the Allegheny 18-yard line. The Hiram (0-10, 0-7 NCAC) would fail to put any points on the board in the final minutes of the first half, but the Terriers only trailed 6-0 at the intermission.
After forcing an Allegheny three-and-out in its first possession of the third quarter, Hiram gave the ball back to the Gators on the ensuing punt return on a fumble that gave Allegheny the ball at the Hiram 31-yard line. But the Hiram defense held Allegheny to just a field goal which sailed wide left keeping the score 6-0 with 6:45 left in the quarter. On the very next Allegheny drive, the Gators would be forced to punt again, but another Hiram fumble on the return to end the quarter set Allegheny up with good field possession at the Hiram 44-yard line to begin the final period.
The possible Allegheny scoring chance again stalled as the Hiram defense forced another three-and-out following the turnover. The Gators found the endzone on its next possession on a two-yard touchdown run by Anthony Opet that capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ate up 5:47 and increased the margin to 13-0. On Hiram’s ensuing possession, the Gators sealed the victory as they intercepted a Terrier pass on their first play from scrimmage. Allegheny was able to run out the final 5:18 left on the clock to go on to the 13-0 victory.
Allegheny ended the game with 262 yards of offense (178 rushing and 84 passing) and was led by running back Tim Werley who had 130 yards rushing in 32 attempts. Werley was also the team’s leading receiver with four catches for 58 yards. Quarterback Mike Person completed nine-of-16 passes for 84 yards. Defensively, Ryan Vietmeier and Rudy DeStefano led the team with six tackles each. Vietmeier also had 1.5 tackles for loss and DeStefano recorded a fumble recovery.
Hiram had 110 yards of offense (29 rushing and 81 passing) and was led by senior running back Chris Austin (Cleveland/Glenville) with 21 yards on the ground in eight carries. Freshman quarterback Zach Bailey (Warren/Niles McKinley) completed 11-of-20 passes for 70 yards, but had two interceptions. Defensively, junior Josh Peacock (Carson City, Nev./Carson) had a career-high 18 tackles (seven solo and 11 assists), including 1.5 tackles for loss.