NEW WILMINGTON, PA. — The Hiram College football team fell to Westminster College, 28-0, in the season opener in New Wilmington, Pa.
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 0-1 overall and the Titans improve to 1-0 overall for the season.
Westminster wasted no time finding the endzone in the first quarter, scoring on its first possession of the game that was set up by a 44-yard punt return by Connor Kobis giving the Titans excellent field position at the Hiram 15 yard line. Three plays later, Westminster’s Tyler Banks scored on a two-yard run at the 12:47 minute mark giving the Titans a 7-0 lead. Two possessions later, Westminster found the endzone again on an eight-play, 38-yard drive that ended in another two-yard TD scamper by Banks with 4:07 left in the period. The two TD would be all the scoring in the opening frame as the Titans lead 14-0 going into the second quarter.
Hiram recorded two possessions that would get inside the Westminster 30 -yard line in the second stanza, but both drives would stall. The Terrier defense held strong in the period, including keeping the Titans out of the endzone on a drive that started at the Hiram 11 yard line following a blocked punt, resulting in no points allowed for either team and the Titans would maintain their 14-point margin at halftime.
The only points scored in the third quarter came on a 43-yard TD pass from Dak Britt to Geno Pasquinelli on Westminster’s first drive of the period to extend the margin to 21-0.
In the fourth quarter, the Titans struck one final time on a impressive drive that began in the final minutes of the third quarter and spanned 18 plays, 98 yards and kept the Hiram defense on the field for 10:43. The scoring play was the result of a five-yard completion from Britt to Kobis with 8:55 left in the game giving Westminster a commanding 28-0 lead. Hiram failed to score following the Kobis touchdown as the Titans maintained the shutout winning by the final of 28-0.
Westminster finished the game with 337 yards of total offense (158 rushing and 179 passing) and was led by Britt who completed 14-of-25 passes for 154 yards with a pair of TD and an interception. Britt was also the team’s leading rusher, carrying the ball eight times for 52 yards. Banks finished with 45 yards on 19 carries and two scores. Pasquinelli led all receivers with six catches for 81 yards and a TD Defensively, Derrick Orloski had a team-high 10 tackles with two tackles for loss.
Hiram totaled 154 yards of offense (10 rushing and 144 passingt) with senior quarterbackBrendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) leading the way. Rehor completed 21-of-29 passes for 106 yards, but threw three interceptions. Junior George Blake (Parma) also saw playing time at quarterback completing four-of-12 passes for 38 yards. Junior Chris Austin(Cleveland/Glenville) led all Hiram rushers with 29 yards on 12 carries. Sophomore Bryan Greenwell (Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral) caught a team-high six passes for 49 yards. Defensively, senior defensive back Tyler Williams (Ravenna/Rootstown) had a game-high 15 tackles with two tackles for loss, including one quarterback sack.
Hiram will host Case in a non-conference matchup at Charles A. Henry Field next Saturday, Sept. 8 in the home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.