ELMHURST, ILL. — The Hiram College football team lost to Macalester (Minn.) College, 31-14, today (Saturday, Oct. 8) in a neutral-site non-conference game at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 1-5 overall and the Scots improve to 3-3 overall for the season.
Macalester scored on its opening possession of the first quarter marching 65 yards in seven plays and ended in a 15-yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Clark Bledsoe to Mike Snavely with 8:03 left to play in the period to take a 7-0 lead. The touchdown was the only points of the first quarter as the Scots maintained their seven-point edge after the first stanza.
In the second quarter, Macalester built on its lead with a another TD completion. This time Bledsoe found Sam Marshall in the back of the endzone on an 11-yard completion to increase the margin to 14-0. Hiram junior running back Chris Austin (Cleveland/Glenville) set the Terriers up with good field position with a 28-yard return on the ensuing kickoff giving Hiram the ball at their own 38 yard line. The Terriers then went the length of the field in four plays, that included a 23-yard rush by Austin, who later found paydirt on a five-yard scamper to give Hiram its first points of the game and cut the deficit to 14-7 with 11:31 left in the half. But the Scots got three of the points back thanks to a 22-yard field goal by Auburn Jimenez at the 4:14 mark to make the score 17-7. The field goal ended the scoring in the half and Macalester took its 10-point lead into the locker rooms.
Macalester scored the only points of the third quarter on a pair of scoring plays beginning with a one-yard TD run by T. Joe Loiselle at the 10:15 mark that ended a six-play, 43-yard drive and extended the lead to 24-7. The Scots then blew the game open with a 39-yard interception return for a score by Joe Dykema to put Macalester up 31-7 after three quarters of play.
Hiram tallied the final points of the game late in the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Brandon Hanna (Ashtabula/Lakeside) connected on a 27-yard pass play to sophomore wide receiver Richard Simpson (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) with 4:30 left to play. But the points would come a little too late for the Terriers as the Scots had the game well in hand and went on to the 31-14 final.
Macalester totaled 401 yards of offense (162 rushing and 239 passing) and was led by Bledsoe who completed 20-of-31 passes for 239 yards and two TD. Loiselle finished the game with 21 carries for a game-high 91 yards and a score. Riley Koval led all receivers with eight catches for 83 yards. Defensively, Tyler Hill led the Scots with 10 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
Hiram ended the game with 251 yards of total offense (90 rushing and 161 passing) and was led by sophomore quarterback George Blake (Parma) who started the game at quarterback and completed 17-of-28 passes for 108 yards, but had one interception. Hanna finished the game six-of-10 for 53 yards and a TD. Austin knotched 11 carries for 41 yards and TD. Freshman wideout Jeff Schofield (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) led all Hiram receivers with seven receptions for 35 yards. On defense, senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference linebacker Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic) had a game-high 15 tackles and fellow senior All-NCAC linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) added 11 stops to go along with two sacks and a forced fumble.
Hiram will look to end its four-game winless streak next Saturday (Oct. 15) when it travels to University Circle for a non-conference matchup against Case. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.