HIRAM, OHIO — Three College of Wooster touchdowns in the fourth quarter would be the difference maker as the Hiram College football team fell to the Fighting Scots, 35-14, tonight (Saturday, Oct. 29) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game and the first ever night game at Charles A. Henry Field. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 3-5 overall and 2-2 NCAC.
Wooster scored the only points in the first half beginning with a 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brett Frongillo that capped an 11-play, 99-yard drive with under a minute to go in the first quarter to give the Scots a 7-0 edge after the first stanza. Wooster added to its lead with another score in the second period on a five-yard TD run by Robert Flagg to imcrease the deficit to 14-o at halftime.
On Hiram’s first series of the third quarter, the Terriers drove to the Wooster 16-yard line, but the drive would end on a fourth down play, giving the ball back to the Scots in their own territory. On the very first play for Wooster, Frongillo’s pass was ripped from the arms of the Scot receiver by Hiram senior defensive back Dominick Harper (Akron/Kenmore) who would later fumble the ball on the same play, but was recovered by fellow senior defensive back Mike Brown (Cleveland/Glennville) at the Wooster 20-yard line. Hiram capitalized on the turnover six plays later when sophomore quarterback Brandon Hanna’s (Ashtabula/Edgewood) pass was tipped in the endzone, but fell into the hands of sophomore wideout Richard Simpson (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) for the TD and narrowed the gap to 14-7 with 6:28 left to play in the quarter. On the next Wooster possession, the Scots again turned the ball over on a fumble that was recovered by senior two-time All-NCAC linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) at the Wooster 39-yard line. The Terriers again turned the Wooster turnover into points on a 34-yard TD completion from Hanna to freshman wide receiver Jeff Schofield (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) to tie the game at 14-14 after three quarters of play.
Wooster’s ensuing possession carried over into the fourth quarter and ended with a 23-yard TD scamper by Frongillo to break the tie, 21-14, with 14:11 left to play. Following a three-and-out by Hiram on its next drive, Wooster padded its lead thanks to a one-yard TD run by Flagg that was set up by an earlier 63-yard run by Flagg on the previous play, to give the Scots a more comfortable 28-14 advantage with 10:50 to go. Wooster forced the Terriers into another three-and-out and sealed the game with its third straight scoring drive which lasted 13 plays and 7:18 and ended in a three-yard scoring run by John Battaglia as the Scots went on to claim the 35-14 victory.
Wooster had 463 yards of total offense (383 rushing and 80 passing) and was led by Frongillo who rushed for a game-high 207 yards on 20 carries and had two TD. He also completed nine-of-21 passes for 80 yards and had two interceptions. Flagg finished the game with 17 carries for 156 yards and a pair of TDs. Cameron Daniels led the Wooster receivers with three catches for a game-high 40 yards. Defensively, Brendon Taylor had a game-high 15 tackles (six solo and nine assists) to go along with a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. Quinton Howard was second with 10 stops (five solo and five assists).
Hiram finished the game with 190 yards of offense (105 rushing and 85 passing) and was led by junior running back Chris Austin (Cleveland/Glenville) with 43 yards on 12 carries. Hanna completed 10-of-23 passes for 85 yards with two TD and two interceptions. He also rushed for 41 yards in 22 carries. Simpson ended the game with a team-high five catches for 21 yards and a TD. Schofield had two receptions for a team-best 37 yards and a score. Defensively, sophomore defensive back Josh Peacock (Carson City, Nev./Carson) had a team-high 14 tackles (three solo and 11 assists), including an interception. Fellow sophomore defensive back Tyler Williams (Ravenna/Rootstown) was second with 12 tackles (one solo and 11 assists) and Hull posted 11 tackles (three solo and eight assists) to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Hiram will travel to Meadville, Pa. for a NCAC matchup against Allegheny College on Saturday, Nov. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.