GAMBIER, OHIO — A 60-minute, four-quarter game comes down to two big plays as the Hiram College football team captured a 21-13 win against Kenyon College today (Saturday, Sept. 11), ending an 11-game winless streak, in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at McBride Field in Gambier. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC. The win also marks the first win for Hiram since the season finale in 2008. The Lords drop to 0-2 overall and 0-1 NCAC.
Kenyon would be the only team to score any points in the first half, but the Lords didn’t get on the board until late in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Brett Williams with 11 seconds left to give Kenyon a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Kenyon added a pair of field goals, including a 19-yard kick by Antonio Cataldo to end the half and cap a 17-play, 79-yard drive. The Lords would take a 13-0 lead heading into the locker rooms.
Unlike the first half, all the scoring would come from Hiram in the second half including two game-changing plays in the third quarter. The first play came near the midway point of the period on a blocked Kenyon field goal attempt which was picked up by senior defensive back Tim Isaac (Macedonia/Nordonia) and returned 70-yards for the TD. Hiram took the lead later in the quarter with its second big play of the game. Kenyon would start at it’s own 23-yardline and drive to the Hiram three, but a fumble by the Lords, which was recoverd by junior two-time All-NCAC linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) took it back 79-yards to the endzone, giving the Terriers a 14-13 edge after three stanzas.
In the final quarter, Hiram got some breathing room on a 14-play, 87-yard drive that ended in a two-yard TD pass play from sophomore quarterback Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) to junior running back Rodney Jacobs (St. Petersburg, Fla./Seminole) with 6:07 left in the game to increase the lead to 21-13. Kenyon had two more possessions to tie the game and would get to the Hiram 28-yardline on its final attempt, but an incomplete pass on fourth down as time expired, secured the 21-13 victory for the Terriers.
Hiram finished the game with 226 yards of total offense (73 rushing and 153 passing) and Kenyon totaled 430 yards of offense (124 rushing and 306 passing).
Individually, Kenyon was led by quarterback Dan Shannon who completed 35-of-48 passes for 306 yards. Bradley Couts led all rushers with 79 yards on 22 carries. Williams posted a game-highs of 13 catches for 157 yards and rushed for one TD. Defensively, Beau Calcei led the team with eight tackles.
Hiram was led by Rehor who completed 23-of-33 passes for 153 yards with a TD and an interception. Freshman running back Caleb Jones (Lake Placid, Fla./Lake Placid) led the Terrier ground game with 64 yards on 14 carries. Senior Luke Lewis (Fremont/St. Joseph) led the Hiram receivers with team-tying high five catches for 46 yards. Defensively, junior linebacker Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic) posted a game-high 13 tackles, including 12 solo stops, including a sack, two tackles for loss and fumble recovery. Hull finished the game with 12 tackles in addition to a half tackle for loss and the fumble recovery.
Hiram will play its next two games at home, beginning with a NCAC matchup against Denison University on Saturday, Sept. 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Charles A. Henry Field.
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