Thomas will need a sustained effort today, when the Terriers host Baldwin-Wallace at 1:30 p.m. at Charles A. Henry Field.
Hiram has suffered two double-digit losses the past two weeks after a come-from-behind victory in the season opener. The Terriers are facing a B-W squad that has dominated Ohio Athletic Conference opponents Otterbein (48-6) and Marietta (42-28).
"B-W has a talented and experienced squad," said Thomas. "They have big-play people on both sides of the ball and do a good job of protecting the ball."
One of those big-play players is senior quarterback Geoff Helmlinger, who currently ranks second in the OAC in total offense and passing efficiency. He has completed 52-of-75 passes for 750 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. His favorite target has been classmate Pat Knaze, who has 13 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets have a solid running back in sophomore Danell Owens, who ranks fifth in the conference with 235 yards on 57 carries.
B-W also features the OAC's leading punter, Max DeLuca, who averages 43.5 yards per kick.
Meanwhile, the Hiram offense is averaging over 20 points per game.
Sophomore quarterback Dwayne Pavkovich has completed 36-of-86 passes for 546 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. His favorite target has been senior wide receiver Bryan Moore, who leads the OAC in pass receptions (19) and receiving yards (251 yards).
Sophomore running back Reggie Parks ranks sixth in the OAC in total offense, while freshman kicker Brian Bauman has connected on all three of his field-goal attempts.
"We knew coming into the season that we could move the ball and score," said Thomas. "We've done an adequate job, but still need to improve our consistency."
Defensively, both teams have been susceptible to big plays. B-W is
ranked seventh in total defense, allowing an average of 339 yards per
contest. Hiram, ranked ninth, is surrendering 391 yards per game.