HIRAM -- The Hiram College football team was defeated by No. 18/21 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University, 49-9, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Charles A. Henry Field.
Hiram (2-3, 1-3 NCAC) had the first scoring chance of the first quarter after forcing a three-and-out on Wittenberg's (3-1, 3-0 NCAC) first possession of the game, but the drive ended in a missed 34-yard field goal for the Terriers keeping the game scoreless. The Tigers capitalized on the missed field goal attempt on their ensuing drive going 80 yards in 13 plays that ended in a five-yard touchdown completion from Reed Florence to Desi Kirkman with 1:08 left in the period to make the score 7-0. The lone touchdown was the only points scored after the first 15 minutes as Wittenberg maintained the one-score margin.
In the second quarter, Wittenberg took advantage of an errant snap on a Hiram punt attempt that led to a five-yard TD run by Sean Gary at the 8:14 mark to extend the Tiger lead to 14-0. Following a blocked Hiram field goal following the Gary TD, Wittenberg found the endzone again on a one-yard TD scamper by Florence to put the Tigers up, 21-0. Just before the end of the half, Hiram senior quarterback George Blake connected on a 42-yard pass play to senior wide receiver Richard Simpson, but the play was called back on an offensive holding call that negated the potential TD. As a result, Wittenberg took a 21-0 advantage into the locker rooms.
The Wittenberg offense found the endzone three times in the third quarter, doubling its point total, with three TD passes from Florence of 36, two and 58 yards to take a commanding 42-0 edge. Hiram got on the board with 31 seconds left in the quarter on a nine-yard pass completion from Blake to sophomore wideout Nate Eaton on a scoring drive that was set up by a 37-yard punt return by Eaton. The Terrier score cut the deficit to 42-7 heading into the final quarter.
Hiram will travel to Gambier for a NCAC game against Kenyon College next Saturday, Oct. 12. The game is scheduled to begin at noon.