Hiram bounced back from a Week 1 loss with a dominant performance in Week 2.
Chardon native Domenic Paolo tossed five touchdown passes to lead Hiram to a 45-7 victory over Kenyon Saturday.
All told, the Terriers (1-1, 1-0 NCAC) tallied 528 yards of total offense in their rout of the Lords (2-1, 1-1)
Paolo found a strong weapon to throw to in Joshua Philander, who had eight receptions for 108 yards and two receiving touchdowns, along with a rushing score. Akili Tate added a pair of receiving scores.
As good as the Terriers were through the air, they may have been better in the trenches, where they out-ran the Lords, 257-10. Senior Kyle Burchett led the Terriers defense with 14 tackles, while senior Zayd Mabin finished with two sacks.
The game was close early, as Philander ran one in from 28 yards out and the Lords answered with a touchdown of their own just 20 seconds later.
A Sam Conway 32-yard field goal gave the Terriers their lead back, and they expanded it at half’s end, when Paolo found senior David Perkins with a 32-yard pass for a touchdown to give Hiram a 17-7 lead.
The Terriers continued their momentum into the second half. On its first three possessions, Hiram tacked on three more touchdowns.
Hiram plays next on September 24, at DePauw (Ind.) for a 1 p.m. conference matchup. The next home game will be October 1st when the Terriers host No. 13 Wabash (Ind.) at 1 p.m.