By: Abbey Lipcsik
WOOSTER, Ohio – The Hiram College football team was defeated by the Wooster Fighting Scots on Saturday afternoon, dropping the game by a score of 42-23.
With the win, the Fighting Scots are now 4-5 (4-4, NCAC) on the season, while the Terriers fall to 2-7 (2-6, NCAC).
Hiram posted the first points of the game as Sam Conway converted on his only field-goal attempt of the game, a 34-yarder, giving the Terriers a 3-0 lead.
Wooster answered the field goal with 21-consecutive points to end the half. All three scoring drives ended with TD passes from quarterback Gary Muntean, who finished the game five touchdowns, a new Wooster record.
The Fighting Scots tacked on another touchdown at the 9:57 mark in the third quarter when Muntean threw a 29-yard pass to Nick Cummings to make the score 28-3. Cummings also was a key component of the Wooster offense, scoring four of the Scots' six touchdowns.
Hiram added their second score of the game when Rodney Myers Jr. connected on a 46-yard pass to receiver Joshua Philander to make the score 28-10. The TD pass was the first of Myers' career. Less than one minute later, the Scots responded as Muntean threw another strike to Cummings.
The Terriers made a last-minute offensive effort in the fourth quarter. After Wooster scored another touchdown at the 14:55 mark, Hiram tallied two more scores. Myers threw a 32-yard pass to Philander for his second touchdown of the game before adding a 27-yard pass to Akili Tate to round out the scoring.
Myers, who made his collegiate debut, completed 10 of his 14 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns.
Overall, Wooster held a 487-430 advantage in total yards. Philander posted a team-high 205 receiving yards on ten catches while Tate also caught 10 balls for 135 yards.
Defensively, senior D.D. Fleetion led the team in tackles with ten (six solo, four assists). Fleetion also finished with an interception and one pass breakup.
The Terriers finish their season on Saturday, November 12, when they host the Oberlin College on senior day. Kickoff with the Yeomen is scheduled for 1 p.m.