By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College football team and second-year head coach Henry Stanford have announced their schedule for the 2017 season. The schedule includes five home games, including a matchup between the Terriers and the reigning North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) champions, Wittenberg University.
Hiram will be off for the first official week of the season, as that will serve as their bye-week. The Terriers will then open their season against Earlham, with the matchup serving as their lone nonconference game of the season. The meeting is scheduled for September 9, with kickoff set for 3 p.m. The game will mark the 11th matchup between the two teams. The last time the Terriers and Quakers faced each other was 2009.
After the matchup against Earlham, the Terriers will open conference play at Henry Field against the DePauw Tigers on September 16 (1 p.m.). Hiram will then be on the road the next two weeks, traveling to Crawfordsville and Meadville to face Wabash and Allegheny. The games are set for 2 and 5 p.m.
The Terriers will then host Wittenberg on October 7 (3:00 p.m.) before heading to Gambier for an away game against Kenyon on October 14 (1 p.m.).
Hiram will then square off against Wooster at Henry Field on October 21 (1 p.m.) before traveling to Denison and Oberlin for their final pair of regular-season road games. Scheduled starts are 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. The matchup against the Fighting Scots will serve as Hiram's homecoming game, with the 2017 Hiram Hall of Fame class being honored beforehand.
The Terriers will conclude the regular season at home against Ohio Wesleyan on Senior Day. The game is set for 1 p.m., with senior recognition taking place prior to kickoff.
Hiram enters the 2017 season after shattering nine program records, including total offense and offensive yards per game, in addition to earning three conference wins. The Terriers will be led by returning First-Team All-NCAC running back Danny Robinson. The senior finished 2016 as the team's leader in total rushing yards (683) while averaging 5.3 yards per carry.