Sept. 30 - MEADVILLE, PA. - The big play proved troublesome for the Hiram College football team, as the Terriers found themselves on the wrong end of a 57-40 decision to Allegheny on Saturday.
The Gators struck for the splash play all evening, posting six touchdown plays of over 20 yards, including five through the air.
The Terriers opened the game in a flurry, scoring the first 13 points of the contest. After the Terrier offense came up dry on their opening possession, The Hiram special teams came up big, blocking a punt for the second-straight week. JaByron Webb blocked the punt, which was recovered by Andre Dixon at the 10-yard line.
After another three-and-out forced by the Terrier defense, the Hiram offense marched down the field, needing just 3:12 of game clock to go 74 yards for the score. Tucker tossed his second touchdown of the quarter, finding captain Mike Skizenta on a 14-yard pass, increasing the lead to 13-0.
From there, the half turned in the Gator's favor, as the hosts posted 15 points in under two minutes to take the lead. Alex Victor caught a 37-yard score, before the Allegheny defense came up with a pick-six to take the lead.
The Terriers re-took the lead with a seven-play, 75-yard drive to end the quarter. Needing just three minutes of game clock, Tucker posted his third TD of the frame, finding Fortson again from 35 yards out. The extra point was no good, and Hiram held a four-point advantage, 19-15.
The second quarter was all Allegheny as the Gators took the lead back on a 67-yard reception by Alex Victor. The hosts then took advantage of two Terrier turnovers, including a muffed punt and a fumble, to widen the gap to 36-19 at the break.
Allegheny scored 21 of their 36 first-half points off of Hiram turnovers. However, Tucker still managed a trio of touchdown passes before leaving the game in the second quarter and not returning.
In the second half, the Terrier offense continued to perform well with sophomore Rodney Myers Jr. at the helm. However, the Gators would respond to each score.
A 49-yard pass to Moe Yarbrough marked the first score of the second half, and first of the season for Myers. Myers then rushed in for the two-point conversion, cutting into the lead.
Just one play later, Allegheny responded with a 65-yard bomb from Logan Lee to Victor, pushing the Gator lead back to 17.
The Terriers would come back with an eight-play, 70-yard drive on their next possession. They capped off the drive with a seven-yard TD to Fortson, marking the sophomore's third of the game.
The big play would strike the Terriers again on the next drive, as Allegheny connected on a 57-yard pass to Tristan Rhodes to push the lead back up to 50-33.
The two sides would finish out the game with one touchdown, each. Myers would run in from 10 yards out with 12:17 yo play in the contest. However, Allegheny would add a ten yard TD run of their own to round out the scoring at 57-40.
Offensively, Fortson led the way for the Terriers, catching five passes for three touchdowns and 68 yards. Danny Robinson added 98 yards on the ground.
Tucker posted three touchdowns, while Myers added two through the air and another on the ground.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, October 7, as they return home to take on the Tigers of Wittenberg. The matchup is slated for a 2 p.m. start.