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Terriers Edged by Wooster Behind Two Fourth-Quarter Scores

Terriers Edged by Wooster Behind Two Fourth-Quarter Scores

A 1:51 span in the fourth quarter decided the difference in Hiram football's 28-21 loss to The College of Wooster on Saturday afternoon. 

With the matchup tied at 14-14 midway through the fourth quarter, The Scots used an 11-play, 80-yard drive to score the go-ahead TD with 4:47 remaining. 

On Hiram's next possession, the lone turnover of the match came in favor of Wooster, as a Randy Tucker pass was intercepted and returned for a TD, giving the Scots a 28-14 lead. 

Hiram would respond with a drive of their own in the late stage of the fourth, going 82 yards on eight plays. 

Tucker competed four-for-six passes on the drive, including a 22-yard pass to Luther Fortson III. After keeping the drive alive on an 11-yard scramble on 4th-and-10, Tucker found Tahj Lorthridge for a 28-yard score.

With 1:03 remaining in the game, the Terriers attempt and on-side kick, which was recovered by the Scots to seal the victory for the hosts. 

Outside of a two-minute span that proved to be the difference, the game was played evenly throughout. 

Neither team found the end zone through the opening 15 minutes. Wooster then tallied the first two touchdowns of the game in the second quarter, scoring on back-to-back drives. 

The Terriers responded in the second quarter, with a 12-play, 79-yard drive, which ended in a touchdown. Tucker found Lorthridge for his first score of the day from 22-yards out to cut the lead to 14-7 at the half.

Hiram held the Scots scoreless in the third quarter, tallying the only score of the frame. 

Holding Wooster to a three-and-out on their first possession of the half, Hiram came back with a 14-play drive, utilizing the ground game. Four different Terriers carried the ball at least once, as Isaiah Jones tied the game on a one-yard rush with 5:21 to play.

Wooster would score on their next drive and get the defensive stop that made the difference on the next two possessions. 

Offensively, Lorthridge led the way for Hiram, tallying a multi-touchdown performance while hauling in nine catches for 106 yards. Both numbers were career highs. 

Defensively, Horace Johnson paced the Terriers with 13 tackles, including a pair of sacks. Both Floyd Shackelford and Lamonte Shaver each finished with a sack as well. 

Dakota Daniel had arguably his best game as a Terrier for the Hiram special teams. The freshman punter averaged 43.5 yards per kicks, and pinned the Wooster offense inside their own five-yard line, twice. 

Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, October 27, as they play host to Denison University. The matchup is scheduled for 1 p.m.