HIRAM, Ohio – September 6, 2019 – Under the lights at Charles A. Henry Stadium, Hiram College Football dropped their season opener to the Marietta College Pioneers, 41-0.
Hiram and Marietta traded punts to open the first quarter, before the Pioneers put together an eight-play, 71-yard scoring drive capped off by Kyle McSweeney's 39-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Barker to take the lead.
The Pioneers recovered the ensuing kickoff, and drove inside the Hiram 10, looking for another score. But the Terriers' defense came up with a huge fourth down stop, as McSweeney's pass for Barker fell incomplete, keeping the score at 7-0.
But after another Hiram drive ended with a punt, Marietta again found the end zone, this time on a two-yard rush by Tanner Clark, to extend the Pioneers' lead to 14-0.
Marietta added another score following a Terrier three-and-out to make it a 21-0 lead, but Hiram, with the help of a missed field goal and interception, kept the Pioneers off the scoreboard the rest of the first half.
The Terriers and Pioneers each opened the third quarter with three-and-outs, before Hiram put together a bit of a drive. However, the Terriers stalled out just outside field goal range, and a turnover on downs gave Marietta great field position.
The Pioneers would take advantage, scoring touchdowns on each of their next three drives, extending their lead to 41-0. Offensively, the Terriers couldn't get much going in the second half, and their final drive ended in an interception, sealing the Marietta victory.
Collin McNamara led the Terriers in passing, completing 8-of-21 for 66 yards. On the ground, Bryson Butler rushed for 61 yards on eight carriers, averaging a team-high 7.6 yards per carry. On the receiving end, Raequan Davis-Hereford caught three passes for 24 yards.
Defensively, Delanoe Harris registered a game-high 17 tackles, while Horace Johnson added 15. Brandon Turner recorded the Terriers' two sacks, while Christopher Biddy and Tyler Swearingen each tallied a tackle for loss. Knowledge Wallace forced the lone turnover of the game for Marietta, with his first interception of the season.
The Terriers will look to bounce back when they return to action on Saturday, Sept. 14 when the open North Coast Athletic Conference play against Wittenberg at 1 p.m. at Charles A. Henry Field.