OBERLIN, Ohio - October 19, 2019 – Though the Terriers outgained the Yeomen, 369-245, Hiram football fell to Oberlin College, 7-0, on Saturday at the Knowlton Complex.
Neither team could get much going offensively till the end of the first quarter. Following an Oberlin punt, the Terriers down drove down to near the goal line, putting together a 16-play, 79-yard drive. But Hiram couldn't convert on fourth-and-short from just outside the end zone, and the two sides remained scoreless heading to the second quarter.
Hiram's defense forced another punt to open the second quarter, but after the Terriers went three-and-out, Oberlin put together a scoring drive. Over 10 plays, the Yeomen drove 65 yards converting on third-and-goal from the Hiram five-yard line for a score. Chris Allen Jr. found Ceiveon Munoz for the touchdown, and Andrew Puchala knocked in the extra point to give Oberlin a 7-0 lead.
The Terriers again went three-and-out following the Oberlin scoring drive, and again the Yeomen looked to score. But this time, Hiram's defense sacked Allen Jr. twice on first-and-goal from the Hiram 8 and third-and-goal from the Hiram 21 to keep the Yeomen off the scoreboard and force a punt.
Starting from their own 21-yard line with 1:38 to play in the half, Hiram drove 41 yards over nine plays, looking for a score before heading to the locker room. But a holding penalty on second down slowed the Terriers' drive, and Hiram headed into the locker room down 7-0.
Hiram got the ball to start the second half and again drove down inside the Oberlin red zone. But Jacquarias Waller coughed up the football on third-and-one from the Yeomen 11-yard line, ending the Terrier threat.
The Terriers' defense responded to force another three-and-out, but again, Hiram turned the ball over inside Oberlin territory, this time on Xavier Reyero's interception.
The two sides then traded three-and-outs, before Oberlin drove into Hiram territory, looking for another score before the end of the third quarter.
Another sack and a holding penalty pushed Oberlin way out of field goal range though, and the Yeomen were forced to punt.
Starting from their own one-yard line, Hiram drove all the way down into the red zone, covering 82 yards in seven plays, but once again, another interception kept Hiram off the scoreboard.
The Terriers' defense continued to hold Oberlin off the scoreboard over their next two drives, but Hiram gave the Yeomen the ball right back with two more turnovers on offense.
Following a 4:42 Oberlin drive, the Terriers got the ball back with one more chance to go down and tie the game with just over a minute to play. But time expired as Hiram got inside Oberlin territory, giving the Yeomen a 7-0 victory.
With the loss, Hiram drops to 0-6 (0-5 NCAC) on the season, while Oberlin moves to 1-5 (1-4 NCAC).
Waller led the Terriers on the ground with 13 carriers for 24 yards, while Moe Yarbrough led Hiram through the air, catching three passes for 91 yards. Taj Lorthridge added four catches for 65 yards, while Jaris Foreman also caught six passes for a total of 61 yards.
Defensively, Horace Johnson led the Terriers with 12 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback hit. Delanoe Harris and Tyler Swearingen also recorded double-digit tackles for the Terriers, each notching 10, while Swearingen also led Hiram with two quarterback hits, adding 1.5 sacks and two tackles for a loss.
Floyd Shackelford tallied a team-high two sacks and four tackles for a loss, as the Terriers' defense recorded a season-high five sacks and 15 tackles for a loss. Harris and Glenn Rushing each led the Terriers with two pass breakups.
The Terriers will look to bounce back when they return to Hiram to face Ohio Wesleyan on Homecoming and the Hollinger Hall of Fame Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:00 p.m.