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Hiram Football Drops Season Finale to Wooster on Senior Day

Hiram Football Drops Season Finale to Wooster on Senior Day

HIRAM, Ohio - November 16, 2019 – Despite two late scores, Hiram football fell to The College of Wooster Fighting Scots, 37-12, on Senior Day in their 2019 season finale at Charles A. Henry Field.

After the Terriers went three-and-out on their opening possession, the Fighting Scots put together a six-play, 45-yard scoring drive to take an early 7-0 lead. On second-and-goal, Troy Baughman found pay dirt with a two-yard rushing touchdown to give Wooster the lead.

Hiram answered with a nine-play, 25-yard drive, but sputtered just inside Wooster territory. However, following Alex Warren-Green's punt, Baughman fumbled on the second play of the Fighting Scots' drive, and Jordan Jones returned it inside the Wooster 20, giving the Terriers their first scoring opportunity.

But after Collin McNamara connected with Jaris Foreman for nine yards on third-and-10, Jacquarias Waller was stuffed on fourth-and-goal, turning the ball over on downs.

On the very next play though, Wooster again fumbled. Beau Greenwood coughed up the football and Markus Johnson recovered it, giving the Terriers' offense another chance to score.

However, after a holding penalty, K.C. Okoronkwo forced a Hiram fumble and Angelo Petracci recovered, ending the Terriers' scoring threat.

The Terriers and Fighting Scots then traded punts till early on in the second quarter when Horace Johnson intercepted Mateo Renteria's pass, Hiram's third forced turnover of the half, to slow Wooster's scoring drive.

Hiram wasn't able to take advantage though, and the Fighting Scots answered with an eight-play, 62-yard drive, capped off by Lake Barrett's 37-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead.

And after another turnover on downs, Wooster extended their lead to 17-0 on Renteria's 37-yard touchdown pass to Nick Strausbaugh, capping off a seven-play, 58-yard drive.

Though the Terriers forced another first-half turnover on Tyler Swearingen's interception, the Fighting Scots added another score before the end of the half. Renteria found Baughman for a 42-yard score with just over 10 seconds remaining to give Wooster a 23-0 lead heading into the locker room.

And with the Fighting Scots receiving the opening kickoff, Wooster quickly extended their lead to 37-0, finding the end zone on their first two drives of the second half.

Renteria capped off a seven-play, 81-yard drive to open the second half with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Lewis, and then found Charlie Henegar from four-yards out to extend Wooster's lead to 37-0 on the next drive.

Hiram's offense though, started to get things moving in the second half. After the Fighting Scots punted for the first time in the second half, Xavier Reyero and the Terriers drove 37 yards over eight plays, but sputtered just outside the red zone to end the third quarter.

Hiram's defense forced another two punts to open the fourth quarter, keeping Wooster off the scoreboard, before the Terriers finally found the end zone.

Starting from their own 20-yard line, Reyero connected on a few short passes with Myles Hymes before hitting Moe Yarbrough over the top for a 48-yard score, cutting Wooster's lead to 37-6.

And on the Terriers' next drive, Reyero found Tahj Lorthridge for a 52-yard touchdown pass, making it a 37-12 lead.

Reyero's touchdown pass to Lorthridge was the Terriers longest play from scrimmage this season, while Reyero's touchdown pass to Yarbrough was the Terriers' second-longest play from scrimmage this year.

On the ensuing drive though, Wooster ran out the clock to finish off the 37-12 victory.

Reyero led the Terriers in passing, completing 12-of-17 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. McNamara went 7-of-16 for 62 yards, while Rodney Myers Jr. went 3-of-16 for 19 yards.

On the ground, Floyd Shackelford led the Terriers with two carries for 27 yards, while Malcolm Rogers added nine carries for 25 yards.

Lorthridge led the Terriers with seven receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown, while Hymes added seven catches for 62 yards. Yarbrough caught one pass for 48 yards and a score, while Jaris Foreman caught three passes for 26 yards.

Defensively, Delanoe Harris led the Terriers with 13 tackles, 0.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Glenn Rushing added 11 tackles and a 0.5 tackle for a loss, while Swearingen notched 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, an interception and a pass breakup.

With the loss, Hiram wraps up the season 0-10 (0-9 NCAC), while the Fighting Scots finish the year 6-4 (5-4 NCAC).