Football drops road loss to DePauw (Ind.)

Football drops road loss to DePauw (Ind.)

By: Abbey Lipcsik

GREENCASTLE, Indiana -- Senior Joshua Philander (Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers) had a 76-yard touchdown reception, but the Hiram College football team fell to DePauw (Ind.) by a 66-17 score on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers fall to 1-2 on the season and 1-1 in NCAC play, while the Tigers remain undefeated at 3-0, 2-0.

Philander finished the game with 142 yards receiving. His 76-yard reception was a season-best and a new career-high. His second-longest reception came during the 2014 season against Kenyon (74).

Senior Domenic Paolo (Chardon, Ohio/ Fairport Harding) completed 16 passes on 32 attempts for 282 yards and one touchdown.

Senior Jacob Luc (Fremont, Ohio/ Freemont Ross) had four receptions for 42 yards and senior Richie Watson (Pittsburg, Calif. / De La Salle) added 41 receiving yards on three attempts.

Junior Danny Robinson (Labelle, Fla./Labelle) carried 11 times for 42 yards.

Senior Brandon Gros (Ravenna, Ohio / Kent Roosevelt) led the Terriers in tackles with 11 (nine solo, two assists) and senior Kyle Burchett (Fairport Harbor, Ohio/Harding) finished with ten tackles (nine solo, one assist). Senior D.D. Fleetion (Youngstown, Ohio / Youngstown East) added seven tackles (five solo, two assists), with one of them coming for a loss.  

Burchett and Fleetion also intercepted two DePauw passes in the first and third quarters.

The Tigers took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter when DePauw's Matt Hunt found Andy Hunt on an eight yard pass. After Burchett's interception in the Tigers' second drive, junior San Conway (Wickliffe, Ohio / Wickliffe) scored a 26-yard field goal to get the Terriers on the board. But DePauw was able to score two more touchdowns to give the Tigers a 21-3 lead going into the second quarter.    

DePauw tacked on two more touchdowns before Hiram added to their score. With 2:14 left in the half, Philander found the endzone on a 76-yard reception to make the score 10-35. The Tigers scored another touchdown with 36 seconds left in the half to increase DePauw's lead to 32.

Each team only scored once in the third quarter. Hiram sophomore Isaiah Jones (Kent, Ohio/ Kent Roosevelt) scored a touchdown on a two yard run and DePauw's Marko Adams kicked a field goal. 

The Tigers had three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while the Terriers remained scoreless to finish the game.

The Tigers outgained the Terriers 635-341 and also converted 10-of-17 third downs.

Matt Hunt led DePauw with 326 yards through the air and four touchdowns. He also added 92 yards on the ground.

Hiram will come home to face Wabash (Ind.) next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.