The Hiram College football team opened their North Coast Athletic Conference slate against Wabash College on Saturday, falling to the Little Giants 41-17 at Charles A. Henry Field.
Wabash's ability to control the trenches proved to be the difference in the afternoon. Not only did the Little Giants outgain the Terriers 216-136 in the running game, but the Wabash defense held the Terrier offense in check with nine sacks on the afternoon.
Senior running back Isaiah Jones led the Terrier offensive attack, racking up 113 yards rushing on just 14 attempts. It marked just his second 100-yard performance of his career. The feature back also tallied 100 yards on opening day in 2017.
Jones was one of two Terriers to find the endzone on the day, taking a 15-yard run through the Wabash defense in the fourth quarter.
The drive that was orchestrated by McNamara spanned 10 plays and featured 32 rushing yards by Jones.
Wabash opened the game with a six-play, 66-yard drive that finished in six points, thanks to a reverse-play that found the ball in the hands of wideout Ra'Shawn Jones. Jones took the play 11 yards to the endzone for the game's first score.
On the Little Giant's next possession, the Terrier defense forced a three-and-out before sophomore Dominick Medina came through with a blocked punt, which can be seen, below.
Following the block, Hiram was held to a field-goal attempt, which was converted by Alex Warren-Green. The 30-yard try cut the Wabash lead in half, 6-3.
From that point, Wabash controlled the game, rattling off four scoring drives, all which ended in touchdowns. Quarterback Jake Reid threw two scores, while the Little Giants added rushing TDs from Ike James and Isaac Avant.
Despite Hiram posting two of the last three scores of the day (including the 15-yard run by Jones), the Terriers fell 41-17.
Jones averaged 8.1 yards per carry throughout the day en route to his career high on the ground. Senior Randy Tucker finished the game 8-of-15 through the air for 82 yards. McNamara went 5-for-9 for 54 yards and a score in his stint at QB, while Yarbrough led the receiving corps with 32 yards.
Hiram will get back to work on Saturday, Sept. 9, as they travel to Richmond, Indiana to face off with Earlham College in a non-conference tilt. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.