Despite a career-best effort from senior running back Isaiah Jones, the Hiram college football team was outlasted in double overtime by Oberlin College, 47-44, on Saturday afternoon.
In his final game at Charles A Henry Field, Jones was at his best, rushing for a career-best 141 yards and four touchdowns. The tailbacks' effort came just one touchdown shy of the Hiram single-game record.
Playing from behind for a majority of the afternoon, Hiram looked to Jones to keep the home team in the ball game. The senior back scored the Terriers' first three touchdowns, with the third cutting Oberlin's lead to 27-21 in the third quarter.
After getting a defensive stand, the Terriers took their first lead of the game as senior Randy Tucker capped a 10-play, 60-yard drive with a nine-yard TD pass to Thaj Lorthridge. That score gave Hiram a 28-27 advantage.
With Oberlin leading 34-28 in the late stages of the fourth quarter, Hiram once again needed a touchdown drive to come back.
Lorthridge put the Terriers into Oberlin territory immediately with a 13-yard punt return. Tucker then put together a solid drive, completing 4-of-6 passes to four different receivers. The last completion went to fellow senior, Luther Fortson III, who found the end zone from 17-yards out. The extra point, however, was missed, and the teams found themselves knotted at 34-34.
After neither team could find a score in the remainder of regulation, the two sides went to overtime.
Hiram had the ball first in the opening overtime, needing just three plays to score. The big play of the drive came on a 22-yard pass from Tucker to Moe Yarbrough, putting the Terriers inside the one. Jones then plunged in to give Hiram the lead.
Oberlin would respond with a TD of their own in the overtime frame, sending the game to double OT.
The Terriers would once again have first crack, but were held to a 22-yard field goal by Alex Warren-Green. Oberlin, meanwhile, converted another TD on their next possession, claiming the victory, 47-44.
Offense was in abundance for both sides as Hiram and Oberlin combined for 994 yards. The Yeomen posted 516, led by 213 yards rushing by Melvin Briggs.
Hiram, meanwhile, totaled 478 yards of offense. In his last home game as a Terrier, Tucker tallied 297 yards on 51 attempts while posting a pair of touchdowns.
Along with Jones' offensive explosion, Jaris Foreman helped lead the way with eight catches for 101 yards. Yarbrough finished with 70 while Fortson and Lorthridge each posted a touchdown reception.
Prior to the game, 11 senior members of the Terrier football team were honored. Those players included: Will Davis-Hereford, Tucker, Quentin Anderson, Fortson, Marcus Miller, Jones, Chris Chester, Alec Eldridge, Sebastian Jenkins, Steven Johnson and Alex Meehan.