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Hiram Football Blanked by Wittenberg

Hiram Football Blanked by Wittenberg

Oct. 22 – SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Hiram College football team traveled to Wittenberg University on Saturday afternoon, falling to the host Tigers by a final score of 40-0.

Wittenberg (6-1, 5-1 NCAC) jumped out of the gates early, scoring on all four of their first-quarter possessions to take a 20-0 lead.

The Hiram defense stood strong twice in the frame, forcing Tiger field goal attempts. However, two Wittenberg drives needed just one play on a short field to go for six.

The first touchdown was set up on a 27-yard punt return to the Hiram nine-yard line. The second touchdown was set up after a special-teams miscue gave the host Tigers the ball at the four.

The Terrier defense stood strong in the second quarter, forcing a punt on two of Wittenberg's three drives of the frame, and holding firm on a fourth-down and two from the Terrier 29 to force a turnover on downs.

The Tigers would receive the same offensive production in the second stanza as they did in the opening half, turning in a pair of touchdowns and two more field goals to round out the 40-0 score.

Overall, Wittenberg outgained the Terriers by a total of 423-119. Akili Tate led the receiving corps of Hiram, posting a game-high 10 catches for 84 yards.

Defensively, senior Kyle Burchett continued to top the NCAC leaderboard in tackles, adding 15 more to his totals on the year. Through seven games, the linebacker has totaled a league-best 90 tackles, averaging 12.9 per game.

The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, October 29, when they play host to the Gators of Allegheny College. Kickoff is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.