By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College Football team, led by a career-best performance from sophomore running back Danny Robinson, used the big play early and often to blow past Allegheny College 42-14 on Saturday
The sophomore tailback made the most of his touches on Saturday afternoon, as Robinson toted the ball just 14 times, amassing 226 yards and a pair of scores. His touchdowns were two of four scoring plays of 35+ yards and five touchdown runs.
After holding the Gators to a three-and-out on their first possession, the Terriers went to work on offense, getting their first big scoring play of the game as sophomore Randy Tucker found Akili Tate for a 59-yard tocuhdown pass. It was one of four catches for Tate, who finsihed the game with four receptions for 79 yards and a score.
The Gators tied the game about two minutes later, using a seven-play, 75-yard drive which ended in an Alex Victor five-yard TD catch, knotting the game at 7-7.
Hiram would tack on two more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter. Starting to pick up big chunks of yardage on the ground, the Terriers relied heavily on the run game, getting their next score on a 60-yard run from Robinson.
The Terrier defense would then hold Allegheny off the board on their next two drives, getting the ball at their own 25-yard line. Hiram needed just two run plays, both good for over 35 yards, and the hosts found their way onto the scoreboard again. Robison set up the touchdown with a 38-yard scamper, before Isiah Jones busted through the middle on his way to a 37-yard score.
Allegheny would add the next score of the game, using a five-play dirve to go 33 yards and pull within one score on a TD by Ben Bachik. From there, however, the rest of the game would belong to the Terriers, who nabbed their second victory of the season.
The final touchdown of the first half was scored by Jones, who tallied his second multi-touchdown performance of the season (the previous coming against Denison on October 8). He capped off a 10-play, 80 yard drive, which saw Hiram pick up four first downs, with a one-yard plunge to extend the lead to 27-14.
After both teams went scoreless in the third quarter, the offense once again picked up for the Terriers, with both Robinson and Jones finding another touchdown.
The first touch of the fourth quarter was a three-yard loss for the sophomore tail back, however, one-play later, he scamperd into the endzone from 81-yards out, breaking through a face-mask penalty on his way to six.
The final scoring drive of the day was of the methodical variety, as the Terriers marched 64 yards on eight plays. The longest play of the drive was a 22-yard out route to Joshua Philander, which set up Jone's third score of the night. His touchdown rounded out the scoring at 42-14.
The Hiram offense, starting a sophomore at both quarterback and tailback, was firing on all cylindars, as the Terriers posted a season-high 541 yards of offense, including a 338 rushing yards.
Both Robison and Jones finished with career highs, as the sophomore, home-run threat posted 16.1 yards per carry, finishing with 226 yards. Jones also finished with a career high three scores, touchding the ball 11 times for 59 yards.
Starting in his first game at quarterback this season, Tucker performed well, completing 19-of-30 passes for 203 yards and a score. He also added four carries for 43 yards.
Not to be overshadowed, the defense held the Gators to just 14 points, not allowing a point past the first quarter. As a team they total 11.0 tackles for loss and got to the Allegheny quarterbacks five times.
Burchett totaled 10 tackles to lead the team, giving him an even 100, which leads the entire North Coast Athletic Conference.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, November 5, when they travel to Wooster to take on the Fighting Scots in their final road tilt of the season. The matchup in Wooster, Ohio is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.