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Hiram Football Drops Hard-Fought Matchup against Allegheny

Hiram Football Drops Hard-Fought Matchup against Allegheny

MEADVILLE, Pa. - November 2, 2019 – Hiram Terriers football fell to the Allegheny College Gators, 45-22, on Saturday at Frank B. Fuhrer Field.

After the Terriers won the toss and deferred, the Gators down 57 yards on the opening drive to take the lead. Chase Balla capped off a six-play, 57-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown run to give Allegheny a 7-0 lead.

A turnover on the ensuing Hiram drive gave the Gators the ball back on their own 45-yard line, but Nick Leinenweber missed a 32-yard field goal to keep Allegheny's lead at just seven.

The Terriers proceeded to go three-and-out, but Hiram's defense forced a three-and-out of the their own, before Knowledge Wallace blocked Marcus Wolf's put to give the Terriers terrific field position at the Allegheny 40-yard line.

Just two plays later, Xavier Reyero found Moe Yarbrough for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and Bailey McDermott knocked in the extra point to tie the score at 7-7.

The Gators answered Hiram's scoring drive with an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive, taking a 14-7 lead on Balla's one-yard run. However, Jordan Jones took the kickoff 78 yards for a score, Hiram's first return touchdown of the season, to retie the score at 14-14.

Once again though, the Gators answered with an eight-play, 77-yard touchdown drive, capped off by Nazareth Greer's 53-yard touchdown pass to Austin French to take a 21-14 lead.

And after the Terriers went three-and-out, the Gators found the end zone once more befoe the end of the half, capping off a 12-play, 77-yard touchdown drive with a three-yard touchdown pass from Greer to Shane Cafardi to take a 28-14 lead into the locker room.

Hiram got the ball to start the second half and quickly cut the Gators lead to just one score. Reyero found Rashid Jackson three times over the eight-play, 75-yard drive before hitting Jaris Foreman on a 41-yard screen pass for a score.

The Gators, though, blocked the extra point, and led 28-20 with just over 12 minutes to play in the third quarter.

On the following drive, Trey Adams coughed up the football and Jordan Jones recovered, giving the Terriers a chance to tie. However, Hiram gave the ball right back on a fumble of their own.

Starting at the Hiram 47-yard line, the Gators drove down into the red zone, but the Terriers tackled Greer for a two-yard loss on second-and-goal and forced an incompletion on third-and-goal to force a 27-yard field goal try. Horace Johnson blocked Leinenweber's kick and Sherman Cox recovered the football, keeping Allegheny's lead at just one score.

After a three-and-out, Hiram's defense again held Allegheny to a field goal try. The Terriers stuffed Tonye Hamilton on second-and-goal from the three and broke up Greer's pass intended for Ben Bachik on third-and-goal. This time though, Leinenweber made the 21-yard field goal to extend the Gators' lead to 31-20.

But after the Gators forced Hiram to punt, Allegheny found the end zone, extending their lead to 38-20 with a six-play, 33-yard scoring drive. On third-and-goal from the Hiram 10-yard line, Greer connected with Ben Bachik for a score with just over two minutes to play in the third quarter.

Hiram's next drive stalled around midfield, but the Terriers' defense forced a three-and-out.

A pair of penalties slowed Hiram's drive though, and the Gators blocked Alex Warren-Green's punt to setup Allegheny with another chance to score.

On third-and-goal from the two-yard line, Allegheny made it 45-20 as Austin French punched it in for a score.

Hiram added a safety on a mishandled punt on the next Gators' drive, cutting Allegheny's lead to 45-22, but couldn't get much going, offensively, the rest of way and fell, 45-22.

With the loss, Hiram falls to 0-8 (0-7 NCAC) on the year, while Allegheny moves to 2-6 (2-5 NCAC).

Reyero put together his best game of the season so far, completing 17-of-34 for 223 yards and two touchdowns. On receiving end, Foreman caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, while Yarbrough added five catches for 61 yards and a score.

Defensively, Horace Johnson led the Terriers with 14 tackles, 3.5 tackles, a pass breakup and a field goal block, while Markus Johnson added 12 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a pass breakup.

Brandon Turner recorded the lone sack of the day for Hiram, tallying seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack and a quarterback hit.

The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when they travel to Crawfordsville, Ind. to take on the Wabash University Little Giants at 1 p.m. at Hollett Little Giant Stadium in their final road game of the 2019 season.