September 16, 2013

Earlham Beats Kenyon 25-15 to Claim 1st Home Opening Win Since 2006

GREENWOOD, IN - Earlham College (1-1, 0-0 HCAC) opened the home portion of the 2013 season on Saturday with a 25-15 victory over Kenyon College in Darrell Beane Stadium.  The win was EC's first victory in a home opener since a 32-24 win over Anderson University in 2006. 

Earlham's offense was impressive in the win, racking up 414 yards of total offense against the Lords. 

Sophomore quarterback Matt Couch (Versailles, Ky./Woodford Co.) completed 16 of his 29 passes for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

Sophomore wide receiver Jalen Kenner (Reserve, La./East St. John) hauled in eight passes for 107 yards, including a 15 yards touchdown reception that put the game out of reach with just over four minutes remaining in the contest. 

Earlham will begin HCAC play Saturday at Bluffton University. The contest will get underway at 1:30 PM.

In other action...

Anderson University (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) fell in its home opener to Grove City 42-0 Saturday.  The Ravens offense gained 254 yards of total offense in the loss, while allowing 413 yards of offense to Grove City.  The Ravens will have this weekend off before returning to the field at home against Defiance on September 28.

Bluffton University (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) led early, but ended up dropping a 52-21 decision at home to Baldwin-Wallace Saturday afternoon.   The Beavers held a 14-10 advantage after the first quarter before the visitors stretched the advantage to 24-14 at the half.  The Bluffton defense surrendered 527 yards of total offense and 23 first downs in the loss.  The Beavers will remain home to face Earlham Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM in the HCAC opener for both schools.

Defiance College (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) won the statistical battle for the second consecutive week, but the Jackets dropped their second game of the season 14-0 to Adrian at Coressel Stadium.  The Defiance defense held the Bulldogs to 207 yards of total offense and only eight first downs in the loss.  The first Adrian touchdown was a 91-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the second quarter, while the second and final score was an 89-yard touchdown reception.  Defiance racked up 196 yards on the ground as sophomore quarterback Sean Washington (Daytona Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) rushed for 112 yards on 22 carries.  Washington also completed 15 passes for 101 yards in the loss.  Defiance will open the league schedule on the road against Rose-Hulman Saturday at 2:00 PM.

No. 13 Franklin College (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) suffered its second straight three-point loss, falling 31-28 to NCAA Division I-AA Butler University on Saturday night at Faught Stadium. The game was the Grizzlies' first home football night contest.  Senior wide receiver Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) became Franklin's career record holder for receptions (216), breaking Joel Taylor's mark of 207 catches. Linville led the team's offensive effort with 13 receptions for 154 yards in the loss.  Senior quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) threw for 360 yards after completing 36 of his 58 passes and three touchdowns.  Franklin returns to the field on Saturday at 1:30 PM against Manchester in the HCAC opener.

Hanover College (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) dropped a 69-0 decision at No. 20 ranked Wabash Saturday afternoon.  The Panthers trailed 38-0 at the break and could not move the ball against the Little Giants defense.  The Hanover offense managed only 45 yards of total offense and five first downs in the loss, while turning the ball over eight times.  Hanover will open the HCAC schedule in Cincinnati at Mount St. Joseph Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM.

Manchester University (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) dropped its second consecutive home contest, falling to Kalamazoo College 31-21 Saturday.  The Spartans and Hornets were knotted up at 14-14 at the half, but Kalamazoo scored the first 17 points of the second half to put the game out of reach.  The Spartans defense allowed 460 yards of total offense to Kalamazoo, including 311 yards through the air.  Senior quarterback Nick Williams (Fort Wayne, Ind./Heritage) led the black and gold offense with 74 yards and two touchdowns rushing and 261 yards and another score through the air. Manchester will travel to No. 13 ranked Franklin College Saturday at 1:30 PM.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) lost to Centre at Cook Stadium 27-17 Saturday. The host Engineers trailed 20-17 at the half and could not manage another scoring drive as the Colonels put the game out of reach with an 11 play, 83 yard scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter.  The RHIT offense totaled 416 yards in the loss, while the defense surrendered 505 yards to the visitors.  Senior quarterback Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) completed  36 of his 60 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.  The Engineers are set to host Defiance Saturday in Terre Haute at 2:00 PM.

The College of Mount St. Joseph (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) was IDLE this week and will host Hanover at 1:30 PM Saturday.

For a complete recap of Week 2 in HCAC Football, click here