Local Collage Football Game Stories
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Three turnovers on fumbles and a pair of returns that all led to touchdowns proved to be too much for Earlham Football and the Quakers dropped a 69-0 decision to Manchester University, Saturday afternoon at Carl W. Burt Field.
The day was not without bright spots for the Quakers. Earlham finished with a season-high 266 yards of total offense, and the Maroon and White’s 97 yards on the ground was also a season benchmark.
Connor Bray logged 39 yards on nine carries, while Melvin Davis finished with 36 yards rushing on 16 attempts. First year quarterback Collin Hauschild also posted positive yardage with 23 yards on seven scrambles.
Hauschild turned in his best passing performance thus far in his rookie campaign. He went 15-of-30 with one interception for 125 yards through the air, and paced an Earlham passing attack that finished with 169 yards.
Malcolm Jones hauled in seven receptions for 89 yards to lead the receiving corps, while Jamel Barnes had a pair of catches for 37 yards. Barnes’ 28-yard hookup with Joe Enwright in the fourth quarter was the Quakers’ longest pass play of the day.
Manchester amassed 451 yards of total offense – 359 yards on the ground and 92 yards through the air. The Spartans began the game by returning the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, one of two special teams scores for Manchester on the day. MU had an 85 yard punt return for a TD late in the fourth quarter, capping the day’s scoring for the Spartans.
Earlham was handicapped by three turnovers on fumbles, all of which led to touchdowns for Manchester.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Rance Albert led Earlham with 12 total tackles including eight solo stops. Junior linebacker Kobe Walker charted eight tackles while sophomore defensive lineman Harrison Rice finished the game with seven tackles.
Earlham stays on the road for its next contest on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the Quakers travel to Hanover, Ind., to face Hanover College. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.
Miami Loses Heart Breaker
OXFORD, Ohio – Gus Ragland’s six-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Robinson put the Miami football team in front with six and a half minutes left, but Western Michigan had the final score in a back-and-forth 40-39 battle at Yager Stadium on Saturday.
The RedHawks (1-4, 1-1 Mid-American) and Broncos (3-2, 1-0 MAC) combined for five lead changes and 911 yards of offense on the day.
Miami opened up with its first kickoff return touchdown in 21 years when Maurice Thomas took the opening kick 99 yards to pay dirt. It was Miami’s first kickoff return touchdown since DeMarrio Jones took one 88 yards against Kent State in 1997 and the first opening kickoff touchdown for the Red & White since Chris Thomas took the opening kickoff against Ball State 96 yards against Ball State in 1986.
Western Michigan took a more traditional way to counter, driving the field 75 yards in nine plays with Jon Wassink hitting Jayden Reed for a 10-yard touchdown, evening the score at 7-7 with less than five minutes gone by.
Miami took over offensively and drove deep into Western Michigan territory, but ultimately settled for a 23-yard field goal from Samuel Sloman to take a 10-7 lead.The Broncos answered back once again, with Wassink connecting with Reed again from 33 yards out to go back in front 14-10 with 32 seconds left in the opening quarter. MU had yet another response with a 35-yard kick return by Thomas and a personal foul penalty setting it up at the WMU 48. Three plays later, Ragland hit Robinson for a 17-yard touchdown to go on top 17-14 after one quarter. That scoring toss was Robinson’s first career catch.
Scoring slowed down in the second quarter, though Western Michigan drove the ball inside the Miami 10 on a couple occasions. MU’s defense stood tall though, getting a fourth down stop at its two-yard line. Backed up against the shadow of its goal line, MU punted after three plays and a big return put WMU back near the red zone at the 22. Miami’s defense forced a short field goal try that was missed by Gavin Peddie to keep the lead intact.
The Broncos got the ball back with under two minutes left in the half, but the RedHawks’ defense came up big when Brad Koenigbroke through to sack Wassink and force a fumble that allowed them to pick up another field goal, a 44-yard try from Sloman that made it 20-14.
Miami made Western Michigan put the ball on the ground again on the next possession as Zedrick Raymond stripped the ball from Reed after a catch. A screen pass on 3rd-and-8 to Jack Sorenson went 26 yards to make it first-and-goal from the Bronco five and Ragland found Andrew Homer in the end zone for the rest to put the RedHawks on top 27-14 at the half.
After the teams traded punts, Western Michigan hit on some downfield throws to pull within a score as Wassink found Reed for a 27-yard touchdown to cut the Miami lead to 27-21 with 9:01 left in the third quarter.
Miami responded with its longest touchdown drive of the season. After a penalty forced MU to start at its eight and losing three yards on the first play, Ragland hit Robinson on back-to-back throws for 26 and 10 yards, respectively. The Red & White methodically drove the field, using 12 plays and eating up 5:40 from the clock. After an apparent touchdown pass to Luke Mayockwas reversed, a pass interference penalty gave MU 1st-and-goal at the WMU two. Miami then got clever and Ragland lateralled the ball with a backward pass that Jordan Rigg picked up and pounded it in for a two-yard rushing score to make it a 33-21 game with 3:21 left in the third quarter.
Western Michigan scored touchdowns on its next two possessions to storm in front as Wassink tossed touchdown passes to Drake Harris and Reed to make it 34-33 with 7:25 remaining.
It took less than a minute for the RedHawks to regain the lead as Ragland hit passes to Sorenson for 36 and 30 yards to get to the Broncos’ six. From there, Ragland found Robinson for a six-yard score to put Miami back on top. The two-point try was no good, but MU was ahead 39-34 with 6:26 left.
WMU again drove the field with an 11-play drive. MU forced three-straight incomplete passes after the Broncos reached their 16, but Wassink scrambled for 14 yards on 4th-and-10 and then called his own number from two yards out to get the score to 40-39 with 2:53 to play.
The RedHawks overcame a sack on the next possession when Ragland found Jalen Walker in Bronco territory for a 33-yard completion. Miami got to the 32-yard line and set things up for a 50-yard field goal try for Sloman with 27 seconds to go. Sloman’s attempt had the distance, but went wide right as WMU held on.
Western Michigan outgained Miami 562-349 on offense with Wassink’s 439 yards through the air the major catalyst. Ragland had a strong 22-of-32 line of his own while throwing for 294 yards and three scores with Sorenson accounting for a game-high 156 receiving yards on nine catches.
Miami returns to the field on Oct. 6 when it travels to Akron. Opening kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.
URBANA (4-1 , 3-1) -VS- CHARLESTON (4-1 , 4-1)
- Zairn Davis (78),
- Isaiah Young (39),
- Shemar Hooks (55)
- B. Grisel (132),
- J. Wheeler (97),
- M. Strachan (117)
Heidelberg Defeats Wilmington 44-13
WILMINGTON, Ohio – Heidelberg University scored two touchdowns and field goal on its first three drives and rode the 21-0 lead to a 44-13 victory over the Wilmington College football team in Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
The Student Princes (3-1, 2-1 OAC) opened the game with touchdown drives of six plays, 62 yards and 10 plays, 75 yards to take a 14-0 lead. After a Fightin’ Quaker drive stalled on the ensuing possession, Heidelberg took advantage of a short punt drove into the red zone as the first quarter ended, but the Wilmington defense held the Student Princes to 37-yard field goal.
Trailing 17-0, Kyle Barrett began the next drive with a 36-yard strike to Luke Richardson over the middle. Fellow Clinton-Massie High School alumnus (along with Richardson) Christian Poynter moved the chains twice, and the Barrett-to-Richardson connection struck against for a six-yard touchdown and the Quakers’ first score of the game.
Heidelberg would score the last touchdown of the first half and the first touchdown of the second half on passes from Trace Reynolds to Maceo Matthews to the Student Princes a 31-7 lead early in the third quarter. Wilmington responded immediately, however, as Barrett capped a seven-play, 65-yard drive with a strike to Matt Creditt for a 16-yard touchdown.
The Student Princes answered on the very next drive with a four-year touchdown run from quarterback Trace Reynolds to put the game out of reach.
Heidelberg outgained Wilmington 551-317 including holding a 280-72 yard advantage in rushing yards. The Quakers threw for 245 yards while the Student Princes tallied 271 yards through the air.
Individually, Barrett completed 24-of-38 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns compared to 19-of-22 for 265 yards and three touchdowns for Reynolds. In the rushing category, Branden Short gained 139 yards on 18 carries for the Student Princes while Poynter earned 33 yards on eight carries for the Quakers.
Braden Jerome led all receivers with nine receptions for 142 yards for Heidelberg. Richardson had six catches for 82 yards and the score while Ace Taylor caught seven passes for 57 yards.
Defensively, Royon Washington and Tre’Quez Parks led Wilmington with 11 and eight tackles respectively while Erik Hagedorn tallied eight wrapups for Heidelberg.
The Quakers being a two-game road swing at the University of Mount Union next Saturday.
Dayton Football Falls At Marist, 28-17
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The University of Dayton football team battled back from a 14-0 deficit to take a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter, but Marist scored the final two touchdowns of the game to defeat Dayton 28-17.
Kyle Butz gained 112 all-purpose yards with five receptions for 40 yards, and five punt returns for 2 yards. He also had an 81-yard punt return called back. Tucker Yinger carried the ball 13 times for 80 yards, and during the game moved into second place on the Flyer career rushing list. Andrew Lutgens led the Dayton defense with 10 tackles.
Dayton falls to 2-3 on the year and 1-1 in the PFL, while Marist improves to 1-3 and 1-1 in the PFL.
- Marist forced a Dayton punt and then drove 66 yards on 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead, quarterback Mike Husni ran it in from the eight.
- Dayton did not allow another first down until the last play of the first quarter, but was outgained 79-41.
- The Red Foxes marched down the field on 16-play, 94-yard drive to take a 14-0 lead. Quarterback Jacob Hallenbeck scored from five yards out.
- The Flyers answered with their own 90+-yard drive, going 92 plays in nine plays. Richie Warfield scored on a four-yard run to make the score Marist 14, Dayton 7.
- The two teams exchanged three punts, and on the last one, Butz took it all the way back, but his potential 81-yard TD was called back.
- The Red Foxes held a 163-152 in edge in total offense at halftime.
- The Flyers forced a three-and-out, setting up Joe Bruni’s 26-yard field goal.
- After forcing a stop, Dayton went 75 yards in just seven plays when Jack Cook hit Matt Tunnacliffe for a 24-yard score to take a 17-14 lead.
- But a 54-yard kickoff return and a personal foul penalty quickly moved the ball to the Dayton 30, and Hallenbeck scored on a 24-yard TD run to take back the lead.
- Dayton pinned Marist deep on a QB pooch punt, but the Red Foxes moved the ball 86 yards on two plays. Hallenbeck hit tight end Jon Kanda for 30 on third-and-12, and then connected with Juston Christian over the top for 56 to make it a two-score game, 28-17.
- Christian came into the game averaging 24.8 yards a catch, but had been held in check (five receptions for 40 yards) until that back-breaking play.
- Dayton’s last two series ended with passes in the end zone. One that was intercepted and a Hail Mary that was tipped, but incomplete.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Dayton was out-gained for the first time this season, 328 to 318.
- Jack Cook was 16 of 35 passing for 168 yards. He was sacked three times and the Red Fox defense had eight quarterback hurries.
- Marist QB’s combined to go 17 of 22 passing for 236 yards.
- Sean Smith averaged 42.5 yards per punt, with two of his four kicks inside the 20.
- Dayton extended its NCAA all-division record by scoring in its 470th consecutive game
- Tucker Yinger rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries (6.2 avg.). He moved into second place on UD’s all-time rushing list, and now has 2,854 career yards. The UD record holder is Yinger’s former teammate, Connor Kacsor, who ran for 3,581 yards in his career.
- The Flyers will return home Saturday, October 6th, to play Valparaiso. Game time is 1:00 p.m. ET.
- That game is Dayton’s football alumni game, and the guests of honor will be the 1978 team, UD’s first NCAA playoff team.