Football Faces Final Road Test of Season at Bluffton on Saturday

Football Faces Final Road Test of Season at Bluffton on Saturday


RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College football team faces its final road test of the season on Saturday when the Quakers travel to Bluffton University for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) game on Saturday. Kickoff from Dwight Salzman Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The Teams: Earlham and Bluffton. The Quakers are 0-8 on the season and 0-6 in conference play after a 48-13 loss at the hands of Manchester University on Saturday. The Beavers stand at 2-6 overall and 2-4 in the HCAC after a narrow 31-28 loss to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday.

The Coaches: Nick Johnson enters his third year as Earlham's head football coach. The HCAC Coach of the Year in 2015, Johnson played football for the Quakers from 1997-01 and later served the program as defensive coordinator from 2007-12. He also held the position of head track and field coach for 12 seasons. Denny Dorrell is in his fourth season as head football coach at Bluffton. He's just the 13th coach in the history of the program.

The Offense: Wesley Hundley has accounted for 2,004 of 2,398 yards (84 percent) of the Quakers' offense through eight games this season while leading the team in passing and rushing. Wide receiver Marcaus Cooper as hauled in 49 receptions for 451 yards and seven touchdowns. Darian Greeley has rushed for 450 yards and four scores in the Bluffton backfield. The Beavers have used a 2-quarterback system as both Brandon Koch and Colby Speice have thrown for over 1,000 yards.

The Defense: Kobe Walker leads the Quaker's defense with 69 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss while also having one of Earlham's two interceptions on the season. Alfago Shumake has a team-high 6.5 tackles for loss including four sacks while Dan O'Donnell leads the secondary with seven pass breakups. Dylan Shaffer leads the Beavers' defense with 66 tackles while Isaac Zickafoose and Ollie Moorer have combined for nine sacks.

Chasing Records: Wes Hundley is on pace to break Manny Myers' (2005) record of 900 rushing yards in a season. The Gardnerville, Nevada, native needs to average 41 yards per game over the next two contests to break the record.

Recent History: Earlham is 0-7 against Bluffton since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season. The closest game during that span was a 24-22 win for the Beavers in Richmond on Oct. 18, 2014.

Coverage: Live statistics of the game will be available – visit the link above.

Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Up Next: Earlham concludes its 2017 season with the Battle for the Border Broadsword against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Nov. 11. Kickoff from Darrell Beane Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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