Football falls to Hanover College in HCAC contest

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HANOVER, Ind. – Earlham College football scored a season-best 17 points and 291 yards of offense in an 83-17 loss to Hanover College, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

First year running back Melvin Davis carried 11 times for 88 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run at the 3:52 mark of the second quarter for Earlham's second TD of the day. The Quakers charted 132 yards total rushing on the afternoon.

First year quarterback Collin Hauschild was 16-32-1 through the air for 159 yards. His top target of the afternoon was Davis, who snared three of Hauschild's passes for 53 yards. First year wideout Malcolm Jones (19 yards) and senior Elijah Bilal (eight yards) also recorded three receptions.

After a safety and a touchdown by Hanover (3-2, 3-0 HCAC), Javier Lopez got the Quakers on the scoreboard with a 21-yard field goal attempt with 5:09 left in the first quarter, cutting the Panthers' lead to 9-3.

Earlham struck again just 12 seconds in the the second quarter, when Hauschild hit Zachary Baker on a two-yard TD pass, capping a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive that started on the Earlham 25 yard line. The Hauschild-to-Baker combo also produced the key play of the drive, a 64-yard pass completion on 2nd-and-14 at the Earlham 34 that put the Quakers on the Hanover two-yard line.

The Baker TD reception cut the margin to 22-10 in Hanover's favor, and that would be as close as Earlham would get to catching the Panthers.

Hanover went on to score 35 unanswered points in the second quarter and 26 more in the second half. The Panthers tallied 704 yards of total offense, the most since the Quakers allowed 735 yards against Capital University during the 2014 season.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Rance Albert finished with 13 total tackles while freshman defensive back Isaac Olmeda charted 11 total tackles with a team-high six solo stops. Junior linebacker Kobe Walker recorded nine total tackles, as did sophomore lineman Harrison Rice.

Earlham's defensive unit finished the game with seven tackles-for-loss of 11 yards, surpassing the six TFL recorded by Hanover.

Earlham returns home next Saturday, Oct. 13, when it hosts Anderson University at Darrell Beane Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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