Football closes out 2018 with HCAC loss at Rose-Hulman

Kobe Walker

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Earlham College football closed out the 2018 regular season with a 70-6 loss to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Cook Stadium.

Earlham posted its lone touchdown of the contest at the 7:03 mark of the third quarter, when first year quarterback Collin Hauschild connected with Zachary Baker on a 16-yard pass play to make the score 49-6 in the Fightin' Engineers. The play capped a 12-play, 81-yard drive that consumed 4:38 on the game clock.

The reception was one of two in the contest for Baker, who finished with 24 yards receiving. Melvin Davis led the receiving corps with six catches for 58 yards, while Malcolm Jones hauled in a pair of passes for 45 yards.

Among those was a 34-yard catch from Hauschild on Earlham's first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, which proved to be the Quakers' longest play of the day.

Hauschild finished the day 8-18-0 for 103 yards, coming on in the second half for senior starter Joe Enwright. Enwright was 5-16-1 for 41 yards in his final collegiate appearance.

First year Melvin Davis carried 16 times for 22 yards to lead the Quakers on the ground.

Earlham charted 139 yards of total offense on the day – 144 through the air and -5 yards on the ground – compared to 615 yards offense for Rose-Hulman.

Defensively, junior linebacker Kobe Walker led Earlham with 16 total tackles including 10 solo stops. Sophomore defensive back Austin Baker and sophomore linebacker Rance Albert each logged 11 tackles, with Albert also recording one of Earlham's two tackles-for-loss on the day.

The Quakers (0-10, 0-8 HCAC) struggled to move the ball against the Engineers, and were held to three-and-out on each of their first five possessions.

Earlham's most effective drive of the opening half came on their sixth possession of the contest, with an eight-play drive that started on the Quaker 23. Earlham crossed into the Rose-Hulman end of the field on punter Jordan Christian's fake punt that turned into a 15-yard rush down the Engineer sideline for a first down at the Rose-Hulman 40. The drive was squashed on the very next play as Enwright's pass attempt was picked off by RHIT's Carter Hounshell and returned 38 yards to the Earlham 22.

Rose-Hulman (5-5, 5-2 HCAC) scored on seven of its eight possessions in the first half, with the eighth drive getting cut short when it hit halftime. That allowed the Engineers to take a 49-0 lead into the locker room at halftime after amassing 432 yards offense in the first half alone.

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