Defiance Defense Stifles Earlham in Dominating 43-7 Win
GREENWOOD, IN - Defiance College (2-3, 2-1 HCAC) picked up its second straight win Saturday afternoon after defeating Earlham College (1-4, 0-3 HCAC) 43-7 at Coressel Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets forced five Earlham turnovers and totaled 408 yards of offense to put away the Quakers for the fourth straight year.
The Defiance defense continued its strong play Saturday and put up several big plays to keep Earlham from mounting a comeback.
Sophomore defensive back Andrew Feldhaus (Lutz, Fla./Steinbrenner) picked off a pair of passes in the game, including one in the Defiance end zone that ended a potential scoring drive for the Quakers.
Freshman quarterback Alex Larson (Highland, Mich./Milford) finished the day with 64 yards rushing and 149 yards passing and the pair of touchdowns to lead the Jackets' offense.
Defiance will remain home next week when the Yellow Jackets hosts homecoming festivities as Manchester University visits Coressel Stadium.
Earlham will return to action Saturday, October 19 at home against Manchester.
In other action...
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (3-2, 3-0 HCAC) gained over 400 yards and the Engineers' defense held Hanover College (0-4, 0-2 HCAC) scoreless for three quarters in a 38-14 HCAC victory Saturday afternoon at Cook Stadium. Rose-Hulman quarterback Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) finished the contest 27-of-37 for 266 yards and a touchdown. The senior also added 91 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the Engineers 422-yard offensive performance. Landwehr's primary target was sophomore wide receiver Jacob Dye (Tipton, Ind./H.S.), who hauled in 11 catches for 91 yards. Hanover quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky./Male) paced the Panthers offense with 204 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions through the air. Rose-Hulman will look to stay atop the league standings as the Engineers travel to Bluffton Saturday. Hanover will try for its first win of the season at home against Anderson.
The College of Mount St. Joseph (3-1, 3-0 HCAC) scored early and often on Saturday night at Anderson University (0-4, 0-2 HCAC) as they recorded a 55-28 win, their third straight victory. The win keeps the Lions atop the HCAC with a 3-0 mark and sets up a conference showdown at Franklin College on Oct. 12. The Lions led by a 48-9 score at the half, and their 55 points scored is the second straight week the team has scored 50-plus points in a game. Mount quarterback Caleb Watkins (Middletown, Ohio/H.S.) finished eight-for-12 for 151 yards, two TDs and no interceptions, while John Peters (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) led three Mount players with three receptions for 82 yards a score. Linebacker Brent McCleerey (Mooresville, Ind./Monrovia) led the MSJ defense with eight tackles and two interceptions on the evening. Mount St. Joseph will travel to nationally ranked Franklin College Saturday afternoon in a very important league contest. The Lions and Grizzlies will kick off at 1:30 PM from Faught Stadium. Anderson will travel south to Hanover for a 1:30 PM kick.
Manchester University (1-4, 1-2 HCAC) found the win column for the first time this fall with a 34-7 homecoming win over Bluffton University (1-4, 1-2 HCAC) Saturday afternoon. Junior running back Austin Adams (Dowagiac, Mich./Union) had a banner day, going for 140 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Nick Williams (Fort Wayne, Ind./Heritage) was just off triple digits on the ground with 79 yards on 16 carries as part of a 253-yard rushing attack by the Spartans. Manchester's defense limited the visiting Beavers to only 36 yards on the ground and forced four interceptions in the win. Manchester will travel east to Defiance Saturday afternoon, while Bluffton will return home to face Rose-Hulman.
No. 14 Franklin College (2-2, 2-0 HCAC) was IDLE this week and will host Mount St. Joseph at 1:30 PM Saturday.