GRANVILLE, Ohio- Powered by a 49-point first half and nearly 500 yards of total offense, Denison rolled to a 66-7 victory over Hiram College on Saturday night at Piper Stadium. Denison improves to 2-0 while Hiram drops to 0-3.
In the first quarter, Denison gave the Terriers a steady dose of the North Coast Athletic Conference's defending rushing champion as Alex Minton accounted for the game's first three touchdowns. One minute into the second quarter Minton scored from 12 yards to give DU a 21-0 lead. That field position was set up by a spectacular 48-yard diving catch by first-year Dylan Johnson. Minton's day ended early as he gained 90 yards on 15 carries in a quarter and a half of football.
On the ensuing possession, a quick three-and-out by Hiram allowed Denison quarterback Drew Dawkins to stretch the field where he found Petyon Vining on a 56-yards touchdown pass for a 28-0 lead. A Hiram fumble gave the ball back to the Big Red and on the first play from scrimmage, Vining scored on a reverse from 12 yards.
With 5:45 left in the second quarter, Denison took a 49-0 lead when Dawkins connected with Vining for his third touchdown.
Vining caught two passes for 66 yards with both going for touchdowns. He also ran the ball once for 12 yards. Dara Laja ran the ball 11 times for a team-high 93 yards. Dawkins carried the ball five times for 53 yards. He was 7-of-11 in the passing department for 152 yards and two TDs.
The Big Red offense piled up 32 first downs compared to 14 for Hiram. Of their 498 yards of total offense, 329 came on the ground.
Hiram quarterback Rodney Myers was 10-of-20 for 95 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Simmons led the Terriers with 36 yards rushing. Jaris Foreman had seven receptions for 47 yards and a TD.
Next week, Denison will travel to Crawfordsville, Indiana for a 2 p.m. kickoff against the Little Giants. Last year, the Big Red defeated Wabash 34-10 at Piper Stadium behind a masterful performance by the Denison defense that held the Little Giants scoreless until the final two minutes of the game. Wabash (1-1) is coming off a 48-35 win over Allegheny after a season-opening loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point.