Football dominates away against Ohio’s Hiram College with 42–3 decision

The Carnegie Mellon football team is back in the winners’ circle as they defeated Hiram College with an overpowering 42–3 victory last Saturday. The game took place in Hiram, Ohio, but that did not stop the Tartans from beating the Terriers for the seventh time in a row. With the win, the Tartans’ record moves to 3–1, while Hiram’s drops to 0–3.

First-year Jake Nardone in particular had a breakthrough performance, scoring his first collegiate touchdown and rushing for a career-high 97 yards. The Tartans opened up the scoring with 7:12 to play in the second quarter when senior quarterback Phil Pantalone hit sophomore running back Chris Garcia with a 26-yard pass, who then broke two tackles en route to diving into the end zone for a 7–0 Tartans lead.

The Tartans scored their second goal 1:44 later when junior running back Justin Pratt scored on a 5-yard run, bringing the score to 14–0 two plays after junior Tom Todd blocked a Hiram punt at the 12-yard line. Carnegie Mellon scored once more in the quarter when Nardone ended a 44-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Tartans a commanding 21–0 lead going into halftime.

Pratt scored another touchdown on a 12-yard run with 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter to cap a 67-yard drive. The Tartans then raised the score to 35–0, when first-year Dave Birsen made an 11-yard run to the end zone. With 5:48 remaining in the game, the Terriers finally broke the Tartans’ shutout with a 22-yard field goal. The momentum was short-lived, though, as Birsen scored another touchdown five minutes later to cap the scoring at 42–3.

“Beating Hiram was a great way to get back on track after a tough loss last week against Hobart,” senior captain Brendan Howe said. “Our offense moved the ball very well and our defense did a great job holding them to only three points. It’s obvious we’ve been getting better every week and we look to continue our success next week at Kenyon.”

The Tartans will look to carry this momentum into their next game at Kenyon College next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.