WOOSTER — The College of Wooster football team kept the chains moving all afternoon, completing 80 percent of its passes and rushing for 304 yards, while defensively, the Fighting Scots held visiting Hiram College to just 11 rushing yards in Saturday’s 47-14 Black & Gold Weekend win at John P. Papp Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Chanden Lee was 20-of-25 for 214 yards and two touchdowns, yet it was his speed and craftiness on the ground that scored Wooster’s (3-5, 2-4 North Coast Athletic Conference) first touchdown of the afternoon. A 37-yard rush by junior Brazos Gadler on a backwards pass quickly had Wooster in business, then Lee hit paydirt from 19 yards out before the game was two minutes old.
The College of Wooster’s Chanden Lee finds daylight against Hiram.
On the first Hiram (1-8, 1-6 NCAC) play following Lee’s score, Sean Tejeda was picked off by senior defensive back Paul Thomas Fischer. A slow-and-steady 7-play, 27-yard drive followed, with sophomore running back Jarvis Mims Jr. scoring on the ground from a yard out. Senior Lake Barrett’s extra point doubled the lead to 14-0 at the first quarter’s 10:28 mark.
The score was 21-0 by first quarter’s end, as junior wide receiver Andrew Hammer came open for a 25-yard touchdown reception with 5:28 on the clock. Wide receiver Maine Martin’s speed was utilized in a running back role this game, and the sophomore burst up the middle for 16 yards leading up to the touchdown.
Hammer picked up 31 yards on a second-and-29 snap before the end of the first quarter, and that drive ended with seven more points on the scoreboard. First-year Jace Austin turned a quick forward flip into an 11-yard gain before Hammer was open again, catching an 18-yard touchdown pass with 13:16 remaining before halftime.
Wooster went to Austin for a 15-yard pickup on a…