The Matchup: Denison will host Hiram College on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Piper Stadium. The Big Red is ranked in the "others receiving votes" section of the most recent D3Football.com Top-25 poll. This is the 20th meeting between the Big Red and the Terriers. Denison leads the all-time series, 18-1 with its only loss coming in 2014. Denison enters the game with a 1-0 record and is coming off a bye. Hiram is 0-2 after consecutive losses to Marietta and Wittenberg.
How to Watch: The Denison Sports Network will provide a live video stream of the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. Joey Semel '21 (play-by-play) and Jack White '20 (color commentary) will bring you the action from Piper Stadium. Fans can watch on their computers, tablets or mobile devices here. The game can also be viewed on your TV through the Denison Sports Network app available on Roku, AppleTV, Android T, and Fire TV streaming devices. You can watch the game live at Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens and are available at the gate, on game day. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
Message Sent: Denison answered a lot of questions after its dominating performance in week one against Ohio Northern. After a scoreless opening quarter, the Big Red dismantled the Polar Bears, scoring 35 unanswered points en route to a 42-13 victory. The defense recorded seven sacks and 14 tackles for loss in the 29-point win while the offense racked up 453 total yards.
Scouting the Terriers: Hiram checks into today's game with an 0-2 record. They are coming off a 2-8 season in 2018. Their pair of wins came against Earlham (47-13) in week two and against Kenyon (28-24) in week six. Last year, Denison handed Hiram a 48-20 loss at Henry Field. Alex Minton rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns while Canaan Gebele rushed for 110 yards while passing for 126 yards. Hiram head coach Henry Stanford is in his seventh season at Hiram and in his fourth season as the head coach. Stanford also serves as the offensive coordinator for the Terriers.
Hi, My Names is: After a competition throughout preseason camp, sophomore Drew Dawkins made his first career start against Ohio Northern and did not disappoint. Dawkins was 17-of-24 for 267 yards and four touchdown passes. He also ran the ball eight times for 44 yards. Dawkins appeared in three games as a freshman, going 3-for-5 for 31 yards while also totaling 43 yards rushing.
Evanston Connection: Drew Dawkins is one of four members of the Big Red that played high school football at Evanston Township on the north side of Chicago. He is joined by his twin brother and starting right tackle, Trey Dawkins, senior all-conference left tackle Frank Zoltan and first-year wide receiver Malik Ross.
The Bus: It's hard not to see shades of Jerome Bettis when watching senior tailback Alex Minton carry the football. Not only does Minton gain yards in bunches, but he also punishes would-be tacklers on a per-snap basis. Minton needs only one yard to reach 2,500 yards rushing for his career. He is averaging a stellar 6.5 yards per carry over the course of his career. Minton won the 2018 NCAC rushing title with 1,368 yards.
Grab a Vine: Junior wide receiver Peyton Vining made his first career start on offense in week one and finished with three receptions for 118 yards, highlighted by a 63-yard touchdown from Dawkins in the third quarter. Vining played in eight games as a cornerback in 2017.
Cha-Cha-Changes: Dallas Griffiths also made the move from defense to offense in 2019 and he made his presence felt in the opener, snagging a 4-yard touchdown pass from Dawkins in the fourth quarter. Griffiths was a linebacker in his first two seasons. He is currently seeing action as an H-back.
Three in the rankings: Denison is one of three NCAC squads to appear in the "others receiving votes" section of the D3Football.com poll. Wittenberg is just outside the top-25 with 57 votes. Wabash has 15 votes and Denison checks in with six.