WHEATON, IL (WSFA) - After finishing the regular season with a 9-1 record, the Huntingdon Hawks were knocked out of the NCAA Division III Playoffs in the first round after losing to the Wheaton Thunder 45-10 on Saturday.
The Thunder scored early and scored often in the first half as Wheaton took a 35-3 lead into the locker room at the half.
Big plays by Wheaton and mistakes by Huntingdon led to the dominating performance by the Thunder.
In the first half, the Thunder scored a 66-yard touchdown, returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and then blocked a Huntingdon punt which set up a touchdown pass a few plays later.
Early in the second half, the Hawks were able to force a fumble and turn it into seven points on a pass from quarterback Luke Bailey to Jamichael Bibb, but that is all that the Hawks could get going as they would not score another point all game.
Wheaton outgained Huntingdon 419 yards to 310 yards, even though the Hawks ran 21 more plays on offense.
Bailey finished the game, completing 19 passes on 39 attempts for 178 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Nick Haas, Otis Porter, and Mark White led the way for the Hawks' receiving corps. Haas finished with 48 yards on five receptions, Porter finished with 47 yards on three receptions and White finished with 44 yards on five receptions.
John Iwaniec led the Huntingdon rushing attack with 99 yards on 23 carries. His longest carry of the day was 16 yards.
The Hawks finish the season with a 9-2 record.