|Hamilton College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Hamilton College football team totaled 448 yards of offense to defeat Bowdoin 28-7 in a battle of squads looking for their first victories of the fall at Whittier Field on Saturday.
The Continentals (1-4) come away with the win while the Polar Bears (0-5) are still in search of their first victory of the 2017 campaign.
After the teams traded possessions in a scoreless opening quarter, Bowdoin got on the midway through the second quarter.
The Polar Bears covered 80 yards in 13 plays and scored when quarterback Griff Stalcup found Stephen Griffin in the flat at the Hamilton 10. Griffin spun through the defense to paydirt and a 7-0 Bowdoin lead.
Hamilton answered immediately, getting a 52-yard return by Sam Robinson on the ensuing kickoff and marching the final 41 yards in ten plays, with quarterback Kenny Gray diving over the pile for a one-yard touchdown to make it 7-7.
Bowdoin fumbled near midfield on its next possession and Hamilton took advantage as Kenny Gray found Christian Donahoe open over the middle from 33 yards out, as Donahue made a fingertip catch in the endzone to give the visitors at 14-7 lead.
Hamilton had a chance to extend the lead before halftime, but a 34-yard field goal attempt by Joe Suski sailed wide to keep it a one-touchdown deficit for Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears surprised the Continentals out of halftime, recovering an onside kick and moving inside the Hamilton 10 with a pass from receiver Michael Cloppse to Nick Vailas. After a Nate Richam run moved it to the Hamilton 3, quarterback Michael Kollmer attempted to sneak it into the endzone but was stuffed. The ball popped loose late and Hamilton recovered, keeping the 14-7 lead.
The teams traded punts until later in the third quarter when Hamilton covered 67 yards in seven plays, getting 35 yards rushing from Mitch Bierman on the drive and then a perfectly-placed 21-yard fade pass to the left corner of the endzone from Kenny Gray to Joe Schmidt to take a 21-7 lead.
After a three-and-out by Bowdoin, Hamilton put the game out of reach with a 70-yard, seven-play drive that saw Gray complete a wide receiver screen pass to Sam Robinson from four yards out for a 28-7 advantage with 12:43 to go.
By The Numbers
Mitch Bierman averaged 7.2 yards per carry and rushed for a career-high 158 yards on 22 carries in the win for Hamilton.
Kenny Gray went 20-34 for 240 yards and three touchdowns, finding Christian Donahue six times for 102 yards for the Continentals.
Bowdoin got 60 yards on 16 carries from Nate Richam and five catches from Bryan Porter for 40 yards. Griff Stalcup (11-23, 87 yards) and Noah Nelson (4-5, 50 yards) both saw time at quarterback for the Polar Bears.
Tyler Hudson was outstanding for Hamilton, making nine tackles, including two sacks and recovering two fumbles.
Matthew Whalen made eight stops, including a tackle for loss and a pass breakup for Bowdoin.
Bowdoin heads to Trinity next Saturday, October 21, for a 1:00 p.m. start
Hamilton will host Colby at 1:00 p.m. next Saturday.