Football team holds off Hamilton

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 18, 2008

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College football team took advantage of five Hamilton College turnovers and received some key punting from Victor Gagne (Norridgewock, Maine) in the fourth quarter as the Mules held on for a 16-13 victory in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.

Colby had a dedication ceremony before the game for the brand new Harold Alfond Stadium and then moved to 3-0 this season at the facility. The Mules are 3-2 heading into next Saturday’s 1 p.m. road game at Bates College. Hamilton falls to 2-3 and will host Williams College next Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Mules led 16-0 at one point in the first half and took a 16-3 lead at intermission after Hamilton kicker George Taylor (Pleasantville, N.Y.) nailed a 45-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer.

Colby’s defense held on fourth down in the opening quarter to give the Mules’ offense the ball at their own 36-yard line. Colby went 64 yards on nine plays and got into the end zone when Dan Prunier (Merrimack, N.H.) scored on a 4-yard run, but the Mules missed the extra point. Connor Walsh (Westwood, Mass.) caught a 32-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Burns (Charles Town, W.V.) on the drive.

The Mules took over on their second drive when defensive back Alex Halls (Potomac, Md.) intercepted a pass at Colby’s 39-yard line. Colby used 13 plays and six minutes off the clock before Gagne nailed a 32-yard field goal with 12:46 left to halftime for a 9-0 lead.

Colby went up 16-0 when Prunier banged in from 1 yard out with just 18 seconds to intermission. The Mules went 60 yards on nine plays and appeared to be headed for a shutout in the opening half.

Hamilton’s Ryan Cray (Amherst, N.H.) returned the kickoff 57 yards to the Colby 28-yard line. After an incomplete pass to the end zone left the clock at 0.5 seconds, Taylor nailed his 45-yard field goal to make it 16-3.

Colby and Hamilton both had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in the game, but all of the Mules’ turnovers happened in the second half. The Continentals’ Will Finan (New Canaan, Conn.) intercepted a pass at Colby’s 30-yard line and returned it all the way to the 4-yard line to set up Hamilton’s lone touchdown. Max Foster (Sherborn, Mass.) caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Eck (Rye, N.Y.) to make it 16-10 with 7:40 left in the third quarter.

The Mules had a fumble on special teams to give Hamilton the ball at Colby’s 32-yard line early in the fourth quarter. The Continentals, however, only managed 18 yards and had to settle for a 31-yard field goal by Taylor with 10:31 to play.

Gagne continued to have a fine season punting for Colby and came up with two big kicks in the final 10 minutes. He had a booming 57-yard punt that was downed at Hamilton’s 11-yard line with 4:02 to play. He later had a little luck on a punt that he didn’t connect with well, but the kick took a good bounce and was downed at Hamilton’s 14-yard line with 1:30 to go.

The Continentals did not give up and got to Colby’s 36-yard line with 12 seconds left. After a penalty put Hamilton back to the 41-yard line, Colby’s Tom Daley (N. Bridgton, Maine) recovered a fumble at his own 20-yard line as time ran out.

Prunier finished with 87 yards on 24 carries and the two touchdowns. Burns completed 10 passes for 138 yards, while Walsh caught three balls for 48 yards.

Eck had 221 yards passing on 24 completions, while Foster caught eight passes for 82 yards. Mark Snickenberger (Wellesley, Mass.) rushed 18 times for 47 yards.

Daley had one interception, one fumble recovery, and six tackles for the Mules. Chris Copeland (Rexford, N.Y.) and Halls also had one interception and six tackles. Gardiner Parker (Woolwich, Maine) led all Colby tacklers with eight and Lamont Henry (Virginia Beach, Va.) had seven stops.

Trevor Pedrick (Wallkill, N.Y.) had eight tackles to lead Hamilton. Burke St. John (Chappaqua, N.Y.) had two of the Continentals’ six sacks and finished with seven stops. James Gibson (Kings Park, N.Y.) also had seven tackles.

Colby 16, Hamilton 13

Hamilton............  0  3  7  3  - 13       Record: (2-3,2-3)

Colby...............  6 10  0  0  - 16       Record: (3-2,3-2)

Scoring Summary:

  1st 05:35 COL - Dan Prunier 4 yd run (Victor Gagne kick failed), 9-64 4:39

  2nd 12:46 COL - Victor Gagne 32 yd field goal, 13-46 6:00

      00:18 COL - Dan Prunier 1 yd run (Victor Gagne kick), 9-60 3:17

      00:01 HAM - G. Taylor 45 yd field goal, 2-0 0:08

  3rd 07:40 HAM - M. Foster 4 yd pass from J. Eck (G. Taylor kick), 4-4 1:21

  4th 10:31 HAM - G. Taylor 31 yd field goal, 4-18 1:35

                                      HAM      COL

  FIRST DOWNS...................       11       12

  RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............    20-38    47-88

  PASSING YDS (NET).............      221      138

  Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  49-24-3  18-10-3

  TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   69-259   65-226

  Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0

  Punt Returns-Yards............     3-22     3-14

  Kickoff Returns-Yards.........    4-109     2-42

  Interception Returns-Yards....     3-28      3-0

  Punts (Number-Avg)............   5-32.2   7-36.1

  Fumbles-Lost..................      2-2      4-2

  Penalties-Yards...............     7-65     6-62

  Possession Time...............    27:38    32:22

  Third-Down Conversions........  8 of 19  3 of 15

  Fourth-Down Conversions.......   1 of 4   2 of 2

  Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-2      3-3

  Sacks By: Number-Yards........     6-36     1-14

  RUSHING: Hamilton-M.Snickenberger 18-47; J. Eck 2-minus 9. Colby-Dan Prunier

  24-87; Michael Cuqua 3-12; Conor Tidgwell 1-4; Roger Bel 3-minus 3; Patrick

  Burns 16-minus 12.

  PASSING: Hamilton-J. Eck 24-49-3-221. Colby-Patrick Burns 10-18-3-138.

  RECEIVING: Hamilton-M. Foster 8-82; R. Cray 4-19; D. Isenberg 3-35; T. Clarkson

  3-26; M.Snickenberger 3-25; B. Tomaszewski 2-30; J. Orndorff 1-4. Colby-Connor

  Walsh 3-48; Matt Hellinger 3-24; Kenneth Prior 1-32; Ryan Conlon 1-22; Dan

  Prunier 1-8; Roger Bel 1-4.

  INTERCEPTIONS: Hamilton-W. Finan 1-26; B. O'Malley 1-2; J. Lawrence 1-0.

  Colby-Alex Halls 1-0; Chris Copeland 1-0; Tom Daley 1-0.

  FUMBLES: Hamilton-M.Snickenberger 1-1; T. Finan 1-1. Colby-Michael Cuqua 1-0;

  Conor Tidgwell 1-1; Tom Daley 1-1; Patrick Burns 1-0.

  Stadium: Harold Alfond         Attendance: 1900

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