Hamilton 17, Bates 2
1 2 3 4 F Hamilton (2-6) 7 10 0 7 - 17 Bates (1-7) 0 2 0 0 - 2 TEAM Q TIME PLAY SCORE HAM 1 7:54 Gavin Fitts punt block recovery (Greg Bemis kick) 7-0 BAT 2 12:20 Safety 7-2 HAM 2 6:29 Bemis 40 field goal 10-2 HAM 2 3:09 Chris Weeden 4 run (Bemis kick) 17-2 Bates Full Game Stats To Follow
BATES FALLS TO HAMILTON IN SEASON FINALE, 17-2
LEWISTON, Maine Ð Junior tailback Chris Weeden (Ilion, N.Y.) ran for rushed for a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries as the Hamilton College Continentals (2-6) closed out the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football season with a 17-2 victory over the host Bates College Bobcats (1-7).
The Continentals got on the board in the first quarter when sophomore defensive back Dan Scanlon (Carle Place, N.Y.) blocked a punt that was recovered by junior linebacker Gavin Fitts (Waterville, Maine) in the end zone. Bates answered with a punt block of their own in the second period by rookie Owen Miehe (Glen Rock, N.J.) that Hamilton fell on in the end zone for a safety, cutting the lead to 7-2. Hamilton senior kicker Greg Bemis (Enfield, Conn.) added a 40-yard field goal six minutes later. The Continentals closed out the scoring with 3:09 left in the half as Weeden scored Hamilton's first offensive touchdown of the season three plays after their second punt block of the game. The second half was a defensive battle, with Bates making a goal-line stand early in the third quarter to preserve the 15-point deficit.
In addition to Weeden's 169 yards rushing, rookie fullback Elijah Huling (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had 65 yards on 15 carries. Bates was led by sophomore quarterback Steve Barry (Boston, Mass.), who threw for 149 yards on nine-of-21 passing in relief of classmate Kane Jankoski (Spencer, Mass.). Bates junior defensive lineman Jaime Sawler (Stratham, N.H.) had 11 solo tackles for the Bobcats, including three sacks. In addition to their two blocked punts, Hamilton recovered two Bates fumbles and made two interceptions while committing only one turnover.