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Turnovers sink #23 Hobart football in 24-13 loss at Morrisville

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The Hobart football team dropped a 24-13 decision at Morrisville State this afternoon. The Statesmen were undone by a pair of second quarter fumbles that the Mustangs turned into touchdowns.

How It Happened

  • Hobart’s opening drive got bogged down by penalties and stalled near midfield.
  • Morrisville countered with a 12-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Steven Frerichs to Justin Adams early in the second quarter. It was the Mustangs’ only offensive TD of the game.
  • The Statesmen reached the red zone on their ensuing drive, but a fumble at the Morrisville 24 was scooped up by Anai Brake and returned 76 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.
  • Hobart again pushed into the red zone, but had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Tobias Wefering after a third-and-12 pass fell incomplete.
  • The Statesmen forced Morrisville to punt on its ensuing possession, but Hobart fumbled the return and Dante McGowan recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown and a 21-3 halftime lead.
  • Hobart scored the only points of the third quarter when Wefering booted a 30-year field goal, cutting the deficit to 21-6.
  • The Mustangs got the three points back early in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Cole Owen. The short scoring drive was set up by McGowan’s interception and 39-yard return.
  • The Statesmen got their only offensive touchdown on the day on their next possession. Quarterback Johnny Colombi directed a 4-play, 75-yard drive, completing four straight passes. Peyton Cayea’s 6-yard catch for a touchdown capped the drive. and was his first TD reception. It was the first career passing TD for Colombi and the first receiving TD for Cayea.
  • On its ensuing possession, Morrisville gained four first downs and ran out the clock.

Key Stats

  • Hobart was minus 3 on the day in turnovers.
  • The Statesmen outgained the Mustangs 349 yards to 167 yards.

Individual Stat Leaders

  • Tim Denham Jr. was the game’s leading rusher, carrying the ball 17 times for 88 yards.
  • Colombi was 12-of-24 passing for 161 yards and a TD, all career-highs.
  • Wideout Chris Bartosic was the game’s top receiver with a career-high seven catches for a career-high 112 yards.
  • Defensive tackle Naj Johnson had eight tackles to lead the Statesmen.

Up Next

Hobart (1-1) will return to Boswell Field to host St. John Fisher (1-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.