GENEVA, N.Y.—The Hobart College football team shut out visiting St. John Fisher University 17-0 on Boswell Field at Urick Stadium this afternoon. Linebacker Peterson Monexant led the Statesmen defense with nine tackles and a clutch fourth-quarter interception.
“I thought the defense played exceptionally well,” said Head Coach Kevin DeWall ’00. “Obviously, pitching the shutout speaks volumes, but more how they made those stops, whether it was fourth down stops or with turnovers, they were opportunistic and they set the tone for the offense and special teams.”
- Hobart finished the game plus-3 in turnovers. In addition to Monexant’s pick, the Statesmen also recovered a pair of Cardinal fumbles. Hobart turned St. John Fisher’s first turnover into a touchdown, carrying a 17-0 lead into halftime.
- The Statesmen are now 17-0 when finishing on the plus side of turnover margin under DeWall.
- In addition to the three turnovers, St. John Fisher also turned the ball over on downs three times.
- Tim Denham Jr. rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 25 carries (4.4 yds/rush), scoring on a 29-yard run late in the second quarter. It was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and fifth of his career.
- David Krewson was 11-of-15 passing for 194 yards, completing passes to six different receivers. He opened the day’s scoring with a 4-yard TD pass to tight end Mike Zaccone.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Hobart’s defense thrived in bend-don’t-break mode. St. John Fisher gained 314 yards on the day, moving into Statesmen territory on six of their eight drives, but Hobart made plays when it needed to preserve the shutout. In fact, the Cardinals only reached the red zone once, on the final drive of the game, throwing through the end zone as time expired.
- The defense set the table for the offense’s first scoring play. The Cardinals went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Hobart 21, but Anthony Romano (8 tkls) and Blake Hansen (4 tkls) stuffed Malachi Duvall for no gain.
- On the very next play, Krewson completed a 54-yard pass to wide-out Rane Daramola. After four straight runs moved the ball to Fisher 4, Krewson went back to the air on a play-action pass to Zaccone for the touchdown.
- Three minutes into the second quarter, Tobias Wefering kicked a 23-yard field goal to give Hobart a 10-0 lead.
- On the day’s final scoring drive, Hobart was facing first-and-20 from the Fisher 49 after a holding call went against the Statesmen. On second down, Krewson completed a 20-yard pass over the middle to tight end Luke Hescock for a first down. The next play saw Denham break free for his second rushing TD of the season.
DID YOU KNOW
- Today’s shutout was Hobart’s third in its past 13 games. In 2021, the Statesmen blanked Morrisville 41-0 and Rochester 31-0.
- Hobart will head to La Plume, Pennsylvania, visiting Keystone College on Saturday, Sept. 24. Kickoff against the Giants (0-3) is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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