The Hobart College football team never trailed in its 31-10 Liberty League win at St. Lawrence University on Saturday afternoon. The Statesmen raced out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back on the way to their 11th consecutive win over the Saints.
“It was great to see our team compete for 60 minutes and play our most complete game of the season,” said Head Coach Kevin DeWall ’00. “The offense showed good balance and possessed the ball, especially when driving into the wind. The defense made some good adjustments at halftime and came up with some key stops in the second half to keep St. Lawrence from scoring.”
- Hobart outgained St. Lawrence 325 yards to 243.
- The Statesmen were 6-of-15 on third down and 2-of-4 on fourth down.
- The Saints were 3-of-12 on third down and 0-of-3 on fourth down.
- Graduate student wide receiver Alex LaBella caught a game-high seven passes for a game-high 101 yards. It’s the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
- Graduate student quarterback David Krewson was 14-of-26 passing for 147 yards.
- Junior running backs Tim Denham Jr. (74 yds, 2 TD) and Rayshawn Boswell (63, 2) combined for 137 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
- Sophomore linebacker Anthony Romano led a balanced defensive effort for Hobart with six tackles.
- First-year punter Vicente Lyon, who last week kicked the longest punt in Hobart history (73), matched the old record with a 68-yard punt today. He averaged 51.0 yards on three punts against the Saints.
FOR THE RECORD
- Hobart improved to 4-3 overall, 1-2 in the Liberty League.
- St. Lawrence falls to 2-5, 0-3.
- Hobart got the ball and the wind at its back to start the game and took a 3-0 lead on sophomore Tobias Wefering’s 35-yard field.
- On its first drive, St. Lawrence went for it on fourth and 1 at the Hobart 34, but Romano raced into the backfield and dropped the ballcarrier for a 3-yard loss.
- The teams traded punts on the next two drives. Hobart’s third possession began at its own 35. A methodical, 11-play, 55-yard march ended with Boswell scoring on a 1-yard plunge with 6 seconds left in the first quarter. Wefering’s extra point made it a 10-0 game.
- The Hobart defense forced a three-and-out by the Saints. The Statesmen went right back to work, covering 80 yards in 13 plays that drained 6:16 off the game clock. Denham scored on a 3-yard run up the middle and Wefering converted for a 17-0 lead.
- SLU broke up the shutout with 94 seconds left in the half. Quarterback Daniel Lawther connected with wide receiver Robert Coll for a 24-yard touchdown.
- The Saints got the ball back with 43 seconds to go in the second quarter and got close enough for a 31-yard Clayton Fogler field goal as time expired, cutting Hobart’s lead to 17-10 at the half.
AGAINST THE WIND
- St. Lawrence got the ball and the favorable wind to start the second half but punted on its first possession.
- Hobart countered with a nearly eight-and-a-half-minute drive that used 15 plays to cover 80 yards. Denham scored his second TD of the game on a 1-yard plunge to give the Statesmen a 14-point lead.
CLOSE OUT TIME
- The Saints responded to the Statesmen score with a drive that reached the red zone, but junior defensive back James Mahoneyintercepted Lawther in the end zone to quell the threat.
- Hobart sealed the victory when Boswell scored on a 4-yard run to give his team a 31-10 lead with under four minutes remaining.
- Hobart leads the series against St. Lawrence 55-36-2.
- The Statesmen are 25-17-1 against the Saints in the North Country.
- Hobart hasn’t lost to St. Lawrence since Oct. 2, 2010, when the Saints prevailed 24-21 in Canton.
- The Statesmen will return to Boswell Field to take on Union College on Saturday, October 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.