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Garnet Chargers use 2nd half surge to stop Statesmen

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  • Kyle Evans 

Billed as a defensive battle, today’s Hobart College at Union College Liberty League football game featured the top two defenses in the Liberty League. The Garnet Chargers, who pace the conference in scoring defense and total defense, pitched a second half shutout to top the Statesmen 27-10.

Hobart went into the locker room at halftime trailing 14-10, but Union limited the Statesmen to just 108 yards in the second half, while the Garnet Chargers piled up 328 yards and added three more scores to expand their lead.

TOTALS

  • Hobart was limited to a season-low 101 yards rushing and 162 yards passing.
  • Union ended the day with 480 yards of offense, the most allowed by the Statesmen this season.

HOBART HIGHS

  • Junior linebacker Vincent Giordano led the defense with 10 tackles.
  • Sophomore defensive back Alex Smith, sophomore linebacker Mike McGhee and junior linebacker Jaimen Bliss all recorded eight tackles. Smith was also credited with two pass breakups.
  • Sophomore wide receiver Ahmad Crowell caught four passes for a game-high 92 yards.
  • Junior quarterback Johnny Colombi completed 39.3% of his passes for 162 yards. He was intercepted once on Hobart final possession.
  • Senior running back Rayshawn Boswell gained 41 yards on 17 carries. He also caught a pass for 5 yards.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Union quarterback Donovan Pacatte capped a 10-play, 55-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the home team a lead it never relinquished.
  • Hobart answered with a scoring drive of its own, but had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by junior Tobias Wefering. It was his longest field goal of the season and 1-yard shy of his career long.
  • In the second quarter, Pacatte directed another 55-yard touchdown drive. This time he threw a 14-yard touchdown to wide receiver Kevin Rabacs. The extra point gave the Garnet Chargers a 14-3 lead with under seven minutes left in the half.
  • Again, the Statesmen countered with a score of their own. Senior running back Rayshawn Boswell’s 1-yard touchdown finished off an 11-play, 66-yard drive.

TURNING POINT

  • Union got a 35-yard field goal to open the second half scoring, but Hobart remained within a touchdown.
  • The Statesmen had two chances to answer, but each time the Garnet Chargers forced the visitors to punt. Union broke the game open with a 58-yard TD pass from Pacatte to wide receiver Landers Green.
  • Union tacked on a 16-yard field late in the fourth quarter to complete the day’s scoring.

TOP CHARGERS

  • The Garnet Chargers had two running backs finish with 100-yards on the ground. Michael Fiore led all runners with 143 yards, while Jonathan Anderson added 101 yards.
  • Pacatte completed 58% of his passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked twice—by junior defensive end Alex Karpawichand senior defensive end Connor Gunn. Union had only allowed four sacks through its first seven games this season. Hobart is the first team to get to Pacatte more than once.

FOR THE RECORD

  • Hobart slips to 5-2 overall, 1-2 in the Liberty League.
  • Union improves to 7-1, 3-1.
  • Each of the past seven meetings between the Statesmen and Garnet Chargers has been won by the home team.

UP NEXT

  • Hobart will look to rebound on Saturday, Oct. 28, when the Statesmen host St. Lawrence (2-5, 0-3) on Homecoming and Family Weekend. Kickoff at Boswell Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.