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Hobart shuts out St. Lawrence for Homecoming win

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Hobart College football team defeated St. Lawrence University 35-0 in front a boisterous crowd on Homecoming and Family Weekend. The Statesmen outgained the Saints 421-148 to defeat their conference rivals for the 12th consecutive time.

Hobart shut out SLU for the first time since a 23-0 win in Geneva in 2011, a victory that marked the start of the Statesmen’s current run of success against the Saints.

DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE

  • Hobart only allowed St. Lawrence to gain eight first downs and half of them came in the fourth quarter. The Saints were just 3-of-14 on third down.
  • The Statesmen matched their season high with three sacks, logged a pair of interceptions and recovered a fumble.
  • First-year defensive end DonJuan McGee scored Hobart’s third defensive touchdown of the season late in the first half. On second and 10 from the Saints 32, the visitors tried to pass, but defensive end Connor Gunn batted the ball up in the air at the line. McGee caught the deflection and ran 24-yards to the end zone to help the home team take a 21-0 lead into the break.
  • Senior safety Joe McCoy had a team-high seven tackles. Junior linebacker Anthony Romano added six stops and two pass breakups.

IN A RUSH

  • On offense, Hobart gained 250 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground.
  • Playing for the first time in four weeks, senior running back Tim Denham turned eight carries into 73 and three touchdowns. His scoring runs covered 1, 4 and 51 yards. In fact, his 51-yard TD run in the second quarter went sideline-to-sideline as he weaved through the Saints and probably covered closer to 100 yards total.
  • First-year running back E.J. Taylor also posted 73 yards rushing and, like Denham, was not stopped behind the line on any of his carries.
  • Senior running back Rayshawn Boswell accounted for Hobart’s other rushing touchdown, a 5-yard run up the gut for a 28-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

BEDEVILED

  • St. Lawrence (2-6, 0-4) struggled to move the ball throughout the contest. The Saints only had one possession that reached the red zone and it was their final drive of the game. On fourth and goal from the seven, quarterback Mark Rodeo’s pass over the middle sailed over his intended receiver and out the back of the end zone.
  • Linebacker Ryan Surhoff made eight tackles to lead the visitors.

SENIOR DAY

  • Hobart (6-2, 2-2 Liberty League) will honor its senior class before the start of its final home game on Nov. 4. The Statesmen are set to kickoff against Rensselaer (7-1, 3-1) at 1 p.m.