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Late TD helps Hobart retain Centennial Cup

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  • Kyle Evans 

It took a full 60-minute effort and the longest pass play of the season, but the Hobart College football team defeated the University of Rochester 27-23 to retain the Centennial Cup. The Statesmen took the lead on a 75-yard pass play from junior quarterback Johnny Colombi to junior wide receiver Rane Daramola with 2:20 remaining.

Just 17 seconds after the Yellowjackets kicked a 19-yard field goal to take a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter, Hobart lined up at its own 25 for a make-or-break drive. On first down, Daramola got a step on his defender, racing up the right seam. Colombi hit him in stride with a 30-yard heave and Daramola raced to the end zone on Hobart’s longest pass play of the season. Junior Tobias Wefering kicked the extra point for a 27-23 lead.

The Statesmen needed one more stop from its defense and got it, but not without drama. Jay Zheng broke free for a 14-yard run that move UR across midfield. Two plays later, on third-and-4 from the Hobart 42, quarterback Ryan Rose tried to connect with wide receiver Aidan Papantonis for what could have been a touchdown if not for the quick reflexes of sophomore safety Alex Smith, who batted the pass down. On fourth down, Rose’s pass sailed high over his intended target.

From there, Hobart ran out the clock.


“It was very good to see the team be resilient and find a way to win this afternoon. Over the course of the game, there were a handful of things not going our way, yet they stayed together and made some key plays late in the game to secure the win.
“Week in and week out, we have learned more about this team, and although not playing our best today, they showed their grit and resolve to earn their eighth victory of the season.”
– Head Coach Kevin DeWall ’00


  • Hobart was outgained 323-258, but has a 142-139 advantage through the air thanks to Daramola’s TD.
  • Both teams committed a turnover that led to points for the other team, but junior linebacker Jaimen Bliss’ strip sack led to a 48-yard scoop and score by sophomore linebacker Mike McGhee. It was his second fumble recovery returned for a touchdown this season.
  • Rochester intercepted Hobart, setting up the home team’s go-ahead field goal with 2:37 remaining.


  • Junior linebacker Anthony Romano shared game-high honors with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
  • Sophomore lineman Dante Randle added a career-high seven stops.
  • Junior kicker Tobias Wefering made a pair of field goals (36, 30), raising his season total to nine, which is tied for fifth on Hobart’s single season list.
  • Colombi was 11-of-20 passing for 142 yards and a TD. Daramola caught two passes for a game-high 83 yards.
  • Senior running back Rayshawn Boswell rushed for 49 yards and his team-leading 12th touchdown. He also caught a team-high five passes for 39 yards.


  • Rose was 16-of-34 passing for 139 yards. Try Johnson was his top target, pulling in seven passes for 57 yards.
  • Zheng rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown. Will Varney was the top ground gainer with 80 yards.
  • Bradley Beckwith was UR’s top tackler, recording 10 stops. Happy Chane added nine tackles, including a sack.


  • Hobart ends the regular season 8-2 overall, 4-2 in the Liberty League.
  • Rochester falls to 5-5 overall, 2-4 in the conference.


  • Hobart improved to 60-48-7 all-time against Rochester.
  • The Statesmen have won 12 in a row over the Yellowjackets, the longest streak in the series.
  • Hobart has also won 11 in a row at Fauver Stadium over UR.