Behind the running of Scott Milleisen and the passing of Dan DeBlois, Hamilton blew open a tight game with 20 points over an eight-minute span surrounding halftime and rolled to a 34-3 home victory over Wesleyan. Milleisen scored four TDs while collecting 152 yards on 25 rushes while DeBlois completed 21 of 29 passes for 255 yards and a TD.
On the day, Hamilton amassed 512 yards, nearly evenly divided between the run and the pass, while Wesleyan had 279 yards of offense. The only bright spot offensively for Wesleyan was the throwing of QB Scott Hevesy, who completed 17 of 34 tosses for 173 yards. Wesleyan's starting backfield tandem of fullback Dave Cottrell and tailback John Pascucci picked up just 37 yards from 13 attempts while their counterparts from Hamilton, Adam Hodges and Milleisen, had 193 yards on 31 carries. Hodges and Milleisen also combined for 184 receiving yards with nine and six catches, respectively.
The game turned completely in Hamilton's favor on a would-be go-ahead TD pass from Hevesy to Cottrell in the middle of the second quarter with Wesleyan trailing 7-3. On 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line, Hevesy rolled right and found a wide-open Cottrell in the endzone, but the ball fell incomplete, giving the Continentals the ball on downs. Twelve plays and 98 yards later, with the aid of a 42-yard run by Bob Nichols from punt formation, teh score stood 14-3. Hamilton then forced a Wesleyan punt and executed a fine two-minute drill to make it 21-3 at intermission, capping off an 89-yard, eight-play march with a four-yard pass from DeBlois to Paul Bopp with :08 remaining in the half. When Hamilton drove 71 yards with the opening kickoff of the second half to make it 27-3, the game was out of reach. Each Hamilton scoring drive covered a minimum of 69 yards as the five series amounted to a total of 407 yards (69, 98, 89, 71 and 80).
The other effective performance for the Cardinals was that of kicker/punter Rob Stager, who punted eight times for a fine 42.3-yard average and hit a career-best 36-yard field goal on Wesleyan's opening drive to put the Cardinals ahead 3-0. Wesleyan had to settle for the field goal after reaching the Hamilton five-yard line, but two penalties, one of which negated a five-yard TD run by John Pascucci, pushed Wesleyan back to the 20. Wesleyan was penalized 13 times for 115 yards in the game. Hamilton was whistled down twice for 25 yards.
Both teams moved to 1-1 on the year.
|1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||-||Total|
|First Downs (Run-Pass-Penalty)||27 (11-15-1)||12 (3-8-1)|
|Positive Yards Rushing||274||112|
|Negative Yards Rushing||17||6|
|Net Total Yards Rushing||257||106|
|Net Total Yards Passing||255||173|
|Total Offensive Plays||78||65|
|Total Net Yards||512||279|
|Average Gain Per Play||6.6||4.3|
|Interceptions By: Number-Yards||0-0||1-0|
|Punt Returns: Number-Yards||1-15||4-40|
|Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards||2-33||5-145|
|Fumble Returns: Number-Yards||0-0||0-0|
|Time of Possession||39:56||20:04|
|Third-Down Conversions||3 of 12||4 of 17|
|Fourth-Down Conversions||2 of 2||1 of 3|
|Sacks by: Number-Yards||0-0||3-9|
RUSHING: Wesleyan - Jermaine Lawrence, 7-46; Dave Cottrell, 5-20; John Pascucci, 8-17; Alex Velardi, 4-14; Scott Hevesy, 3-6; Tom Themistocles, 3-3. Hamilton - Scott Milleisen, 25-152, 4 TDs; Adam Hodges, 6-41; Bob Nichols, 1-42; Ben McClellan, 6-19; Chris Kelly, 3-10; Matt Markowski, 3-(-1); Dan DeBlois, 5-(-6).
PASSING: Wesleyan - Scott Hevesy, 34-17-0, 173 yards; Mark Schofield, 1-0-0. Hamilton - Dan DeBlois, 29-21-1, 255 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING: Wesleyan - Seth Spector, 4-60; Dan Fabrizio, 4-56; Dave Cottrell, 4-24; Mike Hakim, 3-31; Tom Themistocles, 1-8; John Pascucci, 1-(-6). Hamilton - Adam Hodges, 9-118; Scott Milleisen, 6-66; Ben Johnson, 3-50; Paul Bopp, 2-12, 1 TD; Sean Fisher, 1-9.
PUNTING: Wesleyan - Rob Stager, 8-338, 42.3 average. Hamilton - Matt Roventini, 5-187, 37.4 average.