LaDarius Drew '15 (#30, main photo) rushed a work-man-like 36 times for 146 yards with no run longer than 11 in helping Wesleyan control the tempo of its game at Hamilton Sat., Oct. 1. Now in two games of action, Drew has amassed 208 yards on 44 attempts. Still, the Cardinals only found the endzone once, that coming with :21 left in the third quarter on a one-yard run by Gabe Mazanaras '14 to move Wesleyan within a point, but the extra point was wide to the right, leaving the score, 7-6.
The Cardinals had a final chance to take its first lead with just :44 remaining in the contest when Sebastian Aguirre '14 attempted a 34-yard field goal during steady precipitation. His boot had plenty of distance but was ruled wide left and Hamilton was able to run out the clock to preserve the 7-6 victory. Wesleyan leads the overal series, 23-17-1. Hamilton captured its third win in the last four meetings, however. Wesleyan won at home in 2010, 35-21. This was the fourth-lowest scoring game in the 41-year history of the series. Lowest on record was a 6-0 Hamilton win in 1963.
During the Cardinals' eight-play, 48-yard TD march, QB Matt Coyne '12 had a key 19-yard run on the opening play to get Wesleyan to the 29-yard line. Drew then ran the ball three times for another 20 yards to get the ball to the nine-yard line. A four-yard run by Manzanares on 3rd-and-1 put Wesleyan in 1st-and-goal situation at the five. After a five-yard Wesleyan penalty, Coyne ran to the right to the one and Manzanares found the endzone with his second try from that point. The TD drive was set up by the block of a Hamilton field-goal try from 41 yards away by Morgan Hanson '13 (#99, photo insert lower right), who plowed through the line from the middle to block his second kick of the season. The ball bounded all the way to midfield where Wesleyan recovered.
Hamilton got its only TD of the contest at 7:32 of the second period, going 67 yard on nine plays with the score resulting from an 11-yard pass play from Jordan Eck to Kevin Petrick. Hamilton converted on a key 4th-and-3 play at the Wesleyan 37 during the drive. The Continentals converted on both its fourth-down tries in the game while Wesleyan went 2-for-4.
Wesleyan also had a 27-yard field goal attempt midway through the fourth period blocked which could have put the Cardinals ahead.
Rushing for 242 yards, Wesleyan outgained Hamilton in the contest, 276-165, and had a substantial edge in time of possession, 36:32-23:28. In the second half alone, Wesleyan had the ball for 21:51 to just 8:09 for Hamilton.
Te'Rhon O'Neal also had success running the ball for Wesleyan with 11 carries for 68 yards including a nifty 31-yard scamper up the right sideline in the fourth quarter, helping set up the 27-yard field goal try. Punter Jesse Warren '15 continued his fine play with a pair of boots for a 39-yard average. He averages 40.7 yards on nine kicks this season, putting him among the Division III national leaders.