Mules football wins, 2-3 in NESCAC
Senior running back Conor Tidgwell stiff arms a Hamilton player in Saturday's 35-7 win over the Continentals.
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The Colby football team dominated the Hamilton Continentals 35-7 for their second win of the season this past Saturday at Seaverns Field.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Mules struck just 35 seconds into the second quarter on a pass from quarterback Nick Kmetz ’12 to Patrick Burns ’11. Colby missed the extra point attempt. Hamilton scored next on a 31-yard pass from Steve Mello ’11 to Ryan Cray ’12, bringing the halftime score to 7-6 in favor of Hamilton.
Colby’s command of the football in the second half ultimately led to their impressive win. The Mules took the lead on a one-yard run from Conor Tidgwell ’11 who ran 25 yards on the previous play. Connor Walsh ’12 had a 23-yard run during the seven-play, 63-yard drive. Soon after, defensive back Richard Newton ’11 intercepted a Continentals pass and returned the ball 64 yards, increasing Colby’s lead to 21-7.
Newton’s second interception run ended on Hamilton’s 19-yard line. The 31-yard run gave him 95 total yards on his two interception returns.
Colby’s next touchdown came when Kmetz found Tidgwell in the end zone, upping the score to 28-7. Three minutes later, Ian Borthwick ’12 ran 30 yards for a touchdown, bringing the final score to 35-7.
Punter Connor Sullivan ’12 had the most successful day of his collegiate career. He had three punts for a 49.7-yard average, one of which was a 66-yard kick, his longest as a Mule. For his performance, Sullivan was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Special Teams Player of the Week. Sullivan also relieved Kmetz at quarterback and completed one pass for 10 yards.
Kmetz finished with 147 yards and two touchdowns. Tidgwell led the offense with 39 yards on nine carries. Borthwick had 36 yards on three runs. Walsh had four catches and six runs for 57 yards total. Andrew Graham ’11 had three receptions for 40 yards.
The Mules had a strong defensive showing against the Continentals. In addition to Newton’s interceptions, Tom Duffy ’12 and Derrick Beasley ’13 made eight tackles each. Ryan Murphy ’11 added seven tackles, and Ryan Veillette ’13 had four, including two sacks.
Colby (2-3) will face Bates College (1-4) next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Alumni Stadium in Lewiston.