Football Rolls Over Hamilton

November 4, 2005

11/5/05 - Middlebury scored 45 points in the second and third quarters on its way to a 45-8 win over Hamilton on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Panthers end their season next weekend at Tufts, while the Continentals host Bates.

The Middlebury defense was dominant in the first half holding Hamilton to 30 yards on 24 plays through the first two quarters. The Panthers took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter as Eric Woodring blocked and recovered a punt on the Hamilton one-yard line. Stefan Hrdina scored on the next play, to give the Panthers the early lead.

The lead grew to 10-0 as Steve Hauschka capped off a nine-play drive with a 42-yard field goal with 6:11 left in the second quarter. On its next possession, Middlebury found the end zone as Tiger Lyon completed a short pass to Dom DiDomenico, who cut to the sideline and streaked 56 yards for the score. Following a Hamilton punt, Lyon scrambled on the first play from scrimmage and rushed down the right sideline for a 52-yard touchdown run to make it a 24-0 game at the half.

The lead grew to 31-0 early in the second half as the Panthers took over on the Hamilton 36-yard line after an interception by Coleman Hutzler. Three plays later, DiDomenico rushed right on the halfback option and connected with Ryan Armstrong for an 11-yard scoring strike.

Hamilton got on the board with 5:41 left in the third quarter with an 11-play, 88-yard drive. Two connections from Dan Hood to Brendan Holtslag set up the drive, while Steve Rosato scored on a two-yard rush. Middlebury answered on its next possession as Lyon connected over the middle with Derek Polsinello for a 43-yard touchdown pass to make it a 38-8 game.

 Following a Hamilton fumble, Middlebury took advantage as Lyon found tight end Jamie Staple in the end zone from seven yards out for the game's final tally with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.

Lyon ended the day 7 of 15 for 151 yards with three touchdown passes, while rushing five times for 88 yards with a touchdown run. DiDomenico rushed 18 times for 104 yards on the day, while Staples and Armstrong caught three balls apiece to lead the receivers. Defensively, Erik Woodring had eight tackles, three for lost yardage, to go along with a blocked punt and a sack. Coleman Hutzler ended the afternoon with seven tackles and an interception.

Hood went 8 of 16 for 76 yards for Hamilton, while Steve Rosato rushed 16 times for 66 yards with a touchdown. Bill Kearney led the Continental receivers with three catches, while Holtslag caught a pair of balls for 43 yards. Ray DeMartino led the Hamilton defense with 11 tackles and an interception.