Football dominant in season’s first home win over Continentals, 27-7

It was an important weekend for the Colby College football team, as they faced the Hamilton College Continentals and looked to get back on track after a disappointing loss to Amherst the weekend prior. Hamilton, on the other hand, was coming off a close victory against the Bowdoin Polar Bears and looked to build on some of that momentum. When all was said and done, however, it was the Mules who were left ringing the Revere Bell, signifying to all of Mayflower Hill that they had come out on top.

Colby set the tempo early against their opponents, as cornerback Patrick Yale ’19 opened the scoring with a defensive touchdown  in the first quarter. Linebacker Jack Muntu-Caron ’17 set up the scoring play for Yale, as he came off of a delayed rush and strip sacked the Hamilton quarterback. The blitzing Yale was then easily able to pick up the fumble and return it 34 yards for the score. Yale was a problem for the Continentals all afternoon, finishing the contest with a fumble return for a touchdown, an interception and return for 40 yards, four pass breakups, and four tackles, a performance that earned him NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Following the defensive touchdown, Colby’s offense went to work, driving 64 yards over a period of just over five minutes to set up a John Baron ’18 field goal from 22 yards out. After a quick defensive stop by the blue and gray defense, the Mules continued to pour it on against their opponents by driving 55 yards to set up a Ryder Arsenault ’17 touchdown catch. The big play of the drive came as quarterback Jack O’Brien ’20 connected with wide receiver Mark Snyder ’18 on a 31-yard pass play to convert a third and ten, and keep the drive alive. O’Brien had the best game of his young career, finishing the contest 23-32 for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns. Hamilton was able to put a touchdown of their own on the scoreboard to go into the locker room down 17-7.

The Mules came out in the second half and continued to dominate their opponents. Taking the opening kick of the second half, they marched 59 yards down the field before the drive stalled and Baron kicked his second field goal of the afternoon to take a 20-7 lead.

The final points of the game came when Colby was able to take advantage of a Hamilton miscue. On a fourth down, Hamilton snapped the ball over their punter’s head and Colby took over on the Continentals 40-yard line. The Mules made use of the excellent field position, marching quickly to a 19-yard touchdown reception by Alex Kramer ’17. At this point, they were up 27-7. After the victory, Captain Jabari Hurdle-Price ’17 said, “This was a great win for our team today. All sides of the ball looked good-offense, defense, special teams. We’re going to look to build on this next weekend as we open our CBB schedule at Bates.”

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