Springfield, Mass. - October 12, 2013 - The Hobart College football team used three plays over 20 yards in the first half to jump out to a 28-0 lead and prevailed over host Springfield College, 49-21, in Liberty League action at Stagg Field Saturday.
Hobart remains unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Liberty League. Springfield falls to 3-3 on the season and 0-3 in Liberty play.
Hobart scored on its opening drive, eating up 6:20 of the first quarter. The Statesmen went 80 yards on the drive, which ended with quarterback Patrick Conlan (Sewickley, Pa.) finding Nick Liverio (Amsterdam, N.Y.) in the end zone for a five yard touchdown. Sean Kirshe’s (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) kick was good for a 7-0 Hobart lead with 7:00 left in the first quarter.
Springfield gained a first down on its next possession, but was forced to punt after gaining just 16 yards on the drive. Hobart blocked Springfield’s punt as four Statesmen penetrated the line, and Gabriel Smith (Albany, N.Y.) sprawled out for the block. Matt Cragg (Corry, Pa.) recovered on the Springfield 20 yard line.
Hobart was pushed back to the 25 yard line on a delay of game penalty, but the Statesmen got a big play from their running back on the next play. Steven Webb (Dundee, N.Y.) bounced out to the right side for a 25 yard touchdown and an early 14-0 lead with 4:17 left in the first.
The Statesmen opened the second quarter with another Webb touchdown just 1:12 in. The senior rushed 21 yards for his second score of the day, giving Hobart a 21-0 lead.
Following a Springfield red zone fumble, Hobart's Dominique Ellis (St. Petersburg, Fla.) rumbled for 52 yards on the first play. After the Springfield defense forced a 4th and 7, the Stateman used a 12 yard pass from Conlan to Yosh Karbowniczak (Syracuse, N.Y.), and would soon take a 28-0 lead after a two-yard touchdown by Conner Hartigan (Albany, N.Y.) with 7:09 left in the first half.
Late in the second quarter, Springfield drove deep into Hobart territory for the second-consecutive drive, but this time the Pride came away with a touchdown. With just 19 seconds left in the first half, the Pride got on the board on a one yard rush from Fenaroli for a 28-7 Hobart lead. Springfield went 68 yards on the drive that lasted 6:45.
Hobart opened up the second half with a highlight-reel 61 yard touchdown by Webb, just 22 seconds in. It was Webb’s third of the day, giving Hobart a 35-7 lead.
The visitors lead grew to 42-7, with Webb once again coming through with a big play, bursting down the left sideline for 33 yards to give the Statesman a first and goal. Ellis finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown for a 42-7 lead with 2:24 left in the third.
The Pride capitalized for its second score of the day with 12:03 left in the game as Tim O’Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) tossed a 33 yard touchdown to Austin Bateman (Gansevoort, N.Y.) who was wide open on the right side. Bateman muscled into the end zone from five yards out and Hobart held a 42-14 lead.
Springfield followed it up with great defensive play, forcing a Hobart three-and-out to get the ball back with 10:13 left in the game. The Pride scored again on a two-yard run by O’Brien.< b>Blake Joppy (Clarksburg, Md.) and O’Brien had big gains of 13 and 17, respectively on the drive. Springfield’s score with 6:01 left in the game gave Hobart a 42-21 lead.
Hobart’s Hartigan returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards to put the Statesmen in the red zone to start their drive. Hobart’s Brad Burns (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) rushed eight yards for the score and a 49-21 lead.
Hobart finished the day with 359 yards of total offense, 318 of those on the ground. Webb rushed for 203 yards to lead the Statesmen. Ellis had 68 rushing yards for Hobart. Conlan finished the day 5-8 with 41 yards and a touchdown at quarterback. Defensively, Trayvon Toney had a game-high nine tackles.
Springfield finished the day with 311 yards of total offense, 248 from the ground game. The Pride was led by Fenaroli with a team-high 70 yards rushing. O'Brien finished with 47 rushing yards and was 1-3 for 33 yards and a touchdown. Mike Dublin (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Kenny Calaj (Everett, Mass.) each had seven tackles.
Springfield is scheduled to travel to Merchant Marine for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff next Saturday. Hobart will host Rensselaer in two weeks for a noon kickoff.