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HAMILTON HANGS ON TO DEFEAT WESLEYAN

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Posted October 1, 1996
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Scoring the deciding points on a two-point conversion from Dan DeBlois to Shawn Lyons with 14:54 left in the game, Hamilton hung on to defeat Wesleyan 27-26. Both teams now stand 1-1 on the year.

Hamilton took commanding 13-0 and 19-6 first quarter leads. The first TD came on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Dan DeBlois to tailback Scott Milleisen. The second was an eight-yard strike from DeBlois to tight end Paul Bopp. The third came on a 45-yard scamper by Milleisen.

But a turning point in the game came late in the second quarter, when Hamilton was called for too many men on the field on a 4th and 14 play for Wesleyan. The ensuing first down for the Cardinals resulted in an eventual touchdown run of 12-yards by John Pascucci. Pascucci scored twice more early in the third quarter to give Wesleyan a 26-19 lead midway through the third quarter.

But, Hamilton mounted a 17-play, 67-yard march, capped by a four-yard pass from DeBlois to wideout Ben Johnson to cut the deficit to one. Hamilton elected to go for two, and DeBlois escaped some heavy pressure with a scramble to his left before finding Lyons in the endzone for the go-ahead points.

The Continentals held off several Wesleyan scoring chances, including a 30-yard field goal attempt by Rob Stager that missed wide left. The lead was still in doubt as Wesleyan got the ball back with under two minutes remaining, but Buddy LaSala made a diving interception with :45 seconds left to seal the victory.

Hamilton got a tremendous game from Milleisen, who collected 180 yards on 29 carries. He also caught seven passes for 38 yards and had two touchdowns. Milleisen moved into third place on Hamilton's carrer rush yardage list as he now has 1,993 yards. Adam Hodges set a Hamilton team-record with 14 catches, good for 115 yards. DeBlois completed 33 (tying a team-record) of 47 passes for 247 yards and three TD's. He moved into second-place on Hamilton's all-time pass yardage list (3,794 yards) and into second for most career touchdown passes (27).

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