Bowdoin at Hamilton- Oct. 12, 1996

Hamilton jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 25-15victory over Bowdoin. The Continentals improve to 2-2, while the Polar Bearsfall to 1-3.

Once again, Hamilton quarterback Dan DeBlois and running backs Scott Milleisenand Adam Hodges were the keys to the victory. DeBlois completed 30-47 passesfor 244 yards and 2 touchdowns, Milleisen rushed for 154 yards on 21 carriesand Hodges, ranked seventh in the country in pass receptions per game, caughtnine passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. With his 30 completions, DeBlois seta Hamilton record for most completions in a career (423), eclipsing the oldmark (404) held by Seamus Crotty (1982-85).

Hamilton opened the scoring on its first possession at 11:22 of the first asAndrew Scanzillo hit a 32-yard field goal. Bowdoin answered on the next seriesas Nat Wysor scampered in for a three-yard touchdown at 3:51 of the first asBowdoin took its only lead of the game, 7-3. After a two-yard DeBlois pass toChris Kelly and a missed extra point, Hamilton led 9-7 after the firstquarter.

Hamilton went up 23-7 at halftime after a DeBlois 28-yard touchdown strike toAdam Hodges and one-yard TD rush Carl Knight.

The Continentals appeared in control until Pete Stahl blocked a Hamilton puntwith 11:09 remaining in the third and Steve LaFond recovered tha ball at theContinental 10. Several plays later quarterback Hayes MacArthur connected withJohn Paquet for a three-yard touchdown toss. After the two-point conversion,the Polar Bears closed to within eight at 23-15.

Bowdoin got the ball back several times but could not capitalize on itschances. Finally, with 1:29 left, Hamilton defensive end Mark Burlingametackled MacArthur in the end zone for a safety which delivered the final 25-15margin.

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