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HAMILTON HANGS ON TO DEFEAT WESLEYAN


Scoring the deciding points on a two-point conversion from DanDeBlois to Shawn Lyons with 14:54 left in the game, Hamilton hung on to defeatWesleyan 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 cameon a 10-yard pass from quarterback Dan DeBlois to tailback Scott Milleisen. Thesecond was an eight-yard strike from DeBlois to tight end Paul Bopp. The thirdcame on a 45-yard scamper by Milleisen.

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

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

The Continentals held off several Wesleyan scoring chances, including a30-yard field goal attempt by Rob Stager that missed wide left. The lead wasstill 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 thevictory.

Hamilton got a tremendous game from Milleisen, who collected 180 yards on 29carries. 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 henow 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 for247 yards and three TD's. He moved into second-place on Hamilton's all-timepass yardage list (3,794 yards) and into second for most career touchdownpasses (27).

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