MIDDLEBURY 27 HAMILTON 20
Middlebury jumped out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead. The Panthers openedthe scoring at the 7:28 mark of the first as quarterback Brian Coates connectedwith tight end Tadhg Campbell on a 14-yard touchdown strike. Then, after aninterception by defensive back Steve Monniger, tailback Shawn Tierney ran in athree-yard TD run at 1:07.
Hamilton finally got on the board with 0:57 remaining in the half asquarterback Dan DeBlois scored on a five-yard run. A missed extra point left a14-6 Panther lead. After the ensuing kickoff, Middlebury fumbled on its firstplay from scrimmage, and, on the very next play, Hamilton scored on a 30-yardspass from DeBlois to wide receiver Ben Johnson with only 0:38 left. The twoscores came within :19 seconds of each other. A failed two-point conversionleft the halftime score, Middlebury 14, Hamilton 12.
Middlebury opened the second half much like the first as Coates hit Campbellon a four-yard touchdown pass with 10:38 left in the third. The Continentalstwice drove within Middlebury territory in the third but penalties killed bothdrives.
Middlebury upped its lead to 27-12 as Coates hit wide receiver A.J. Husbandwith a five-yard strike with 11:58 remaining in the game. The extra point wasmissed.
Hamilton again drove into Panther territory in a driving snowstorm midwaythrough the fourth and capitalized as Scott Milleisen scored on a one-yard TDrun with 4:43 left. DeBlois hit Johnson for the two-point conversion to cut theMiddlebury lead to 27-20.
Hamilton never got the ball back as Middlebury running back Brad Gottfred tookover. The Panthers ran out the clock with three first downs in the final fourminutes.
For Middlebury, Coates completed 14-20 passes for 137 yards and threetouchdowns. DeBlois was 30-51 for 244 yards and one touchdown for Hamilton.Withhis seven catches on the day, Hamilton fullback Adam Hodges set a Continentalrecord for most catches in a season with 53. Continental wide receiver BenJohnson caught eight passes for a career-high 114 yards.
Both team are now 4-3.