Football hosts Colby on Saturday, aims for 2nd straight win

#27 Mitch Bierman '21 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
#27 Mitch Bierman '21 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

The Hamilton College football team hosts the Colby College Mules in NESCAC action at Steuben Field during Fallcoming/Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.

Hamilton (1-4 overall) is going for its second consecutive win after rolling past Bowdoin College 28-7 on the road last Saturday. The Continentals score 16.8 points per game and average more than 338 yards of offense.

Kenny Gray '20 is third in the conference with 238.6 passing yards per contest. Gray is 99 of 187 passing for nine touchdowns with just two interceptions in five games. He threw three TD passes and ran for another score last week against the Polar Bears. Christian Donahoe '20 and Joe Schmidt '20 are third and fourth in receiving yards per game with 96.4 and 93.6 yards per game, respectively. Schmidt is among the NESCAC leaders with six touchdown receptions.

Mitch Bierman '21 exploded for a season-high 158 yards rushing at Bowdoin and is seventh in the conference with 281. Bierman's total was the most by a Hamilton running back in five years.

Tyler Hudson '19 continues to lead the NESCAC with 11.4 tackles per game. Hudson also has 2.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. Cole Burchill '19 is tied for sixth with 45 tackles and Colby Jones '19 is ninth with 40 stops. Mike Friedman '19 is tied with Hudson for the team lead with 2.5 sacks, Sean Tolton '19 has forced three fumbles and Justin Leigh '20 has picked off two passes. Leigh did not play last weekend.

Zach Altneu '18 has made all six of his extra-point attempts for the Continentals, and Billy Wagner '20 is third in the conference with 39 yards per punt. Sam Robinson '20 is tied for 10th in all-purpose yards, mostly on the strength of his 413 kickoff and punt return yards.

Colby (0-5) hasn't scored more than seven points in any game and averages 5.4 this year. The Mules are last in the NESCAC in total offense with 184.2 yards per game.

Jake Schwern is Colby's leader on offense with 274 rushing yards and 22 catches for 127 more receiving yards. Schwern has returned nine kickoffs and scored two of the Mules' four touchdowns this year. Jibri Woods averages 25.2 yards per kick return and Andrew DeFranco is another threat to bring back kickoffs and punts. Jack O'Brien is 84 of 162 passing for 514 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. John Baron is 3-for-4 on PATs and is among the conference leaders with 38.3 yards per punt.

Don Vivian paces the defense with 37 tackles, including 27 solo stops, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Sebastien Philemon is next with 31 stops and AJ Carrigan has forced a pair of fumbles.