Football wraps up 2017 with home game against Bates on Saturday

Billy Wagner '20 leads the NESCAC in yards per punt (Michael P. Doherty photo).
Billy Wagner '20 leads the NESCAC in yards per punt (Michael P. Doherty photo).

Hamilton College hosts Bates College in the NESCAC football season finale for both teams at Steuben Field on Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon.

The Continentals will honor their seniors before the game including: Zach Altneu '18, Christian Anderson '18, Kellan Brien '18, Preston Clifford '18, Preston DeLaurentis '18, Cole Freeman '18, Braden Glover '18, Bill Gordon '18, Marcus Gutierrez '18, Rory Merklinger '18, Eli Saucier '18, LaShawn Ware '18 and Alec Waugh '18.


Hamilton (2-6 NESCAC) averages 17.1 points and 330.8 yards per game. The Continentals are third in the conference with 244.6 passing yards per game and 86 passing first downs, and are second with an average of 13 yards per punt return.


Joe Schmidt '20 broke the school record for receiving yards in a season and tied the mark for touchdown receptions in a season last week at Middlebury. Schmidt is second in the NESCAC with 51 catches, 740 yards and nine touchdowns. Christian Donahoe '20 has added 36 receptions for 612 yards with three touchdowns but did not play at Middlebury. Donahoe, who is second in the conference with an average of 17 yards per catch, is one of only five Hamilton players with more than 600 receiving yards in a season. Kenny Gray '20 has completed 50.7 percent of his 268 pass attempts for 1,609 yards and 13 touchdowns with six interceptions. Gray didn't play last week and Sam Foley '21 was 22 of 40 for 276 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his first collegiate start. Mitch Bierman '21 leads the rushing attack with 357 yards and five touchdowns, and Marcus Gutierrez has chipped in 288 yards.


Tyler Hudson '19 leads the NESCAC with 58 solo tackles and is second with 82 total stops from his linebacker position. Hudson also has 2.5 sacks. Mike Friedman '19 leads the team with four sacks and Alex Ganter '20 is right behind with 3.5. Sean Tolton '19 has a team-high 6.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Cole Burchill '19 is fifth in the conference with 69 tackles.


Billy Wagner '20 leads the NESCAC with an average of 41.1 yards per punt. Zach Altneu is 9-for-11 on extra-points and Joe Suski '21 has made a 24-yard field goal. Sam Robinson '20 and Kevin Iobbi '21 handle the majority of the kick return duties, and Robinson averages 13.6 yards on 16 punt returns.


The Continentals own a 20-19 edge in the all-time series with the Bobcats. The teams first met in 1974 and they have played every year since 1992. Hamilton has won the last two games, including 14-0 at home two years ago.


Bates (2-6) defeated Colby College and Bowdoin College the last two weeks and captured the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title. The Bobcats average 17 points and 308.8 yards per game. Bates is first in the NESCAC with nearly 211 rushing yards per game on 380 attempts, but the Bobcats are last with just under 98 passing yards per game on 69 completions.


Dual-threat quarterback Brendan Costa is second in the conference with 111.6 rushing yards per game and is 52 of 114 passing for 640 yards with six interceptions. Costa has thrown five touchdown passes and run for four more scores. Jaason Lopez is the leading receiver with 14 catches for 279 yards and three touchdowns.


Defensive back Jon Lindgren leads the team with 63 tackles and has broken up a NESCAC-best 12 passes. Linebacker Max Breschi has chipped in 58 tackles and a team-high five sacks, and fellow linebacker Chase Fulton has made 56 stops. Lineman Tyler Harrington tops the Bobcats with eight tackles for loss.


Grant DeWald has missed just one out of 17 PATs and is 6-for-7 on field goal tries with a long of 43 yards. Justin Foley averages 36.2 yards per punt and has placed 14 inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Jaason Lopez and Marquise Scott have returned 36 of the 46 kickoffs, and Frank Williams and Jon Lindgren bring back the punts.