Hobart-Union a showdown to remember

Junior Woodard
Junior Woodard has had a great sophomore season for Hobart.
Hobart athletics photo by Kevin Colton

The Union at Hobart game might have been the game of the season in not only the Liberty League, but probably in the region.

The result of the game is noteworthy in itself, a 41-35 double overtime win by the hometown Statesmen (the game being in Geneva), but peeling back the layers really shows the kind of game this was.

Hobart sophomore quarterback Nick Strang made his first career start in place of junior Doug Vella, and what a debut for the John Jay High School star.

Strang, who got into two games last year against St. Lawrence and Merchant Marine, threw for 405 yards and five touchdowns, tearing apart the Dutchman defense. Strang also ran for 93 yards and a touchdown, setting a record for 498 yards of total offense.

Fellow sophomore Junior Woodard was Strang’s favorite target, catching five passes for 182 yards, including two long touchdown passes -- 61 and 70 yards. The 182-yard total is third highest in school history.

Two other Hobart records that fell on the day included total offense (688) and all-purpose yards (788).

For the Dutchmen, Chris Coney rushed for 120 yards, his 20th career rushing game, and Justin Gallo led the way in the receiving game, catching six passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

A 5-yard Coney touchdown run tied the game at 21 in the third quarter, and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gallo gave Union a 28-21 lead.

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