October 5, 2013

Hartwick Football Remains Undefeated with 21-9 Victory over Ithaca

More news about: Hartwick

ONEONTA, NY- The Hartwick defense had five takeaways and four sacks while holding Ithaca to just 46 yards rushing on the day as the Hawks defeated the Bombers 21-9 on Saturday afternoon at Wright Stadium. The win is the first over IC since 2007 and is Hartwick's first Empire 8 victory since 2010. 'Wick is also 4-0 for the first time since 2009.

Hartwick led 21-0 in the third quarter after defensive tackle Jason Brown (Rensselaer, NY/Rensselaer) picked up a fumble by Bomber quarterback Phil Neumann and rumbled 16 yards to the endzone. The defense had three interceptions in the game with Dante Crump (Kingston, NY/Kingston) picking off two IC passes and Jared Morrow (Ogdensburg, NY/Ogdensburg) getting one.

The Hartwick defense made its mark on Ithaca's first possession of the game. The Bombers moved to just inside Hartwick territory when linebacker Patrick Steves forced IC running back Josh Oliver to fumble and Davionne Price was there to pounce on the ball as the Hawks took over possession on its own 47 yard line with 13:07 to play in the first quarter.

The Hawks went three and out on their first series and could not take advantage of the turnover. After stalling Ithaca's next drive, 'Wick had the ball on its own 22. Quarterback John Garcia moved the offense down the field into Bomber territory. Facing a 4th and 1 at the IC 28, the Hawks elected to go for the first down but Garcia would be sacked for a loss of eight yards and the ball went back to Ithaca. IC could not take advantage of the opportunity and after a punt the Hawks got the ball back.

Hartwick had possession to begin the second quarter. Garcia had completion of 19 yards to Frankie Molina (Middletown, NY/Middletown), 18 yards to Tanner Williams (Eagle Bridge, NY/Hoosick Falls), and 13 yards to Williams to give the Hawks the ball at the IC 28 yard line. From there, Garcia found Molina near the back of the end zone for the score and with Alexander Tesoriero's (Great Neck, NY/Great Neck South) extra point, Hartwick was ahead 7-0 with 12:21 showing on the clock.

After another Ithaca punt, 'Wick started at its own 35 yard line. Running back Kurtis Ahart (Spencer, NY/Spencer Van Etten) ran for 32 yards on the drive to move Hartwick to the IC eight yard line. The drive stalled and the Hawks were denied an opportunity to increase its lead as Tesoriero's 25-yard field goal attempt went just to the right of the goalpost. Neither team could generate any offense for the rest of the quarter and the Hawks went into halftime with a 7-0 lead.

Hartwick received the second-half kickoff and started at its own 10. The Hawks moved down the field quickly as on the first play from scrimmage, Nick Knauer (Wynantskill, NY/Tamarac) broke off a 56-yard run to move 'Wick to the IC 34. A Garcia-to-Molina 14-yard strike put the ball on the IC 20. After two incompletions, Garcia's third-down pass to Knauer for 13 yards gave Hartwick a first down and the ball at the IC 7. Following a Knauer two-yard run, Garcia found John Horner (Bedford Hills, NY/Fox Lane) for the touchdown and with the extra point the 'Wick lead was 14-0 at 12:08.

On Ithaca's next possession, defensive end Joe Seney sacked Neumann to force a fumble that was picked up by Brown who took it to the house and within seven seconds the Hartwick lead was 21-0. The Hartwick defense continued to frustrate the Ithaca offense and the Bombers were forced to punt again. Hartwick's next possession was brief as Garcia was intercepted by Ithaca's Brian Garvey and the Bombers had the ball at their own 25.

The Bombers started to gain some rhythm on offense as Neumann connected with Joel Lynch for 21 yards and again to Lynch for a big 43 yard gain to give IC a first and goal at Hartwick's 10 yard line. From there the offense went backwards with a false start penalty, a loss of two yards on a rushing attempt, and finally a Seney sack of Neumann to push the Bombers back to the Hartwick 16. Kicker Garret Nicholson converted a 33 yard field goal and the Hawk lead was now 21-3 with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

The Hawks' next possession ended with another turnover as Garcia fumbled away the ball and it was recovered by Ithaca to give it the ball at Hartwick's 30. The Bombers were poised to cut their deficit but Crump picked off Neumann at the four and the ball returned to Hartwick with 41 seconds left in the third.

Hartwick could not take advantage of the turnover and was backed up in its own endzone when Morrow came in to punt the ball away. Morrow's attempt was partially blocked by the Bombers and Ithaca had excellent field position at Hartwick's 31. The defense, however, would again step up as Crump picked off his second pass of the day at the 'Wick 15 and return it 21 yards to the Hartwick 36. The Hawk drive stalled and after a Morrow punt, the Bombers had possession at their own 22 yard line with 10 minutes left in the game.

The Bombers would finally get into the endzone as the 12 play, 78 yard drive ended with a Tom Dempsey to Lynch touchdown with 5:13 remaining on the clock. Ithaca tried for two points but Dempsey's pass completion was stopped short and the Hartwick lead would be 21-9.

After a Hartwick punt and an Ithaca turnover on downs, the Hawks regained possession with 3:21 to play and looked to run out the clock. With the ball at Ithaca's 43 yard line, Knauer  fumble and Ithaca would recover to give it some life. That life was short-lived as on Dempsey's first down pass, he would be intercepted by Morrow.

Hartwick ran the clock down to seal the win. Ithaca took possession with 44 seconds left to play but it was not enough time as the Hawks came away the victors.

Offensively, the Hawks rushed for 142 yards on the afternoon led by Knauer's 97 yards on 18 carries. Ahart added 35 yards on eight carries. Garcia completed 19 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Molina caught six balls for 90 yards and a score. Travis Samuels (New City, NY/Clarkstown North) had five receptions for 35 yards while Williams had four catches for 41 yards.

Morrow led the defense with seven tackles. He also had five punts totaling 190 yards with two downed inside the 20. Bryan Schweitzer (Babylon, NY/Babylon) finished with six tackles and two sacks. Seney had four tackles, two sacks, and forced two fumbles. Steves added four tackles and a forced fumble.

Next weekend will be another matchup of unbeaten teams as Hartwick will look to stay perfect on the year when they play host to #19 St. John Fisher next Saturday. The Cardinals are 4-0 after knocking off Frostburg 38-35.  Kickoff at Wright Stadium is set for 2 p.m.

 

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading