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Hamilton College falls in football opener

Posted 9/19/22

The Hamilton College football team ended a short stretch of opening the season with a win against Bowdoin. Hamilton fell behind in the first quarter and couldn’t overcome a big halftime deficit.

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Hamilton College falls in football opener

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The Hamilton College football team ended a short stretch of opening the season with a win against Bowdoin.

Hamilton fell behind in the first quarter and couldn’t overcome a big halftime deficit in a 41-13 setback to Bowdoin on Saturday in the New England Small College Athletic Conference season-opener for both teams at Whittier Field in Brunswick, Maine.

Clinton-based Hamilton had a five-game winning streak against the Polar Bears snapped. The Continentals won meetings against Bowdoin in 2019 and 2021. Hamilton didn’t play football in 2020 due to challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hamilton, which is in its 129th season and is led by longtime coach Dave Murray, is looking for its first winning season since 1996. The team’s schedule consists of nine NESCAC games. The conference doesn’t participate in postseason play.

On Saturday, Hamilton fell behind 28-0 at halftime. Kamau Hopewell had a touchdown run in the third quarter. Matt Banburythrew a 28-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Perez-Segnini with 30 seconds remaining.

Hamilton was outgained 443-246.

The Continentals are set to play visiting Amherst College at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stueben Field. Amherst lost 17-6 to Middlebury College on Saturday.

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