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Hamilton College football ends season with close setback to Bates College

Posted 11/14/22

The Hamilton College football team had a lead into halftime of the final game of the season.

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Hamilton College football ends season with close setback to Bates College

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CLINTON — The Hamilton College football team had a lead into halftime of the final game of the season.

Unfortunately, the Continentals couldn’t hold on to the advantage against Bates College in an eventual 19-14 New England Small College Athletic Conference setback on Saturday at Steuben Field in Clinton.

Hamilton College, led by Dave Murray, finished the season with a 2-7 overall record. Hamilton hasn’t finished with a winning record since 1996.

Hamilton led 14-6 in the second quarter after the team capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with Mark Howrigan’s two-yard touchdown from Matt Banbury.

However, Bates’ Colton Bosselait's second touchdown pass to Mohamed Diawara — the pair connected late in the second quarter to get within 14-12 — in the third quarter pushed the visitors to the lead.

Bosselait threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns for Bates (3-6).

In the second half, Hamilton had two drives end on downs, one end on a punt as well as a fumble and an interception. Early in the fourth quarter, Banbury appeared to be headed for a touchdown, but Bates’ Jarrin Sato knocked the ball loose from behind and it sailed out of the back of the end zone for a touchback.

Banbury finished 12 of 26 for 94 yards passing. He rushed 16 times for a career-best 125 yards. He has accounted for each of Hamilton’s last seven touchdowns. Banbury finished his Hamilton career with 10 passing and seven rushing touchdowns.

George Johnson led the Continentals with nine tackles. He finished fourth in the NESCAC with 8.2 stops per game.

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