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Utica University football team's win sets up big meeting against Cortland

Ben Birnell
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Posted 10/17/22

The Utica University football team remains undefeated this season. Quarterback Braeden Zenelovic and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill grad Nate Palmer each made key contributions.

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Utica University football team's win sets up big meeting against Cortland

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The Utica University football team remains undefeated this season.

Quarterback Braeden Zenelovic and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill grad Nate Palmer each made key contributions in helping Utica down Empire 8 Conference foe SUNY Brockport 35-21 on Saturday at Gaetano Stadium in Utica.

The Pioners are 6-0 overall — the best start in the program’s 21 seasons — and received 43 votes in the latest D3football.com poll. The team’s votes are the most for any team outside of the top 25 squads. It is also sets up a huge contest against visiting No. 13 SUNY Cortland (6-0), which is coming off a lopsided victory over Hartwick last weekend. Cortland, led by former Utica coach Curt Fitzpatrick, is 17-1 since the start of the 2021 season.

Utica and Cortland are set to meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gaetano Stadium. At 3-0, Cortland is first in the Empire 8 while Utica (2-0) is second.

Zenelovic — a transfer from NCAA Division I Albany — earned Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Brockport. He had a role in each of Utica’s touchdowns Saturday.

The senior threw for a career-best 324 yards on 20-of-24 passing while also setting career-bests with four touchdown throws and five total scores. He was also the team’s second leading rusher with 34 yards. He has 13 passing touchdowns and two more on the ground this season.

Palmer, a graduate student, continued a standout season with another impressive performance with eight catches for 162 yards and three touchdowns. He has a career-best 11 touchdowns this season and 19 in his five seasons at Utica.

Brockport rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to tie the game with a Chris McGuire touchdown run and a passing score from the quarterback to Anthony Testa early in the fourth quarter.

Utica took the lead for good when Zenelovic scored from eight yards out to cap a five-play, 61-yard drive. Utica halted Brockport’s ensuing drive that moved 19 yards and took 5:09 off the clock. Utica’s offense struck again when Joey Nare caught a 39-yard pass from Zenelovic to cap an 8-play, 80-yard drive.

Hamilton 15, Williams 13

Hamilton College senior quarterback Matt Banbury ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the Continentals’ New England Small College Athletic Conference win against the Williams College Ephs Saturday at Williams’ Farley-Lamb Field in Massachusetts.

The win helps snap back-to-back losses for Hamilton (2-3), which is tied for sixth place in the NESCAC. Banbury gave Hamilton an early lead — though, the point-after kick failed — before Williams (1-4) tied the game with second-quarter field goals.

The Continentals took the lead for good in the third quarter when senior Alex Street tackled running back Joel Nicholas in the end zone for a safety. Hamilton added to the lead, capping a 13-play drive with Banbury’s touchdown pass to Lucas Perez-Segnini with about 10 minutes left in the fourth.

Williams answered on the next drive, but Hamilton left little time to attempt a rally.

Hamilton next gets a visit from Colby College (3-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Clinton.

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