Panther football thumps hamilton, moves to 5-2
CLINTON, N.Y. — Middlebury College quarterback Matt Milano threw three of his four touchdown passes to Matthew Minno as the Panthers cruised to a 37-9 NESCAC win over host Hamilton on Saturday. Middlebury (5-2) will wrap up its season by hosting Tufts on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Milano ended up 23 for 30 passing for 273 yards. Minno finished with five catches for 107 yards and Ryan Rizzo caught eight balls for 70 yards.
Hamilton QB Chase Rosenberg was 11 for 22 passing for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Colin Pastorella came on in relief of Rosenberg in the fourth quarter and was 6 for 10 for 76 yards.
Matt Dola gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead with a 29-yard field goal at 6:34 of the first quarter. Jonathan Hurvitz increased the lead with a 13-yard run on a draw play at 1:20 of the first. The play was set up by Milano’s 42-yard pass to Minno.
The Continentals scored on a flea-flicker on the first play of the second quarter. Rosenberg fired a strike deep down the left side to John Fisher for a 64-yard score.
The Panthers put the game away with three touchdowns before the half for a 30-7 cushion at the break. Kevin Hopsicker helped set up Middlebury’s second touchdown with a 40-yard kickoff return to the Panthers’ 46-yard line. Milano ended the seven-play drive with a 25-yard pass to Minno for a 16-7 advantage with 12:06 left in the second.
Hamilton had to punt from its end zone, and Rizzo returned 16 yards to the Hamilton 29. Milano completed a 14-yard pass to Hurvitz to the 13 on third and 8 to keep the drive alive. Middlebury was 11 for 20 on third-down conversions. Three plays later, Milano found Brendan Rankowitz for an 8-yard touchdown at 7:43, and it was 23-7.
The Panthers scored again on their next drive, which went 77 yards on 12 plays, a march capped by Milano’s 12-yard pass to Minno with 1:28 to go in the half.
Middlebury then scored on its first possession of the second half, taking 1:57 to go 68 yards in six plays. Milano completed all four of his passes for 55 yards on the drive, which culminated in a 15-yard TD pass to Minno.
Hamilton rounded out the scoring with a safety that came with 3:27 left in the fourth quarter.
Dan Pierce and Addison Pierce were credited with seven tackles apiece for Middlebury. Addison Pierce, Jake Clapp and Jack Crowell picked up a sack each, while Matthew Benedict returned an interception 17 yards and Robert Wood forced a pair of fumbles. The Panther defense allowed just 29 yards rushing and forced five fumbles.
MIDDLEBURY — Bernard D. Kimball, 76, passed away in Bennington Hospital on Jan. 10, 2023. … (read more)
The Fresh Air Fund, initiated in 1877 to give kids from New York City the opportunity to e … (read more)