Hobart Rides Big Run Past SLU 35-3
GENEVA - Hobart running backs Brian Haeffner and Rayshawn Boswell combined to average nearly 12 yards per rushing attempt and the Statesmen forced four turnovers in a 35-3 win over St. Lawrence in a Liberty League football game on Saturday afternoon at Boswell Field in Geneva. Haeffner gained 146 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns, including a 69-yard scoring run on Hobart's first offensive play of the second half, while Boswell gained 93 yards on eight carries with an 80-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Haeffner scored the first points of the game on a 6-yard touchdown on Hobart's first offensive possession, and his second score gave the Statesmen a 28-0 lead. St. Lawrence turned the ball over on its first three possessions of the game. The Saints moved the ball well in their first drive, going 75 yards in just five plays, but lost the ball on a fumble into the end zone. St. Lawrence turned the ball over again on its next possession, as a pass from starting quarterback Tyler Grochot deflected off Cameron Edwards' hands and Andrew Koonz was able to catch the ball right before it fell to the ground. Hobart's Jayson Prince had another interception on the Saints' next drive, as Grochot sent a long throw downfield on a 3rd-and-30 play from the Hobart 40-yard line. Prince caught the ball on his own 11 and returned it to midfield. The Saints responded with an interception of their own on the very next play, as Liam Murray tipped a pass over the center of the field and Tyler Burns caught it for his second interception of the season. St. Lawrence had an opportunity to trim Hobart's lead, but a 27-yard field goal attempt by William Manory missed wide right, and Boswell took the ball 80 yards down the left side of the field on the very next play. Hobart stopped another St. Lawrence drive with Koonz's second interception of the afternoon at their own 8-yard line, and the Statesmen marched down the field for an 89-yard touchdown drive, capped by an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Hofmann to Jake Catalioto with just 19.4 seconds left in the second quarter to give Hobart a 21-0 halftime lead. The Statesmen scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half to build a 35-0 lead halfway through the third quarter. After Haeffner scored his second touchdown of the game, Hofmann threw his second touchdown pass of the game on Hobart's next drive, with Ray Conley scoring on 5-yard catch. Manory put the Saints on the scoreboard with a 33-yard field goal on the Saints' next drive. Hofmann was 15-for-24 passing for 174 yards for Hobart. Grochot was 8-for-15 for 128 yards before leaving the game late in the first quarter due to injury. Aaron Ruthman was 13-for-31 passing for 201 yards with one interception. Anthony Ferraro led St. Lawrence's receivers with six catches for 77 yards. Andrew Murphy added three receptions for 72 yards. Mike Giacobbe led Hobart with five catches for 88 yards. Liam Murray led the Saints' defense with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops. Ryan Watson made six tackles with two behind the line of scrimmage, and Burns and Ethan Roberts had interceptions for the Saints. David McCarthy had eight tackles with one sack to lead Hobart's defense. St. Lawrence fell to 3-5 overall, 1-3 in the Liberty League, while Hobart moved to 6-2, 2-2. The Saints will honor the class of 2020 next weekend prior to the team's final home game vs. Rochester. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.