Walker, White carry Bobcats past Hamilton to finish out football season
Jamie Walker’s second 100-yards-plus game in as many weeks helped Bates win its second game of the football season.
CLINTON, N.Y. – Jamie Walker and Shawki White combined to rush for 262 yards and four touchdowns to lead Bates College to a 34-20 win against Hamilton College at Hamilton’s Steuben Field on Saturday.
Bates (2-6 overall) finished the season tied for seventh out of 10 teams, along with Tufts University, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The Continentals (1-7) lost their last six games and ended up ninth. Hamilton leads the all-time series with the Bobcats, 16-12, but Bates has won the last two games.
Walker, a junior from Needham, Mass., rushed for 131 yards on a game-high 27 carries and scored two first half touchdowns. White, a first-year from Danville, Ill., ran for a career-high 131 yards on 22 carries and recorded his two scoring runs in the second half. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Colon (Manchester, N.H.) completed 12-of-22 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.
The Continentals’ Dan Hood accounted for 288 yards of offense. Hood was 23-of-44 for a season-high 212 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions. He ran for a career-high 76 yards and another score. Joe Rinaldo caught a season-high nine passes for 71 yards. Rinaldo’s 45 receptions are tied for the fourth most in one season at Hamilton.
Senior linebacker Dave Bodger (Lewiston, Maine) posted nine tackles to lead a Bobcats’ defense that forced four turnovers. Junior defensive end Terence Ryan (Milton, Mass.) added two sacks to his conference-leading total. Ryan forced two fumbles and had eight tackles. Junior safety Adam Kayce (North Easton, Mass.) picked off two passes and broke up another.
Matt Pitarresi was credited with a season-high 14 tackles for the Continentals. Ray DeMartino and Tom Monfiletto chipped in nine apiece. Jesse Koch intercepted his team-high third pass this season and returned it 30 yards.
Both teams scored rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. Hamilton grabbed its only lead of the game midway through the second quarter on the Continentals’ first touchdown pass this year – a 28-yard strike from Hood to Brandon Holtslag – to make it 13-7.
Bates took the lead for good with two touchdowns before the end of the half. Colon hooked up with junior wide receiver Dylan MacNamara (San Francisco) for a 21-yard scoring pass that put the Bobcats in front 19-13 late in the second quarter. Hood’s 40-yard scamper for a touchdown in the third quarter was sandwiched between White’s short scoring runs in the third and fourth quarters.