Running back Kyle Gibson '15 (#24, right side photo), named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, collected 244 rushing yards on 35 carries and scored the go-ahead TD in the third quarter as Wesleyan erased a 7-6 halftime deficit and rolled to a 34-14 football victory against Hamilton Sat., Sept. 29. The Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the season while the Continental dropped to 0-2. The teams return to action Sat., Oct. 6 with Wesleyan visiting 0-2 Colby and Hamilton hosting 2-0 Trinity. The game at Colby will be webcast and can be viewed by clicking < here > at the 1 p.m. start time.
A two-yard run by Gibson with 7:04 left in the third period put Wesleyan ahead to stay, 13-6, and ignited a 21-0 Wesleyan run for a 27-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Gibson had 16 rushes for 94 yards in the first half but exploded for 150 yards on 19 attempts in the second half. He came within 11 yards of the Wesleyan single-game rushing record of 255 yards, set by All-American Shea Dwyer '10 in 2010 vs. Colby.
Quarterback Jesse Warren '15 (#13, left side photo) completed 16 of 25 passes for 156 yards and a pair of TDs. He also ran four yards for the Cardinals' second TD of the game, that with just :30 left in the third quarter to bump the margin to 20-7. He then tossed 29 yards to Kevin Hughes '14 at 12:25 of the fourth quarter to make it 27-7 and his final scoring aerial found John Vassar '16 open on the right side of the endzone from three yards out with 4:39 to play. That score was set up by a 67-yard burst through the left side, then across the middle and eventually up the right side by Gibson.
Hamilton had taken a 7-0 lead at 9:33 of the second period on a 35-yard scoring pass. Wesleyan cut the difference to a single point on a pair of Sebastian Aguirre'14 field goals, one of 25 yards and the other of 22 yards on the final play of the first half.
The second Hamilton TD came on a five-yard burst with 7:46 to go in the game. Three Continentals tried to run the ball on the 4th-down play from the 2-yard line with the first two losing yardage but not tackled. Finally another lateral helped make it a 27-14 game.
Wesleyan racked up 421 yards in the game to 182 by Hamilton and had 23 first downs to Hamilton's 13. Time possession favored Wesleyan by 10 minutes.
On defense, Jake Siciliano '15 paced the team for the second week in a row making 10 stops. Andy McKeon '13 had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks to his credit.
Wesleyan improved its all-time record vs. Hamilton to 24-17-1 and defeated the Continentals for the seventh time in the last eight meetings in Middletown.
(photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)