BOWDOIN vs. HAMILTON
The 2017 Bowdoin football season reaches its midpoint as the Polar Bears play host to Hamilton on Homecoming Saturday at Whittier Field.
Both teams enter the game in search of their first victories of the campaign. The Polar Bears and Continentals own identical 0-4 marks coming into the contest.
Fans can follow all of the statistics from today's game on their smartphones by downloading the Bowdoin Front Row app in the iTunes Store or on Google Play. Links to live statistics and video coverage of the contest can be found in the app, as well as push notifications and alerts on all of your favorite Polar Bear teams. For fans unable to attend games at Whittier Field, all Bowdoin home games will be carried live online -with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network (www.nsnsports.net).
After a tightly-played first half, Tufts scored a pair of touchdowns just before halftime to take a 17-3 lead en route to a 31-3 win over Bowdoin in Medford. Running back Nate Richam rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries in the loss for the Polar Bears.
Hamilton actually led unbeaten Trinity 13-0 late in the opening quarter last Saturday in Hartford, only to see the Bantams roll off 41 consecutive points in a 41-13 loss.
The teams have two common opponents this year, Amherst (Bowdoin lost 31-14. Hamilton lost 36-6) and Tufts (Bowdoin lost 31-3, Hamilton lost 35-28 in OT).
POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
- Nate Richam continues to rank among the league's rushing leaders this fall, standing fifth in the NESCAC with 286 yards on the ground through four games. He is averaging a healthy 5.1 yards/carry this season. Bowdoin's rush offense (130.2 yards/game) will look to take advantage of Hamilton's rush defense (207.0 yards/game), which ranks last in the NESCAC this year.
- Bowdoin's Michael Chen stands third in the NESCAC averaging 38.9 yards/punt.
- The Polar Bears rank among the least-penalized teams in the NESCAC (50.0 yards/game) and, when inside the opponents 20, have converted with a league-best 100% scoring rate in the red zone (5-5).
SCOUTING THE CONTINENTALS
- Quarterback Kenny Gray sparks the Hamilton attack and stands fourth in the league in passing (238.2 yards/game).
- His top target is Joe Schmidt, who is among the top-four in the league in yards (393), receptions (24) and touchdowns (5).
- Hamilton boasts the top two tacklers in the NESCAC in Tyler Hudson (48) and Cole Burchill (45).
- The Continentals own the conference's third-best passing offense (256.2 yards/game) and will look to implement that against Bowdoin's ninth-ranked passing defense (277.0 yards/game).
Kenny Gray capped a late Hamilton drive with a five-yard scramble for a touchdown with 34 seconds remaining to give the Continentals a 26-25 comeback win over Bowdoin last fall in Clinton. Hamilton out-gained Bowdoin 484-182 but the Polar Bears proved scrappy, blocking two punts and intercepting two passes. Cameron Rondeau had a team-high 12 tackles and an interception for a touchdown.
BOWDOIN vs. HAMILTON - ALL TIME
The teams have played 33 times with Hamilton holding an 18-15 advantage all-time. Last year's win snapped a three-game Bowdoin winning streak in the series. Recently, home field advantage has proved crucial; the host team has won eight of the last nine meetings and the average margin of victory over the past five years has been just 4.8 points. The Continentals will be looking for their first win in Brunswick in ten years, with their last victory at Whitter Field coming in October of 2007.