Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes

One team will walk away with their first victory of the 2006 season on Saturday when the Bowdoin football team (0-3) travels to Hamilton College (0-3). Gametime is slated for 12 noon in Clinton, N.Y. as the Continentals host their "Fallcoming" Weekend.

The Polar Bears have lost their first three games by a combined score of 63-13, dropping to Massachusetts rivals Williams, Amherst and Tufts in the opening three weeks. Hamilton has encountered a similar fate, falling by a combined score of 37-0 in their first three contests, losses to Tufts, Wesleyan and Trinity.

The Bowdoin College football team suffered their third consecutive defeat at the hands of Tufts University last Saturday, 16-6. Once again, Bowdoin was within a single score into the fourth quarter, but struggled offensively in the loss. The Polar Bears rank ninth in the league in total offense, averaging 201.3 yards per game. Bowdoin has been able to gain some yards on the ground, however, averaging 82.3 yards to stand sixth in the NESCAC. The Polar Bears are still in the positive as far as turnovers are concerned, standing plus-one on the season.

Individually, Jeff Smith is seventh in the league with 55.7 yards rushing per contest. Dave Donahue ranks first in the league in punting, averaging 38.0 yards per kick while also standing sixth in the league in tackles (9.0/game). John Regan is fourth in the conference in tackling (10.7/game) with Damon Hall-Jones (8.7/game) ranking seventh.

Although Hamilton ranks ninth in the conference in total defense, allowing 324.7 yards per game, they have allowed only 37 points on the year to stand sixth in the conference. Hamilton has yet to score a touchdown this season, despite the best efforts of receiver Frasher Kempe. Kempe caught eight passses for 69 yards against Trinity last Saturday, while wideout Joe Rinaldo is tied for second in the conference with a six catch per game average. Taylor Soobitsky is Hamilton's top defensive threat with four sacks this season.


Last year in Brunswick, Bowdoin snapped a two-year losing skid to Hamilton with a 21-7 victory. Then-defensive-back Lamont White provided the spark in the second quarter with a thrilling 75-yard interception return for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie. Tailback Jeff Smith added a fourth-quarter touchdown run to seal the 21-7 Polar Bear victory.


Bowdoin and Hamilton have played 22 times entering Saturday's game, with the squads splitting the last four meetings. The Continentals lead the all-time series 12-10, and beat Bowdoin in their last game in Clinton, capping a dramatic comeback with a 51-48 double-overtime victory in 2004.