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October 22, 2011

Kings Point falls at unbeaten Hobart, 42-14

GENEVA, N.Y. – Kings Point could not stop the juggernaut named Hobart College, which recorded a 42-14 Liberty League victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Mariners (2-6, 1-3) dug themselves a 35-0 halftime hole against the unbeaten Statesmen (5-0, 3-0), who are ranked No. 25 in the D3Football.com poll, before they struck for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter at Boswell Field.

Hobart has outscored its opposition this season, 195-67.

Junior quarterback Alex Coviello, who finished with 105 yards on 20 carries, broke the ice for the visitors, running for a 20-yard touchdown with 11:31 remaining in the game. He also teamed with sophomore wide receiver Chase Dunn on a 37-yard reception after a Statesmen turnover 57 seconds later.

It was the seventh TD for Dunn, who caught five passes for 111 yards.

It was a long day for the Mariners and head coach Mike Toop.

"They just controlled the line of scrimmage and made it a little tough," he said. "We tried to go outside and they chased us down a bit. They then went bang, bang, bang and put it out of reach real fast."

After almost getting out of the first quarter unscathed, Richard Grennan fumbled a punt attempt. the long snap to went off his hands and bounced around until Hobart senior Drake Woodard recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Stephen Bruening converted the first of six successive extra points to give the Statesmen a 7-0 lead with 52 seconds remaining in the quarter they never relinquished.

"One play of the game, the punt play, kind of turned the whole game around," Toop said. "Not that we were controlling the game by any stretch. We were playing OK defensively, doing enough. Offensively, we struggled again."

Asked by Mariners Football Network announcer Seth Cantor what was the answer on offense, Toop replied, "It's the line of scrimmage. We're getting handled up front."

Hobart broke open the game with 28 points in the second period.

Bobby Dougherty climaxed an eight-yard, 77-yard drive with a three-yard run with 10:08 remaining for a 14-0 advantage. Quarterback Nick Strang added a three-yard rush of his own with 5:07 left for a 21-0 margin before he found Junior Woodard for a 36-yard TD reception with 4:12 to go in the quarter and a 28-0 lead. Strang, who completed 12 of 19 passes for 226 yards, hit Garth Muratori for an eight-yard TD to close out the first-half scoring at 35-0.

The hosts weren't finished. After stopping the Mariners on a fourth and goal at the goal line, the Statesmen culminated a 16-play, 99-yard drive that ate up 8:19 on the clock as backup quarterback Kelly Olney teamed with Mike Berkowitz for a three-yard TD pass 51 seconds into the final period.

Coviello, who rushed for his second 100-yard game this season, made it 42-7 with his 20-yard run with 11:31 remaining in the game to punctuate a six-play, 57-yard drive. Connor Kennedy's run for two points was denied by Hobart.

And after a Statesmen's turnover, Coviello found Dunn on that 37-yard TD pass as the QB added a two-point run with 45 seconds left.

The Mariners amassed 290 yards from scrimmage, the Statesmen 429.

Kings Point running back John-Leon Gosselin was held to 25 yards in nine carries.

Linebacker Kevin Stapf led the way on defense with seven tackles and five assists.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has a bye week next Saturday due to final exams before hosting Union College at Tomb Field at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Photo: Alex Coviello, who ran for 105 yards and passed for 120, ran for one TD and threw for another. Photo by Shawn Antonelli