Date Posted:10/09/2008, 9:00PM
The Bowdoin and Hamilton football teams will play for the 25th time in series history on Saturday, as the teams reach the midway point of the 2008 NESCAC football campaign. The Polar Bears (1-2) earned their first win of the season in a 28-26 triumph over Tufts last weekend, while Hamilton (1-2) put a scare into conference-leading Trinity before falling in the final minute, 20-15.
Streaming audio of Hamilton's radio broadcast will be available here: http://www.whcl.org/
BOWDOIN BY THE NUMBERS
Senior placekicker Nolan McNair has vaulted into the top spot in the Bowdoin record books, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer among kickers. McNair, who has 14 points on eight PAT's and two field goals this season, has 89 career points. In addition, the Oak Park, California, native leads the NESCAC in punting in his first full season at the position, averaging a conference-leading 37.8 yards per kick.
Quarterback Oliver Kell is second in the league in total offense, accounting for 265.3 yards per game and his 225.3 yards passing per game will test Hamilton, who enters the game ninth in the conference in passing defense. Bowdoin first-year tailback Ian Vieira has only 37 yards of total offense this year, but has had a nose for the endzone and ranks second in the NESCAC with four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving). The Polar Bear offense has been the most officient in the league this season, standing third in scoring (26.7 points per game) while committing just three turnovers in three games.
Defensively, Bowdoin has been the most opportunistic unit in the league, collecting a NESCAC-high nine turnovers and earning a conference-best +6 margin overall. Kevin Zikaras leads the league with 17.3 tackles per game while Dominic Ridgard is second with 2.5 sacks. Tyler Tennant is second in the conference with two interceptions this year.
SCOUTING THE CONTINENTALS
Hamilton ranks sixth in the league in total offense and is paced by running back Mark Snickenberger, who is fourth in the league with 233 yards rushing this year. A trio of quarterbacks have seen considerable action this year for the Continentals, with freshman Jordan Eck posting the most impressive numbers. Eck has thrown for four touchdowns and just one interception while the other Hamilton quarterbacks have thrown for one touchdown and six picks.
Hamilton's defense has also forced nine turnovers this year and is led by Trevor Pedrick's 8.7 tackles per game. As a unit, the Continentals rank fifth in total defense and have grabbed a league-high seven interceptions, led by Ted Finan and John Lawrence, who have two apiece.
Last season in Brunswick, Hamilton quarterback Dan Hood threw for a career-high 352 yards to lead the Continental football team to 23-17 victory. Hamilton racked up 473 yards of total offense on the day, including a game-high 79 yards rushing from Mark Snickenberger.Bowdoin was led by 193 yards passing and two rushing scores from Oliver Kell. Justin Starr collected six passes for 98 yards.
BOWDOIN vs. HAMILTON
The teams have played 24 times entering Saturday's game with Hamilton claiming four of the last five meetings. The Continentals own a 14-10 edge in the all-time series and Bowdoin has not won in Clinton since taking a 28-14 victory in October of 2002.