HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Willamette University Bearcats flew in from Salem, Oregon, for the matchup against the Hilbert College Hawks and found a much-improved Hawks team awaiting them.
How It Happened:
Bearcats quarterback Aidan Kuykendall scored early on an 8-yard run. Hilbert followed their scoring drive by running an end around pass from WR Andre Augustiniak that resulted in an 18-yard touchdown to Joseph Stover. A successful onside kick by Eric Cline gave Hilbert the ball right back. The ensuing drive was capped off by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Caviness to Nicholas Rinker. Willamette answered on a 34-yard passing touchdown by Kuykendall. End of 1Q: 14-14.
2nd and 3rd Quarter:
Willamette controlled the second and third quarters adding a field goal from Dirnberger and two passing touchdowns from Kuykendall. End of 3Q: 31-14
Caviness completed 16 of 21 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Jalen Henlon picked up 61 yards on the ground. Joseph Stover led all receivers with 6 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Defensively Emmanuel Land IV and Taivaughn Roach provided 9 and 8 tackles respectively for a defense that was much harder to move a ball against this week. Thomas Howard Jr. had 5 tackles and an interception when Willamette was driving in the second half. Punter Scott Essig averaged 38.7 yards per punt on 3 punts today and pinned the Bearcats at the 1-yard line with a 47 yarder on his first punt of the day. Eric Cline made his first collegiate extra point and followed it up soon after with his second.
Hilbert travels to Milton, Massachusetts, next weekend to take on Curry College in the team’s first official NCAA DIII road game. The Colonels are currently 1-2 after picking up a 33-25 win today against Dean College.
– Cole Klubek
Editor’s Note: This story was written by the Hilbert Athletics staff and shared with The Scribe