Hawks Football Improves in Second Outing

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:

1st Quarter:
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

4th Quarter:
Jake Dressel completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Deondre Rice. The two-point conversion attempt was no good. Final Score: 31-20.

Talking Stats:
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.

Up Next:
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

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