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Statesmen Host Engineers in Game to Benefit Happiness House

The Hobart College football team will host Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at noon on Saturday, Oct. 7. The eighth annual Tackles and Touchdowns for Happiness House game will kick off at Boswell Field at noon.

Proceeds from the football team’s fundraiser support Happiness House, which provides educational and health services to children and adults with and without special needs. Next week, members of the football team will visit Happiness House to play with and read to the children in the preschool program.
Tackles and Touchdowns was started by Jarrid Blades ’12. The former offensive lineman was inspired to help Happiness House achieve its goals by a relative who has Down Snydrome. Fans pledge donations for every Hobart touchdown and/or every Statesman tackle. Since 2010, Tackles and Touchdowns has raised more than $40,000 for Happiness House.

Fans can make a donation to Tackles and Touchdowns by completing the pledge form and mailing it to Hobart College Football, Attn: Christine Finnerty, 300 Pulteney St., Geneva, New York 14456. Online donations can be made at www.cprochester.org/gift.asp. Click on Give a Gift and type Tackles & Touchdowns where it says “special instructions.”The game will feature the top two scoring offenses in the Liberty League. The Engineers (3-1) are first in the league at 33.3 points per game with the Statesmen (3-2) right behind them at 32.4 points per game.

Senior quarterback Shane Sweeney directs the Hobart offense. He became the Statesmen’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns last week. Sweeney has completed 60 percent of his passes this year for 1,224 yards and nine touchdowns, raising his career totals to 6,207 yards and 62 touchdowns.

Sophomore linebacker Jedh Downey paces the Hobart defense with a league-leading 54 tackles.

Junior quarterback Ed Trimpert directs the RPI offense. He’s completed 52 percent of his passes for 662 yards and 10 touchdowns. Trimpert leads the conference in passing efficiency at 183.5.

The Statesmen are looking to get back in the win column after dropping their Liberty League opener at Ithaca 24-21 last Saturday. The Engineers are also looking to rebound as they begin conference play. RPI lost 33-21 at Buffalo State on Sept. 23 and had last week off.

This will be the 61st all-time meeting between the league rivals with RPI holding a slim 30-29-1 series lead.

The game will be broadcast live on WEOS-FM (89.5/90.3). Fans can also follow the action with All-Access Video and Live Stats.

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