The Hobart College football team will host its annual Tackles and Touchdowns game on Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Statesmen welcome Rensselaer to Boswell Field at Urick Stadium. The opening kickoff is at noon.
Tackles and Touchdowns for Ability Partners Foundation was founded in 2010 by offensive lineman Jarrid Blades ’12. Members of the Hobart football team have asked family, friends and fans to pledge $1 for every tackle and/or $7 for every touchdown the Statesmen score. Contributors can also make a flat rate donation. CLICK HERE for the pledge form.
All money raised will benefit Ability Partners Foundation, in support of the programs and services of CP Rochester, Happiness House and Rochester Rehabilitation. Earlier today, members of the football team visited Happiness House to play with and read to the children in the preschool program.
Since 2010, Tackles and Touchdowns has raised more than $40,000 for Ability Partners Foundation.
Hobart (4-1, 0-1) looks to rebound from its first loss of the season, a 23-7 decision at Union. The Statesmen defense turned in another stout performance, holding the Dutchmen 18 points and 132 passing yards under their season averages. Hobart also added to its takeaway total with a pair of fumble recoveries. The Statesmen rank fourth in the nation in interceptions (10) and eighth in turnovers gained (14).
On offense, Hobart is producing 22.8 points per game and 301.0 yards per game. The Statesmen lead the Liberty League in yards per reception at 13.9. Senior quarterback Ryan Hofmann has thrown for 881 yards and nine touchdowns in five starts. Senior wide receiver Jake Catalioto is his top target with 25 receptions for 301 yards and a pair of TDs.
Rensselaer (4-1, 1-0) brings a strong defense to Geneva as well. The Engineers are ninth in the nation in scoring defense (10.6 ppg), seventh in fumbles recovered (7), 14th in red zone defense (.500) and 15th in rushing defense (61.6 yds/g). RPI is coming off a 38-0 win over Rochester to complete a sweep of a three-game homestand.
The Engineers are putting up 33.2 points per game and 365.8 yards per game. Quarterback George Marinopoulos has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,059 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wide receiver Nick Smith is the team’s top receiver with 17 catches for 210 yards and two TDs. Running backs Dylan Burnett and Joe Scaglione have shared the workload in the ground game, rushing for 202 and 198 yards, respectively.
The game will be the 63rd meeting between the two league rivals. Rensselaer holds a slim 31-30-1 series lead. Hobart has the edge on Boswell Field at 15-13-1. The Engineers won last season’s showdown 31-24 in Troy.
Admission to all Hobart and William Smith regular season sporting events is free for all fans.