FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998

WESLEYAN ROLLS TO 48-12 VICTORY OVER
HAMILTON FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. --- Tailback Tom Themistocles gained 113 yards on nine carries and scored a pair of first-half TDs while wide receiver Matt Perceval had six catches for 134 yards and two TDs to lead Wesleyan University (2-0) to an easy 48-12 victory over Hamilton College (0-2) here this afternoon.

Combined with three wins to end the 1997 campaign and an opening-day 55-28 triumph at Middlebury last Saturday, Wesleyan has run its win streak to five games heading into its next outing at Colby College October 10. It also is the first time in the team's 116-year history that Wesleyan has scored over 100 points after its first two games. The 1968 team had 69 points after two contests, the most prior to the 1998 season.

In addition to the performances of Themistocles and Perceval, Wesleyan got strong showings from fullback John Pascucci, with 11 rushes for 84 yards and two TDs, while QB Jake Fay completed 11 of 19 passes for 199 yards and the two TDs to Perceval. Pascucci is now the Wesleyan career record holder for rushing TDs with 21.

Hamilton, which picked up just 53 yards rushing on 40 attempts, was led by QB Robbie Peters, who completed 17 of 33 passes for 180 yards. Kelby Valenti paced the Hamilton receiving corps with four catches for 70 yards while Shawn Lyons had five receptions for 42 yards.

 

WESLEYAN 48, HAMILTON 12

Wesleyan (2-0)

14

21

13

0

48

Middlebury (0-2)

0

0

6

6

12

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Hamilton

Wesleyan

First Downs

15

17

Rushes - Yards

40 - 53

35 - 235

Passess Attempted - Completed - Intercepted

35 - 19 - 2

20 - 12 - 0

Passing Yards

214

204

Total Yards

267

439

Fumbles - Lost

1 - 0

2 - 1

Penalties - Yards

2 - 10

7 - 77

Punts - Yards - Average

6 - 195 - 32.5

3 - 111 - 37.0

Return Yards (punts, fumbles, interceptions)

0

76

Kickoff Returns - Yards

8 - 101

2 - 57

Time of Possession

34:04

25:56

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Hamilton - Chris McCarthy, 13-39 ; Cory Malnikof, 11-20, 1 TD ; Chris Wollard, 5-14, 1 TD ; Charles Martin, 1-3 ; Dan Catlin, 1-2 ; Matt Williamson, 2-(-6) ; Robbie Peters, 7-(-19). Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 9-113, 2 TDs ; John Pascucci, 11-84, 1 TD ; Gary Tier, 5-28 ; Larry Woolard, 3-8 ; Rahsaan Wareham, 1-6 ; Dale Hendricks, 1-2 ; Dan Beaudette, 2-1 ; Kevin Cornish, 1-(-1) ; Jake Fay, 2-(-6).

PASSING: Hamilton - Robbie Peters, 33-17-2, 180 yards ; Matt Williamson, 2-2-0, 34 yards. Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 19-11-0, 199 yards, 2 TDs ; Kevin Cornish, 1-1-0, 5 yards.

RECEIVING: Hamilton - Shawn Lyons, 5-42 ; Kelby Valenti, 4-70; Chris McCarthy, 4-27 ; Chris Wollard, 2-39 ; Charles Martin, 2-2 ; Jay Morrel, 1-27 ; Mike Feuerstein, 1-7. Wesleyan - Matt Perceval, 6-134, 2 TDs ; George Thompson, 4-60 ; Tom Themistocles, 1-5 ; Chris McCurdy, 1-5.

 

ATTENDANCE: 2,200