Hartwick College rode five takeaways and four sacks to a 21-9 football victory over visiting Ithaca College on Saturday in the Empire 8 Conference.
The Hawks, who limited the Bombers to 46 rushing yards, improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2009.
Defensive tackle Jason Brown scored the final touchdown for Hartwick, returning a fumble recovery 16 yards in the third quarter. Alex Tesoriero followed with the extra point to give the Hawks a 21-0 lead.
Dante Crump had two interceptions and Jared Morrow contributed another for Hartwick, which opened the scoring less than three minutes into the second quarter. That’s when Frankie Molina caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from John Garcia for a 6-0 lead that Tesoriero padded with the ensuing extra point.
Garcia also hit John Horner for a 5-yard TD pass early in the third quarter. Tesoriero’s kick was good to make it 14-0 in favor of the Hawks.
Brown’s TD off his fumble recovery came with 11:51 left in the third quarter.
Ithaca (3-1) avoided the shutout with a 33-yard field goal by Garrett Nicholson with 3:53 to go in the third. The Bombers ended the scoring with 5:13 left as Joel Lynch caught an 18-yard TD pass from from Tom Dempsey.
Davionne Price (Delhi HS) had a fumble recovery in the opening quarter for the Hawks, who got 97 rushing yards on 18 carries from Nick Knauer.
Garcia completed 19 passes for 208 yards, with 90 coming on six throws to Molina. Travis Samuels had five receptions for 35 yards and Tanner Williams finished with 41 yards on four catches.
Morrow’s seven tackles led the Hawks’ defense. He also had five punts totaling 190 yards, with two downed inside the 20.
Bryan Schweitzer finished with six tackles and two sacks. Seney had four tackles, two sacks and forced two fumbles.
Hartwick will take on another unbeaten team this Saturday, when the Hawks host 19th-ranked St. John Fisher. The Cardinals improved to 4-0 after beating Frostburg, 38-35.