Sophomore Travis Samuels scored four touchdowns Saturday as Hartwick College improved to 2-0 with a 51-34 non-conference football victory at Morrisville State.
Samuels finished with 178 yards receiving and 289 all-purpose yards for the Hawks, who got 236 yards and four touchdowns passing from quarterback John Garcia.
Frankie Molina caught two balls for 42 yards and a touchdown, and Hartwick teammate Kurtis Ahart amassed 194 rushing yards and two TDs.
Dante Crump led Hartwick’s defense with 14 tackles and one forced fumble. Bryan Schweitzer contributed 10 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.
The Mustangs (0-2) opened the scoring on a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first quarter.
Samuels then ran back the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but the Hawks still trailed as Korey Jubie’s extra-point attempt was blocked.
Hartwick then forced a three-and-out, taking over at its 27-yard line after a punt. Garcia then hit Samuels for a 73-yard TD pass on the next play, and Jubie made the kick for a 13-7 lead.
Garcia later hit Molina for a 21-yard TD pass and Samuels for a 17-yard score in the second quarter as the Hawks took a 26-20 lead into halftime.
Samuels scored his fourth TD, on a 33-yard pass from Garcia, late in the third quarter, but Morrisville answered 11 seconds before the end of the period to keep pace.
Both of Ahart’s rushing touchdowns came in the fourth period, when Hartwick secured the victory by outscoring the Mustangs, 18-7. Ahart scored on runs of 7 and 31 yards for the Hawks, who got a 39-yard field goal from Alex Tesoriero.
Hartwick visits Becker College this Saturday.
Tulsa 3, Hartwick 2
Omar Mata’s goal 8:46 into overtime helped 13th-ranked Tulsa spoiled a second-half comeback by Hartwick on Sunday during the Southern Methodist University Tournament at Westcott Field in Dallas.