Running back Kurtis Ahart rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead the undefeated Hartwick College football team to a 45-19 non-conference thumping of host Becker College.
Quarterback John Garcia completed 17 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns for Hartwick (3-0), which got seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown from receiver Frankie Molina. Tanner Williams contributed 52 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.
Joe Seney finished with six tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble for the Hawks, who received five tackles and one sack from R.J. Roth. Rob Burke contributed three tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, and one pass breakup for a defense that limited Becker (1-2) to 94 yards passing and 56 yards rushing.
Hartwick rallied after fumbling away the opening kickoff and allowing Vincent Romario to score on a 29-yard run four plays later.
Ahart followed with back-to-back TD runs of 6 and 11 yards, sparking a 35-0 Hartwick spurt that ended with Ahart’s 12-yard scoring run early in the third quarter. In between, Roth scored on a safety and Garcia hit Williams with a 29-yard TD pass and Chris Hoose with a 7-yard TD pass.
Molina’s 58-yard TD catch also came in the third quarter, and Alex Tesoriero kicked a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth period to cap Hartwick’s scoring.
The Hawks are off until Oct. 5, when they host an Empire 8 Conference opener against Ithaca College.
Hartwick 1, Iona 0
Max Walcott scored inside the first minute of the second half and goalie Mateo Munarriz made one save Saturday at Elmore Field as Hartwick earned its first victory of the season.
Walcott ran onto a ball played into the Gaels’ box and volleyed a six-yard shot past Iona goalie Julian Petrello (five saves) 44 seconds into the second half.
Both teams finished with nine shots. Iona (2-3-1) held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.