Middlebury junior Matt Milano (New Canaan, Conn.) threw for 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Panthers in a 27-7 victory over Colby at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium. Milano went 22-33 and had no interceptions on a day when Middlebury had 458 yards of total offense.
The Panthers scored on two long drives in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead. The first drive went 91 yards on 13 plays and ended with a 1-yard scoring run by rookie running back Drew Jacobs (Marblehead, Mass.). Sophomore Jonathan Hurvitz (Duxbury, Mass.) rushed for 27 yards on the drive.
Middlebury stopped Colby on downs on the next drive. The Mules had driven to the Panther 37-yard line and were stuffed twice on third-and-one and fourth-and-one.
The Panthers drove 63 yards in eight plays and made it 14-0 on Milano's 25-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Grant Luna (San Pedro, Calif.), who also had a catch of 13 yards on the drive.
The Mules got their only touchdown of the game on the next drive. Colby was helped by two personal foul penalties on Middlebury. Luke Duncklee had two catches for 19 yards, the second for eight yards to get the ball to the Middlebury 7-yard line. Carl Lipani had one rush of five yards and then crashed in from two-yards out for the score.
The Panthers got a huge insurance touchdown later in the second quarter. Middlebury went deep on the first play of the drive, with Milano hooking up on a 69-yard pass play with senior wide out Trevor Wheeler (Nahant, Mass.) to the Colby 7-yard line. Milano then threw his second touchdown of the day to senior tight end Brett Harasimowicz (Duxbury, Mass.) on a 5-yard play for a 21-7 lead.
The Panthers added a 33-yard field goal by senior kicker Michael Dola (Arlington, Va.) at the halftime horn. Middlebury went 51 yards on seven plays to get Dola in range.
Middlebury got the ball at the start of the third quarter and ran 7:49 off the clock on a 21-play, 67-yard drive. The Mules held the Panthers to a 25-yard field goal by Dola, but Middlebury ran off more than half of the quarter.
Luna finished with 102 yards on eight catches and the touchdown. Hurvitz ran for 51 yards on 13 rushes, while both Jacobs and rookie John Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) had 40 yards rushing. Senior Will Bain (Dover, Mass.) led the Middlebury defense with nine tackles, while junior Dan Pierce (Needham, Mass.) had seven.
For Colby, Gabe Harrington threw for 152 yards on 25 completions. Lipani rushed for 46 yards and had five catches along with Duncklee and Nick Joseph. Henry Nelson led all tacklers with 11.
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