Williams College football team runs away from Bates in second half for 47-14 win
The Ephs set a record for most points scored by the home team on the now four-year-old stadium turf and the Ephs improved to 3-1 with a decisive 47-14 win over Bates on Saturday.
"I'm just really happy for the older guys. They set the tone coming into training camp. They've been great leaders to get the program on track," said freshman linebacker T.J. Rothmann, who registered his first two collegiate interceptions. "It's good to be 3-1, but we still have a lot more work to do."
The 47 points were the most scored by a Williams team on Farley-Lamb since the Ephs beat Bowdoin 36-0 back in 2014. It is the most points scored by any team in the new stadium since Middlebury scored 49 last year.
Williams also scored more points Saturday than in any game since the Ephs beat Tufts 49-35 in 2013.
It is Rothmann and a group of precocious freshmen who have helped the Ephs get to this point. Quarterback Bobby Maimaron had another strong day for Williams. He had 334 yards in total offense, 100 more than the total put up by the Bates offense. The quarterback from Duxbury was 17 of 24 for 282 yards and three touchdowns. He threw TD strikes of 55 and 77 yards to fellow freshman Frank Stola, and completed a 19-yard TD pass to junior Joey Volpe with 36 seconds left in the first half. It was, by the way, Volpe's first TD reception of his Williams career. Maimaron also scored on a 20-yard run in the first quarter.
"These guys trust the leadership on the team," defensive tackle and co-captain Chris Hattar said. "They trust the coaches, they trust the seniors, they trust the captains and it pays dividends when you put the work in and you trust each other."
Williams took the lead for keeps on Min Kyu Park's 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Park went 2 for 4 on his kicks, also hitting from 33 yards out in the third quarter.
Williams took command of this game on the final drive of the second quarter. Bates was forced to punt the ball away after freshman linebacker Jarrett Wesner sacked Bates quarterback Brendan Costa. A 38-yard punt put the ball on the Williams 38 with 2:34 to play.
On the seventh play of the drive, Williams faced third-and-9 from the Bobcat 19. Maimaron rolled to his right, bought himself some time and found Volpe in the back corner of the end zone. The Duxbury native put the ball right on the money for a TD with 36 seconds left.
"I scrambled over to the right earlier in that same quarter and threw it to Justin Nelson, but I overthrew it by a ton, threw it out of bounds and didn't give him a chance," Maimaron said. "The second time, I was over there and saw Volpe in kind of the same situation. I had to give him a chance.
"He went up and made an unbelievable catch. It was a huge play at the end of the half."
Williams went into the locker room up 17-7. The Ephs had won the toss and chose to defer to the second half. They got the ball and promptly went 72 yards on three plays. Maimaron and Stola, who caught seven passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, hooked up on a long TD catch and run. Stola got behind two Bates defenders, caught the ball in full stride, and went 55 yards for the touchdown that seemed to break the spirit of the Bobcats.
Williams coach Mark Raymond, meanwhile, smiled when Maimaron's week-to-week progress was brought up.
"He had a big day today," the second-year coach said. "He had a lot of help from his offensive line and his running backs. It was a total team effort. The quarterback position is so important, and he's done a really good job running the football team."
Three of the four Williams interceptions were by first-year players. Rothmann had two picks, something he hadn't done since he was a freshman at Boston College High School. Freshman safety Jake Kastenhuber had his first interception and defensive end Jameson DeMarco also picked off a pass.
"They have the type off offense where they're okay with getting two or three yards a play and then they hit you for a big one, and they did a couple of times today," said Rothmann. "You couldn't take a play off because that's what they want. They want to keep hitting and hitting, and then go the distance.
"Overall, I thought we did a good job, but we have a lot of work to do."
Bates 7 0 7 0 — 14
Williams 7 10 23 7 — 47
W — Maimaron 20 run (Park kick), 10:24.
B — Lopez 80 pass from Costa (DeWald kick), 9:08.
W — Park 25 FG, 8:58.
W — Volpe 19 pass from Maimaron (Park kick), 0:36.
W — Stola 55 pass from Maimaron (Park kick), 13:46.
W — Morrison 30 run (Park kick), 10:55.
W — Park 33 FG, 8:07.
B — Plashkes 2 run (DeWald kick), 6:16.
W — Dozier 4 run (Kick failed), 2:31.
W — Stola 77 pass from Maimaron (Park kick), 14:01.
A — 1,499
First Downs 7 27
Rushes-yards 35-131 47-288
Passing yards 98 290
Comp-Att-Int 5-12-4 22-30-0
Punts-Avg. 7-40.3 4-25.5
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 6-61 10-125
Time of possession 24:25 35:19
RUSHING — Bates: Golden 7-80, Costa 13-49, Plashkes 5-12, Flaherty 1-1, San Filippo 1-1, Baum 1-0, Doyon 2-0, Williams 3-(-2), Lopez 1-(-3), Nichol 1-(-7), Williams: Morrison 5-85, Harris 13-83, Maimaron 10-52, Bohling 6-39, Dozier 7-22, Wesner 1-4, Gannon 2-3, Nelson 1-1.
PASSING — Bates: Costa 6-12-4 109; Plashkes 0-2-0 0. Williams: Maimaron 17-24-0 282; Gannon 4-4-0 19,
RECEIVING — Bates: Lopez 2-91, Willliams 2-13, Ross 1-7, Nichol 1-(-2). Williams: Stola 7-172, Volpe 7-68, Horihan 1-16, Nelson 2-15, Morrison 1-12, Moaney 2-9, Regensburg 1-9.
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