Tufts Game Notes

J.C. Stickney '12
J.C. Stickney '12

80th Meeting

Williams College Ephs (4-0)

vs.

Tufts University Jumbos (1-3)

1:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 16th, 2010

Zinman Field (Ellis Oval)

Medford, MA

SERIES:  Began in 1885.  Williams leads the series 50-22-7.  Since the 1982 season, the Ephs have dropped just two games to the Jumbos, posting a 22-2-4 record against them.  In the twenty-one year span from 1987 to 2007, Williams went undefeated in the series for a mark of 19-0-2, including a 15-game winning streak from '93-'07.

That stretch was snapped two seasons ago in Medford, as Tufts held the Eph offense scoreless for the entire second half en route to a shocking 17-7 upset victory.  It was the first series win for the Jumbos since 1986 when they routed the Ephs 33-3 on their home turf.  Overall, Williams is 21-12-4 when playing on the road against Tufts.

Last year's contest was held at Weston Field in Williamstown, and the Ephs rattled off their 13th straight series win in stellar fashion, downing Tufts 30-7.  The quarterback duo of Pat Moffitt and Matt Coyne teamed up for 173 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns, while Ryan Lupo and Tom Wohlwender gained a combined 164 rushing yards and a touchdown on 39 carries in an all-around impressive offensive performance by Williams.

COACHES:  Aaron Kelton (4-0) will be coaching in his fifth game with Williams this Saturday, looking to follow up on a solid two-way performance in a 41-17 win over the Middlebury Panthers last weekend.  Kelton was selected to lead the football program this past May.

Prior to his hiring, Kelton spent the last four years with Columbia University, operating as the Lions' defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, after serving as the secondary coach in the two years before that.  In his time with the program, Kelton ran one of the most successful defensive backfields in the Ivy League, a unit that produced DB Tad Crawford, an '07 graduate who was taken as a high draft choice in the Canadien Football League.  Off the field, Kelton was the recruiting coordinator for the Lions in charge of the District of Colombia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  His hard work also earned him highly sought-after NFL summer intern positions with the Indianapolis Colts (2007), the Jacksonville Jaguars (2008), and the Arizona Cardinals (2009).

Although a rookie in the Eph community, Kelton is a Massachusetts native with a long standing in the state.  Born in Boston, he became a three-sport athlete at Wellesley [MA] High School, where he competed in football, basketball, and baseball.  Upon graduation, Kelton enrolled at Springfield College, where he would letter all four years for the Pride's football program, starting at quarterback for two in those seasons.  He matriculated in 1992, earning a B.S. in psychology.  Kelton is currently working on completing an M.Ed. in integrated studies from Virginia State.

Bill Samko (57-75) is in his 17th year as head coach of Tufts. He arrived in Medford in 1994 and began his tenure at the helm immediately. Previously, Samko coached at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he led a rebuilding program to 35-26-1 record over his six year stay, including a 23-5-1 from 1990-2 and two Southern College Conference Coach of the Year awards. He also led the Jumbos to a 7-1 season in 1998, winning Coach of the Year recognition from multiple organizations.

Samko is 1-15 in his head coaching career against the Ephs.  He is 92-102-1 in 23 years as a head coach.

RADIO - INTERNET: The Williams College student station, WCFM (91.9 FM) will air the game live locally and on the Internet. To hear the game on the Internet on WCFM click here.

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STREAKS:  Since a gut-wrenching loss in last season's final game against archrival Amherst, the Ephs and their new head coach have rebounded to crank out four straight victories to start off the 2010 campaign.  The offense has looked particularly impressive during this span, averaging 36 points per game including back-to-back games of exactly 41 points against Middlebury last week (a 41-17 final) and Bates the week prior (a 41-0 shutout).  Tufts on the other hand will try and snap a three-game skid that has landed them at 1-3 through the first half of the season.

Additionally, Williams will look to preserve a streak of 14 straight games with at least 20 points scored, a stretch that began back to November 1st, 2008 in a 48-14 homecoming victory over Wesleyan.

AWARDS:  Williams sophomore wide out Darren Hartwell was named the Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Saturday's 41-17 win over Middlebury College.  The league-leading receiver snagged 5 passes for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns, marking the second time this season he has tied the Eph single-game touchdown record.

Hartwell has been an especially profitable big play target for senior quarterback Pat Moffitt this year, and the tandem wasted little time last week, connecting for a 92-yard touchdown on the very offensive play of the game.  Hartwell stands atop the NESCAC with 438 receiving yards, 7 touchdown catches, and an average of 109.5 yards per game.  His 15 receptions have gone for an outstanding clip of 29.2 yards per catch, and he is just one touchdown away from tying the single-season Eph record of 8.

BY THE NUMBERS…

36.0 / 15.8…  Points per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Jumbos

13.2 / 20.0…  Points allowed per game for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Jumbos (4th in NESCAC)

306.0 / 282.0…  Pass offense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Jumbos (3rd in NESCAC)

223.2 / 148.5…  Pass defense for Ephs / Jumbos (leads NESCAC)

178.5 / 45.0…  Rush offense for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Jumbos

74.5 / 192.2…  Rush defense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Jumbos

+2 …  Turnover margin for both Ephs & Jumbos (3rd in NESCAC)

297.8 / 278.2…  Passing yards per game for Ephs' Pat Moffitt (2nd in NESCAC) / Jumbos' Anthony Fucillo (3rd in NESCAC)

109.5 / 71.5…  Receiving yards per game for Ephs' Darren Hartwell (leads NESCAC) / Jumbos' Greg Stewart (5th in NESCAC)

42 / 39…  Total tackles for Ephs' Dylan Schultz (2nd in NESCAC) / Jumbos' Ferras Albitar (5th in NESCAC)

2…  Receiving touchdowns in last year's matchup for Ephs' Bryce Bennett

9 / 8…  Total tackles in last year's matchup for Ephs' Dylan Schultz / Jumbos' Donnie Simmons

 

STARTING LINEUPS

 

Williams College Ephs

Offense

Pat Moffett #5 - QB

Ryan Lupo #23 - RB

Tom Wohlender #33 - RB

Jon Carroll #86 - TE

Graham McCullouch #72 - RT

Kevin Rose #73- RG

Vincent Nistico #60 - C

Ryan Loughran #79 - LG

Steve Denza #58 - LT

Darren Hartwell #1 - WR

Bill Griffin #4 - WR

Defense

Tyler Cole #3 - CB

Dan O'Mara #21 - S

Dan Canina #92 - DE

Colin Curzi # 97- DL

Ben Halbower #99 - DL

Tim Kiely #30 - DE

Chris Cameron #7 - SLM

Dylan Schultz #55 - MLB

Dan Johnson #37 - WLB

Chris Rudnicki #24 - S

Ben Oliva #12 - CB

Special Teams

Luke Faust #19 - KO

Chris Cleary #14 - P/K

 

Tufts University Jumbos

Offense

Anthony Fucillo #16 - QB

Pat Bailey #14 - TB

Greg Stewart #15 - WR

Billy Mahler #2 - WR

Steve Cusano #80 - WR

Pat Nee #85 - WR

David Lloyd #79 - LT

Tom Didio #71 - LG

Sam Stone #51 - C

Luke Lamothe #58 - RG

Evan Murray #66 - RT

Defense

Sam Gardner #38 - DE

Chris Toole #74 - DT

Nick Croteau #83 - DT

Donnie Simmons #91 - DE

Brian Danshaw #6 - LB

Matthew Murray #34 - LB

Ferras Albitar #44 - LB

Vincent Lee #4 - CB

Sam Diss #27 - FS

Nick Falk #37 - SS

Austin Crittenden #21 - CB

Special Teams

Adam Auerbach #49 - P/K

Marty Finnegan #87 - P

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