Williams College Ephs (2-0)
Bates College Bobcats (1-1)
Saturday, Oct. 9th, 2010
SERIES: Began in 1988. Williams holds a commanding 21-1 lead in the series. The 2003 season saw the only Bobcat win over the Ephs, as they snapped a string of 15 straight losses with a 10-7 victory at Weston Field.
Last year's matchup in Williamstown looked like it was going to be a close game, as each team drove down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession. That score would be the only points Bates would put on the board that day, though, as Williams went on to post 24 unanswered points to take the contest 31-7. Ryan Lupo carried the ball for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns in that affair while Pat Moffitt gained 203 yards through the air with a touchdown.
The most recent showdown at Garcelon Field came in 2008 and proved to be another game in which the Bobcats offense was hot out of the gate, but then tapered off after an opening drive score. Williams would string together 27 unanswered points in that contest, overcoming an early 7-0 deficit to record a 27-14 win. The Ephs are a perfect 11-0 in games at Lewsiton.
The two squads have gone into overtime just once in 22 meetings, a 17-14 Williams victory at Garcelon Field in 2000.
The Ephs have blanked the Bobcats six times total, the last one coming in 2002, a 24-0 shutout performance in Lewiston. Williams has scored at least 24 points in every meeting except the overtime win in 2000, the 2003 loss, and an 8-7 victory in 2005.
COACHES: Aaron Kelton (2-0) will be coaching in his third game with Williams this Saturday, after a huge 29-21 win over Trinity last week, the first in the series for the Ephs since 2006. 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.
Mark Harriman (22-76) is in his 13th season as head coach of the Bobcats. This year, Harriman serves as the quarterbacks' coach, after functioning as the team's defensive coordinator and/or linebacker coach for the past 12 seasons. He is also the assistant director of the college's athletics program. Harriman has won two CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) titles in his head coaching tenure. He has a 1-11 record against Williams.
NEW FIELD DEDICATION: Bates will dedicate comprehensive renovations at historic Garcelon Field at midday Saturday, Oct. 9, as part of the Bates football team's home opener vs. Williams College. The event, a centerpiece of Parents & Family Weekend activities at Bates, will include a brief ceremony prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff and a halftime program recognizing supporters of the $2.6 million donor-funded project. The renovations include a new artificial surface to replace the grass, a new aluminum grandstand, a new and expanded press box, and four new light towers, giving Garcelon nighttime accessibility for the first time in its history.
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 go to
wcfm.williams.edu and click on the Listen Live link.
LISTEN on TEAMLINE: TEAMLINE is a pay-to-view and a pay-to-listen and pay-to-view service for this contest. You can access the Williams broadcast on TEAMLINE on the Internet by clicking here.
LIVE STATS: Click here.
STREAKS: The Ephs have taken the last six contests in the series and remain undefeated on the road against Bates (11-0). They have opened the 2010 campaign with back-to-back victories, including a triumphant 29-21 win over Trinity last week that snapped a 3-game losing slide against the Bantams.
Bates is coming off the heels of a momentous 21-20 victory over the Tufts, their first mark in the win column against the Jumbos since 1985, thus snapping a string of 24-straight defeats.
Williams will try to continue a streak of 12 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: Eph junior safety Dan O'Mara earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his contribution to Williams' win over Trinity in Week 2. O'Mara was at the center of an Eph defense that kept a potent Bantam offense silent in the first half of play. He registered 11 total tackles and 8 solo bring-downs, leading the team in both categories. The Pennsylvania-native also added a second-quarter interception and a batted pass to his stat sheet, rounding out a productive afternoon. His honor marks the second week in a row that an Eph has been recognized by the NESCAC, as senior LB Pat Barren shared the award for his performance in the Week 1 victory over Bowdoin.
BY THE NUMBERS…
31.0 / 10.5… Points per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Bobcats
18.0 / 32.0… Points allowed per game for Ephs / Bobcats
288.5 / 139… Pass offense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Bobcats
286.0 / 253.0… Pass defense for Ephs / Bobcats
158.5 / 113.5… Rush offense for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Bobcats
69.5 / 123.0… Rush defense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Bobcats
203 / 143… Passing yards in last year's matchup for Ephs' Pat Moffitt / Bobcats' Ryan Katon
7 / 14… Total tackles in last year's matchup for Ephs' Dylan Schultz / Bobcats' Brett
209… Rushing yards for Ephs' Ryan Lupo (2nd in NESCAC)
23… Total tackles for Bobcats' Brett McAllister (3rd in NESCAC)
294… All-purpose yards for Ephs' Darren Hartwell in Week 2 (208 receiving, 86 on returns)
2… Total sacks for Bobcats' Brett McAllister in Week 2 (for a total loss of 14 yards)
Williams College Ephs
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
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
Luke Faust #19 - KO
Chris Cleary #14 - P/K
Bates College Bobcats
Ryan Katon #8 - QB
Shawn Doherty #6 - RB
Patrick George #22 - RB
John Squires #86 - SE
Tom Finkenstaedt #23 - SE
Evan Tierney #2 - SLOT
Ryan Weston #74 - LT
Mark Sylvester #70 - LG
Brendan Murphy #73 - C
Matt Conetta #52 - RG
Liam O'Neil #75 - RT
Pat Quinn #92 - DE
Devin Horvath #90 - DT
Tyler Kuehl #96 - DE
Brett McAllister #24 - OLB
Kevin Helm #33 - ILB
Ted Durkin #46 - ILB
Josh Chronopoulos #48 - ILB
Myles Walker #41 - OLB
Cam Evans #14 - CB
Andrew Kukesh #30 - FS
Chris Alfiero #29 - CB
Gavin Segall-Abrams #16 - P/K
Pat Quinn #92 - LS