Williams College Ephs (5-0)
Hamilton College Continentals (1-4)
Saturday, Oct. 30th, 2010
SERIES: Began in 1900. Williams holds a commanding 37-7 edge. The Ephs have bested Hamilton in 13 straight contests dating back to 1997.
Llast season the Ephs cruised to a 42-0 over Hamilton to win in front of the home crowd at Weston Field. This was a particularly sweet triumph for then-senior tri-captain Nick Caro, who nabbed three touchdowns in the game to tie the single-game school record. The wide receiver had fractured his leg in a game at Hamilton's Steuben Field the previous year, a gruesome injury that several doctors said would end his football career. Twelve months later, Caro was back on the gridiron catching touchdowns against the very Hamilton team who had nearly brought a premature end to his playing days. Caro had three catches on the day for 97 yards and all resulted in six points.
Hamilton's 16-13 defeat of Williams in the 1996 campaign marks the last time they have succeeded against the Ephmen, a feat witnessed in Clinton, NY. Overall, the Continentals are 5-15 when hosting the purple cows.
COACHES: Aaron Kelton (5-0) will be coaching in his sixth game with Williams this Saturday, and his third one on the road. He'll be hoping to navigate a smoother course to victory than the come-from-behind win over Tufts in Week 5, an affair that saw his squad down by as many as 10 points in the third quarter.
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 Canadian 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.
Steve Stetson (18-42-1) is in the fifth year of his second stint as head coach of Hamilton. During his first tenure from 1982 to 1984 the team went 9-14-1, but they went 6-1-1 in the '84 season, the program's first winning record since 1967. That campaign merited him the Div. III Coach of the Year award in New England, as well as a head coaching position at Boston University's Div. I-AA program the following year.
After three seasons there, Stetson left for Hartwick College, where he resurrected a football program that had been dormant for 42 years. From 1991-2001, he lead the Hawks to eight winning seasons and earned three conference championships. Stetson made one last stop in his native state of New Hampshire to join the University of New Hampshire program as an assistant coach for four seasons, before returning to Clinton in 2006.
Stetson is 1-4 overall in his head coaching career against the Ephs.
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 http://www.shoutcast.com/Internet-Radio/wcfm
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STREAKS: Since last season's heartbreaking loss to Amherst in the final game of the season, the Ephmen and their new head coach have rebounded to crank out five straight victories, keeping them astride the undefeated Lord Jeffs at the top of the NESCAC. Additionally, Williams will look to preserve a streak of 15 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. They will also try to extend a 13-game series winning streak against Hamilton.
AWARDS: Senior runningback Ryan Lupo took home Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season for his efforts in last Saturday's 35-24 victory over Tufts, sharing the honors with Amherst quarterback Alex Vetras. Lupo, who led the conference in rushing yards last year, busted loose for 180 yards on 39 attempts, and his record-tying 4 touchdown carries fueled the Eph offensive unit to an impressive second-half comeback. His 10 and 4-yard scores allowed Williams to overturn a 10-point deficit, and his 1-yard dive early in the final frame sealed the win.
This season, Lupo has once again proven to be an essential component of the Ephs' run-driven offensive scheme. He is currently second in NESCAC in rushing, averaging a clip of 101.6 yards per game, and has scored 7 rushing TDs, tying him for the team-lead in scoring with sophomore wide receiver Darren Hartwell at 42 points. The relentless ground attack that he and rookie back Alex Scyocurka have helped establish in the past five weeks has opened up the field for quarterback Pat Moffitt and his receiving core to unleash their full potential on opposing backfields. The result is an offense that can effectively manage the game on the ground and also uncork a big play through the air, a deadly combination that has garnered a flawless record thus far.
BY THE NUMBERS…
35.8 / 15.2… Points per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Continentals
15.4 / 28.4… Points allowed per game for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Continentals
304.0 / 168.2… Pass offense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Continentals
231.4 / 176.8… Pass defense for Ephs / Continentals (2nd in NESCAC)
188.0 / 115.0… Rush offense for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Continentals
70.4 / 144.0… Rush defense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Continentals
+1 / -1 … Turnover margin for Ephs / Continentals
161.0 / 110.2… All-purpose yards per game for Ephs' Darren Hartwell (2nd in NESCAC) / Continentals' James Stenall (7th in NESCAC)
101.6 / 52.6… Rushing yards per game for Ephs' Ryan Lupo (2nd in NESCAC) / Continentals' Dylan Isenberg (8th in NESCAC)
30… Solo tackles for Ephs' Pat Barren (T-4th in NESCAC)
3.5… Total sacks by Continentals' Jim Forrey (T-4th in NESCAC)
4… Passing touchdowns in last year's matchup for Ephs' Pat Moffitt
9… Total tackles each by Continentals' Burke St. John & Mike MacDonald last year
13… Number of consecutive series victories for the Ephs
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
Hamilton College Continentals
Steve Mello #2 - QB
James Stenall #23 - TB
Connor Smith #41 - FB
Scott Kleinklaus #4 - WR
Ryan Cray #19 - WR
Kevin Petrick #87 - WR
Niko Wagner #69 - LT
Jason Gardepe #78 - LG
Jon Michel #57 - C
Sam Peabody #77 - RG
Paul Zarella #67 - RT
Mac Gillan #89 - DE
Burke St. John #44 - DT
Cameron Waugh #96 - DT
Jim Forrey #82 - DE
Brian Danshaw #6 - LB
Mike MacDonald #58 - LB
Charley Bueneman #55 - LB
Alex Pardy #3 - LB
Dan Peters #7 - LB
Jon Higginbotham #11 - CB
Ted Finan #28 - CB
Rob Gannon #25 - FS
George Taylor #18 – P, P/K