Middlebury Game Notes

Dan Canina '11
Dan Canina '11

83rd Meeting

Williams College Ephs (3-0)

vs.

Middlebury College Panthers (1-2)

1:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 16th, 2010

Weston Field

Williamstown, MA


SERIES: 
Began in 1906.  Williams claims the advantage in the series 64-17-1.  The Ephs are winners of their last nine straight games against the Panthers, and have taken 16 of the last 17 contests with Middlebury since the 1993 season.  The most recent matchup between the two squads was held at Young Field at Alumni Stadium in Vermont, an event that saw Williams leading 23-7 at the half and 30-13 after three quarters.  The Panthers would come storming back in the final fifteen minutes, rallying for two late touchdown drives to pull within a field goal of the Ephs.  Williams' Runningback Ryan Lupo quickly dashed the hopes of a Middlebury-comeback, however, with a late-quarter rushing touchdown that gave his team a decisive 37-27 victory.

The last time the Ephs hosted the Panthers, a packed crowd at Weston Field bore witness to the highest-scoring game ever played in the history of the 104-year old series.  The stat sheet told a tale of astronomical offensive numbers:  95 total points, 13 total touchdowns, and 1,184 of total offense between the two sides.  Williams held a commanding 44-17 lead in that game with less than thirty minutes to play, but the Panthers staged a near-miraculous second-half comeback, falling just one score short of the win as they lost 50-45.

Of Middlebury's 17 series wins, 13 of them have taken place in Williamstown.  Indeed, the Panthers' most recent victory over the Ephs came in 2000 at Weston Field, when they shutout Williams 7-0 in a defensive struggle.  It was the first time Williams was shutout at home since 1992, when it was the Panthers again who had blanked them in a low-scoring affair, 3-0.  That win also happened to be the last time Middlebury beat Williams prior to the 2000 season.

The Ephs have posted at least 30 points in each of the previous five matchups between these programs, averaging 39.2 points per contest over that span.

COACHES:  Aaron Kelton (3-0) will be coaching in his fourth game with Williams this Saturday, looking to follow up on a dominant performance over the Bobcats in Maine 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.

Middlebury's Bob Ritter (43-32) is in his tenth year as head coach of the Panther football program. His teams saw their best run in the '06-'07 seasons, achieving a combined record of 13-3 over those campaigns. Ritter was honored as both the NESCAC Coach of the Year and the Region I AFCA Coach of the Year in '07 after Middlebury's 7-1, NESCAC Championship season.

Ritter graduated from Middlebury 1982 and began his coaching career the very next semester as the defensive coordinator. After six years in Vermont, Ritter moved on to Tufts University, where he served as head lacrosse coach and both offensive and defensive coordinator of the football program. Eventually, he landed back in Middlebury in '96 as assistant coach to both the lacrosse and football teams, until being named the head coach of the program in December of 2000.

Ritter is winless in 9 games against the Ephs in his head coaching career.

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:  As was previously mentioned, the purple and gold boast a string of 9 consecutive victories over Middlebury including 4 straight home wins.  Additionally, Williams will look to preserve a streak of 13 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 & RECORDS:  Senior quarterback Donald McKillop was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Saturday's 38-31 loss to an unbeaten Amherst College.  The gunslinger connected on 47 of his 62 passes (.758) for 421 yards and two touchdowns, tacking on 20 more yards on the ground in an outstanding effort against a very formidable defensive opponent.

Not only did McKillop tie the single-game record for most completions in a game by a Panther (a record that had previously set), but he also became the all-time leader in New England Division III football with 666 career completions, overtaking James Williams (Western Conn. St. '09) and his mark of 628.  With 60 more passing attempts this Saturday, McKillop will eclipse Williams for the all-time record in that category as well, as he currently has 1,041 attempts in 26 games to the leader's 1,110 tries set over 39 games.

McKillop has thrown for exactly 1,000 yards in three games against the Ephs—223 in 2009, 462 in 2008, and 315 in 2007.  He has completed 101 of 165 (.612) passes so far this season, good for 8 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  In his last appearance at Weston Field, the 50-45 shootout, McKillop unleashed for 462 yards and 2 touchdowns on 47 of 73 (.644) attempts.  Look for Williams to establish their ground attack early and often in an effort to keep the quarterback off the field and out of the record books.

BY THE NUMBERS…

82...  Yards of total offense allowed by Ephs last week at Bates

60... Number of pass attempts needed by Middlebury's Donald McKillop to set N.E. Div.III
        record for attempts in a career

34.3 / 27.3…  Points per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Panthers

12.0 / 32.3…  Points allowed per game for Ephs (leads NESCAC) / Panthers

288.7 / 329.3…  Pass offense for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Panthers (leads NESCAC)

197.0 / 234.0…  Pass defense for Ephs / Panthers

154.3 / 91.3…  Rush offense for Ephs / Panthers

67.3 / 201.3…  Rush defense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Panthers

+2 / -2…  Turnover margin for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Panthers

285.7 / 329.3…  Passing yards per game for Ephs' Pat Moffitt (3rd in NESCAC) / Panthers' Donald McKillop (leads NESCAC)

86.0 / 85.7…  Receiving yards per game for Ephs' Darren Hartwell / Panthers' Zach Driscoll

30 / 25…  Total tackles for Ephs' Dylan Schultz (3rd in NESCAC) / Panthers' Michael Bilodeau

3…  Rushing touchdowns in last year's matchup for Ephs' Ryan Lupo

3…  Passing touchdowns in last year's matchup for Panthers' McKillop

12 (10)…  Total (solo) tackles in last year's matchup for Ephs' Chris Cameron

 

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

 

Middlebury College Panthers

Offense

Donald McKillop #16 - QB

Andrew Plumley #22 - RB

Matt Rayner #6 - WR

Nick Resor #7 - WR

Zach Driscoll #11 - WR

David Reed #44 - TE

Ryan Moores #64 - LT

Ling Zhou #69 - LG

Ken LeStrange #74 - C

Sam White #65 - RG

John Poulson #70 - RT

 

Defense

Andrew Ackerman #56 - DE

Carl Culicchia #96 - NG

Chris Dola #50 - DE

Matt Cawley #43 - LB

Andrew Poulin #37 - LB

Andrew Durfee #53 - LB

Josh Wiet #47 - S

Michael Bilodeau #21 - S

Connor Green #35 - CB

Daniel Kenerson #31 - FS

Charlie Taft #17 - CB

 

Special Teams

Anthony Kuchan #1 – P/K & P

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