Williams College Ephs (6-0)
Wesleyan University Cardinals (4-2)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010
SERIES: Began in 1881, marking the beginning of the Williams College football program. The Ephmen were defeated by the Cardinals in that debut 10-0, but since that loss, they have compiled a commanding lead in the nearly 120-year old series, posting a 73-36-5 overall record. Williams has gone 21-2 in the last 23 meetings between these Little Three rivals, including their current streak of 10 consecutive victories.
The series is tied with the Amherst/Wesleyan and the Hampden-Sydney/Randolph-Macon series for the seventh most played rivalry in Div. III.
The most recent matchup between these foes was held in Middletown CT, and the home team came out strong in the first half. Their efforts were to no avail however, as a blocked field goal, a dropped pass in the endzone, and a second failed field goal attempt saw what could have been a 10-0 first quarter Cardinal lead, turn into a 14-0 Williams advantage by the end of the half. Wesleyan was unable to recover from this deficit, as then-junior runningback Ryan Lupo and his 20 attempts for 115 rushing yards (5.75 per carry) and 3 touchdowns marched the Ephs to a 34-7 win.
Williams is 42-16-2 when playing at Weston Field against the Cardinals, and have won 12 straight when hosting the red birds since 42-28 fall in Williamstown during the 1986 campaign. Their last series loss to Wesleyan came in 1999, a 33-28 defeat in Middletown.
COACHES: Aaron Kelton (6-0) will be coaching in his seventh game with Williams this Saturday, as well as his first ever Homecoming affair. Kelton will attempt to corral the swell of emotions his team will no doubt be sorting through as they take the field against their former coach Mike Whalen, the man he replaced at Williams.
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.
Mike Whalen (42-12) returned to his alma mater as the head coach of football and the assistant director of athletics this past spring. Prior to his hiring, Whalen had been at the helm of the Williams football program for the past six seasons. In 2006, he guided the Ephs to their sixth undefeated season in school history, earning a NESCAC Championship and Coach of the Year honors. He was also the only New England coach to finish in the top 25 in Liberty Mutual's Coach of the Year selection process among coaches in all divisions, and was the only Div. III coach among the final 16 candidates.
The program captured four Little Three titles during his tenure, and his teams never finished with a record worse than 6-2. He went a perfect 6-0 against Wesleyan in those seasons.
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.
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STREAKS: Since a heartbreaking loss to Amherst in the final game of the season in 2009, the Ephmen and their new head coach have rebounded to crank out six straight victories, keeping them astride with the undefeated Lord Jeffs of Amherst at the top of the NESCAC. In addition to their perfect season, Williams will look to preserve a 10-game series streak over the Cardinals, as well as a 12-game home winning skein. The Ephmen will also try to go 16 straight games with at least 20 points scored, a stretch that began back to November 1, 2008 in a 48-14 homecoming victory over Wesleyan.
Williams will have to overcome their former coach and his potent offense to do so, a unit that is led by former Eph quarterback Matt Coyne and runningback sensation Shea Dwyer. Dwyer set the Cardinals' single-game rushing record in Week 2 against Hamilton with 213 yards, and then shattered his own standard a week later at Colby, cranking out 255 yards on the ground. Wesleyan bounced backed from a 37-10 loss to Amherst in Week 5 with a 41-7 victory over Bowdoin last Saturday, and they hope to ride that momentum to reel off two more wins over Williams and Trinity in the final two games of the 2010 season.
BY THE NUMBERS…
36.2 / 26.8… Points per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Cardinals
14.0 / 21.5… Points allowed per game for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Cardinals
299.5 / 162.0… Pass offense for Ephs (3rd in NESCAC) / Cardinals
207.7 / 222.2… Pass defense for Ephs / Cardinals
186.3 / 231.7… Rush offense for Ephs / Cardinals (2nd in NESCAC)
66.8 / 121.0… Rush defense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Cardinals
+1 / +6 … Turnover margin for Ephs / Cardinals (2nd in NESCAC)
100.2 / 169.2… Rushing yards per game for Ephs' Ryan Lupo (2nd in NESCAC) / Cardinals' Shea Dwyer (leads NESCAC)
145.3 / 192.3… All-purpose yards per game for Ephs' Darren Hartwell (3rd in NESCAC) / Cardinals' Shea Dwyer (leads NESCAC)
51 / 62… Total tackles for Ephs' Dylan Schultz (T-7th in NESCAC) / Cyprlan Oyomba (2nd in NESCAC)
3… Rushing touchdowns in last year's matchup for Ephs' Ryan Lupo
9… Solo tackles in last year's matchup for Cardinals' Jordan Greene
10 (12)… Number of consecutive series victories (series victories at home) 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
Wesleyan Cardinal Continentals
Matt Coyne - QB #7
Shea Dwyer - RB #5
Chris Russell - FB #48
Tim Morley - TE #37
Zach Sadler - LT #55
Matt Sheeks - LG #69
Nick Seara - C #60
Bobby Rosenthal - RG #68
RJ Dabbar - RT #65
Kyle Weiss - WR #3
Peter Modera - WR #1
Bo Brown - DE #33
Mandela Kazi - DT #90
Nick Ferris DT - #98
Matt Maloney - DE #40
Brett Bandazian - LB #56
Cyprian Oyomba - LB #28
Myers Beaird - LB #35
Jordan Greene - DB #24
Derrick Williams - DB #21
Cam Davila - DB #2
Justin Freres - DB #46
Sebastian Aguirre - P/K #80
Kyle Weiss - P #3