WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Williams College Ephs (1-2) were toppled 35-26 by the Bates College Bobcats on Weston Field in their first home game of the 2011 season.
Bates won for just the second time in the 24-year history of the series, previously winning on Weston Field in 2003, 10-7.
"Disappointing to say the least," remarked head coach Aaron Kelton after the game. "We've got our work cut out for us. Yes, we had some good things happen for us on that field today, but we're a way better team than the team that played out here today."
Bates opened up a 14-point lead in the first 4:45 of the game when QB Trevor Smith connected on two TD passes with WR John Squires. The first scoring strike was for 9 yards and the second was a 33-yarder. Two successful PATS by Charlie Donahue gave Bates a 14-0 lead at 10:15 of the first quarter.
And, despite two trips to the end zone of their own, the Ephs could not hack away at the Bobcat lead, trailing them 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. RB Tom Wohlwender ran for both Eph TDs (12 and 1), but in between the two Wohlwender tallies was a 26-yard interception return by Bates' Kyle Starr.
Despite registering 35 points in the opening quarter the two teams both came up empty in the second quarter and Bates took a 21-14 lead a into the halftime break.
Bates increased their lead to 35-14 with two third quarter TDs. At 7:10 of the quarter Trevor Smith found Tom Finklestaedt on a fly route down the right side and the catch and run resulted in a 56-yard TD. Ryan Curit notched the final Bates TD on a two-yard run, Curit led the Bates ground game netting 102 yards on 11 carries
Williams tallied two TDs in the final period, but failed to convert after both, making the final score 35-26 in favor of Bates.
Eph QB Adam Marske connected on an 11-yard pass to J.C. Stickeny wth 12:21 left in the game and Wohlwender rushed for his third TD at 1:38, scoring from the 3-yard line.
Wohlwender rushed for three TDs in a game for the second time this season, accounting for 103 yards on the ground.
From the start the Ephs had trouble with the Bates offense, which Eph coach Aaron Kelton described as "unorthodox but clearly successful offense."
Bates had 41 rush attempts for a total of 198 yards, while Williams had 46 for only 136 yards.
Bates was able to make 3 out of 4 PATs, while Williams couldn't follow through on either of their two chances.
Defensively, Kevin Helm led the Bobcats with 12 solo tackles and 4 assists. Dylan Schultz topped the charts for the Ephs with 13 solos and 1 assist.
Curit and George were able to rush for net totals of 102 and 58 yards respectively for the Bobcats. Running backs Wohlwender and Hernandez led the Ephs on yards rushed; Wohlwender with a net total of 103 and Hernandez with 55. Kelton was pleased with their performance today: "Honestly, the only guys who did a really good job out there today were the running backs."
Post-game Kelton commented, "We were very undisciplined. We just think we can do whatever we want to. I warned them all week that this was a really good Bates team; they didn't travel here just to play, they came to win."
Kelton is hoping to, "go back to the beginning and start it all over to get this thing going in a better direction."
The Ephs will travel to Middlebury, VT to take on the Panthers this coming Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 pm.