WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College (4-2) made two Adam Markse to J.C. Stickney first quarter TD passes standup in downing Hamilton (2-4) 14-7. The game ended with a heavy snow falling on Weston Field.
Williams senior LB Dylan Schultz ended Hamilton's final possession when he sacked Hamilton QB Jordan Eck and forced a fumble that was recovered by Eph LB Chris Cameron on the Hamilton 15-yard line with 50 seconds left. Schultz's sack of Eck was the sixth of the game for Williams.
The Ephs gained 282 total offensive yards highlighted by the scoring strikes from Marske to Stickney.
The Continentals ended with a net loss of 30 yards on the ground, and 217 yards gained in the air. The -30 yards rushing is an Eph single game record, breaking the previous record of -9 gained by Bates (10/9/93)
"We really got off on the right foot today offensively," said head coach Aaron Kelton.
A short punt by Hamilton's Garrett Hoy was returned 18 yards by the Ephs' Tom Cabarle to the Hamilton 14. From there it took the Ephs four plays for Marske and Stickney to connect on a pass form six yards out for the TD. A successful PAT by Joseph Mallock put the Ephs up 7-0 just 5:49 in.
With less than 2 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Eph senior captain Dan O'Mara intercepted a pass by Hamilton QB Jordan Eck and darted up the field, 56 yards. "O'Mara is a talented player and I expect a lot out of him each week. This game especially, he delivered," Kelton noted.
After a 1-yard rush by Marco Hernandez Marske found Stickney with a high pass to the right side of the end zone that Stickney caught falling into the end zone. The Ephs took a 14-0 lead after another successful PAT by Mallock with 1:19 left in the opening quarter.
At that point the Williams offense was unable to solve the Hamilton defense and for most of the remaining time the Ephs' defense shackled the Continentals' offense surrendering only a 2-yard TD run by James Stannell with 7:27 left in the final quarter.
"We played well and we just kind of slowed down for some reason," stated Kelton. "We've been getting off to a great start at the beginning. I think part of it is that we couldn't stay on schedule, we got away from what we wanted to do," Kelton said of the offensive drop-off after the first quarter.
James Stanell topped the offensive charts for the Continentals with a net gain of 11 yards. Marco Hernandez contributed 56 yards on the ground for the Ephs.
Hamilton QB, Jordan Eck, completed 18 of 48 passes with 2 interceptions and 217 yards. For Williams, the QB position was split between Marske and previously injured Chris Cleary. Marske connected on 10 of 20 attempted passes, with one interception and a total of 144 yards. Cleary completed 5 of 8 for 38 yards.
Kelton explained that he'd wanted to explore this trade-off between Marske and Cleary earlier in the season. "We were hoping to do that earlier before Chris got injured," he said. "We'll look at the film and we'll get it worked out. When it comes down to it, whoever plays well during the week will see the field."
Defensively, Mike MacDonald dominated for the Continentals, with 12 solo tackles and one assist. Chris Cameron and Dylan Schultz led the defensive effort for the Ephs, Cameron had 6 solo tackles, while Schultz added five; both players had one assist. "That's the defense I've been looking for all week long," Kelton said of today's performance. "It introduced itself in the second quarter last week and continued throughout this game."
Kelton is eager to see how the final two games will play out. "Let me tell you, I don't have to do anything to motivate my guys for the next couple of weeks. I know they'll be ready to play. We will play our tail off next week no matter what. We'll be ready go. I would bet any amount of money on that."
The Ephs are traveling next Saturday to take on Wesleyan in the first of two consecutive Little Three games. Kick-off is set for 1pm in Middletown, CT.
Pittsfield [MA] Community TV taped today's game and it will be shown on the local cable channels in Berkshire County and available on the web.
Link to watch game online beginning at noon on October 30th: CLICK HERE
Hamilton game will be on Pittsfield ETV (17) on Sunday 10/30 at 1:00 PM and 8:30 PM.
Wed, Nov 2 -8:00 PM
Thu, Nov 3 - 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov 5 - 9:30 AM & 7:00 PM
Sun, Nov 6 - 4:00 PM