WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College junior running back Alex Scyocurka ran for 205 yards on 29 carries and authored a Williams' Division III record 93-yard TD run to lead Williams past Little Three rival Wesleyan 19-7.
The win was the third straight for Williams and extended the Eph overall win streak versus Wesleyan and their Weston Field win streak versus the Cardinals to 13. The win upped Williams' record this fall to 4-3, while Wesleyan falls to 5-2.
Williams scored on its second possession of the game when Alex Scycocurka took a handoff and went off left tackle. Bouncing inside off a pile at the line of scrimmage he then headed up the middle of the field. Scyocurka angled towards the right sideline to out run three Wesleyan defensive pursuers to the end zone.
With 8:23 remaining on the clock in the first quarter the Ephs led 7-0 after the successful PAT by Joe Mallock.
"Alex is finally back to health where he can run and cut a little," noted Eph head coach Aaron Kelton. "He's not 100% yet, but he's getting there. I thought we ran the ball well today, even though we found out an hour before game time we would be without our starting center. Give those kids credit, man, they just fought."
The Ephs upped their lead to 9-0 with 2:40 left in the first quarter when sophomore defensive lineman Adam Datema wrestled Wesleyan QB Jesse Warren to the ground in the end zone.
The Ephs then boosted their lead to 16-0 on a defensive TD in the second quarter that started with lineman Earnest Higginbotham knocking the ball out of Wesleyan running back Kyle Gibson's hands while taking Gibson down. The fumble was scooped up on the Wesleyan 18-yard line by Eph LB Antonio Blanco. Blanco ran untouched into the end zone with 2:40 remaining in the half. Mallock's conversion of the PAT made the score 16-0 and closed out the scoring in the first half.
The story of the first half was Scyocurka's long run and the Eph defense that held Wesleyan to 60 yards in total offense, 30 rushing and 30 passing.
On their first possession in the third quarter the Cardinals drove to the Eph 11-yard line, but a third down sack of QB Jesse Warren by James Howe pushed the Cardinals back to the 26. Wesleyan brought on Sebastian Aguirre for a field goal attempt, but Aguirre's kick was wide to the right and the score remained 16-0, Williams.
Wesleyan tallied the only points of the third quarter when they took control of the ball on the Ephs' 43-yard line after a nine-yard punt return by Donnie Cimino.
Jesse Warren connected on a 23-yard pass to Josh Hurwitz who caught the ball on the Eph 25 while lying on the ground. On the next play Warren hit Jay Fabien on a look-in for 12 more yards and the Cardinals were on the Eph 8.
It took Cardinals' running back LaDarius Drew three carries to cross the goal line. Drew carried for four yards, no yards and then swept around left end for the score. Sebastian Aguirre made the PAT and the Williams lead was down to nine at 16-7.
On their next possession Wesleyan was back threatening. Taking over on their own 24 after a Joe Mallock punt. The Cardinals quickly benefitted from a 56-yard pass play on a bubble screen from Warren to Fabien. Fabien stepped around an Eph tackler and raced down the left sideline and was finally pushed out of bounds at the Williams 20 by Josh Helmkemp.
On fourth and one from the Williams 11 Wesleyan was victimized by a penalty when they came out of their huddle with 12 men on the field. The resulting fourth and six found the Cardinals' setting up Sebastian Aguirre for a 33-yard FG attempt that again went just to the right of the right upright.
"Our defense was solid today," stated Kelton. "We stopped them several times on third and short yardage. We're still not there yet, but we are getting it together."
The final score of the contest came early in the fourth quarter when the Eph ground attack was stymied at the Wesleyan 3-yard line, forcing Williams to summon Joe Mallock for a FG attempt. Mallock drilled the 19-yarder and Williams boosted its lead to 19-7 with 12:04 to go in the third quarter.
In the final quarter Wesleyan advanced to the Williams 24-yard line but their drive was stopped by an interception by Williams' LB Emmanuel Whyte.
The Ephs' Alex Scyocurka led all rushers with 209 yards, while LaDarius Drew rushed for 59 yards for the Cardinals. Wesleyan's Warren connected on 16-33 of passes for 248 yards, while the Ephs' Tom Murphy was 7-24 for 96 yards.
Wesleyan's Jay Fabien had a game-high seven catches for 118 yards.
The Cardinals' defense was led by Jared Goldenberg and Prince Emenalo. Goldenberg notched 11 tackles (3 solos), while Emenalo contributed 10 tackles (5 solos). Sophomore DB Tom Cabarle led the Eph defense with a game-high 12 tackles, featuring 9 solos.
The Ephs will close out the 2012 season next Saturday when they travel east to take on Amherst College in "The Biggest Little Game in America" at 12:00 PM. The Ephs will be looking to win the 2012 Little Three title by downing Amherst. Both Amherst and Williams defeated Wesleyan this season, setting up next Saturday as the deciding game in the Little Three.
Wesleyan will close out 2012 when they host undefeated Trinity at 12:00 PM.
GAME NOTES: The win by the Ephs extends their streak of non-losing seasons to 26… the win enabled the Ephs to take "The Walk", which Sports Illustrated has dubbed the best post-game tradition in America… The Walk happens after a Homecoming win and it finds the Ephs walking in uniform up the middle of Spring Street singing the fight song and cheering before stopping at St. Pierre's barber shop for a celebration… The Ephs are 33-8-1 in Homecoming games since 1971… Pittsfield Community TV taped today's game for later showings and will have it on their On Demand feature as well
First airing on Pittsfield ETV, Ch. 17 in Pittsfield-Dalton-Richmond: Sunday 11/4 at 1:00 PM.
Other airings scheduled:
11/4/2012 at 1:00 PM
11/4/2012 at 8:00 PM
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