Williams Downs Bowdoin 27-7 in Season Opener

Austin Lommen '16
Austin Lommen '16

BRUNSWICK, ME -- With 12:31 left in the fourth quarter and a 21-0 lead, Williams first year defensive back Amyhr Barber intercepted Bowdoin quarterback Tim Drakeley's throw in the end zone to effectively end the Polar Bear's chance at a comeback and all but seal the game for the Ephs.

Sophomore running back Connor Harris put the Ephs up early with a 10-yard touchdown run coming at 8:02 left in the first quarter. Williams would not relinquish that lead for the remainder of the game. Harris rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries.

The Ephs' offense had no trouble moving the ball through the air. Senior quarterback Austin Lommen was 20-30 for 288 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Sophomore wide receiver Adam Regensburg served as an effective deep threat for the Ephs and was able to notch five receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown, all of which came in the first half.

"We did a good job of not stalling. We stayed on schedule," said Williams head coach Aaron Kelton when how his team could move the ball so effectively. "We had situations where we could make first downs. We weren't putting ourselves in long situations every series."

After taking a 14-0 lead into halftime, Williams wasted no time extending their lead in the second half. After forcing a punt on Bowdoin's opening drive, Williams efficiently drove 77 yards in eight plays and extended their lead to 21 with a Lommen 18-yard touchdown pass to sophomore running back Greg Plumb.

Bowdoin got on the board late in the fourth quarter with a 21-yard pass from Drakeley to wide receiver Nick Vailas. Drakeley was 21-39 with 249 passing yards. The Ephs would recover the ensuing onside kick.

Eph first year running back Noah Sorrento ended the scoring on the day when he ran 34 yards to pay dirt with 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, answering the Bowdoin TD.

"I thought it was a really well rounded game," said Kelton of his team's performance. "We were solid in every phase of the game so I thought that that was really good for us."

Williams ran for 150 yards on the day and threw for 288 for a total of 438, while the Polar Bears threw for 248 yards, but could only manage 52 yards on the ground and 300 yards in the game.

The Ephs were in control of the game from the start and managed to control the ball 17 more minutes than the Polar Bears.

Linebacker Russell Monyette led the Eph defense with a team-high six tackles that included five solos. Bowdoin's Greg Thompson was the game's leading tackler totaling 11 with six solos.

This win extends Williams' win streak over Bowdoin to four games and puts the Ephs at 1-0 on the season. Williams heads to Trinity to take on the Bantams next Saturday.

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