Football Opens 2019 Season On the Road at Middlebury Saturday -- Game Notes

Football Opens 2019 Season On the Road at Middlebury Saturday -- Game Notes

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Mark Raymond's Williams College football team will head up Route 7 to Middlebury, Vermont on Saturday, Sept. 14 to open the 2019 season against the Middlebury College Panthers. 

A year ago, the Panthers visited Williamstown in the fifth game of the season and they pinned the first defeat of the year on the Ephs, 21-10.

Middlebury head coach Bob Ritter is in his 19th season at the helm of the Panthers and this will be a bit of a re-building year for the Panthers as they have lost six offensive and five defensive starters from their 2018 team that finished 5-4 and tied for fourth place in NESCAC with Williams and Wesleyan.

Williams head coach Mark Raymond is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Ephs and he has 17 starters returning along with his punter/placekicker. Nine Ephs return on offense and eight on defense. 

Raymond's first recruiting class at Williams, the current juniors, are well-represented on both sides of the ball.

Williams will be looking to open a season with a third straight win under Raymond and notch his second consecutive win at Middlebury.

In 2017 the Ephs drove 80 yards on their last possession and claimed a 27-26 victory when then first year quarterback Bobby Maimaron hit first year wide receiver Frank Stola with a pass in the end zone as time expired, ending Middlebury's bid for a perfect 2017 season.

The 92nd meeting between Williams and Middlebury will kick off at 2:00 PM on Saturday on Youngman Field.

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