WILLIAMSTOWN, MA– Junior Frank Stola's three receiving touchdowns in the first half set the tone for a brilliant win for Williams College (1-1) in the home opener against Tufts University (1-1). His four receiving touchdowns broke the Williams single-game record, as did his 233 yards receiving.
The Ephs got two quick touchdowns before the Jumbos answered with their own score. From there, the Eph defense did not let up another point, while the offense managed three more touchdowns before the day was done. The game finished 44-8 for the home team.
Williams came out strong in the first quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by first-year safety Drew Michalek. Then, with only 17 yards to go, quarterback Bobby Maimaron ran around the Tufts defense to put his Ephs up 7-0.
The Ephs extended their lead soon after. Facing 4th and 1 on the Tufts 35-yard line, Maimaron threw to Stola. He had just beaten his man, and there were no safeties back to stop him. Finishing the play off for Williams' second touchdown of the quarter, the Ephs led 14-0.
The Jumbos countered soon after. They quickly moved up the field, and from their own 33 they neared the redzone. Quarterback Jacob Carroll then passed to OJ Armstrong in near-triple coverage, prompting a great catch to come down with the score. On the ensuing extra-point attempt, a botched snap led to holder John Andre scrambling for the two-point conversion. He made it into the endzone, making the score 14-8.
This was as close as the game got though. At the start of the second quarter, a bad snap on a Jumbos punt led to the Ephs fortuitously starting on the 3-yard line. With three plays to work with, the Ephs converted on a fade route for Stola, pushing the game to 21-8.
Stola added another touchdown to his repertoire on the next drive, when he streaked down the field and caught a deep pass from Maimaron for his third score. This, combined with two field goals, brought the game to 34-8 at the half. He added one more touchdown in the second half, on a 24-yard strike from Maimaron.
With his career day, Stola tied Darren Hartwell '13 for the Williams record for most career receiving touchdowns with 21. Helping him reach that total was Maimaron, who finished with 289 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 105 rushing yards and a touchdown to complete a great performance. Sophomore running back Dan Vaughn nearly met this total with 94 rushing yards on 16 attempts.
Defensively, Williams was led by senior defensive back Ben Anthony, who had two key interceptions, along with five tackles.
"To say I'm proud of these guys is an understatement," said head coach Mark Raymond. "They played great against a really good football team. All the credit goes to the guys."
The Ephs will look to add to their victory next week against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (0-2). The game will be played at 1:00 PM on Farley-Lamb Field.