WILLIAMSTOWN, MA– Five first-half touchdowns carried the Williams College Ephs (2-1) to a 41-10 win over the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (0-3) in their second home game of the season.
Four of these were long rushes from more than 10 yards away. These plays were a microcosm of a dominant performance on the ground, as the Ephs ran for nearly 400 yards in total. The offensive line were the stars of the game, creating room for their runners to exploit throughout.
After a long Bowdoin drive that culminated in a field goal, Williams made a statement. First-year running back Joel Nicholas burst through gaping hole created by the offensive line and took the ball 61-yards to the endzone untouched.
The offense followed this impressive play with another one soon after. Maimaron led a drive up the field to Bowdoin's 33 yard-line, and then heaved one into the corner of the endzone. Junior receiver Frank Stola beat double coverage to the ball and came down in-bounds for a Williams touchdown. This score was Stola's 22nd in his career, which broke the receiving touchdowns record previously held by Darren Hartwell '13.
The Ephs went on to score three more touchdowns in the first half. First, Nicholas again ran untouched to the endzone from 17 yards away. Sophomore running back Dan Vaughn had almost the same play happen for him, rushing 17 yards before contact and carrying a few defenders into the endzone with him. Then, a fantastic run by junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron led to another rushing touchdown by Vaughn on the following play. By the end of the first half, the score was 34-10.
Williams scored one more touchdown in the second half, courtesy of a 6-yard run from Maimaron. This was after another fantastic catch from Stola. He had two defenders on him for a jump-ball, yet still came down with the ball just before the endzone.
Passing did not play a large part of the game for Williams, as Maimaron only had four completions totaling 91 yards. Stola accounted for most of these yards, finishing with 69 yards on two catches. On the ground, he led the way with 127 yards and a touchdown. However, Nicholas and Vaughn also had over 100 yards on the day and two touchdowns each, leading to a balanced offensive performance.
Defensively, junior defensive back Edward Manzella led the way with nine tackles, including two and a half tackles for loss, and two pass breakups.
"It was a great win, especially at home," said head coach Mark Raymond. "It's always a great thing when you can rush for the yards we did today. We also got some young guys in the game and got to see what they could do. A great job all around."
The Ephs will look to extend their two-game winning streak when they make the trip to Waterville to play the Colby College Mules (0-3). The game will kick off at 1:00pm.