WATERVILLE, MAINE – First-year running back Joel Nicholas' 3-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter gave the Williams College Ephs (3-1) a 17-0 lead over the Colby College Mules (0-4), a score which held for the duration of the contest.
The Eph defense held the Mules to only 3.7 yards per play, forcing either a punt or a field goal attempt on every drive. Neither of these kicks were converted, which maintained the shutout.
The Ephs put together a strong first drive to put up the game's first points. With a combination of run and pass plays that threw the Colby defense off-balance, they moved forward 75 yards to set up their red zone offense. Then, junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron threw a short pass to his classmate Frank Stola for the touchdown.
Williams succeeded in each of their successive drives before the end of the first half. The Ephs strung together two more long drives, culminating with a field goal and a touchdown respectively. On the touchdown drive, after 5 plays within the 10-yard line, the Ephs finally broke through the Mules' front line with a Nicholas run. This put them ahead 17-0.
The second half was dictated by tough defense by both teams. First downs became scarce, forcing mostly punts from one end of the field to the other. This stalemate held for the rest of the game, with no scoring occurring after the halftime whistle.
Maimaron was efficient when he connected on passes, averaging 15.6 yards on 8 completions and a touchdown. Stola caught six of these passes for 115 yards, including the touchdown.
The running game, which constituted most of Williams' offense, was led by Nicholas and sophomore Dan Vaughn, who combined for 203 yards and a touchdown.
The defense was led by junior linebacker Jarrett Wesner, who had eleven tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss. Other standouts included first-year cornerback Josh Wax (eight tackles, two pass breakups) and sophomore defensive lineman Ian Devine (1.5 sacks).
"Great team win for us on the road against a good opponent," said head coach Mark Raymond. "We had some great red zone stops and we got some first downs when it really mattered."
The Ephs will take a three-game winning streak back to Williamstown next weekend when they face the Hamilton College Continentals (2-2) next Saturday. The game will take place at 2pm at Farley-Lamb Field.