WILLIAMSTOWN, MA– Junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron's five touchdown passes led the Williams College Ephs (4-1) to victory over the Hamilton College Continentals (2-3). He also rushed for 80 yards on 11 attempts.
Four of his touchdowns went to his receiver and classmate Frank Stola, who added to his statistically dominant season with eight receptions for 168 yards.
The five touchdown passes by Mamaron tied the Eph single game record set by David Sullian '04 at Hamilton on 10/30/93 and Sean Keenan '00 at Bowdoin on 9/25/99.
The Continentals had a strong first drive, lasting seven minutes and culminating with a field goal. Countering this, Maimaron and the offense led a scoring drive of their own. Starting on their own 44-yard line, they nearly coughed the ball back up to Hamilton on what looked to be an interception by linebacker Jeremy Barr. However, a roughing the passer penalty that negated this play and kept the drive alive. The Ephs would not let this second chance go to waste, as Maimaron then found Stola in the endzone for a touchdown.
The Ephs would score two more times in the following quarter. They first extended their lead early in the quarter after receiving the ball in great field position. After a few plays, the offense soon found themselves with only four yards to go. To cap the drive off, Maimaron rolled to the left side to find sophomore receiver Tyler Spiezio for a touchdown.
On the next successful drive, after rushes by Dan Vaughn, Joel Nicholas and Maimaron, the Ephs found themselves on the Hamilton 26-yard line. From there, with Stola isolated in single-coverage, Maimaron threw a pass to the corner of the endzone. Stola timed the catch perfectly, fitting in one foot in-bounds with tight coverage around him. This stretched the score to 21-3 at the half.
Stola came up big again as soon as the second half commenced, scoring two more touchdowns in succession. First, he made a back-shoulder catch in the endzone for his third touchdown of the day. Then, for good measure, he beat his opponent on the next drive and caught a well-placed pass in stride for a 54-yard touchdown. Hamilton later added a touchdown to the score on a 40-yard pass play, making the final score 35-10.
Stola broke several records on the day. First, his 8 caught passes brought his career total to 139, breaking the previous record of 135 receptions set by Jon Drenckhahn '07. He also became the first Eph receiver to total over 2,000 career receiving yards. Finally, he set the Eph single season receiving touchdowns record by finding the endzone 12 times.
The defense, who have only allowed a NESCAC-leading 8.8 points per game, were again strong. Junior linebacker TJ Rothmann was all over the field today, with 10 tackles, including a sack and another tackle for loss.
"I'm really proud of the guys and how they played today," said head coach Mark Raymond, amid his second four-game win streak since coming to Williams. "We had a great week of practice, and the guys prepared well and played hard against a tough football team."
Raymond and his Ephs will look to defend their home field again next week when they face the Bates College Bobcats (0-5). The Ephs and Bobcats will meet at 1:00 PM.