Ephs and Mammoths to Meet for the 69th Time in Williamstown

Ephs and Mammoths to Meet for the 69th Time in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – "The Biggest Little Game in America" will unveil its 134th  installment Saturday, November 9 on Farley-Lamb Field on the campus of Williams College at 12:00 PM.

This year's game will be carried live on The New England Sports Network (NESN).

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The Ephs lead the all-time series 72-56-1 and they own a record of 45-22-1 in Williamstown. 

Both the Williams Ephs (6-2) and the Amherst Mammoths (4-4) enter this traditional season-ending contest off of losses last week. The Ephs lost at Wesleyan 27-21 in OT, while the Mammoths lost at Trinity 21-7. The Mammoths opened the season 3-1 and have gone 1-3 since. 

Williams lost its season-opener at Middlebury 17-13 and then the Ephs ran off six straight wins before losing at Wesleyan last Saturday.

Williams leads NESCAC in three team categories: total offense at 407.6 yards a game, scoring defense allowing 11.8 points a game, and rushing offense, where the Ephs are averaging 235.6 yards a game on the ground.

Amherst boasts the second best rushing attack as the Mammoths average 180 yards a game. Eph sophomore Dan Vaughan ranks second in NESCAC in rushing with an average of 87.2 yards a game, while junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron is fourth with 76.9 yards a game.

Amherst quarterback Ollie Eberth ranks second in NESCAC in total offense, averaging 272.0 yards per game and wide receiver James O'Regan is second in NESCAC with 5.62 catches per game. 

EJ Mills' Amherst team is gunning to end their 2019 season on high note with a win over their arch rival and finish this campaign at 5-4.

The Ephs are seeking to record the first seven-win season at Williams since 2008 (8-0-0) and give head coach Mark Raymond his first seven-win season. Raymond's re-boot of the Eph football program has been meteoric having coached his first Williams team without the benefit of recruiting any of the players on that roster and introducing new offensive and defensive schemes.

Raymond's first recruiting class is the current junior class on this year's Eph squad and that group has had a large hand in lifting the Ephs to three consecutive winning seasons: 5-4 in 2017, 6-3 in 2018 and to 6-2 with one last most important game to play.

Back for a reunion this weekend is the 1989 Eph football team, which is the first BEST EVER team at Williams College. The 1989 team was the first team at Williams to record a perfect season (no losses and no ties) going 8-0-0.

To record that first perfect season the Ephs had to rally form a 14-point deficit on Weston Field and they prevailed 17-14 in a game that included "the greatest tackle in Williams history" by Rich Williams '90 and "the most famous fumble recovery in Williams history" by Ken Dilanian '91 and both of those players will be sideline interviews on the telecast. 

Dick Farley coached the 1989 Williams team and he added four more perfect seasons in a head coaching career that spanned 17 seasons. Farley was 14-2-1versus Amherst. Those five perfect seasons and his career record of 114-19-3 resulted in Farley being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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