12 Ephs Garner All-NESCAC Football Honors

12 Ephs Garner All-NESCAC Football Honors

HADLEY, MASS. – Twelve players on the 2019 Williams College football team coached by Mark Raymond that finished 7-2 have been named to All-NESCAC teams. Six Ephs were named to the First Team and six were named to the Second Team.

A year ago, when the Ephs finished 6-3 six players were recognized with All-NESCAC honors in a vote by the conference coaches. 

Mark Raymond has turned the Eph football program around in a hurry. Raymond was without benefit of recruiting any athletes for his first Eph team in 2016, because he was hired in April of 2016. He has taken the Ephs from 0-8 in his first campaign to now a 7-2 record three years later. He has strung together three consecutive winning seasons: 5-4, 6-2, and 7-3 giving him an 18-17 overall record at Williams over four years. Over the last three seasons the Ephs are 18-9.

Four of this year's Eph honorees were also honored in 2018; junior wide receiver Frank Stola earned his second straight First Team honor as did classmate and linebacker TJ Rothmann. Junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron and classmate Jarrett Wesner, a linebacker, repeated as Second Team honorees.

Frank Stola almost rewrote the entire Williams receiving record book this past fall setting or tying numerous records. He tied the catches in one game record with 13 vs. Tufts on September 21 and in the same game he set the Eph record for touchdown catches in a game with four, and later in the season he set the single season touchdown catch record with 12.

That production this fall elevated Stola the all-time leader in career touchdown catches at Williams with 27. He is also the all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,123. "Frank is a tremendous offensive weapon who has a knack for scoring touchdowns and making a lot of big plays," said Raymond. "He also contributed to our running game with his solid downfield blocking."

Junior linebacker TJ Rothmann also repeated as a First Team honoree and he upped his total number of All-NESCAC honors to three, having been named to the Second Team as a first year player.

Rothmann posted a team high 43 solo tackles this fall and he also added fourteen assists. He also broke up a pass, forced a fumble, and had one sack. Of Rothmann's 198 career tackles 121 have been solos, 15.5 have been tackles for a loss. Additionally, he has broken up 10 passes, pic and intercepted 3 passes in his career, while forcing and recovering two fumbles. Raymond on Rothmann: "Relentless effort and toughness, certainly someone that opposing offenses had to account for on every play."

Senior Kyle Horihan earned his initial all-conference honor, First Team recognition, at tight end, where in seven games his blocking was a large factor in the Ephs leading NESCAC in rushing this season. Horihan did have seven catches for 76 yards this season. Raymond on Horihan, "One of the most physical players I've ever coached. Kyle was a key to the success of the running game this year with his blocking."

Junior offensive lineman Pat Watson collected First Team honors as well for his role in helping the Eph ground game churn out an average of 247.8 yards a game and a total of 2,200 yards enabling the Ephs to control the clock and the ball in most of the games this season. "Pat was a dominant run blocker," said Raymond. "He was not only physical; he was always well-prepared."

Senior linebacker Luke Apuzzi collected his first All-NESCAC First Team laurel with consistent play over the nine-game season. Apuzzi arrived at Williams as a safety, but the last two years he played at linebacker.

This fall Apuzzi notched a team high five sacks and added a team high 11 tackles for a loss, giving him a total of 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage out of his total of 41 tackles. Raymond on Apuzzi, "Luke made some explosive plays this year. He was a very physical player and another great team leader." 

Senior safety Ben Anthony who opened the scoring in this year's "Biggest Little Game in America" vs. Amherst with a 32-yard interception return for six points earned his first all-conference honor – First Team defense. Anthony led the Ephs with four interceptions this fall and he added 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and 32 solo stops to his total of 49 tackles this season. Anthony finished third on the team in total tackles. Raymond on Anthony: "Ben displayed great leadership this season and was a key to our defense. He always came up big when we needed him most."

Junior linebacker Jarrett Wesner repeated as a Second Team All-NESCAC selection on the strength of being the Ephs' top tackler with 62 tackles on the year. Thirty-six of Wesner's stops were solo tackles. His 7.5 tackles for a loss was second best on the Eph team, and he led the Ephs with 26 assisted tackles, and he also had 2 sacks. "Jarrett is an outstanding tackler who plays with a great deal of passion," noted Raymond.

Junior quarterback Bobby Maimaron earned his second straight Second Team honor as he tied the Eph single game touchdown passing mark, throwing five touchdown passes in a win over Hamilton on October 12. On the year he connected on 20 touchdown passes and recorded 1,446 yards through the air. He was also the Ephs' second leading rusher accounting for 668 yards and three touchdowns on runs. Raymond on Maimaron: "Bobby's passing, running, and play calling were sensational all season. His ability to read the defense as the play develops turned gains into big gains." 

Sophomore running back Dan Vaughan who was recruited as a quarterback ended this season as the Ephs' leading rusher and was accorded Second Team All-NESCAC honors. Vaughan carried the ball 130 times for 779 yards an average of six yards a carry. He scored three rushing touchdowns. "Dan made a great adjustment from quarterback to running back and he was another player, who through hard work just got better every week. He is a versatile football player who was at his best at the end of games." 

Two members of the Eph offensive line earned their first all-conference recognitions. Senior Jeff MacArthur and freshman Terry Zapf were named to the Second Team. MacArthur played almost every offensive down, while Zapf was an injury replacement who improved rapidly. Both helped the Ephs control the line of scrimmage. Raymond on MacArthur: "Jeff is a great competitor, team leader, and the entire team fed off his emotion and commitment." Raymond on Zapf: "Terry stepped into a difficult situation as a freshman and did a great job up front on the offensive line, where he improved every week."

Senior defensive lineman Oscar Unobskey, who was named to the Second Team was a force up front on the defensive line for the Ephs and many times he made a play that helped another Eph stop the other team's offensive foray. Of his 28 tackles, 19 were solos and 4.5 of his tackles were for a loss, and two were sacks. Unobskey also contributed nine assists. Raymond on Unobskey: "The stats page does not tell the whole story about Oscar. His effort and toughness up front was one of the reasons why we had the number one run defense in the league."