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Colby plays tough, but falls to Williams 17-0

Waterville, Maine - The Colby football team fell to conference opponent Williams College 17-0 in front of a Homecoming Crowd.  

Williams entered the contest with the NESCAC's leading quarterback-receiver duo, and it didn't take long to see why.  Quarterback Bobby Maimeron targeted his favorite receiver Frank Stola early and often, including four times on the opening drive.  Earlier in the season, Stola tied a Williams College record with four touchdowns in a game, so when he capped the initial drive with three catches for 44 yards and the game's first score, the Mules recognized they had to find an answer.  

Limiting Stola to only three more catches the remainder of the game was a good start.  Limiting Maimaron to a stat line of 8-15 for 125 yards and that lone touchdown was even better.  The Ephs turned to the run and forced Colby to adjust again.  

Williams stretched the lead to 10-0 with a field goal on their second possession.  The Mules worked hard to keep pace, gaining 116 yards in their first two drives but coming away without a point.  Their first drive ended on downs while the second drive ended with a missed field goal.  A late three yard touchdown run by Joel Nicholas (13 rushes for 92 yards) gave the Ephs a 17-0 lead heading into half.  

Similar to last weekend, the Mules came out of halftime with a head of steam.  Williams scored 85 points in the last two weeks combined, but the defensive unit of Colby held them to 102 yards the rest of the way without allowing another point.  The Mules even took the ball away deep in Williams territory to present the offense with opportunities. Will Terzi (photo) stripped Williams running back Dan Vaughn (13 rushes for 111 yards) and defensive back George Eisenhauer covered it at the Eph 26 yard line. Unfortunately that drive ended in another missed field goal and both teams would end the second half without adding any more points. 

Quarterback Matt Hersch (15-26, 133 yards) connected with Andrew Defranco five times in the contest for 59 yards.  Chris George and David Smith paced Colby's ground attack combining for 100 yards.  Defensively, Marcus Bullard and Patrick Sopko led the team with seven tackles apiece and combined on the Mules' only sack.  With the loss Colby falls to 0-4 while Williams improves to 3-1.  

The Mules are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Middlebury College for a 1:00 PM contest.  

(photo courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)