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Beaton, Flaherty score in football loss at Bowdoin





BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College football team accumulated 595 yards of total offense in a 55-14 victory over Bates on Saturday. With the win, the Polar Bears (3-4) have a chance to win their third consecutive CBB Championship next weekend at Colby. The Bobcats fall to 1-6 with the loss.

The Polar Bears rushed for 341 yards, passed for 254 and held Bates to 178 yards of total offense.

After forcing a three-and-out to start the contest, Bowdoin marched down the field in seven plays, covering 68 yards to take the early lead. James Lathrop capped the drive by running 35 yards for the score. Bates was able to respond late in the period, taking over after a fumbled punt return by the Polar Bears. With the offensive lined up to the right side of the formation, junior WR/QB Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) took a direct snap and beat the Bowdoin defense to the corner of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal to deadlock the score with 7:20 left in the period.

Bowdoin scored the next 35 points, however, to put the contest out of reach. After Bates tied the score, quarterback Oliver Kell directed the Polar Bears down the field on a 10-play, 63-yard drive, closing it out on a seven-yard rush up the middle to give Bowdoin a 14-7 lead. Bowdoin pushed their lead to 21-7 in the second quarter on a 10-play, 53-yard drive that ended in a three-yard scoring run by Ian Vieira. The Polar Bears upped their advantage to 28-7 before the break when Nick Tom broke loose up the middle for an 18-yard scoring scamper with 1:43 remaining in the half.

Bowdoin took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and went 86 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 31-yard run by Tom. On the ensuing possession, Bates drove into Bowdoin territory, but Kevin Zikaras picked off a pass by first-year quarterback Ryan Katon (Durham, Conn.) and returned it 75 yards down the sideline for the touchdown to make it 42-7 Bowdoin.

Bates stopped the bleeding late in the third quarter as Katon connected with senior WR Mark Flaherty (East Walpole, Mass.) on a perfectly-thrown 25-yard touchdown pass to cut it to 42-14. But it took Bowdoin three plays to respond, as Kell found Tim Kelleher for a 53-yard scoring strike and a 49-14 lead. Nolan McNair added a pair of fourth-quarter field goals to close out the scoring.

Kell finished with 92 yards rushing and 254 yards passing to lead the Bowdoin offense. Six different receivers caught passes, led by Ian Merry's four catches for 64 yards. First-year Greg Pierce totaled 122 rushing yards -- 106 in the fourth quarter.

Bates' defense was led by 11 tackles from sophomore LB Myles Walker (Needham, Mass.) and nine from junior FS Kyle McAllister (Exeter, N.H.), who also had a fumble recovery and pass breakup. Beaton rushed for 31 yards, completed 3 of 3 passes for 19 yards and caught 3 passes for 14 yards. Katon completed 10 of 22 passes for 94 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

The Polar Bears have beaten Bates five-straight times, equaling the longest streak of wins over their rivals from Lewiston. Bowdoin holds a 65-39-7 edge in Division III's 10th-longest rivalry.

Bowdoin can earn their third consecutive CBB title with a win next week in their season finale at Colby. A Colby win would result in the first three-way tie in the series since 1995. Bates finishes out their season against Hamilton next Saturday.

STATS: Bowdoin 55, Bates 14