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Katon, Gregg score in football team's 27-14 loss to Williams

Bates rushing, catching and passing triple threat Tom Beaton ran 21 yards to the Williams 5-yard line in the first quarter, setting up freshman quarterback Ryan Katon's scoring run.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Williams College answered Bates College's game-opening touchdown drive with one of its own and rolled on to a 27-14 victory at Garcelon Field in Bates' home opener on Saturday.

Brian Morrissey rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown and Patrick Moffitt passed for 196 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Powell that put the Ephs (2-1) on top for good at 13-7. Powell caught 7 passes for 90 yards and a score, while Nick Caro came up with 4 catches for 88 yards.

Bates falls to 0-3 despite accumulating a season-high 253 yards of total offense, compared to 408 for Williams.

First-year quarterback Ryan Katon (Durham, Conn.) completed 16 of 34 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown pass, and he rushed for a 5-yard touchdown that gave Bates the 7-0 lead. Katon was picked off three times by Williams, including twice by Tim Batty.

Bates opened the game with a 10-play, 67-yard scoring drive, featuring a 21-yard rush by junior QB/WR Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) to the Wiliams 5, setting up Katon's first career touchdown on a sweep to the left.

Williams came back with an 11-play, 60 yard touchdown drive, including a 23-yard run by Morrissey up the left sideline that put the Ephs at the Bates 10. Elijah Weeks scored on a 10-yard run two plays later to tie the game at 7-7.

Bates went on the move again on its next possession, taking it inside the Williams 30-yard line. But on the first play of the second quarter, Katon's long sideline pass to junior wide receiver Matt Gregg (Milton, Mass.) was picked off by Batty at the Williams 3.

William went ahead later in the second quarter on an 8-play, 73-yard drive. Moffitt hit Morrissey for an 11-yard gain to the Bates 35, and on the ensuing play the Williams QB found Powell wide open near the end zone for an easy 35-yard go-ahead score. Williams took a 13-7 edge into halftime.

The Ephs dominated the third quarter, outgaining the Bobcats 65 to minus-4 yards. Williams recovered a fumble by Katon at the Bates 23 and took 7 plays to return to the end zone, on a 1-yard sneak by Moffitt, making it 20-7 Williams to start the fourth quarter.

Williams got the ball back at midfield after a three-and-out by Bates, and blew the game open on a 25-yard scoring run by Morrissey, making it 27-7.

Bates assembled a bookend scoring drive late in the fourth quarter as Katon completed four straight passes for 51 yards, three of them to Gregg. A 10-yard strike from Katon to Gregg closed the gap to 27-14.

Sophomore linebacker Ted Durkin (Rye Beach, N.H.) collected a game-high 11 tackles for Bates, which sacked Williams quarterbacks three times but allowed no sacks for the Ephs. Junior defensive end Rich McNeil (Lawrence, Mass.) had 6 tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

STATISTICS: Williams 27, Bates 14