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Ephs pull away from visiting Bobcats, 31-7

Wirth

Beaton

B. McAllister

K. McAllister

Durkin

T. Smith

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College pulled away from an early 7-7 tie to defeat the Bates College football team 31-7 on Saturday at Weston Field. Bates drops to 0-3 and Williams raises its record to 2-1.

Bates senior tight end Sean Wirth (Barrington, R.I.) caught 10 passes for 102 yards, both career highs. It is the most receptions and receiving yards in a single game by a Bates player since Dylan MacNamara '07 had 10 catches and 133 yards against Bowdoin in 2006.

Bates will play at Wesleyan (1-2) next Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Ephs gained 484 yards of total offense, and the Eph defense was effective for the full 60 minutes, allowing just 62 yards on the ground and 173 in the air. They also recorded four sacks and forced two fumbles, one of which was recovered by the Ephs in Bobcat territory, leading to the first Williams score of the game.

The aforementioned fumble came as a result of Eric Anderson’s sack, as he also knocked the ball out of Bates quarterback Ryan Katon’s (Durham, Conn.) hands and recovered it to set up the Eph offense on the Bobcat 39-yard line for their first drive. Two sizable rushing gains by Bryce Bennett and quarterback Matt Coyne put Williams within striking distance, and Coyne finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give Williams the early advantage 7-0.

Bates responded quickly, however, moving the chains efficiently with mid-range slants and curls into the Williams half of the field. The Bobcats found the end zone on a pitch to senior Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.), who scored from four yards out, knotting the contest at 7. It was Beaton's second touchdown of the season.

On the next drive, Williams entered Bates territory on the second play, thanks to a 21-yard completion from quarterback Pat Moffitt to tailback Ryan Lupo. After Bennett sped by the multiple Bates defenders for a 32-yard run, Lupo finish the job on the last two plays, a 10-yard catch and a 4-yard run, to take back the lead 14-7.

Moffitt connected with both Bennett and E.J. Stickney on the next drive for large gains downfield, and Lupo put the game out of reach with a strong 3-yard touchdown run, his second of the day. He finished with 107 yards on 23 carries, while Bennett netted 65 on the ground and 41 in the air. Stickney finished with a team-high 83 yards receiving. Moffitt recorded 203 yards and one touchdown.

Bates sophomore linebacker Brett McAllister (Exeter, N.H.) continued to mount up the tackles, with a game-high 14 tackles, 10 solo. He now has 35 through three games. Senior safety Kyle McAllister (Exeter, N.H.) and senior linebacker Ted Durkin (Rye Beach, N.H.) both had nine tackles, eight solo apiece.

First-year Trevor Smith (Malvern, Pa.) came on to take several snaps at quarterback for Bates. Smith completed 2 of 3 passes for 20 yards, and also led the team in rushing with 21 yards on five carries.

Stats and Play by Play: Williams 31, Bates 7