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Confident football team opens play on new Garcelon vs. Williams

Following Saturday's thrilling win over Tufts, the Bates football team will host their first game on the newly renovated Garcelon Field, seen in this recent photo, this Saturday against Williams.

Week 3 Football Preview

Bates welcomes Williams for the opening of the new Garcelon Field

Williams College Ephs (2-0) at Bates College Bobcats (1-1)

October 9, 2010 at 1pm

Garcelon Field, Lewiston, Maine

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The Bobcats and Ephs will meet for the 23rd time in football, with Williams holding a commanding 21-1 edge in the all-time series. The lone victory for Bates occurred in 2003 when they pulled off a 10-7 upset in Williamstown, Mass.


Williams took advantage of three Bates turnovers and a dominating running attack led by 2009 First Team All-NESCAC back Ryan Lupo, who carried the ball 23 times for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns, as they pulled away for a 31-7 victory in Williamstown in early October last year. The Bobcats were led offensively by quarterback Ryan Katon ’12 (Durham, Conn.), who completed 16 passes for 143 yards; tight end Sean Wirth ’10 (Barrington, R.I.), who caught 10 passes for 102 yards; and Tom Beaton ’10 (West Newbury, Mass.), who rushed for the lone Bates touchdown. Brett McAllister ’12 (Exeter, N.H.) set the tone defensively, recording 14 tackles.

While Bates held a slim edge in time of possession, keeping the ball for 30:53, the Bobcats struggled on third down, converting just five of 17, and were outgained by the Ephs offensively 484 to 225.


Senior captain and inside linebacker Ted Durkin will be assigned to limit the productivity of Ryan Lupo and the Ephs' running game.


Bates is coming off one of the biggest wins in the recent history of its football program after defeating rival Tufts University 21-20 last Saturday in Somerville, Mass. The victory marks the end of 24 years of frustration for the Bobcats, who had not beaten the Jumbos since 1985 -- although the relevancy of games played decades ago what happened in 2010 is debatable.

The two teams traded scores early in the game, and Tufts took a 13-12 lead into halftime. After Tufts extended their advantage to 20-12 on the opening drive of the third quarter, Bates responded by marching 71 yards for the second of two touchdown passes thrown by Katon to junior receiver John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.), which closed the score to 20-18. After four defensive stands by the Bobcats, which led to three punts by the Jumbo offense and an interception by first-year Andrew Kukesh (Exeter, N.H.), Bates took over at their own 12-yard line with 11:57 left in the fourth quarter. Twenty-one plays and 85 yards later, senior Gavin Segall-Abrams (Greensboro, N.C.) drove home a 19-yard field goal with 3:14 left on the clock putting Bates ahead for good at 21-20. Key interceptions by junior safety Cam Evans (Norwell, Mass.) and senior linebacker Myles Walker (Needham, Mass.) on the two ensuing Tufts possessions sealed the Bobcat victory.


Leading visiting Trinity College 29-7 last week with 14:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, Williams proceeded to give up 14 unanswered points but survived to hang on and defeat the Bantams 29-21. Senior Ryan Lupo and first-year back Alex Scyocurka combined to carry 41 times for 99 yards, but it was through the air that the Ephs offense was able to light up the scoreboard. While senior quarterback Patrick Moffitt did throw four interceptions, he also completed 23 of 37 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns, including strikes of 83 and 89 yards to sophomore wide out Darren Hartwell, who caught a total of five passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Bryce Bennett chipped in with nine receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown as well.


Coming off of their thrilling victory over Tufts, and with the opening of newly renovated Garcelon Field, the Bobcats roll into this matchup with some added confidence and swagger. On the defensive side of the ball, Bates should be prepared to defend the pass after facing a Tufts team that last week attempted 71 plays through the air. Despite stumbling in the opener at Amherst two weeks ago, the Bobcat rush defense and pass defense rank fifth and sixth overall in the conference, respectively, and their five pass interceptions rank second only to Trinity. Bates defensive backs will certainly have their hands full as they will need to prevent big plays downfield to both Hartwell and Bennett, but look for the linebackers, led by Brett McAllister (Exeter, N.H.), who leads the team with 23 tackles, senior captains Myles Walker (Needham, Mass.) and Ted Durkin (Rye Beach, N.H.), and junior Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.), to play key roles in getting pressure on Moffitt and limiting the ground game of the Ephs.

Offensively Bates would like to control the time of possession as they did last week at Tufts. Williams enters the game ranked next to last in the conference in pass defense, giving up an average of 286 yards through the air per game, so expect quarterback Katon, who on the season has completed 24 of 56 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns for a passer efficiency rating of 89.2, to improve upon his numbers. Katon’s primary targets have been Squires and first-year Shawn Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.). Also, there is a chance that sophomore quarterback Trevor Smith (Malvern, Pa.), who set Bates single game records for completions (31) and net yards (361) in 2009, could see his first snaps of the season as he attempts to come back from injury.


Williams enters the game ranked second in the conference behind Amherst in scoring offense, averaging 31 points per game. Moffitt has a 142.42 passer efficiency rating, completing 40 of 69 pass attempts for 577 yards and 6 touchdowns, while being intercepted five times. All six of Moffitt’s touchdown passes have gone (three each) to sophomore Darren Hartwell and senior Bryce Bennett who are averaging 110.5 and 93.5 receiving yards per game, respectively. On the ground, through the first two contests Ryan Lupo has carried 58 times for two touchdowns and is averaging 104.5 yards rushing per game.

Defensively the Ephs are led by junior linebacker Dylan Schultz (19 tackles), junior defensive back Dan O’Mara (16 tackles, 1 interception), and the 2009 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, linebacker Chris Cameron (14 tackles).