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Football hits the road, looking for 3rd straight win over Ephs

Ryan Newson '15 stepped up with 10 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, at outside linebacker to help Bates defeat Tufts for the fourth straight year last Saturday. Newson and the Bobcats seek their third win over Williams in as many years this week in Williamstown. Photo by Jose Leiva/Bates College.

Bates football plays its first road game of the 2013 season on Saturday at Williams, seeking to beat the Ephs for the third straight year and to build off a 20-16 come-from-behind victory over Tufts. Williams will try to avoid an 0-3 start following losses to Colby and Trinity.

The Particulars

What: Bates College at Williams College

When: Saturday, Oct. 5, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Weston Field | Williamstown, Mass.

Live Stats: N/A | Video: Northeast Sports Network

Twitter: @BatesSports | Facebook: Bates College Athletics

All-Time Series: Williams leads 22-3

Last Meeting: Bates 33, Williams 6 (Lewiston, Maine | Oct. 6, 2012)

Bates Facts & Figures
  • Bates has defeated Williams in each of the last two years after previously earning only one victory over the Ephs in the teams' first 23 meetings. The Bobcats won 35-26 in 2011 at Williams and emerged victorious in a 33-6 win in Lewiston last season. Bates' first victory over the Ephs was a 10-7 triumph in 2003.
  • The Bobcats have rushed for 290 or more yards in each of their first two games in 2013. In week one against Trinity, Bates ran for 290 yards and in week two compiled 317 yards on the ground vs. Tufts. The team has rushed the ball 138 times for an average of 4.4 yards per carry on the year. Bates ranks first in the NESCAC in rushing offense, and eighth in Division III, with 303.5 yards per game.
  • Senior slotback and captain Shawn Doherty racked up a career-high 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the win over Tufts to earn NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Mansfield, Mass., native eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career in the game. Doherty leads the NESCAC in both rushing (136.5 yards per game) and all-purpose yards (211.5). Nationwide, he ranks 18th and fifth, respectively, in those categories.
  • Senior diveback Ryan Curit rushed for 93 yards against Tufts to bring his season total to 197 rushing yards. He ranks third in the NESCAC in rushing (98.5 yards per game).
  • First-year diveback Ivan Reese scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run that gave the Bobcats the lead for good vs. Tufts. The score capped a 17-play, 96-yard drive that concluded with less than a minute left in the game.
  • Senior wide receiver Kevin Davis recorded his career-long reception on a 41-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Patrick Dugan in the second quarter against the Jumbos. Dugan completed his first career pass on a 12-yard pitch and catch to Doherty in the first quarter.
  • Sophomore cornerback Michael Lee made his first interception of the season and the second of his career in the opening quarter versus the Jumbos.
  • Junior cornerback Mike Kelleher recorded a career-high 18 tackles (15 solo) last week. He made 10 or more tackles in a game for the second time in his career, with the previous occasion coming on a 10-tackle (seven solo) performance last year vs. Williams.
  • Senior defensive back Andrew Kukesh registered 10 tackles against the Jumbos, marking the second time this year and the fifth time in his career that he's reached double-digit tackles in a game. Kukesh and Adam Cuomo are among nine players tied for first in Division III in solo tackles per game, at 9.0.
  • Against Tufts, junior Ryan Newson compiled a career-best 10 tackles (five solo) and 3.5 tackles for loss at the outside linebacker position. In his first two seasons combined, he made six tackles (five solo).
  • The Bobcats totaled two sacks last week, with Cuomo accounting for one and Tucker Oniskey and Matt Comstock combing for the other. Oniskey also forced two fumbles in the game while Comstock recovered one fumble.
Bates Last Saturday

Pass-happy Tufts overcame a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to assume a 16-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, but run-happy Bates came back to score the go-ahead touchdown with 42 seconds left for a 20-16 NESCAC victory on Sept. 28 at Garcelon Field, before a crowd of nearly 3,000 spectators on Parents & Family Weekend. Ivan Reese's 1-yard touchdown run capped the decisive 17-play, 96-yard drive.

Bates defeated Tufts for the fourth straight year, but it was anything but easy. The Jumbos collected 30 first downs to Bates' 19 and rolled up 477 yards of offense, including 397 through the air. Quarterback Jack Doll completed 46 of 67 passes with no touchdown passes but a 1-yard touchdown run. Eleven Jumbos recorded receptions, with four of them making seven or more catches: Jack Cooleen (9-69), Nick Kenyon (7-97), Greg Lanzillo (7-84) and Mike Rando (7-37). Freshman kicker Jackson Bockhorst made three field goals to help fuel Tufts' comeback.

Bates slotback Shawn Doherty, who opened up the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, finished with a career-high 182 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns, as well as 247 all-purpose yards. Ryan Curit gained 93 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Patrick Dugan ran for 25 yards and completed 5 of 9 passes for 96 yards. After piling up 290 rushing yards against Trinity a week ago, Bates rolled up 317 yards on the ground against Tufts.

With Doll repeatedly throwing to his side of the field, Bates cornerback Mike Kelleher racked up 18 tackles, including 15 solo stops.

Williams Last Saturday

Trinity overcame a halftime deficit and a fourth quarter deficit on two fourth quarter touchdown passes from QB Henry Foye to WR AJ Jones to outlast upset-minded Williams on Sept. 28 on the Bantams' Jessee/Miller Field, 20-13.

For the second week in a row the Ephs turned the ball over four times, losing one fumble and having three passes intercepted. On the day, Eph QB Tom Murphy threw for 266 yards and one TD, connecting on 21 of 43 passes. The Bantams' Henry Foye was 16 of 31 for 225 yards and three TDs. Foye was picked off once.

Alex Scyocurka was the Ephs' top rusher, carrying 21 times for 81 yards and one TD. Ben Crick was Trinity's top rusher, netting 106 yards on 15 carries. Trinity's AJ Jones led all receivers with five catches on the day for 92 yards and two TDs. Alex Way was the top Eph receiver gaining 98 yards on four catches.

Eph junior defensive lineman Adam Datema led his team in tackles with 10, which included three solos, seven assists, a sack and a tackle for a loss. Defensively the Bantams were led by Mike Weatherby. Weatherby registered 11 tackles (6 solos), had three tackles for a loss and forced a fumble.

Last Year's Meeting

Bates shocked Williams with a 33-6 victory at Garcelon Field on Oct. 6, 2012, that was every bit as dominating as the score indicated.

From a defense that forced four turnovers and held star wide receiver Darren Hartwell to just one catch, to special teams play that featured two Charlie Donahue field goals, to an offense that didn't give the ball away and, above all, boasted a running attack that punished the opposition for a second straight week, everything went better than the Bobcats could have hoped against the perennial NESCAC power.

Bates ran the ball 66 times for 305 yards and piled up 28 first downs to Williams' 12. Patrick George carried 22 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, and Trevor Smith turned 19 keepers into 98 yards, career-high totals for both players at the time. Teddy Downs ran 14 times for 68 yards and another score. Smith also completed 11 of 13 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, with Kevin Davis catching three passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bobcats forced four turnovers and committed none, improving upon their average of a plus-three difference in giveaways per game. Bates possessed the ball for 37:59 to Williams' 22:01.

Kristian Lapointe finished with 76 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for Williams. Adam Marske completed 9 of 24 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions. Chris Cameron had a game-high 11 tackles for the Ephs, including two for a loss.

Bates' starting secondary played a starring role in limiting Williams to 188 yards of offense and helping create four turnovers. Cornerback Mike Kelleher had an outstanding game, leading the Bobcats with 8 tackles (6 solo). Kyle Starr was second on the team with six tackles, with the forced fumble and two bone-jarring pass breakups, and Andrew Kukesh was third on the team with five tackles, to go with his second pickoff of the season.