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Football can't slow down Ephs in 47-14 road loss

Sophomore Jon Lindgren racked up a career-high 11 tackles on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Williams. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Ephs racked up 590 yards of total offense on their way to a 47-14 victory over the Bates College football team Saturday afternoon.

Frank Stola had a huge day at receiver for the Ephs (3-1), catching seven passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Bobby Maimaron completed 17 of 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Maimaron added 10 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Rashad Morrison tallied a team-high 85 rushing yards and a touchdown while Connor Harris carried the ball 13 times for 83 yards.

The Bobcats (0-4) tallied 241 yards of total offense. First-year Brendan Costa (Westport, Mass.) completed six of 12 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. He also got picked off four times on the day. The Ephs won the turnover battle by a count of 4-0. Costa also ran the ball a team-high 13 times for 49 yards.

Junior Sandy Plashkes (Del Mar, Calif.) also saw action at quarterback, with Plashkes carrying the ball five times for 12 yards. Plashkes was 0-2 through the air.

Sophomore Matt Golden (New Bedford, Mass.) tallied seven carries for a team-high 80 yards on the ground, filling in at dive back due to injuries.

The game was a close one until the Ephs outscored the Bobcats 23-7 in the third quarter.

Bates went three and out to begin the game and the Ephs marched 65 yards on six plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Maimaron ran the ball in from 15 yards out for a touchdown. 

The Bobcats wasted no time responding. 

On the ensuing drive, the Bobcats faced 3rd and 10 from their own 20. Costa connected with first-year Jaason Lopez (Marblehead, Mass.) for an 80-yard touchdown reception, the first passing touchdown of the year for Bates and the first passing touchdown of Costa's career as well.

Bates forced the Ephs to punt on their next drive but Costa got picked off by Jack Kastenhuber. Williams marched down the field and attempted a 39-yard field goal that missed wide left.

The teams traded punts after that and the first quarter ended with the game tied at seven.

After the Bobcats punted early in the second quarter, the Ephs drove 59 yards on 10 plays to set up another field goal try. This time Williams kicker Min Kyu Park split the uprights on a 25-yard attempt to put the Ephs up 10-7. 

Costa got picked off for the second time on the next Bobcat drive but the Ephs missed their second field goal of the game after a nine-play, 27-yard drive, keeping the score at 10-7. 

The Ephs forced the Bobcats to punt and Williams got the ball back with 2:34 remaining in the half.

They moved the Ball to the Bates 19 and on 3rd and 10 the Bobcats pressured Maimaron, forcing him to roll to his right. He kept going until he got to the sideline. Then he fired a pass just before he stepped out to the back corner of the end zone. Joey Volpe made a leaping grab between two defenders for the touchdown. The extra point put the Ephs up 17-7.

The Bobcats trailed by 10 at the half but Williams immediately extended the lead to 17 to start the third quarter. Facing second and seven from their own 45, the Ephs struck for their first big play of the afternoon. Maimaron hit Stola in stride for a 55-yard touchdown pass. 

On the ensuing drive, Costa got intercepted for the third time and this time the Ephs converted the turnover into points. Rashad Morrison ran the ball in from 25 yards out on the second play of the Ephs' drive to extend the lead to 31-7 after the extra point.

Costa's fourth interception thrown on the afternoon led to three more points for Williams when Park hit a 33-yard field goal with 8:07 left in the third quarter.

The Bobcats started their next drive at their own seven yard line. Plashkes entered the game and ran the ball for a yard. Then Golden came in and ripped off a 62-yard run, all the way to the Williams 30. Then he ran it 12 more yards down to the Williams 18. After Plashkes ran the ball for four yards to the Williams 14, the Bobcats drew a pass interference call on the Ephs, putting the ball at the two yard line. 

Sophomore Zach Doyon (Eliot, Maine) took it in from there with a two-yard touchdown run, the first touchdown of his collegiate career. 

Senior Grant DeWald (Duxbury, Mass.) made the extra point to cut the deficit to 34-14 with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter.

Jaelon Moaney returned the ensuing kickoff 44 yards to the Bates 45 and the Ephs marched down the field again, scoring on a T.J. Dozier four-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed and Williams led 40-14 with 2:31 left in the quarter.

On the first drive of the fourth quarter, Maimaron found Stola for a 77-yard touchdown reception to cap off the scoring on the afternoon.

Sophomore Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) and senior Max Breschi (Carlisle, Pa.) paced the Bobcat defense with 11 tackles each. Jarrett Wesner led the Ephs with nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss.

The Bobcats are back in action this Saturday at Wesleyan. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.