Williams Separates From Bowdoin In Second Half of Football Opener

Nick Vailas had seven receptions in Bowdoin's loss to Williams
Nick Vailas had seven receptions in Bowdoin's loss to Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College football team scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from Bowdoin on Saturday, 28-14.

It was the season-opening contest for both squads as the Ephs improve to 1-0, snapping a 13-game losing streak, while Bowdoin drops to 0-1.

Game Highlights

  • After the teams traded scoreless possessions in the opening quarter, the Ephs got onto the board following a great punt by Bowdoin's Michael Chen that placed them at their own 7 yard line early in the second quarter. Williams QB Bobby Maimaron found Frank Stola open behind the Bowdoin secondary for a 93-yard scoring strike to give the hosts an early 7-0 edge.
  • Bowdoin replied shortly before halftime thanks to an excellent special teams effort that saw the Polar Bears apply pressure, resulting in a 13-yard punt that gave the visitors possession at the Williams 28. Six plays later, Noah Nelson dove one yard into the endzone to even the score at 7-7 heading into intermission.
  • After the squads traded scoreless drives to open the second half, Williams took the lead for good midway through the third quarter, using a trio of long pass plays to eventually score on another strike from Maimaron to Stola, this time for 23 yards, and a 14-7 edge.
  • Following a three-and-out by Bowdoin, another catch by Stola highlighted a nine-play, 62-yard drive that he also ended with a one-yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-7.
  • Williams extended their lead on the second play of the fourth quarter as Connor Harris scampered 43 yards for a touchdown to increase the lead to 28-7.
  • Bowdoin didn't go away, mounting their most impressive drive of the game on their ensuing possession, marching 71 yards in 13 plays, 34 yards of it coming from RB Nate Richam, and closing the gap to 28-14 on another one-yard plunge by Nelson.
  • The Polar Bears had three more possessions in the fourth quarter but couldn't get into the red zone as the Williams defense closed out the victory.

By The Numbers

  • Williams racked up 439 yards of offense, including 283 yards through the air from Maimaron and 103 yards rushing by Harris. Stola ended with seven catches for 168 yards.
  • Nelson tossed for 111 yards for Bowdoin while Richam ended with 54 yards on the ground. Nick Vailas was the top receiving target with seven catches for 46 yards.
  • Punter Michael Chen was outstanding for Bowdoin as five of his 11 punts landed inside the 20, including three inside the ten, averaging 39.6 yards per kick.
  • Latif Armiyaw led all players with ten tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss.  Andrew Joyce had two forced fumbles for Bowdoin.
  • Desmond Butler paced Williams with nine tackles.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will host Middlebury in the opening contest at renovated Whittier Field next Saturday, September 23, at 1:00 p.m. The Panthers (1-0) hung on to beat Wesleyan on Saturday in their season opener, 30-27.