The past two games for Bobcat football have both been nail biters, with the team falling to Tufts and most recently Williams by a combined three points. While Bates found success on the ground against Williams, rushing for 232 yards, it struggled to establish a passing game, which proved to be a deciding factor in the team’s loss.
Williams was first to find the end zone towards the end of the first quarter. On eight plays, the home team marched 75 yards down the field, with Connor Harris punching it in from two yards out. Bates responded early in the second quarter with a ten-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off by a dive from junior Ivan Reese up the middle.
For the most part, it was a sloppy game for both teams, with a total of 16 penalties, six of which were unsportsmanlike conduct flags. Nine of the 16 penalties came against the ‘Cats, which cost them 90 yards.
Williams too had their fair share of mistakes, specifically in the second quarter, when they were knocking on Bates’ doorstep. Junior Trevor Lyons forced a fumble and senior Tucker Oniskey was there to clean it up, recovering the football. However, Bates was unable to take advantage of the Williams turnover. Heading into halftime, Williams was able to take the lead when Darrias Sime caught a three-yard toss 26 seconds before the intermission.
The Ephs had much success through the air, as Austin Lommen threw for 309 yards on 31 completions, with a touchdown and two interceptions. Williams’ ground game struggled, however, as Bates stuffed everything and held them to only 46 rushing yards on the day.
With no scoring taking place in the third quarter, the Bobcats’ special teams made something happen in the fourth quarter. Lyons returned an Ephs punt 31 yards, and sophomore Frank Williams finished the ensuing drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately, penalties haunted the Bobcats on their final possession, as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a sack stymied any chance at a comeback, causing the team to ultimately fall 16-14 in Williamstown.
Sophomore linebacker Max Breschi had a team-high 11 tackles, while junior cornerback Brandon Williams had two interceptions and nine tackles. Offensively, senior quarterback Pat Dugan completed only one pass for 33 yards, but led the Bobcat rushing attack with 74 yards, and was one of four Bobcats to rush for 44 yards or more.
The Bobcats travel to Wesleyan on Saturday looking for their first win.