The Bates football team won the acclaimed CBB championship outright for the third consecutive year last weekend, as they relied on an improbable performance from backup quarterback Matt Golden ‘20 to defeat Bowdoin 24-7.
The CBB championship, awarded to the Maine NESCAC school who defeats both of their in-state rivals, serves as an exciting punctuation mark for Bates, Bowdoin or Colby, in a season that does not include Division III postseason competition. Bates has had a share of the title since 2011, having won at least one game against either Bowdoin or Colby each of the last five seasons.
In the last three years Bates has swept both Bowdoin and Colby, certainly serving as some of the best moments in each of the last three seasons. The last time Bates held the CBB crown three years running was 1931. This year’s clinching victory was as exciting as it was historic. “It is a great feeling to be a part of a team who was able to win games that are so important to our program and it’s history,” said Golden.
With starting quarterback Sandy Plashkes ‘19 exiting the game late in the second quarter due to an injury, and the score in favor of Bowdoin 7-3, the Cats had to turn to their young backup, Golden. On just his second snap of the game, Golden fumbled, but any chance of the Polar Bears capitalizing were ended by a timely Trevor Lyons ‘17 interception that brought the half to a close.
Golden would finish the game strong. He was at the center of the action in the 4th quarter, when Bates strung together three unanswered touchdowns. Golden accounted for two, a 35 yard strike to Marcus Ross ‘19, as well a 65 yard scamper of his own. “As a team we trusted our preparation at all positions, and because we trusted each other we were able to play ball and make plays,” said Golden of the team’s ability to prepare, and overcome their starting quarterback exiting the game with an injury.
The squad goes for .500 mark this weekend, as they finish their season at home against Hamilton at Garcelon field at 12:00 pm. “We still have one game left on the schedule, and we have moved past the CBB for now and are looking to finish with a win, and we are all looking forward to a great week of practice and we hope to be prepared to come away with a win this Saturday.”