Berkshire Eagle Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN -- In four losses this year, the Williams College football team had scored a combined 45 points. The Ephs equaled that mark on Saturday and erased the zero from the win-loss mark.
The Ephs (1-4) outscored Tufts 25-7 in the second half to rally and beat the Jumbos 49-35 at Weston Field.
Quarterback Adam Marske had another solid afternoon for the Ephs. The senior was 27 of 45 for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was also picked off twice.
Marske threw to eight different receivers. Steven Kiesel was his top target, catching eight passes for 85 yards.
Eph running back Alex Scyocurka came up two yards short of having back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. Scyocurka finished with 98 yards rushing on 27 carries. He ran for a touchdown and caught a pass for the other.
Williams trailed 28-24 at halftime as the visitors scored three touchdowns in the final 61Ž2 minutes of the first half.
The third quarter didn’t start well for the Ephs. Williams took the kickoff at its 30 and on the fourth play of the drive, Tufts’ Matt McCormack picked Marske off at the Eph 42.
The Williams defense stiffened and when punter Willie Holmquist fumbled the snap, Williams had the ball at the Jumbos’ 28-yard line. Williams kicker Joe Mallock missed a 43-yard field goal, but there is no doubt that the Ephs dodged a bullet.
Twice on the next Tufts series, the Ephs sacked quarterback Alex Snyder and forced Tufts to punt. A 13-yard return by Kristian Lapointe set the Ephs up at their own 43.
Marske engineered a 10-play drive that ended up with Marco Hernandez scoring on a 1-yard run. The key play of the drive was a 22-yard pass from Marske to Jeff Brewington, giving Williams a first down on the Tufts 14.
Holmquist, who punted seven times and averaged 31.9 yards per kick, had a fourth-quarter adventure that sealed the deal for Williams.
Mallock’s 23-yard field goal put the Ephs up 34-28, and Holmquist later had a chance to punt his team out of danger. But he whiffed and his kick traveled only five yards. Two plays later, Marske found Scyocurka and the 9-yard touchdown pass put the Ephs up 42-28.
Williams will look to make it two in a row on Saturday, when the Ephs host winless Hamilton in the final game before the start of the Little Three season.