WILLIAMSTOWN -- It's the final regular-season game before the start of the Little Three season, and it can give the Williams football team an opportunity to look a week ahead.
But when Hamilton visits Williams today, there's no way coach Aaron Kelton's team can look at playing the Continentals as a so-called "trap game." Because there's no looking ahead when you're 1-4.
"There's no such thing as a trap week for us. We've got to just go out and play the game," said Kelton. "Hamilton's got a better team than their record shows. They're going to come out here with plenty of aggression and a great attitude to try and win the game."
The Continentals, under second-year coach Andrew Cohen, are winless. They have really only been in one game, a 27-21 loss at Bowdoin.
The Ephs, however, got in the win column, outscoring Tufts 49-35 last Saturday at Weston Field.
"There is no relief for me. I think the kids had a little relief on Saturday after the game," said Kelton. "Other than that, they're back at it and still focused."
Williams has a 16-game winning streak against Hamilton, and the Continentals have lost nine straight, dating back to last year.
Kelton said he took some positives out of last week's win over Tufts. The Williams offense finally got rolling, scoring 49 points and eating up the clock in extended fourth-quarter drives.
He wasn't as happy with the fact that the Ephs led 21-7 after one quarter but trailed 28-24 at halftime. The Ephs did hold the Jumbos to 7 points in the second half.
"I think its a sign of maturity on our team," said Kelton. "I also think that, like I say all the time, we're better than we were a couple of weeks ago.
"Our kids fought and persevered and really worked at it."
Williams quarterback Adam Marske has been a real bright spot since reclaiming his starting role. Last week, the senior was 27 of 45 for 342 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Marske has improved to fifth in NESCAC in passing and sixth in passing efficiency.
"He's done a great job. We have to limit the turnover part of it for our team," said Kelton. "He's really taking command. This is the kid we knew he could be."
Defensively, sophomore end James Howe has taken over the NESCAC lead with six sacks, five solo.
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