Berkshire Eagle Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN -- In winning its second consecutive game, the Williams College football team accomplished something it hadn’t done since 2010.
The Ephs held visiting Hamilton scoreless and to 188 total yards in a 24-0 shutout victory Saturday afternoon at Weston Field.
The last time Williams shut out an opponent was on Sept. 9, 2010, when the Ephs put up the zero at Bates in a 41-0 win.
The win gives Williams some momentum heading into Little Three play next week. The Ephs begin their second season at Wesleyan and then host Amherst to close out the season.
There wasn’t a ton of offense on display at Weston Field Saturday. The Ephs managed only 261 net yards. But this was a day for the Williams defense.
The Ephs harassed Hamilton freshman quarterback Chase Rosenberg all day. Rosenberg completed 15-of-28 passes for only 126 yards. He was picked off twice.
On the day, Williams recorded seven sacks for a loss of 53 yards. Defensive lineman James Howe had 3 1/2 sacks, 3 1/2 tackles for loss, and he recovered two fumbles. Defensive back Tom Cabarle, now fully healthy again, had a team-high nine tackles.
Williams forced five Hamilton turnovers, recovering three fumbles and getting the two picks. Two of those turnovers led to 10 Williams points. But those came after another good start by the Ephs.
Hamilton won the toss and chose to defer to the second half. Williams took the ball at its 38 yard line. Six plays and 62 yards later, Alex Scyocurka scored on a 10-yard run. Joe Mallock’s PAT kick made it 7-0.
The key play of the drive was a 36-yard run by Kristian Lapointe. The Ephs converted their only third-down opportunity on the drive, and that came on Scyocurka’s touchdown run.
Williams’ John Bond recovered a fumble by Rico Gonzalez as the Continentals were driving for a possible tying score. The Ephs took over on their 30.
Williams’ drive stalled deep in Hamilton territory and Mallock split the uprights with a 21-yard field goal, making it 10-0 with 5:29 left in the first quarter.
This week, quarterback Adam Marske’s numbers don’t jump off the scoresheet. He was 9 of 16 for 127 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Darrias Sime was Marske’s top target. The 6-foot-5 speedster caught five passes for 86 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Lapointe had 51 yards on five carries, and averaged 10.2 yards each time he touched the ball. Scyocurka carried the ball 14 times for 50 yards.