WILLIAMSTOWN >> The scoreboard told one story at Farley-Lamb Field Saturday afternoon. The looks in the eyes of the members of the Williams College football team told another.
"Miles, miles better" than in week one, Williams tri-captain Chris Hattar said after the Ephs lost to Trinity. "Sticking together, communicating, just working our butts off."
The visiting Bantams (2-0) scored 17 points in the first quarter and were not stopped as they beat Williams 38-13. The Ephs (0-2) did get a late touchdown to make the score a bit more respectable.
The statistics all went in Trinity's favor. The Bantams had 517 yards of total offense to 190 for Williams. The Ephs did have minus-10 net yards rushing, but that was offset by 61 yards in eight sacks against Eph quarterback Jansen Durham.
Durham was intercepted twice, and both picks led to Trinity touchdowns.
"I think we played a little better in spots," Williams coach Mark Raymond said. "Some of the turnovers really created problems.
"We have to clean that up and just get better in all facets of the game. Obviously, the kids are coming together and played hard, and that's where it starts."
Trinity quarterback Sonny Puzzo threw three touchdown passes, two to Darrien Myers. Running back Max Chipouras out-rushed the entire Williams team as he gained 165 yards on 21 carries. Chipouras scored two touchdowns, one on a 60-yard run. Williams' three running backs — Connor Harris, Steve Bohling and Noah Sorrento — combined to run for 49 yards on 18 carries.
There were some bright spots for Williams, and one of them came at the quarterback position.
Durham, the freshman from outside of Baltimore, made his first start for the Ephs. He finished up 24 of 39 for 200 yards. He threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Kellen Hathaway in the second quarter and one to Adam Regensburg in the fourth. Seven different Ephs caught passes. Regensburg had eight catches for 54 yards, while Harris had 5 for 61.
Durham was 5 of 9 on Williams' first drive that took the Ephs from the Eph 35 to the Bantam 17. The drive stalled and a fourth-down pass to J.J. Dunn was incomplete. Durham was 6 of 7 on the touchdown-scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
"He did some good things. He completed some balls. Like I said, he had a couple of turnovers but we all share that," said Raymond. "I'm impressed with his toughness. He hung in there, took a couple of shots and competed."
For Durham, the game has begun to slow down.
"The game slowed down a little bit," he said. "We came out here today against Trinity, a very good team. We knew coming into this week, it was going to be challenging with the different style they have up front and their coverages.
"I feel confident in my teammates. We showed heart today."
For a while, it looked like Williams would be playing a "bend-but-don't-break" style of defense. But big third-down plays on two first-quarter touchdowns sealed Williams' fate.
Williams was flagged for pass interference when cornerback Desmond Butler got tangled up with receiver Bryan Viera in the end zone. That led to a touchdown instead of a field goal. Then on the next series, Williams seemingly had Trinity stopped at the Eph 25. But on third-and-10, Puzzo found Darrien Myers for a first down. Two plays later, Chipouras scored a TD.
"I think they're coming. I can't give you a true evaluation until I watch it," Raymond said. "I saw some good things today, and our trajectory just needs to be going up."
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