LEWISTON, MAINE >> No matter who is coaching the Williams College football team, Garcelon Field continues to be a house of horrors for the Ephs.
Mark Raymond made his first excursion to Bates as the Ephs head coach and with 7:03 left in the second quarter saw his team up by a touchdown. The Bobcats outscored Williams 22-3 after that en route to a 29-17 win, in a battle of winless teams.
Bates has now beaten Williams in five of its last six games, and has won the last three games in Maine. The last time Williams won on the northern road trip was 2010, when the Ephs went 8-0.
The Williams defense was tested early and often by the Bobcats. Bates came into the game with the third-best rushing offense in NESCAC. Williams held Bates to 107 net yards rushing, an offense that usually runs for 191 yards per game. When a defense sells out on the run, the pass might be there. It was for the Bobcats.
Bates quarterback Sandy Plashkes led an offense that averaged 33 yards per game in two games throwing the ball. On Saturday, Plashkes was 10 of 24 for 240 yards and four touchdowns. Bates had only thrown the ball 19 times in the first two games, completing five passes.
The Ephs (0-3) took the lead when Plashkes fumbled deep in Williams territory. Freshman safety Ben Anthony picked up the ball and returned it 80 yards for the touchdown, his first career TD. Adam Regensburg's kick made it 14-7.
Bates responded when Plashkes hit Frank Williams for a 63-yard touchdown. Then on the second play of the next drive, Bobcat linebacker Joe Frake picked off freshman quarterback Jansen Durham. Four plays later, Plashkes threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Ross. So instead of being ahead, Williams found itself down 19-14 at halftime.
In the final 30 minutes, all Williams could muster was a 38-yard field goal by Regensburg.
Junior running back Connor Harris had a big day for Williams, carrying the ball 24 times for 151 yards. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry. It was the most yards gained by a Williams running back since Alex Scyocurka gained 205 net yards on 29 carries in a win against Wesleyan on Nov. 3, 2012.