Sunday September 23, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- As openers go, the Williams College football team couldn't have scripted it much better. The same goes for wide receiver Darren Hartwell.

Hartwell caught two first-half touchdown passes from quarterback Adam Marske to tie a school record as the Ephs routed Colby 41-7 Saturday at Weston Field.

"It's pretty amazing to think, especially at a place like Williams that has a lot of tradition," said Hartwell, whose two touchdown passes tied him in the record books for career touchdown receptions. "It's pretty awesome."

Brendan Fulmer, who graduated in 2007, held the record with 18 career touchdown passes.

Hartwell was targeted 10 times by quarterback Adam Marske and caught eight passes for 92 yards and those two touchdowns.

Marske was pretty good as well. The junior quarterback completed 22-of-27 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. One of the touchdowns went to senior Jeff Riemann. It was Riemann's first career TD pass and followed 20-yard reception on the second drive that was his first career catch.

On a day where Williams converted two Colby turnovers into touchdowns, the Ephs outgained the Mules 410 yards to 159 and held Colby to 21 net yards rushing.

"I think we've got a pretty good team. We just have a lot of things to work on," Williams coach Aaron Kelton said with a smile after the game. "We're young, so we'll make young mistakes. Overall, we're really pleased with the performance.


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The game's first mistake helped put Williams on the scoreboard. Colby, whose coach Jonathan Michaeles is in his first season, watched his team cough up the ball two plays into the Mules' first offensive drive.

Free safety Chris Kim, who led the Ephs with eight tackles, forced running back Spencer Gopaul to cough up the ball. Middle linebacker Emmanuel Whyte recovered at the Colby 25.

On the second play, Hartwell beat corner Phil Amato down the sideline for a 25-yard touchdown. Joe Mallock's kick made it 7-0, and Mallock made it 10-0 with a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter.

It was Hartwell's second touchdown catch, the one that tied Fulmer, that was a thing of beauty.

After missing Hartwell over the middle from the Colby five, the next play had the 6-foot-3 senior go to the far corner of the end zone. Marske put the ball right at the back pylon and Hartwell outjumped the defender. Mallock's PAT made it 17-0.

The Williams defense wasn't perfect. There was one breakdown on a gadget play where receiver Luke Duncklee threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to receiver Michael Lahiff.

The 159 total yards for Colby included about 50 of them in the second half. Both Colby quarterbacks, Connor Emmert and Justin Ciero, were each sacked twice. That was a good showing for the new Williams defensive line -- a line with four new starters.

"We had that one mishap on the throwback, but otherwise we pretty much them out," said Williams defensive tackle Ebeneezer Gyasi. "We had some completions underneath, but we kept them out of the end zone. We did well."

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