Williams football aiming to cut down on errors against Trinity
WILLIAMSTOWN — Every week, the comments from football coaches are about waiting to watch the tape before really deciding how a team performed.
So, Williams coach Mark Raymond, how did your team perform after watching the tape of last weeks 9-7 loss to Colby?
"I thought we were pretty good as far as assignments. The kids did their job on both sides of the ball," said Raymond. "There were some missed assignments here and there."
As to what he didn't like quite as much on Monday?
"The unforced errors," he said. "Some key penalties that really hurt us, and carelessness on both sides of the ball.
"There are some things that are very fixable. I know our guys are working hard."
Fans will find out if Raymond and his coaching staff were able to fix those "unforced errors" on Saturday afternoon when the Ephs host undefeated Trinity at 1:30.
The teams have played each other 74 times, dating back to 1946. It is the only series among NESCAC rivals that Williams is tied with. Both teams have won 36 times with two ties.
Williams has lost five consecutive games to coach Jeff Devanney's Bantams. The last two games, Williams was shut out. In the previous three, the Ephs scored an unlucky 13 points in each contest.
The last Williams win came in 2010, when the Ephs surrendered 14 points in the fourth quarter and snuffed out a Trinity drive on the Williams 18-yard line as time expired in a 29-21 win. That was the second win in Williams' last perfect 8-0 season.
Trinity comes to the Purple Valley fresh off a 38-7 win over Bates. In that game, Trinity running back Max Chipouras carried the ball 18 times for 144 yards, while quarterback Sonny Puzzo was 17-of-26 passing for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bantams are No. 2 in NESCAC in scoring and No. 3 in scoring defense.
Statistically, Saturday's game is a battle between two of the top defenses. Trinity is third in total defense and Williams is fourth.
Trinity is also No. 6 in this week's New England Division III football poll.
Raymond's Ephs are looking for their first win since last Oct. 10, a span of six games.
It was a mixed bag of news out of last week's game at Farley-Lamb Field. Williams outside linebacker Justin Harris was the NESCAC defensive player of the week, making 12 tackles and recording a sack. Running backs Noah Sorrento and Connor Harris (no relation to Justin) ran for 87 and 68 yards, respectively.
Raymond said the Ephs are still working with two quarterbacks, sophomore Jaelon Moaney and freshman Jansen Durham. Durham completed 9-of-13 passes for 69 yards and the Ephs' only touchdown. Moaney completed 8 of 17 for 51 yards and two interceptions.
"Both of them have some great assets. They're great kids and they're fast learners," said the Eph coach. "We'll just keep growing the playbook with them."
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