Williams football team gets shut out by Wesleyan

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — To say it was a rough Saturday for the Williams College football team would be an understatement.

The Ephs were shut out for the first time since 2015 as Wesleyan rolled past Williams, 35-0.

The last time Williams was shut out was on Oct. 3, 2015 at Trinity.

The Cardinals defense dominated the Williams offense. Williams managed only 127 yards in total offense, compared to 455 for the Cardinals.

Freshman quarterback Bobby Maimaron was 7 of 20 for only 51 yards and two interceptions.

The series that might have decided this game came early in the second quarter.

Williams gave up a touchdown on Wesleyan's opening series and trailed 7-0. The Ephs held Wesleyan at midfield, forcing a punt. The Williams drive started on its 22-yard line. Maimaron kept the drive going on a 16-yard pass to Frank Stola for a first down at the Eph 49. On the next play, Joey Volpe crossed into Wesleyan territory but fumbled. The Cardinals recovered on their 43.

Nine plays later, Mark Piccirillo scored on a two-yard run. The kick made it 14-0.

Williams did not make it across midfield until midway through the fourth quarter. The Ephs were down 35-0 when they drove from their 17 to the Wesleyan 22. But the drive stalled and the Cardinals ran out the clock.

Piccirillo was 26-of-32 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball 15 times for 69 yards. Wesleyan's Mike Breuler caught nine passes for 104 yards.

The Williams defense got to Piccirillo once, as Ben Anthony and Chris Hattar combined on one sack.

Williams plays Amherst next Saturday. A win by the Ephs would create a three-way tie for the Little Three title.

The Berkshire Eagle sports staff can be reached at sports@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6250.


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