Williams football team guarantees first winning season since 2011 with win over Hamilton
WILLIAMSTOWN — It wasn't just a win.
"The feeling is pretty incredible," Williams wide receiver Adam Regensburg said after the Ephs clinched their first winning season in six seasons.
Williams outscored visiting Hamilton 24-0 in the first half and held the ball for almost seven minutes in the fourth quarter to clinch a 24-6 win. The victory gives Williams a 5-2 record, and even if the Ephs lose both upcoming Little Three games, they will finish with a plus-.500 record for the first time since going 5-3 in 2011.
It is also quite a comeback from last year's 0-8 record.
"We've had slow first halves all year," said Regensburg. "Coming out, ready to go, scoring 24 in the first half and then grinding it out.
"They're a good team. They came back last week and beat Colby. But you know what? It's our time tonight."
Quarterback Bobby Maimaron had another quality outing. The freshman from Duxbury was 22 of 33 for 268 yards a pair of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. He threw an eight-yard TD pass to Frank Stola and then hit Justin Nelson in full stride for a 76-yard catch-and-run late in the second quarter for the 24-0 lead. Maimaron also carried the ball 15 times for 65 yards. He scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter.
Freshman running back T.J. Dozier had a coming-out party. The first-year player had a career-high 112 yards on 22 carries. He carried the ball nine times on the team's final drive, gaining 52 yards.
"We knew Hamilton was going to be a tough football team. We knew we had to get off to a good start and we did today," said Williams coach Mark Raymond. "In the second half, we knew they weren't going to go away.
"We got some critical stops at the end, and put that six-minute drive together and that's what good teams do."
Coming out of the gate, Williams scored on four of its first six possessions.
But what might have told the story of the game was an unsuccessful Hamilton drive early in the second quarter.
Maimaron hit Steve Bohling for a six-yard gain, but the Eph running back fumbled. Hamilton recovered, but the Continentals (2-5) were assessed a personal foul penalty. The ball was still in Williams territory on the Eph 35.
Hamilton quarterback Kenny Gray found Christian Donohoe for 17 yards on the first play of the drive, putting the ball on the Eph 18. The drive stalled, though, as the Williams defense stiffened. Zach Altneu's 41-yard field goal was wide right, and the Ephs — who turned the ball over three times in the game — did not get scored on there.
"We played well on all sides, on all cylinders" in the first half, senior defensive tackle Chris Hattar said. "When things get clicking, this is a great football team."
Williams lost its shutout bid when Hamilton drove 18 yards after Maimaron's second interception. Joe Schmidt caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Gray.
When the day was done, Williams had the better of the play on the stat sheet with 476 yards in total offense to 317 for the Continentals. Williams wide receiver Justin Nelson caught six passes for 125 yards.
On defense, freshman linebacker T.J. Rothmann led the team with eight tackles. Freshman linebacker Jarrett Wesner returned to the lineup and had six tackles plus 1 1/2 of Williams' five quarterback sacks.
"It's an incredible feeling," Hattar said of that first winning season, "but it's just momentum into the Little Three.
"I'm so proud of these guys. They work so hard."
Little Three play begins next week when the Ephs play at Wesleyan.
Hamilton 0 0 0 6 — 6
Williams 10 14 0 0 — 24
W — Stola 8 pass from Maimaron (Park kick), 10:21.
W — Park 32 FG, 4:01.
W — Maimaron 2 run (Park kick), 4:51.
W — Nelson 76 pass from Maimaron (Park kick), 2:34.
H — Schmidt 7 pass from Gray (Pass failed), 8:31.
First downs 20 24
Rushes-Yards 31-80 46-208
Passing yards 237 268
Comp-Att-Int 21-48-2 22-35-2
Punts-Avg. 8-41.3 4-43.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-73 6-77
Third-Down Conversions 5-17 5-14
Fourth-Down Conversions 0-3 1-3
RUSHING — H: Gutierrez 13-77, Beirman 9-14, Gray 9-(minus-12). W: Dozier 22-112, Maimaron 15-65, Morrison 4-21, Burke 1-12, Bohling 1-1, Team 2-0, Pruss 1-(minus-3).
PASSING — H: Gray 21-48-2 237. W: Maimaron 22-33-2 268, Dunn 0-1-0 0, Park 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING — H: Schmidt 6-97, Wauch 5-63, Donohue 2-30, Robinson 5-25, Saucier 2-18, Nole 1-4. W: Nelson 6-125, Stola 4-51, Regensburg 4-37, Dozier 5-33, Burke 1-12, Bohling 1-6, Morrison 1-4.
Reach sports writer Howard Herman at 413-496-6253 or @howardherman.
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