Williams football team off to Maine to face Colby in Week 2

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Eight times last year, Williams College football coach Mark Raymond had to watch the tape of his team's game after a loss. Not this past weekend.

The Ephs ended a 13-game losing streak with a 28-14 win over Bowdoin last Saturday. So did the tape look different after a win?

"In the game, it's exciting of course. But when you get down to it, you see all of the things that you did well and the things that you've got to get fixed," Raymond said. "You just keep your perspective and try to get better the next day."

Williams will take its one-game winning streak on the road Saturday. The Ephs leave for Maine on Friday and will play Colby on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Colby will enter play 0-1, after dropping a 35-0 decision to defending NESCAC champion Trinity.

Williams never trailed in the game against Bowdoin, and took the lead for keeps on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bobby Maimaron to Frank Stoia early in the third quarter.

When the clock reached 0:00, the players erupted, the coaches smiled and the team sang the school's alma mater for the first time in a year and a half.

As the final seconds ticked off, Raymond was asked what was going through his mind.

"You never feel good until there are zeroes on that clock. But, when we got the ball back and had them kneel on it, it felt good," he said. "Just really feel great for the kids and this coaching staff that have worked so hard to win a game."

In the first season of the full conference round-robin schedule, Raymond and his staff had to be very happy with the win in the first of nine games.

"Our kids played very well on Saturday. They played tough, with great effort, the things we always ask for," the second-year coach said. "There are always some things we can do to get better and that's what we'll pinpoint this week."

Williams lists nine freshmen in the school's game notes as scheduled to start on Saturday. One of them is Maimaron. The quarterback was 17 of 30 for 283 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions.

When the Williams Sideline Quarterbacks Club met a week ago Monday, sophomore Jansen Durham was listed as the starting quarterback. Raymond said it was on that day that he and the coaching staff decided Maimaron would start.

"He did great during training camp, but had a hamstring issue going into the final weekend, so we weren't sure if he was going to be able to go or at what percent," the coach said. "We knew, going into Monday, that we were going to go with him."

There are freshmen all over the stat leaders for the Ephs. Stola caught seven passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, including a 97-yard catch-and-run. He also scored on a one-yard run. Linebacker T.J. Rothmann had six solo tackles and eight in all. He had a sack, a fumble recovery and broke up two passes. His former high school teammate Patrick Watson started on the offensive line, and helped keep Maimaron upright and aided Connor Harris as Harris broke the 100-yards rushing mark.

"Rothmann had a heck of a game. All the young guys grew up fast on Saturday," said Raymond. "Those kids come from really good programs, and they're used to winning. They don't worry about losing."

The Mules of Colby held Trinity scoreless into the second quarter. However, the Bantams erupted and rolled to an opening win in Hartford, Conn.

Trinity scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, turning a scoreless tie into a 21-0 Bantam lead.

The Mules are led by running back Jake Schwern, who had a career-best 72 yards on 16 carries against Trinity.

Colby used two quarterbacks, senior Christian Sparacio and sophomore Jack O'Brien.

Trinity held Colby to 200 yards in total offense, while the Bantams ran up 478 yards in total offense.

"Colby has a lot of new people in the lineup," said Raymond. "They play two quarterbacks. Both can throw and run a little bit, so that creates a challenge for us.

"I think their defensive line is very good, it's a strength of their team with the linebacking corps. We're going to have to block those kids."

Reach sports writer Howard Herman at 413-496-6253 or @howardherman.


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