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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 29, 2011
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The new Revere Bell near the field was ringing loudly after the Colby College football team opened up Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) play with a 37-13 win over rival Bates College on Saturday as part of Family Homecoming Weekend at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.
The Mules move to 2-4 overall and have won two straight games heading into next Saturday's home finale against winless Tufts University at 12:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Bates falls to 2-4 overall and will play its second CBB game next Saturday at home against Bowdoin College at 12:30 p.m. Colby closes out the season in two weeks at Bowdoin and the Mules will now have a chance to win the coveted regional title.
The Mules, in the past, rang a Revere Bell in one of the campus buildings after home or away victories. The team now has their own bell just outside the fence in a new tradition.
Colby senior tri-captain Connor Walsh (Westwood, Mass.) showed his skill-set with a 64-yard catch for one touchdown, he ran for another score, and threw for a third score. Walsh finished with four catches for 164 yards.
Fellow senior tri-captain Nick Kmetz (Laurel, Del.) also had a big game, completing 23 of his 30 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the Mules in rushing with 56 yards on 13 carries (4.3 per rush). Kmetz is up to 4,580 career passing yards and went over 5,000 all-purpose yards (now at 5,114).
Colby's defense was a big factor again for a second straight week. The Mules have allowed just 20 points over the past two weeks (also a 13-7 win against Hamilton) and held Bates to 12 points under its season scoring average. First-year linebacker Henry Nelson (Redding, Conn.) had a team-high nine tackles and had the lone interception in the game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the teams combined for 22 points in the second quarter. Colby kicker Johannes Scheepers (San Diego, Calif.) booted his first collegiate field goal and made a 21-yard kick to give the Mules a 3-0 lead after driving 55 yards on 10 plays.
After a three-and-out by Bates, the Mules needed just one play to take a 10-0 lead. Kmetz hooked up with Walsh on the 64-yard scoring pass.
Bates bounced right back with a touchdown of its own. The Bobcats drove 65 yards on 10 plays and scored when quarterback Trevor Smith (Malvern, Pa.) found 6-foot-7 wide receiver John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) on a 7-yard pass play.
After his completion for a touchdown, Walsh showed his passing skills for his second touchdown of the season using his arm. He found wide receiver Nick Joseph (Mattapan, Mass.) on a 26-yard strike off the option with 5:07 to play until halftime. Colby drove 61 yards on six plays for the score and was helped out by a 23-yard completion from Kmetz to Michael Lahiff (Melrose, Mass.). Bates did block the extra point and Colby's lead was 16-6 at halftime.
Squires scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard pass from Smith after the Bobcats drove 57 yards on 12 plays on their first possession of the third quarter to cut the margin to 16-13. Squires entered the game averaging 90.8 yards of receiving per game, but was held to four catches for 28 yards.
Colby pulled away for good on its next drive of 57 yards on 12 plays. Walsh caught a 22-yard pass on the drive and eventually scored on a 1-yard run for a 23-13 Mule lead with 4:43 left in the third quarter.
The Mules scored the lone two touchdowns of the fourth quarter, first on a 16-yard scoring pass to Joseph from Kmetz. Joseph has three touchdown catches over the past two weeks and finished Saturday with five grabs for 61 yards.
The Bobcats received a nice kickoff return to their own 41-yard line, but Nelson made his big interception on the first play of the drive to give the Mules the ball at the 34-yard line. Four plays later, Kmetz threw his third scoring strike of the game to senior tight end Spenser Merwin (Falls Village, Conn.) for the final score of the contest. Merwin has 796 yards and seven touchdowns in his career.
Lahiff led all receivers in catches (7) and yards (65) in the game. Merwin added 36 yards on three catches, while running back Ian Borthwick (Arlington, Va.) had five rushes for 32 yards (6.4 per rush). Luke Duncklee (Augusta, Maine) had eight rushes for 31 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards.
Colby had a 25-14 margin in first downs and piled up 490 yards of total offense to the Bobcats' 259. The Mules also had a large advantage in time of possession (37:07 to 22:53).
Smith completed 18 passes for 174 yards and the two touchdowns to Squires. Tom Finkenstaedt (Norwell, Mass.) led Bates with four catches for 55 yards, while Ryan Curit (South Portland, Maine) had five rushes for 39 yards (7.8 per rush).
Brian Mellett (Walpole, Mass.) was second to Nelson in tackles for Colby with eight. Shayne Begin (Hillsboro, N.H.) and Derrick Beasley (Andover, Mass.) both had seven stops.
Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) led all tacklers with 11 (9 solo) for the Bobcats. Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) and Joe Drinkwater (Walpole, Mass.) both had eight tackles.
Colby 37, Bates 13
Bates............... 0 6 7 0 - 13
Colby............... 0 16 7 14 - 37
2nd 13:43 COLFB11 - Johannes Scheepers 21 yd field goal, 10-55 4:35,
12:07 COLFB11 - Connor Walsh 64 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (Johannes Scheepers kick), 1-69 0:17,
08:11 11BAT- - J. Squires 7 yd pass from T. Smith (C. Donahue kick failed), 10-65 3:51,
05:07 COLFB11 - Nick Joseph 26 yd pass from Connor Walsh (Johannes Scheepers kick blockd), 6-61 2:58,
3rd 09:17 11BAT- - J. Squires 3 yd pass from T. Smith (C. Donahue kick), 12-57 4:13,
04:43 COLFB11 - Connor Walsh 1 yd run (Johannes Scheepers kick), 10-60 4:27,
4th 10:53 COLFB11 - Nick Joseph 16 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (Johannes Scheepers kick), 14-77 6:38,
08:39 COLFB11 - Spenser Merwin 19 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (Johannes Scheepers kick), 4-34 2:01,
FIRST DOWNS................... 14 25
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 34-85 40-158
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 174 332
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 32-18-1 32-25-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 66-259 72-490
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 1-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 7-138 3-50
Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-31.8 3-29.7
Possession Time............... 22:53 37:07
Third-Down Conversions........ 7 of 16 2 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 3 4 of 6
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-2 4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 2-17 2-11
RUSHING: Bates-R. Curit 5-39; T. Downs 6-24; P. George 10-22; T. Smith 8-8; A.
Peckham 1-1; S. Hild 1-0; L. Eversage 1-minus 1; M. Jackson 2-minus 8.
Colby-Nick Kmetz 13-56; Ian Borthwick 5-32; Luke Duncklee 8-31; Connor Sullivan
3-26; Spencer Gopaul 6-8; Connor Walsh 5-5.
PASSING: Bates-T. Smith 18-32-1-174. Colby-Nick Kmetz 23-30-0-293; Connor Walsh
1-1-0-26; Connor Sullivan 1-1-0-13.
RECEIVING: Bates-T. Finkenstaedt 4-55; J. Squires 4-28; R. Curit 4-26; K. Davis
2-21; P. George 2-12; L. Eversage 1-23; M. Jackson 1-9. Colby-Michael Lahiff
7-65; Nick Joseph 5-61; Connor Walsh 4-104; Spenser Merwin 3-36; Luke Duncklee
2-26; Robert Turner 1-21; Jacob Bratman 1-13; Ian Borthwick 1-7; Spencer Gopaul
INTERCEPTIONS: Bates-None. Colby-Henry Nelson 1-0.
FUMBLES: Bates-None. Colby-Nick Kmetz 1-0.