Seniors to play final football game Saturday

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 9, 2012
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2012 Colby football seniors (Scott Davis photo)

WATERVILLE, Maine ---  The Colby College football team will close out the 2012 season Saturday against rival Bowdoin College in the 124th meeting between the two teams in a 12:30 p.m. game at Harold Alfond Stadium.  

Colby's 14 seniors will be honored before the final game of their collegiate football careers. The seniors are co-captains Phil Amato and John Gilboy, Cody Anderson, Lester Batiste, Derrick Beasley, David Bendit, Ben Brauer, Indigo Dow, Spencer Gopaul, Patrick Harper, Michael Lahiff, Kyle Layne-Allen, Paul Spada, and Ryan Veillette.
Colby and Bowdoin have the third-longest series rivalry in small college football history. Amherst and Williams (127th meeting Saturday) and Albion-Kalamazoo (126) are the only longer rivalries. The Polar Bears take a 68-46-9 series advantage over Colby into today.
The Mules come into today at 2-5 overall and winners of two of the past three games after a 21-14 win against Tufts last Saturday. Meanwhile, Bowdoin fell to 1-6 overall after losing 14-6 at home to Bates last weekend.
Bates, which took a win against Colby two weeks ago, clinched its first outright Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title since 2002. This will mark the first Colby/Bowdoin game in 10 years with no CBB implications.
Colby's defense has come up big in its two wins this year against Hamilton and Tufts. Sophomore middle linebacker Henry Nelson leads the Mules and is fourth in the NESCAC in tackles per game (10.1, 71 total). Colby ranks fifth in the 10-team NESCAC in rushing defense at 130.6 yards allowed per game.
Daniel Maddox is second on the Mules in total tackles with 47, while Beasley and Amato both have 37 stops. Tony Atkinson, after missing some games earlier in the season, is up to fifth in tackles with 29. Veillette is second in the NESCAC in sacks (5) and leads the Mules in tackles for loss (9). Veillette also had the trick play touchdown pass in Saturday's overtime win against Tufts.
Versatility has been a key for the Mules this year with a young squad and many injuries. Beasley and sophomore Jason Buco (second in NESCAC with five interceptions) are both starting defensive backs, but both also share the team lead in receiving touchdowns (3). Zach Padula, another defensive back, has done a solid job with punt and kickoff returns.
Then there is the athleticism of first-year quarterback Justin Ciero, who leads the Mules in both passing (946 yards, 10 touchdowns) and rushing (375 yards, 3 touchdowns). Ciero is third in the NESCAC in total offense (188.0 yards per game), sixth in passing yards per game (134.4), and eighth in rushing (53.6).
Gopaul had a solid game against Tufts last Saturday with 103 yards of rushing and receiving. He is second in rushing (232 yards) and leads the Mules in total receptions (21). Dow has 20 catches for a team-best 231 yards, while Lahiff has 19 grabs for 184 yards.
Bowdoin, a team which has had no problems putting up points on the scoreboard in past years, is ninth in the league in scoring offense (12.6) this year. The Polar Bears also rank last in the conference in turnover ratio (minus-12).
Bowdoin, however, has improved on defense and is ranked sixth in the league in scoring defense, while the Mules are seventh. Junior linebacker Griffin Cardew leads the NESCAC in tackles per game (11.7) and total tackles (82). Fellow linebacker Joey Cleary is 10th in the conference in tackles per game (7.7).
The Polar Bears started Mac Caputi at quarterback for the first time this season last Saturday. Caputi, who played against Colby a year ago, threw for 198 yards and ran for 30 in the loss to Bates. Thomas Romero had started the first six games for Bowdoin and had thrown for 955 yards.
Bowdoin kicker Jimmy Garvey booted a pair of field goals (22, 24) against Bates and has nine field goals this season. He has 34 points on the year.


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