Candon leads football team past Bates

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 27, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ­-- Justin Candon (Rutland, Vt.) caught nine passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns as the Colby College football team held on for a 20-13 win over rival Bates College on Saturday at Seaverns Field.

The Mules move to 1-5 on the season and move into position for a chance at the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Championship. Bates falls to 0-6 and will play host to Bowdoin College next Saturday. Colby will entertain Tufts University next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and then finish the season at Bowdoin on November 3.

On a messy day with a steady rain, Bates scored with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 20-13. After a failed on-side kick, the Bobcats held and forced Colby to punt with 1:57 left in the game. Bates took over on its own 9-yard line and managed to get to Colby’s 25-yard line before the Mules batted away a pass on the goal line as time ran out.

Candon was the difference offensively for Colby with two touchdowns to give the Mules a 13-0 lead. He scored on a 15-yard pass play from Billy Ryan (Madison, Conn.) with 7:17 left in the first quarter to cap an 87-yard drive and give Colby a 6-0 lead at halftime (the extra point attempt was missed).

Candon’s next touchdown came from 3 yards out from Ryan with 9:06 left in the third quarter to put the finishing touches on a 14-play, 67-yard drive.

Bates battled back with a 44-yard drive in six plays that was capped off by a 1-yard scoring run by quarterback Brandon Colon (Manchester, N.H.) with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter. Colby running back and captain Chris Bashaw (Rutland, Mass.) helped set up his own touchdown to give the Mules a 20-6 margin. Bashaw caught a 32-yard pass from Ryan to get the ball to the 3-yard line of Bates. He then crashed in over the top two plays later from 2 yards out.

The Bobcats once again got back in the game when Colon drove his team 82 yards in 12 plays and hit Tom Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) on a 7-yard scoring pass with 3:36 left. Colby’s defense gave up a chunk of yards on the Bobcats’ final drive, but defensive back Richard Newton (Arlington, Mass.) batted down a pass at the goal line to preserve Colby’s victory.

Ryan threw for 168 yards and the two touchdowns, while Patrick Burns (Charles Town, W.V.) also threw for 50 yards for the Mules. Bashaw ran for 49 yards and had the 32-yard pass reception.

Colon completed 21 passes for 257 yards for Bates. Matt Gregg (Milton, Mass.) caught seven balls for 93 yards and Beaton had four catches for 79 yards.

John Murphy (Hingham, Mass.) led Colby’s defense with 10 tackles. Tom Daley (North Bridgton, Maine) had eight stops, while Kevin Bird (Dover, N.H.) had two sacks among his four tackles.

Colby 20, Bates 13

Bates...............  0  0  6  7  - 13      Record: (0-6,0-6)

Colby...............  6  0  7  7  - 20      Record: (1-5,1-5)

1st 07:17 COL - Justin Candon 15 yd pass from Billy Ryan (Victor Gagne kick failed), 10-87 3:39, BAT 0 - COL 6

3rd 09:06 COL - Justin Candon 3 yd pass from Billy Ryan (Victor Gagne kick), 14-67 5:48, BAT 0 - COL 13

02:20 BAT - B. Colon 1 yd run (A. Johnson kick blockd), 6-44 2:12, BAT 6 - COL 13

4th 13:28 COL - Chris Bashaw 2 yd run (Victor Gagne kick), 7-52 3:42, BAT 6 - COL 20

03:36 BAT - T. Beaton 7 yd pass from B. Colon (A. Johnson kick), 12-82 2:55, BAT 13 - COL 20

RUSHING: Bates-G. Thornton 15-47; S. White 7-20; M. Starrett 1-4; J. Smith 1-2;   B. Colon 8-minus 7. Colby-Chris Bashaw 23-49; Roger Bel 5-26; Dan Prunier 6-11;   Billy Ryan 3-1; Mike Cuqua 1-0; Matt Hellinger 1-minus 6; Patrick Burns 1-minus   6.

PASSING: Bates-B. Colon 21-40-0-257. Colby-Billy Ryan 11-22-1-168; Patrick Burns   3-5-0-50.

RECEIVING: Bates-Matt Gregg 7-93; S. White 5-48; T. Beaton 4-79; S. Wirth 3-20;   D. Philbrook 2-17. Colby-Justin Candon 9-147; Dan Prunier 3-32; Chris Bashaw   1-32; Ernie Bove, Jr. 1-7.

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