Colby football ends season with loss

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 10, 2007
BRUNSWICK, Maine --- The Colby College football team allowed no points in the second half, but Bowdoin College was able to hang on for a 20-17 win over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday.

The Polar Bears (3-5) won the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title for the second straight year after the Mules (2-6) had won the previous three. Bowdoin's two wins over Colby in the past two years have come by a total margin of six points.

The Polar Bears never trailed in the game, scoring first on a 14-yard pass from Oliver Kell to Steve Cunningham with 6:41 left in the first quarter. The Mules did make it 7-3 after the opening quarter when kicker Victor Gagne booted a 20-yard field goal.

The Polar Bears went up 13-3 with 9:44 left to halftime on a 1-yard scoring pass from Kell to Tim Colton.

Colby appeared to be heading into halftime down just 13-10 after quarterback Billy Ryan tossed a 5-yard scoring pass to Justin Candon with 1:41 to intermission. Candon caught four passes on the drive and finished the day with eight catches for 78 yards. Candon finished the season with 44 catches for 468 yards.

One of the key plays of the game came next when Bowdoin's Lamont White had a 43-yard kickoff return to give his team the ball at Colby's 40-yard line. The Polar Bears used seven plays and got in the end zone with 17 seconds left on a 1-yard run by Kell for a 20-10 lead at the break.

Colby refused to give up and scored with 3:52 left in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Chris Bashaw, but the Polar Bears would not allow the Mules to score again.

Ryan finished with 17 completions for 159 yards, while Dan Prunier had three rushes for 22 yards. Bashaw had three catches for 22 yards and the scoring run.

John Murphy led Colby in tackles with 11. Sam Handler had a huge day with 10 solo stops and three sacks, while Tom Daley also had 10 tackles.

Bowdoin 20, Colby 17

Colby.................  3  7  7  0  - 17      Record: (2-6,2-6)

Bowdoin.............  7 13  0  0  - 20      Record: (3-5,3-5)

1st 06:41 BOW - S. Cunningham 14 yd pass from O. Kell (N. McNair kick), 8-55 2:20, COL 0 - BOW 7

01:27 COL - Victor Gagne 20 yd field goal, 9-41 3:17, COL 3 - BOW 7

2nd 09:44 BOW - T. Colton 1 yd pass from O. Kell (N. McNair kick blockd), 14-69 6:35, COL 3 - BOW 13

01:41 COL - Justin Candon 5 yd pass from Billy Ryan (Victor Gagne kick), 10-57 4:39, COL 10 - BOW 13

00:17 BOW - O. Kell 1 yd run (N. McNair kick), 7-40 1:13, COL 10 - BOW 20

3rd 03:52 COL - Chris Bashaw 2 yd run (Victor Gagne kick), 1-2 0:05, COL 17 - BOW 20

RUSHING: Colby-Dan Prunier 3-22; Chris Bashaw 11-18; Roger Bel 6-17; Pat McBride   1-2; Billy Ryan 1-minus 5. Bowdoin-J. Smith 26-116; N. Tom 4-16; L. Duggan 7-13;   O. Kell 14-minus 3; B. Donahue 1-minus 10.

PASSING: Colby-Billy Ryan 17-38-2-159; Patrick Burns 0-1-0-0. Bowdoin-O. Kell   20-30-0-180.

RECEIVING: Colby-Justin Candon 8-78; Chris Bashaw 3-22; Ernie Bove, Jr. 2-23;   Matt Hellinger 1-19; David Brotman 1-12; Dan Prunier 1-5; Billy Ryan 1-0.   Bowdoin-N. Tomaino 6-73; T. Kelleher 4-23; S. Cunningham 2-28; N. Tom 2-18; I.   Merry 2-9; M. Welsh 1-18; J. Smith 1-5; L. White 1-5; T. Colton 1-1.

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