Colby, Bowdoin to battle for CBB football title

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 9, 2007
BRUNSWICK, Maine --- The Colby College football team hopes to end the season on a three-game winning streak and bring the coveted CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) Championship trophy back to Waterville on Saturday.

The Mules and the Polar Bears hook up for the 119th time, the third longest Division III rivalry behind only William/Amherst and Albion/Kalamazoo. Bowdoin has a 63-46-9 edge in the series, but Colby has won seven of the last eight games.

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The Polar Bears' last win was a year ago in a 13-10 win against the Mules. Bowdoin won its first CBB title since 1998. Colby had won the last three championships before last year.

The Mules enter the game with momentum after taking a 19-16 win at home last Saturday against Tufts, which came into the game tied for first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby (2-5) had taken a win against Bates the week before.

The upset win over the Jumbos made it a week of honors for Colby. Senior wide receiver Justin Candon was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week and first-year linebacker Michael Talarico was selected as the NESCAC Rookie of the Week on Monday. Senior defensive tackle Mike Poplaski was named to the National Team of the Week on Wednesday.

Candon leads Colby with 36 receptions for 390 yards, but half of those catches have come in the last two weeks and he has added four touchdowns during that time. Candon ranks tied for second in the league in receptions per game (5.14) and sixth in reception yards per game (55.7).

Senior captain Chris Bashaw is sixth in rushing in the league at 59.6 yards per game and he has caught 17 balls for nearly 200 yards. Senior quarterback Billy Ryan has been strong in the past two games and averages 112 yards passing per game.

Defensive back Tom Daley leads Colby in total tackles (55) and solo tackles (40). Sam Handler is second in total tackles (41) and first in tackles for loss (6.5). John Murphy, Denis Cronin, and Greg Enos all have 38 stops. Poplaski has six tackles for loss and leads the team with three fumble recoveries, including two in the win over Tufts last week. Talarico got some extended playing time last week against Tufts and had eight tackles.

Bowdoin (2-5) sophomore quarterback Oliver Kell has thrown for 1,128 yards and six touchdowns. The Polar Bears do not have a running back or a receiver in the top 10 in statistics in the NESCAC.

Sophomore linebacker Kevin Zikaris is tied for second in the conference in total tackles (71), while senior Lamont White has four interceptions. Matt Leotti also ranks in the top 10 in interceptions with three.

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