Football loses tough one to Williams

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 26, 2009
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Dan Prunier

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College football team gave Williams College all it could handle before the Ephs scored with one minute to go in the game to pull out a 23-19 win in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.

The Mules led 7-3 at halftime and took a 13-3 margin at one point in the third quarter.

Reserve quarterback Matt Coyne (Bristol, Conn.) ran 16 yards for a touchdown with just one minute left in the game to cap a 69-yard scoring drive to help Williams College move to 1-0 overall.

Colby (0-1) had gone ahead 19-17 when quarterback Nick Kmetz (Laurel, Del.) ran in from 2 yards out, but the extra point attempt was missed with 8:49 to go in the game.

The Ephs (1-0) came up big on a third-and-six play during their scoring drive of 2:08. Williams starting quarterback Pat Moffitt (Turnersville, N.J.) hit Bryce Bennett (Jonesboro, Ark.) on a 23-yard pass play to the Colby 16-yard line. Coyne entered the game and scored on the next play.

Colby could not get a first down in the final minute and the Ephs took over on downs to run out the clock.

The Mules had gone up 7-3 at halftime when they scored on their opening drive of the season. The Mules drove 65 yards on seven plays and got into the end zone on Dan Prunier's 1-yard run with just 2:27 off the clock. Kmetz completed a 44-yard pass to Connor Walsh (Westwood, Mass.) on the first play of the game to get the ball to Williams'  21-yard line. Kmetz also completed a 20-yard pass to the Williams 3-yard line to Patrick Burns (Charles Town, W.V.).

Williams got on the scoreboard with 12:44 left in the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Scott Sobolewski (Clifton Park, N.Y.). Williams got a good punt return of 21 yards from Tommy Tysse (McLean, Va.) and then got a Colby penalty added on to that to give the Ephs a good drive start.

In the third quarter, Colby went up 13-3 after linebacker Roger Bel (Ridgefield, Conn.) intercepted a pass and returned it 18 yards to the Williams 40-yard line. The Mules used six plays and got the touchdown when Prunier ran in from 4 yards out with 10:29 to play.

The momentum of the game changed quickly late in the third quarter. Coyne scored on a 6-yard run with 1:44 to play to cap a 76-yard, 7-play scoring drive. Moffitt had a 31-yard pass play to Nick Caro (Andover, Mass.) on the drive.

The Mules then fumbled the ball on their own 34-yard line and Williams' Matt Zanedis (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) scooped it up and returned it 32 yards for the touchdown to give the Ephs the lead at 17-13.

Caro caught nine balls for 69 yards to lead Williams' offense. Moffitt added 153 yards of passing and Coyne completed 6-of-7 passes for 37 yards and also ran for 37 yards. Ryan Lupo (Princeton Junction, N.J.) led all rushers in the game with 57 yards.

Prunier had 42 yards rushing and Kmetz threw for 128 yards. Walsh caught four balls for 55 yards for Colby.

Brian Mellett (Walpole, Mass.) had 10 stops for Colby, which had its defense give up just 17 points on the day. Thomas Duffy (Plymouth, Mass.) had seven tackles.

Colby returns to action next Saturday at Middlebury College at 1 p.m.

Williams 23, Colby 19

Williams............  0  3 14  6  - 23      

Colby...............  7  0  6  6  - 19      

Scoring Summary:

  1st 12:33 COLFB09 - Dan Prunier 1 yd run (David Bendit kick), 7-65 2:27, WILFTB09 0 - COLFB09 7

  2nd 12:44 WILFTB09 - S. Sobolewski 29 yd field goal, 9-15 3:26, WILFTB09 3 - COLFB09 7

  3rd 10:29 COLFB09 - Dan Prunier 4 yd run (David Bendit kick blockd), 6-40 2:39, WILFTB09 3 - COLFB09 13

      01:44 WILFTB09 - M. Coyne 6 yd run (S. Sobolewski kick), 7-76 3:41, WILFTB09 10 - COLFB09 13

      01:21 WILFTB09 - M. Zanedis 32 yd fumble recovery (S. Sobolewski kick), , WILFTB09 17 - COLFB09 13

  4th 08:49 COLFB09 - Nick Kmetz 2 yd run (David Bendit kick blockd), 20-0 7:25, WILFTB09 17 - COLFB09 19

      01:00 WILFTB09 - M. Coyne 16 yd run, 10-69 2:08, WILFTB09 23 - COLFB09 19

                       WILFTB09  COLFB09

  FIRST DOWNS...................       20       12

  RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............    33-88    35-67

  PASSING YDS (NET).............      189      128

  Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  43-24-1  25-10-1

  TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   76-277   60-195

  Fumble Returns-Yards..........     1-32      0-0

  Punt Returns-Yards............     5-49     3-24

  Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     4-84     5-75

  Interception Returns-Yards....      1-0     1-18

  Punts (Number-Avg)............   4-37.0   6-35.8

  Fumbles-Lost..................      0-0      1-1

  Possession Time...............    27:58    32:02

  Third-Down Conversions........  8 of 17  2 of 14

  Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 2   3 of 4

  Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-3      3-3

  Sacks By: Number-Yards........     1-10      0-0

  RUSHING: Williams-R. Lupo 22-57; M. Coyne 5-37; P. Moffitt 3-minus 1; B. Bennett

  3-minus 5. Colby-Dan Prunier 13-42; Michael Cuqua 8-16; Nick Kmetz 10-10; Roger

  Bel 1-2; Conor Tidgwell 3-minus 3.

  PASSING: Williams-P. Moffitt 18-36-1-153; M. Coyne 6-7-0-36. Colby-Nick Kmetz


  RECEIVING: Williams-N. Caro 9-69; B. Bennett 4-45; T. Schnuck 2-25; J.C.

  Stickney 2-18; J. Carroll 2-12; R. Lupo 2-10; T. Tysse 2-6; H. Montalbano 1-4.

  Colby-Connor Walsh 4-55; Patrick Burns 2-31; Kenneth Prior 2-28; Spencer Merwin


  INTERCEPTIONS: Williams-N. Mirkovic 1-0. Colby-Roger Bel 1-18.



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