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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 11, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Jeff Smith (Needham, Mass.) crashed in from 2 yards out with 4:47 left in the game and Bowdoin College held off Colby College the rest of the way for a 13-10 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference football Saturday at Seaverns Field.
Bowdoin (2-6) wins its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title since 1998. Colby, winners of the last three CBB titles, also finished the year at 2-6.
Smith's touchdown came after a controversial pass interference call against Colby's Brian Liberty (Hollis, N.H.) on a third-and-8 play. Liberty appeared to make a clean knock down of a Oliver Kell (Westford, Mass.) pass, but the official on the play threw the flag and Bowdoin had first down on Colby's 2-yard line.
Bowdoin's defense came up with a big play to set up the touchdown. Colby had a 10-7 lead and the ball on Bowdoin's 13-yard line, but Polar Bear linebacker John Regan (Newburyport, Mass.) forced a fumble and the ball was recovered at the Bowdoin 17-yard line. The Polar Bears then went on the drive to get the eventual game-winning touchdown.
Colby used defense of its own to go ahead after trailing 6-3 at halftime. Paul Howanitz (Reading, Pa.) recovered a fumble and rambled 53 yards for a touchdown with 11:49 left in the third quarter for a 10-6 Mule lead.
Bowdoin had gone up 6-0 in the first half on the 29 and 24-yard field goals by Nate Morrow (Plano, Texas). He kicked the second field goal after a 13-play, 70-yard drive. Colby kicker Brian Bachow (Boca Raton, Fla.) hit a field goal from 37 yards out with 1:15 left to halftime.
Smith ran 29 times for 99 yards, while Kell threw for 95 yards for Bowdoin. Doug Johnson (Woburn, Mass.) caught four balls for 34 yards.
Colby quarterback Justin Smith (Rockland, Mass.) completed 13 passes for 161 yards, while Chris Bashaw had 50 yards rushing. Dan Prunier (Merrimack, N.H.) had four catches for 41 yards and Brennan Moore (Fairfield, Conn.) had three grabs for 51 yards.
Tyler Tennant (Swampscott, Mass.) made 12 tackles to lead Bowdoin, while Andrew Heaney (Reading, Mass.) made 13 stops for Colby.