MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY - Colby vs Bowdoin football

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MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY - Colby vs Bowdoin football

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:57 am




WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College football team will close out the season Saturday in a traditional way in playing rival Bowdoin College on Senior Day at 12:30 p.m. at Harold Alfond Stadium.

For those unable to make the game at Colby, the contest will be webcast at

Colby seniors Tom Abare, Tony Atkinson, Jason Buco, Connor Clancy, Luke Duncklee, Connor Emmert, CT Harris, Nick Joseph, Kalu Kalu, Henry Nelson, Zach Padula, Randy Person, Gabe Salzer, Louw Scheepers, Mark Vargas, David Von Euw, Michael Wincek, and Ben Zurkow will be honored before the game.

Saturday marks the 126th meeting between the Colby and Bowdoin football teams. One of the most storied rivalries in small college football, the Mules and Polar Bears have met continuously (except during World War II) since 1892 and rank third-longest among Division III rivalries. Williams and Amherst meet today for the 128th time, while Albion and Kalamazoo have met 127 times. The Polar Bears hold a 69-47-9 series lead.

Unfortunately for both teams, the game will not be a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Championship for either squad. Bates retained the CBB trophy for the third straight year after a 34-28 come-from-behind overtime win against Colby two weeks ago and a 10-7 road win at Bowdoin last Saturday.

The last two meetings have been memorable for the home team in the Colby/Bowdoin series. The Mules had an impressive 17-0 victory over the Polar Bears two years ago. Last year's game featured one of the wildest finishes in any football game with three scores in the final three seconds in Bowdoin's 32-22 victory.

Colby (1-6 overall) is led offensively by sophomore quarterback Gabe Harrington, who is fifth in the NESCAC in passing yards per game (170.7).

Ryder Arsenault leads all receivers with 22 catches for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Joseph is first in receiving yards (288), yards per catch (19.2) and is tied with Arsenault in touchdowns (4). Mbasa Mayikana (19 catches, 182 yards) and Duncklee (16 catches, 143 yards) are other targets.

Jabari Hurdle-Price leads Colby's running game with 344 yards and one touchdown.

Nelson, a tri-captain, is first for the Mules and 10th in the NESCAC in tackles per game (8.1, 57 total). Atkinson has four tackles for loss among his 51 tackles, Ryan Ruiz has 37 stops and Harris leads the Mules in tackles for loss (6) among his 36 tackles.

Buco has five of Colby's six interceptions this year and ranks tied for second in the NESCAC.

Scheepers has had a solid season kicking and punting for the Mules. He has the longest field goal (46 yards) in the NESCAC this year and ranks third in the league in extra point attempts (12-for-13) of kickers with 10 attempts or more. Scheepers also is fifth in the conference in punting average (36.8).

The Mules have been disciplined when it comes to taking penalties. Colby is first in the league in fewest penalties per game (4.7).

Bowdoin head coach Dave Caputi will be coaching his last game with the Polar Bears after deciding to step down before the Oct. 18 game with Trinity College.

The Polar Bears (2-5) have a workhorse running back in sophomore Tyler Grant, who leads the NESCAC in rushing with 737 yards on 189 attempts. Coupled with his 10 receptions, Grant will have his 200th touch of the ball on his first carry or catch. The next highest rushing attempt total is 138 by Trinity's Chudi Inregbulem.

Senior quarterback Mac Caputi, the son of Dave Caputi, has thrown for 920 yards and one touchdown. Polar Bear quarterbacks have combined to throw just one touchdown this season.

Junior wide receiver Daniel Barone is fifth in the conference in receptions per game (4.7) with his 33 catches for 353 yards.

Junior linebacker Brendan Lawler leads Bowdoin in total tackles with 50, while sophomore linebacker Bjorn Halvorson has 49 stops. Junior linebacker Branden Morin has 45 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one interception
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