Football 2015: Bates College

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Re: Football 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:08 am

Bates football looking to break through against Middlebury

Bates will be looking for a better second half when the Bobcats host Middlebury in NESCAC football action at Garcelon Field on Saturday afternoon. It’s a two-part mission for Bates, which played the first four games of its eight-game schedule without a win due in part to some letdown...

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Re: Football 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:22 am

Bates falls to 0-5 in 41-27 loss to Middlebury

Bates fought valiantly in the face of numerous injuries to its offense Saturday, but ultimately the Bobcats couldn’t stop Middlebury’s aerial attack in a turnover-filled, 41-27 NESCAC football verdict at Garcelon Field in Lewiston. The Bobcats fell to 0-5 with the loss. Bates a...
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Re: Football 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:12 am

Middlebury wins 41-27 shootout at Garcelon

LEWISTON, Maine -- Matt Milano threw for five touchdowns and 405 yards as Middlebury College defeated the injury-depleted Bates College football team 41-27 Saturday at Garcelon Field, despite Bates' season-high 444 yards of offense.

The visiting Panthers (4-1) overcame a 10-7 deficit after one quarter to build leads of 28-13 and 35-20. Despite losing several players to injury during the game, including both starting slotbacks, Bates twice closed within one score in the fourth quarter, to 28-20 and 35-27. But Panther backup quarterback Jared Lebowitz iced the win with a 40-yard touchdown run on a read-option play with 3:38 left to go in the game.

Milano was intercepted three times but completed 31 of 53 passes. Matthew Minno caught 10 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Conrado Banky caught five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Rizzo caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers outgained Bates by a 475-444 margin despite a big edge in time of possession for the Bobcats, 38:10 to 21:50. Bates also had a season-high 23 first downs to Middlebury's 21.

Bates (0-5) rushed for 204 yards and accumulated a season-high 240 yards through the air. Quarterback Patrick Dugan completed 19 of 32 passes for career-highs of 217 yards and two touchdowns, while getting picked off twice. Mark Riley caught a career-high 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore slotback Sean Peterson, playing in his first career game after missing 1 1/2 seasons to injury, caught four passes for 55 yards.

Bates got on the scoreboard first, driving from its own 35 to the Middlebury 14 before a 15-yard penalty backed up the Bobcats to the 28. Bates settled for a career-long 34-yard field goal by Grant DeWald for a 3-0 lead.

Middlebury roared back with a 7-play, 84-yard drive, capped by Milano's 13-yard touchdown pass to Minno. The score came one play after Banky, on 3rd and 3, caught a pass in the flat, made a move past the cornerback covering him and scampered 47 yards to the Bates 13.

Bates came back as Frank Williams exploited a big hole and rushed untouched for 39 yards to the end zone, giving Bates a 10-7 lead at the end of one period.

The teams traded turnovers early in the second. Bates' Mark Upton forced a Middlebury fumble in Bates territory, recovered by Max Breschi. Middlebury returned the favor, as Gil Araujo stripped Dugan of the ball and Tim Patricia recovered at the Bates 40. But two players later, Ben Coulibaly made a spectacular interception in the end zone to return the ball to the Bobcats.

Bates drove as far as the Middlebury 7 before settling for another field goal attempt, which DeWald hooked wide left from 25 yards out. Middlebury then assumed the lead for good midway through the quarter, driving 80 yards on the strength of two big plays -- a 33-yard catch by Minno on 3rd and 10, and Banky's 34-yard touchdown catch on 3rd and 7. Bates kept the score at 14-10 at the half as Brandon Williams recorded his fifth interception in the past three games, picking off Milano in the end zone in the final minute.

Middlebury opened the third quarter with a key interception by Kevin Hopsicker, made on a tipped, broken-up pass intended for Riley, which set up the Panthers at the Bates 27. Bates' defense forced Middlebury into a 4th and 2, which the Panthers converted and then some, as Milano found Minno for a 19-yard score and a 21-10 lead.

DeWald made a 26-yard field goal to close the gap to 21-13 with 2:57 left in the third quarter. But Middlebury, which was 4-of-4 on fourth down conversions in the game, opened up a 28-13 lead before the half as Milano completed to Tanner Contois for 36 yards on 4th and 1.

Before the end of the quarter, Bates embarked on what would be a 15-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Dugan to Riley deep in the end zone. Mike Decina kept the drive alive with a 10-yard rush on 3rd and 8. Riley's touchdown closed the gap to 28-20 with 11:20 left in the game.

Coulibaly's second interception of the game returned the ball to Bates at its own 33, but two plays later, Wesley Becton picked off Dugan at the Middlebury 43.

The Panthers then mounted another scoring drrive, keyed by a 4-yard pass from MIlano to Rizzo to convert a 4th and 3 at the Bates 21. Three plays later, Milano found Rizzo open again near the right pylon for a 3-yard touchdown pass, making it 35-20 Middlebury with 6:49 let.

Bates' injury-depleted offense then mounted an impressive 10-play, 67-yard touchdown drive, featuring rookie Marcus Ross's first two career receptions, including a 3-yard leaping catch for a touchdown that again brought Bates within one possession of Middlebury, at 35-27. But Lebowitz, taking his first snap of the game at quarterback, rushed up the middle untouched for 40 yards to make it 41-27 with 3:38 left. Middlebury iced the win with Dan Pierce's interception of Dugan on Bates' final drive.

Gil Araujo recorded a game-high 13 tackles for Middlebury, including one sack, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Addison Pierce (11 tackles), Tim Patricia (10 tackles) and Jake Clapp (10 tackles, 3.5 for a loss) also keyed the Panther defense.

For Bates, Coulibaly had eight tackles, one for a loss, to go with two interceptions, a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. Upton also had eight tackles and forced a fumble, and Barndon Williams and Sam Francis had seven tackles apiece.

Next Saturday, Bates begins defense of its CBB title with a 1pm game at Colby.

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Re: Football 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:00 am

Defense, special teams carry Bates past Colby

Bizarre plays cost the Bates football team one or two wins in what has been a frustrating season.

The weirdness finally went the Bobcats’ way Saturday afternoon.

After Colby was forced to kick an extra point a second time due to a delayed penalty markoff against Bates, the Bobcats’ Collin Richardson swatted it down and ultimately preserved a 10-9 win at Seaverns Field in Waterville.

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Re: Football 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:40 am

Football defeats Colby in Waterville for the first time since 1999

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates football team used a dominating defensive performance and outstanding play on special teams to knock off the Colby College Mules by a final score of 10-9 Saturday afternoon.

A Trevor Lyons pick-six (interception returned for a touchdown) in the third quarter put Bates (1-5) ahead for good as they beat the Mules (1-5) in Waterville for the first time since 1999.

"In my time at Bates, that is probably one of the grittiest defensive efforts we've had," head coach Mark Harriman said. "The entire unit played so well."

Special teams swung the game though for the Bobcats. Sophomore lineman Collin Richardson blocked an extra point after Colby scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was a strange play as Colby kicked an extra point through the uprights only to have it called back because the referee had not signaled "ready for play." The second attempt got blocked by Richardson.

Meanwhile first-year punter Justin Foley turned in the performance of the year for Bates. His nine punts averaged 38.3 yards with seven of them pinning Colby inside the 20 yard line, including two punts that landed inside the five and one more that pinned Colby at the three after a penalty. His long punt of the game went 52 yards.

"If you look at how he changed field position for us numerous times, that is just a phenomenal effort," Harriman said. "He's handled kickoffs and punts from day one for us and is doing great job."

The teams traded punts throughout a scoreless first quarter of action.

The Mules got on the board first in the second quarter. A 17-play, 73-yard drive took 8:03 off the clock as the Mules pounded the ball with running back Jabari Hurdle-Price. Early in the drive Hurdle-Price caught a screen pass and scampered 15 yards to midfield. A pass interference call put the Mules at the Bates 33. Hurdle-Price ran the ball on five out of the next six plays to set up first and goal at the Bates 4-yard line. But Andrew Segal dropped Hurdle-Price for a loss of six yards and and two plays later, the Bobcats forced a field goal. John Baron's 26-yard field goal put the Mules up 3-0 with 9:41 to go in the first half.

The Bobcats advanced the ball past midfield behind a solid kick return from Ben Coulibaly and a couple of Ivan Reese runs. But the drive stalled and Foley pinned the Mules at their own 15. The teams continued to trade punts as neither team was able to move the ball much for the remainder of the quarter. The Bobcats had one final shot to put points on the board in the half but a pair of sacks stalled their final drive.

The teams entered the half with Colby on top 3-0.

But the third quarter was all Bobcats. Coulibaly returned the opening kick of the second half 22 yards to the Bates 36. Sean Peterson carried the ball nine yards on the first play from scrimmage. Reese followed with a 14-yard run and a personal foul gave the Bobcats 15 more yards. Mike Decina ran the ball 10 yards to the Colby 19. The drive stalled after that and Grant DeWald kicked a 27-yard field goal to even the game at three.

Mark Upton, who had a monster game on defense for Bates, sacked quarterback Gabe Harrington on the first play of the ensuing drive. Then on second and 18, a hurried Harrington threw the ball into traffic. Lyons jumped the route and picked off the pass. He took the ball 31 yards to the house to put the Bobcats up 9-3. The extra point was good and Bates led 10-3 with 10:47 to go in the third quarter.

It was Lyons' first career pick-six.

"We knew Colby liked the quick game. During the game it's something you sort of feel out," Lyons said. "Brandon (Williams) and I are aggressive corners. We watch film together four times a week and we like to step up and make the big plays. It feels awesome."

Colby took the ball to the Bates 40 on their next drive, but Hurdle-Price got stuffed on fourth and one by Sam Freeman and Andrew Jenkelunas. The Bobcats appeared to be driving for more points but quarterback Patrick Dugan fumbled on first and goal and the Mules recovered.

The Bates defense didn't allow the Mules to take advantage of the turnover as Colby went three-and-out on their possession.

Bates didn't go anywhere on their next drive, though, and Colby got the ball back with good field position at their own 41.

That's when the Mules got their offense going. They marched down the field on a 10-play, 59-yard drive, taking 3:51 off the clock. They started the fourth quarter with the ball at the Bates 29-yard line thanks to a strong ground attack led by Hurdle-Price and back-up QB Christian Sparacio. Facing a 2nd and 5 at the Bates 24, Sparacio sprinted 19 yards to the Bobcats 5. On first and goal, Hurdle-Price ran it to the 1, and Sparacio snuck it in for the touchdown.

Bates got called for a personal foul after the TD. The Colby coach and the referee were discussing whether the Mules wanted to accept the penalty on the kick-off when the first extra point attempt went through the uprights. The play didn't count and they re-kicked. Bates got great pressure off the edge and Richardson came up the middle to block the try and maintain the 10-9 lead.

Holding on to the slim lead, the Bobcats kept the ball almost exclusively on the ground as they attempted to burn the clock. Their defense continued to dominate as Colby could not get anything going on offense down the stretch.

The teams traded punts before Colby got the ball back with 3:05 to go in the game. They advanced the ball to their own 39 before an illegal formation penalty set them back five yards. On the next play Upton picked up his second sack of the game to set up 3rd and 23. A pass fell incomplete and Colby had to go for it on fourth and long. They tried a trick play, but their double pass was unsuccessful, and Bates ran out the clock.

Upton and Sam Francis finished tied for the team-lead with nine tackles each. Brandon Williams broke up three passes on defense. Dugan completed four of 10 passes for 43 yards. He led the team in rushing with 17 carries for 38 yards while Reese added 10 carries for 37 yards. Mark Riley caught a pair of passes for 20 yards.

Bates was outgained 262-168 in total offensive yards, as both defenses had a fine afternoon. But it was the Bobcats' ability to score on defense and their dominance on special teams that proved to be the difference.

With the win, the Bobcats control their own destiny in their attempt to win outright back-to-back CBB titles for the first time since 1966-67. The Bobcats welcome Bowdoin to town on Saturday, November 7 for Senior Day at Garcelon Field. Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m.

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Re: Football 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:08 am

Bates repeats as CBB champion with 31-0 shutout of Bowdoin

LEWISTON, Maine -- With an emphatic 31-0 victory over Bowdoin on Saturday at Garcelon Field, Bates won the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title outright for the second straight year and the third time in four years. It is the Bobcats' first time repeating as outright CBB champion since 1967.

Bates' (2-5) senior class becomes the only one in the modern era, and the first since 1900, to win three CBB titles outright. Bates has also won at least a share of CBB bragging rights for five years in a row and in six of the past seven.

Senior quarterback Patrick Dugan (Westford, Mass.) rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown and passed for 114 yards and a score to lead the Bobcat offense, with senior Mark Riley (Needham, Mass.) catching five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Dugan posted the most rushing yards by a Bates player since Patrick George rushed for 144 against Hamilton in 2012.

"More than anything, this was a great team effort," said Dugan. "Our coaches put together a great game plan. We knew we were more physical than them -- we pounded the rock, and that opened up other things. The D played their butts off -- I mean, a shutout is unbelievable. It just comes down to a total team effort, and it's a great day to be a Bobcat."

Bates' defense pressured and roughed up Bowdoin quarterback Noah Nelson all game long, totaling three sacks and limiting him to 21 completions on 54 pass attempts, with two interceptions. Bowdoin's running game was stuffed to a net of minus-6 yards on 14 attempts in the game.

"Our defense has been coming together as guys have started to jell, and they played with a lot of emotion. I look at that was probably the biggest factor [in Bates' recent defensive success]," said head coach Mark Harriman.

Daniel Barone caught nine passes for 71 yards and Nick Vailas had eight catches for 66 yards for the Polar Bears.

Bates junior cornerback Trevor Lyons (Hamilton, Mass.) returned his fourth interception of the season for 50 yards and a touchdown, his second pick-six in as many weeks, to open up a 24-0 lead in the third quarter.

Bates outgained Bowdoin 380-174, possessed the ball for 38:11 to Bowdoin's 21:49 and won the turnover battle 3-0.

After Bowdoin's offense was held to one first down in its first three series, Bates started its first scoring drive at the Bowdoin 38. The Bobcats took seven plays from there to reach the end zone, with Dugan trotting in untouched from 7 yards out for his first career rushing touchdown.

Bates began its second scoring march at the end of the first quarter, starting from its own 20. Dugan hit Riley for 17 yards to convert a 3rd and 4, followed two plays later by a 25-yard Dugan run up the middle. From the Bowdoin 27, Dugan then dropped a beautiful pass to Riley, running a fly pattern, over the reach of Riley's defender and in stride for the touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

"Riley is Riley -- I mean, he's going to beat the guy off the line, and I know he's going to be there," said Dugan. "I just put the ball up there and he made a play on it. That's how we practice it, so it was great to be able to execute it in this game."

Bowdoin started its lengthiest drive of the game at its own 11. Nelson hit Barone for 90 yards to convert a 4th and 1, and the Polar Bears advanced 14 yards to the Bates 35 with a 14-yard catch by Vailas. A 10-yard out to Barone put Bowdoin at the Bates 25, but on third down, Nelson's pass over the middle was picked off by Bates freshman safety Joe Frake (Windham, N.H.) with 2:13 to go in the half.

Bates made it 17-0 on the first series of the second half, driving from its own 25 to the Bowdoin 8 before setting for a 25-yard field goal by sophomore Grant DeWald (Duxbury, Mass.).

Two plays later, Bates all but put the game out of reach. With Nelson throwing from the Bowdoin 44, Lyons jumped the receiver's route, catching the ball at midfield and racing untouched up the sideline to give Bates a 24-0 lead with 8:56 still to go in the third quarter.

"We knew they liked the quick stuff, just like Colby did last week," said Lyons. "I saw the QB looking that way and read it, and I was playing aggressive and jumped it.

"It was a full team effort today -- the D-line got pressure, the linebackers stopped the run, and the secondary locked down the pass. We knew it was going to be a physical game, and we came out and conquered."

The fourth quarter featured a slew of Bates reserves playing, including two freshman quarterbacks, Sandy Plashkes (Del Mar, Calif.) and Tyler Baum (Bernardsville, N.J.), both taking their first snaps from scrimmage and notching 3-yard rushes.

Bates' first possession of the final quarter took up 17 plays to advance 66 yards and ended in the first career touchdown for freshman running back Peter Boyer (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine), a 1-yard plunge with 5:17 to go. Boyer had his second carry of the game when Bates reached the 50, and went on to tote the ball eight times for 38 yards on the series, including one of the game's most cheer-inspiring plays, a multiple-tackle-breaking 17-yard carry.

Bates junior cornerback Brandon Williams (Gardner, Mass.) led the Bobcats in tackles with eight, while Lyons had six tackles, the interception and two pass breakups. Junior Mark Upton (Winthrop, Mass.) had five tackles, including a sack and forced fumble, and four quarterback hurries. Sophomores Max Breschi (Carlisle, Pa.) and Jack Maritz (St. Louis, Mo.) also tallied sacks.

Henry Little had a game-high 12 tackles for Bowdoin, while Branden Morin had 11 and Cameron Rondeau added 10.

The victory represented Bates' first shutout win since 2002, and its first against Bowdoin since 1989.

Bates looks to finish the season with a three-game winning streak next Saturday at Hamilton, with kickoff at noon.

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Re: Football 2015: Bates College

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:37 am

Hamilton wins defensive battle 14-0 in football season finale

CLINTON, N.Y. -- A stifling and opportunistic defense led Hamilton College to a 14-0 season-ending victory over the Bates College football team on Saturday at Steuben Field.

Both teams finished 2-6, part of a four-way tie for sixth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference with Williams and Bowdoin. Hamilton drew even with Bates in the teams' all-time series at 19-19, while defeating Bates for the first time in five meetings and the third time in the past 14.

All of the game's scoring took place in the second quarter. Jason Nastovski ran through a big hole untouched into the end zone from the 3-yard line for a 7-0 lead with 12:30 left in the first half, and with 3:01 left, Hamilton's Nick Sobczyk fell on the ball in the end zone after a fumbled exchange in Bates' backfield. Two plays earlier, Bates was backed up to its own 1-yard line after Pat Donahoe's 55-yard punt, which was destined for a touchback before it curved fortuitously to the right.

The Continentals held the Bobcats to one first down and 11 yards of offense in the second half, and Bates finished the game with season lows in first downs (nine) and yards (104). The NESCAC's third-ranked rushing offense was held to 48 yards on 44 attempts -- a number enhanced by four sacks of senior quarterback Patrick Dugan (Westford, Mass.) for a total loss of 24 yards.

Bates' defense, which was outstanding in its own right for most of the game, showed signs of running out of gas down the stretch, as Hamilton awakened its rushing attack to finish out the game with a non-scoring drive that ate up the final 11 minutes on 18 plays. Nearly a third of Hamilton's total time of possession (33:55) and yardage (227) took place on the final possession, as snow swirled around Baron von Steuben Field.

Defense ruled the day on both sides of the ball. The Bates offense's only drive that netted more than 16 yards, a 65-yard advance in the first quarter, ended with a 29-yard missed field goal that bounced off the right upright.

By the same token, Hamilton's final 83-yard drive was 40 yards longer than its second-longest, the 43-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter.

Bates junior linebacker Mark Upton (Winthrop, Mass.) totaled a game-high 13 tackles (eight solo). He set up Bates with good field position on numerous occasions: his fourth sack of the season forced Hamilton to punt the ball away in the third quarter, and his six-yard interception return set up the Bobcats at their own 44 early in the fourth quarter, in what would be their final possession. Junior cornerbacks Trevor Lyons (Hamilton, Mass.) and Brandon Williams (Gardner, Mass.) had eight tackles apiece.

Dugan completed 7 of 12 passes for 56 yards in his final game, with fellow senior Mark Riley catching four passes for 38 yards, all in the first half. Sophomore slotback Frank Williams (Brookline, Mass.) led Bates in rushing with 25 yards on six carries.

Hamilton's Cole Freeman completed 14 of 25 passes for 105 yards. Marcus Gutierrez rushed 16 times for 85 yards, and Nastovski rushed 12 times for 58 yards and the game's only offensive touchdown. Donahoe caught six passes for 53 yards. Brent Lobien shared Hamilton's team lead with eight tackles, including two sacks and a forced fumble.

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