Bates Football: 2014

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Bates Football: 2014

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:42 pm

Football season preview: 20 seniors aim to keep Cats on winning path

LEWISTON, Maine – Can they make it three in a row?

See photos from the first day of Bates football practice (testing day) by Phyllis Graber Jensen
An unusually large senior class, and a high degree of experience among the returning players in general, have the Bates College football team feeling good about their prospects as the Bobcats attempt to make it three straight seasons of .500 football or better in 2014.

Bates' football renaissance has seen the Bobcats progress from 3-5 in 2011 to 5-3 in 2012, followed by last year's 4-4 mark. The latter two seasons comprise Bates' best two-year record in 30 years, and close observers might also add that, going back to the final game of 2010, Bates is 13-12. A senior class of 20 players, the highest number in head coach Mark Harriman's 17 years at the helm, as well as a bevy of experience seen early on in many of the younger players on the roster

Between Weeks 2 and 4, Bates lost eight of its 22 starters from the first two weeks of the season, forcing experienced players like Andrew Kukesh, Owen Mahan and Gilbert Brown to switch positions, and pushing relatively untested freshmen like Nate Friesth (Munford, Tenn.), Mark Upton (Winthrop, Mass.) and Ben Coulibaly (Philadelphia, Pa.) into the starting lineup.

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Re: Bates Football:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:48 am

Special teams breakdowns cost Bates

by KALLE OAKES...For almost four full years, Tufts University failed to win a football game. Now the Jumbos are undefeated, and the latest triumph was at Bates College's expense.Zack Trause took away the Bobcats' short-lived lead with an 82-yard kick return for a touchdown late in the third quarter Saturday, and the senior added a 49-yard punt return early in the fourth to send Tufts on its way to a 42-24 victory in Somerville, Mass...

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Re: Bates Football:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:30 am

Bates College Roundup: Bobcats head home in search of first victory

Two games in the books, and Bates College football is still seeking that complete game. In their 14-6 season-opening loss to Amherst it was the Bobcats' offense that struggled. Last week, the defense and special teams units were scorched in a 42-24 loss to Tufts. The Bobcats (0-2) led the Jumbos 17-13 at halftime before yielding 29 points in the second half. Tufts' Zack Trause returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the span of two minutes. The Jumbos finished with 405 yards of total offense and 207 total return yards. "We need to put a full game together on both sides of the ball," Bates coach Mark Harriman said. "We did some things better offensively. We're still not as consistent as we need to be. Those two special teams touchdowns are inexcusable, but we'll get those squared away."...

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Re: Bates Football:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:43 am

Bates defense denies Williams

After small but disappointing steps the previous two games, the Bates College football team made a sizable leap Saturday. The Bobcats won their home opener, beating Williams 19-12. Bates was stellar defensively and produced some timely offense to earn its first win of the season at Garcelon Field. "We've been a work in progress on both sides of the ball," Bates coach Mark Harriman said. "We talked this week about how the first week we had a phenomenal defensive effort. Last week, it was a pretty good offensive effort. Today, we put it all together."...

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Re: Bates Football:

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:07 am

Bobcat Beat: Bates faces stiff test in Wesleyan

Fresh off its first win of the season, Bates football shifts its focus to arguably its toughest competition to date this season when the Bobcats host undefeated Wesleyan University on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Cardinals (3-0) have dominated the Bobcats historically, sporting a 28-4 record all time. Wesleyan defeated Bates 35-7 last year en route to winning a share of the NESCAC title during its 7-1 campaign. The Bobcats (1-2) haven't beaten the Cardinals since 2005. "They have some really good players, but we have to match their intensity level," Bates coach Mark Harriman said. "They're a really physical football team, and to me that's what they do very well. They have good skill as well. They bring a lot of intensity to the game, and we have to be able to match that." ...

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