Senior Zack Skarzynski recorded 13 solo tackles and 15 overall for Tufts

LEWISTON, ME -- Quarterback Trevor Smith passed for two tocuhdowns and ran for another as Bates College rolled to a 28-9 victory over Tufts in NESCAC football action on Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field.

Bates (1-1) outrushed Tufts (0-2) by a 218-18 margin, sacked Jumbos quarterback Johnny Lindquist (Highland Park, IL) six times and intercepted him four times in the game.

Patrick George ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for Bates, while Smith nearly matched him with 83 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Smith also completed 17 of 24 passes for 122 yards and the two scores.

Ryan Curit led Bates receivers with eight catches for 50 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown reception that gave Bates its initial lead at 12:27 of the first quarter. A 13-yard run by Smith put the Bocats up 13-0 at 2:50 of the first quarter.

Senior Adam Auerbach (Glen Rock, NJ) put the Jumbos on the scoreboard with a 28-yard field goal capping a 10-play, 69-yard drive at 5:19 of the second quarter. The senior kicker is closing in on the team's all-time record for field goals with 19. Chris Wild's record of 21 was set from 1988-91.

A 23-yard pass from Smith to Tom Finkenstaedt late in the second half gave the hosts a 21-3 advantage at halftime after a conversion rush by George. The teams traded one-yard touchdown runs in the second half.

Bates linebacker Brett McAllister had a big day with two interceptions, two sacks and two pass break-ups. McAllister also came down with teammate Andrew Kukesh on another pickoff that was credited to Kukesh.

Tufts' Lindquist finished 22 for 39 for 258 yards. Sophomore running back Ryan Pollock (Reading, MA) rushed for 26 yards, including Tufts' lone touchdown from a yard out at 7:39 of the fourth quarter. Junior Dylan Haas (Yorktown Heights, NY) caught eight passes for 75 yards.

Senior lineback Zack Skarzynski (Hinsdale, IL) finished with 15 tackles for Tufts, including 13 solo stops. That's just two shy of the Tufts record of 15 solo tackles. Senior tri-captain J.T. Rinciari (Congers, NY) was also in double figures for tackles with 10. Junior Tommy Castle (Yarrow Point, WA) blocked an extra point for Tufts.

The Bocats have started a win streak of their own against the Jumbos. Today's win was their second straight in the series after they broke Tufts' 24-game win streak a year ago.

Tufts plays Bowdoin next Saturday at 1 pm in its home opener. Bates plays at Williams next Saturday at 1:30 pm in the Bobcats' road opener.

A more in-depth recap will be posted when it is available from Bates College this evening.

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