WILLIAMSTOWN – Junior Frank Stola's three receiving touchdowns in the first half set the tone for Williams College's 44-8 victory in their home opener against Tufts University in NESCAC football action Saturday afternoon. Stola's four receiving touchdowns overall broke the Williams single-game record, as did his 233 yards receiving.
|OJ Armstrong caught nine passes for the Jumbos.|
Williams came out strong in the first quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by first-year Drew Michalek at the Tufts 17. Then on third and seven, quarterback Bobby Maimaron ran around the Tufts defense to put the Ephs up 7-0.
Later in the first the Ephs extended their lead to 14-0. Facing fourth and one on the Tufts 35-yard line, Maimaron threw to Stola for a touchdown with 5:03 remaining in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Jumbos, Stola was just getting started.
The Jumbos did counter quickly with their only score of the day. A 20-yard pass from senior QB Jacob Carroll to junior RB Mike Pedrini brought them to midfield. Pedrini also converted a third and one play with an 11-yard run to the Williams 27. From there, Carroll passed to junior OJ Armstrong who beat good Williams coverage with a great catch to come down with the score. On the ensuing extra-point attempt, a botched snap led to holder John Andre scrambling for the two-point conversion making it 14-8.
At the start of the second quarter, a bad snap on a Jumbos punt led to the Ephs fortuitously starting on the three-yard line. Maimaron soon converted on a fade route for Stola pushing the host's lead to 21-8.
Stola added another touchdown on the next Williams drive, catching a deep pass from Maimaron for a 44-yard touchdown at 10:51 of the second quarter making it 28-8.
Jumbo turnovers would continue to haunt them as an interception by Williams' Ben Anthony brought the Ephs to the Tufts 19. The Jumbo defense would hold, but Williams added a 30-yard field goal by Andrew Schreibstein at 9:11 of the second quarter. The Ephs would then close their big first half with a 16-play drive resulting in a 24-yard field goal by Schreibstein with 1:12 to go until halftime giving the hosts a 34-8 margin.
On top of their productive first half, Williams then got the ball to start the second half. Stola added one more touchdown on a 24-yard strike from Maimaron at 11:08 of the third and it was a 41-8 game.
Tufts had brought freshman Trevon Woodson in at quarterback late in the first half and he led them over 70 yards to inside the Williams 10 on the first drive of the second half. On a third and nine during the drive he had a 12-yard run, and he also converted a fourth and seven with a nine-yard connection to Armstrong. However, the Jumbos fumbled the ball away with Eph Jake Kastenhuber recovering at the one-yard line.
Williams responded with another long drive resulting in a 19-yard field goal by Schreibstein early in the fourth putting the hosts up 44-8.
Woodson would again get the Jumbos well into Williams territory on the next two drives, but Tufts could not score and turned the ball over on downs both times.
The Ephs finished with a large 35:50 to 24:10 margin in time of possession. They accumulated 503 yards of total offense and were 11 of 19 on third down. Maimaron completed 20 of 38 passes for 289 yards and the four scores, and also rushed 15 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Dan Vaughn added 94 yards on the ground. Schreibstein scored 14 points with five PAT's and three field goals. He also averaged 41.8 yards on punts.
The Jumbos managed 330 yards of offense with Woodson completing 12 of 17 passes for 124 yards and rushing 13 times for 79 yards. Armstrong had nine catches for 79 yards. Andre was solid on special teams for Tufts with the two-point PAT, six kickoff returns for 122 yards and a 16-yard punt return.
Defensively, Jarrett Wesner led Williams with eight tackles. Anthony returned his two interceptions 26 and 48 yards. Senior Greg Holt led the Jumbos with seven tackles and classmate Tylor Scales broke up two passes to go with four tackles.
Tufts returns home to host Amherst next weekend at 1 pm. The Ephs will be at home again versus Bowdoin next Saturday at 1 pm.
Portions of recap courtesy of Williams College