October 15, 2012

The Middlebury College football team improved to 4-0 for the first time since ’92 with a 30-13 road win at Williams (1-3). Senior Zach Driscoll (Concord, Mass.) came up six yards shy of the school record (256, Tom Cleaver vs. Bates in ‘04), hauling down 250 yards worth of receptions on 12 catches with three touchdowns. Senior Daniel Kenerson (Gloucester, Mass.) tied the school record with three interceptions in the game (Dan Haluska vs. Trinity in ’08), to go along with seven tackles. The victory is the first for the Panthers over the Ephs since ’00.

Middlebury led throughout the contest, but midway through the third quarter the Ephs got their lone touchdown of the day on a five-yard run by Kristian LaPointe to cap off an 84-yard drive. The PAT by Joe Mallock cut the Middlebury lead to 16-13.

Middlebury responded quickly as junior McCallum Foote (Newton, Mass.) completed a scoring pass to sophomore Brendan Rankowitz (Westport, Conn.) at the close of the third. The 13-yard pass was the last in an eight-play drive of 82 yards, giving Middlebury a 10-point lead, 23-13.

Foote then connected a 41-yard scoring strike to Driscoll to open the fourth quarter and the Middlebury lead grew to 17 with the successful PAT, 30-13. The TD pass finished off a 77-yard drive in just five plays.

With 12:04 to play in the third, Foote connected with Driscoll for the duo’s first touchdown, sending a 50-yard pass his way. First-year kicker Jake Feury’s (Rockaway, N.J.) kick was blocked, and Middlebury led 16-6.

In the second quarter Joe Mallock of Williams and Feury each put three points on the board with field goals. Mallock had a 24-yard field goal with 7:15 remaining in the half, topping off a 12-play, 84-yard drive for the Ephs and setting the score at 10-6.  Feury’s field goal preceded Mallock’s and the 20-yarder gave Middlebury 10-3 advantage.

Middlebury scored their first seven points of the game just six minutes in. Foote found Driscoll, completing a 28-yard pass, the last of three plays in the drive. Feury had a successful PAT and gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 9:09 remaining in the first quarter.

Mallock had his initial field goal of the game at the close of the first period, putting the Ephs on the board for the first time with a 20-yarder 13 minutes in.

Foote finished the day 27-43 for a career-high 431 yards with four touchdown passes. Senior tight end Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.) caught eight balls for 115 yards, while Rankowitz had three catches for 32 yards with a touchdown. Ashkar earned 69 yards on 14 carries, while junior Matt Rea (Summit, N.J.) gained 52 yards on 10 attempts.

Rookie Tim Patricia (Los Angeles, Calif.) paced the defense with 12 tackles, junior Jared Onouye (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 10, followed by sophomore Matthew Benedict (Eden, N.Y.) and senior John Wiet (Morristown, N.J.) (1 sack), each with seven.

Both teams ran 71 plays on the afternoon, with Middlebury earning 556 yards of total offense to Williams’ 306.

Marske succeeded on 13 of 29 tosses for 137 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions.  Alex Scyocurka had 13 carries for a game-high 78 yards, while Darren Hartwell had six catches for 50 yards.  Emmanuel Whyte and Ladd Hamrick led the Eph defense with six solo tackles each. 

• Football record: 4-0

• Up next: 10/20 vs. Bates – 1:00