FOOTBALL DROPS ROAD GAME AT WILLIAMS
October 18, 2010
Middlebury dropped its third straight game as the Panthers (1-3) fell at NESCAC foe Williams (4-0) by a score of 41-17 on Saturday afternoon. A 15-yard completion on the final play of the third quarter gave senior Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) the record for most passing attempts in New England Division III history. With his 60 attempts through three quarters, McKillop set the New England Division III record for most attempts in a career, surpassing James Williams of Western Connecticut, who threw 1,110 times from '06-'09 in 39 games. On the day McKillop was 35-74 (tying his own school record for attempts) for 302 yards and one TD. He now owns 701 career completions and 1,115 attempts, both New England records.
Eph senior QB Pat Moffitt connected on 17 of 28 tosses for 334 yards and four TDs to lead Williams. Eph sophomore WR Darren Hartwell tied the Eph single game record for most TD catches in a game with three and he accounted for 180 yards with a long of 92. Williams set a school record for most total offense in a game with 609, eclipsing their previous high, which was recorded vs. Middlebury in 2008.
On Williams' first play from scrimmage from their 8-yard line Pat Moffitt hit Darren Hartwell in stride at the 30 on the left sideline and Hartwell took it the distance for six. The PAT by Chris Cleary was good and Williams led 7-0.
On their second possession from their own 37, the Ephs used three runs by Ryan Lupo for two first downs, then two passes to JC Stickney put the ball on the Middlebury 20. Moffitt then found Tomas Kearney on the left side and his run and dive put the ball in the end zone. PAT was good giving Williams a 14-0 lead.
Pat Moffitt and Darren Hartwell teamed up for a second score. Moffitt hit Hartwell behind the line of scrimmage on the left side and the sophomore made a quick cut inside and scored from the Middlebury 30. The PAT Failed and the Ephs led by 20 with 5 minutes left in the first quarter.
With 46 seconds left in the first quarter Middlebury got on the scoreboard on a 26-yard field goal by senior Anthony Kuchan (Wauwatosa, Wis.) on an 11-play drive, making the score Williams 20, Middlebury 3.
The Ephs christened the second quarter by driving 67 yards on 11 plays with a 5-yard TD run by Alex Scyocurka capping the drive. Cleary converted the PAT to put Williams up 27-3 with just over 11 minutes to go in the half.
After stopping Middlebury on their own 24-yard line, the Ephs scored another six when Alex Scyocurka went off right tackle 59 yards to pay dirt. The PAT by Chris Cleary made it 34-3 Williams with 3:26 to go before intermission.
A 30 yard-screen pass, catch and run from McKillop to senior Andrew Plumley (Burlington, Vt.), put the Panthers on the Eph 9-yard line with 1:49 left in the half. The Middlebury drive was thwarted when McKillop's next pass bounced off the hands of a Panther receiver and into the hands of Eph middle LB Dylan Schultz.
Middlebury's last possession of the half started on the Williams 42 after a short Eph punt. McKillop scrambled to convert on fourth down deep in Eph territory to keep the drive alive and then he hit junior Nick Resor (Westwood, Mass.) on a four-yard TD pass to make it 34-9. The PAT by Kuchan made it 34-10 Williams with 18 seconds left in the half.
Middlebury's first possession of the second half started on their own 20 after the Eph punt resulted in a touchback. McKillop and the Panthers then opened up their short passing game and mixed in some counter runs and drove the ball to the Williams 25 where they faced a fourth and 13. McKillop's pass intended for junior Alex Englert (Wellesley, Mass.) was broken up on the 2-yard line by Eph defensive back Hunter Lent.
The Ephs then moved the ball over the 50 with a 31-yard pass from Moffitt to Hartwell, which put the ball on the Middlebury 31. Alex Scyocurka then ran 22 yards off left tackle to the 9-yard line and Moffit closed the drive with a lofted pass for 9 yards to a leaping Darren Hartwell to put the Ephs up 40-10. The PAT by Cleary boosted the Eph lead to 41-10 with just under four minutes left in third quarter.
The final score of the game came in the fourth quarter when Middlebury polished off a 78-yard 16-play drive with a two-yard run by Plumley. Kuchan converted the PAT to make the final 41-17.
Englert caught nine passes for 101 yards to lead the Middlebury receivers, while Plumley had seven receptions for 89 yards to go along with 30 yards on the ground with a touchdown.
• Football team record: 1-3
• Up next: 10/23 vs. Bates - 1:00