October 4, 2010

            The Panther football team scored on three of its last four possessions but it wasn't enough, as Colby (1-1) held on for a 38-27 win over the Panthers (1-1) on Alfond Field. The Mules out-gained the Panthers 469-377 on the day, while holding a 38:10 to 21:50 advantage in time of possession. Each team turned the ball over four times on the afternoon.

            After a scoreless first quarter, Colby built a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Middlebury got into Colby territory three times in the quarter, but entered the halftime break with a 14-0 deficit.

            An interception by senior Connor Green (Wellesley, Mass.) set up Middlebury's first score of the game, as senior Andrew Plumley (Burlington, Vt.) scored from three yards out after a 17 yard run to make it a 14-7 game.

            Colby fumbled away its next possession, but then scored on the next two, taking a 28-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

            The Mules then fumbled a punt, with sophomore John Wiet (Morristown, N.J.) recovering at the Colby 45. Senior Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) completed passes to three different receivers, as senior Gary Cooper (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored the touchdown with a 24-yard reception.

            Middlebury turned the ball over on its next possession, with Colby taking advantage with a 36-yard field goal from David Bendit to make it a 31-14 game with 6:09 left to play.

            The Panthers quickly answered, as McKillop hit senior tight end David Reed (New Canaan, Conn.) for 30 yards before scoring on a keeper from six yards out to cut the lead to 31-21.

            Colby gained some breathing room, recovering an onside kick and driving just 31 yards to take a 38-21 advantage at the 4:37 mark.

            Middlebury hung tough, driving 70 yards in 1:12 to make it a 38-27 final. McKillop hit sophomore Zach Driscoll (Concord, Mass.) for 50 yards on the drive, while finding junior Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) from four-yards out for the game's final score at 3:19.

            McKillop went 32 of 52 for 312 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Plumley gained 40 yards on a dozen carries with a TD. Driscoll (8 rec., 99 yds.), Reed (7 rec., 88 yds.) and Plumley (7 rec., 58 yds.) led the receivers, while Cooper and Rayner each found paydirt. Seniors Carl Culicchia (Madisonville, La.), Paul Carroll (New Providence, N.J.) and Andrew Poulin (Irvington, N.Y.) each had eight tackles, while Wiet had six with a sack and a fumble recovery. Green finished the day with six tackles, three pass break-ups and a pick.
• Football team record: 1-1
• Up next: 10/9 vs. Amherst - 1:30