Football Suffers First Loss Of The Season

October 14, 2006

The Middlebury College football team suffered its first loss of the season as Williams (4-0) handed the Panthers a 40-9 loss. The Ephs scored 17 points on three Middlebury turnovers, outscoring Middlebury 20-0 in the second half.

Kevin Ryan picked off a pass on Williams' opening drive, leading to a 26-yard field goal from Steve Hauschka. The Ephs drove 71 yards on their next possession to equal the game with a 26-yard field goal. Hauschka answered that with a 26-yarder on Middlebury's next trip up the field. The score was set up by a 47-yard kickoff return from David Randolph.

Williams scored the game's first touchdown on the second play of their next drive as Sean Gleeson caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Fulmer, to give the Ephs a 10-6 lead just 13 seconds into the second quarter.

Middlebury answered right back on its next possession, but could only muster up Hauschka's third field goal of the game, this one from 27 yards outs. The Panther defense held before Tiger Lyon was intercepted, leading to a 44-yard field goal for the Ephs. Williams would add a late touchdown as Fulmer and Gleeson hooked up from 14 yards out to give the Ephs a 20-9 halftime lead.

The Middlebury offense could not get much going in the second half as Cory Catelli scored three touchdowns on three short rushes to make it a 40-9 final.

Lyon ended the day 12-26 for 74 yards with three picks, while Stefan Hrdina was held to just 22 yards on 10 rushes. Lyon earned 38 yards on the ground, while David Randolph gained 36 yards on eight carries. Derek Polsinello and Jamie Staples each caught four passes to lead the receivers. The team's leading tackler Erik Woodring ended the game with nine, while Nathan Clancy picked up eight, including one for lost yardage.