Football Earns Shutout At Bates

October 20, 2007

The Middlebury football team ran its record to 4-1 on the year as they picked up a 13-0 shutout win at Bates. The Panthers out-gained the Bobcats 378-189 on the afternoon, holding them to just 82 yards passing. The win is the 19th straight for Middlebury over Bates.

After five punts to start the game, Middlebury got on the board first with 14:04 remaining in the second quarter. Donald McKillop completed lengthy passes to Gary Cooper and James Millard on the drive, setting up a one-yard plunge by Cooper for the 7-0 lead.

Middlebury's Brian Young picked off a pass later in the quarter, returning it 48 yards to the Bates seven-yard line. One play later, David Randolph scored from one yard out, making it a 13-0 game after the extra point was blocked.

The closest Bates would come to scoring in the first half saw the series end on downs via a fake field goal on a fourth and two play from the Middlebury 13.

The Panthers had a great chance to add to the lead late in the half, but a long drive ended with a fumble on the Bates one-yard line following a completed pass.

Middlebury held a 13-0 lead at the intermission, with the teams punting on their first seven combined possessions of the second half.

Following a scoreless third quarter, Brian Marcks intercepted a pass at the Bates 45, setting up a Middlebury drive that would end on downs at the Bates 29 early in the fourth.

Middlebury took over possession of the ball late in the game on the Bates 20, after the Bobcats lost the ball on downs. The Panthers marched to the six-yard line, but were content to run the clock out and pick up the 13-0 road win.

Randolph ended the day with 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while McKillop completed 19 of 31 passes for 227 yards with an interception. James Millard caught five passes for 80 yards, Charles Holm pulled down five for 59 yards, while Andrew Matson earned 39 yards on four catches.

Nathan Clancy had a team-high seven tackles on the afternoon, Michael Quinn earned six, while Marcks and Erik Woodring had five apiece.