Panthers Fall To Williams

October 13, 2007

Williams' Brian Morrissey rushed for 137 yards on 27 carries with three touchdowns to lead the Ephs (2-2) to a 30-22 win at Middlebury (3-1). Both teams amassed over 400 yards of offense on the day, with the Panthers throwing five interceptions. Williams was unable to score on any of the five turnovers, with the Middlebury defense standing its ground.

Williams had great field position on its first drive as a poor snap on a Middlebury punt led to a 10-yard boot. One play later, Morrissey broke away for a 34-yard touchdown run to give Williams an early lead.

Middlebury quarterback Donald McKillop was intercepted on each of Middlebury's next two possessions, but Williams could not capitalize.

The Panthers began their first scoring drive at their own 25 after a long punt return was called back due to a penalty. Ten plays and 75 yards later, McKillop hit Andrew Matson for a 23-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven.

Middlebury took the lead on its next drive, as David Randolph broke away for an 83-yard run that left the Panthers at the Williams' two-yard line. Gary Cooper broke through a small hole for the touchdown run that gave Middlebury a 14-7 lead.

Williams answered on its next possession as they drove 73 yards in 11 plays, as Morrissey scored with a three-yard run. Middlebury's Erik Woodring blocked the extra point, as the Panthers held a 14-13 advantage.

McKillop would be picked off on Middlebury's next two drives, but the Panthers maintained the 14-13 lead. The Ephs drove to the Middlebury 19 following the second interception, but Nate Clancy forced a fumble that was recovered by Woodring at the Middlebury 15.

Williams took its first lead of the game in the third quarter as a lengthy 5:22 drive covered 77 yards on 11 plays. Brian Egan scored on a two-yard rush that made it a 20-14 game with 4:04 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers drove to the Williams' 23 on their next possession, but turned the ball over on a fumble at the 23 on a fourth and one play. The Ephs marched down the field as Scott Sobolewski kicked a 20-yard field goal to extend their lead to 23-14.

The Middlebury offense could not get much going on its next two possessions, as the Ephs added to their lead with a one-yard run from Morrissey with 3:43 remaining.

The Panthers marched down the field in the final minutes, as McKillop hit Matson for a two-yard strike with 1:10 remaining. The two-point conversion was good, making it a 30-22 game, but Williams recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for the win.

Randolph rushed 14 times for 124 yards on the day for Middlebury, while Matson caught 11 passes for 123 yards with two touchdowns. McKillop ended the day 26 of 45 for 223 yards with two touchdowns and five picks. Woodring was a force on defense, racking up 19 tackles on the afternoon, followed by Brian Marcks with a dozen.

Morrissey led all rushers with 137 yards, while Ryan Powell caught four passes for 58 yards. Patrick Lucey went 18 of 30 on the day for 171 yards with one interception. Jordan O'Reilly led the Williams defense with 15 tackles and an interception, while Jon Pritchard has 12 tackles and a pick.

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