Turnovers costly for Continentals

Published Oct 31, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — The Williams College Ephs forced five turnovers and posted a 27-17 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton’s rain-soaked Steuben Field on Oct. 27.

Christian Donahoe had eight receptions for a career-high 168 yards and two touchdowns for the Continentals (2-5 NESCAC).

The multi-touchdown game was the first for Donahoe at Hamilton and he has six career TD catches.

Kenny Gray was 13 of 37 passing for 225 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions for the Continentals. Gray also led the team with 31 rushing yards. Joe Schmidt, who is already second on the program’s all-time list with 1,522 receiving yards, chipped in four catches for 54 yards.

Colby Jones led the Hamilton defense with 13 tackles and his eighth career interception. Sean Tolton was credited with 11 stops and forced a fumble, and Jeff Martinez added a career-best 10 tackles and his third career sack. James Ball ended up with nine tackles (eight solo) and recovered a fumble.

Williams (5-2) used their ball-control offense to roll up 195 rushing yards on 59 carries, and the Ephs held the ball for more than 40 minutes.

Carter Begel ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 34 attempts. Bobby Maimaron completed 11 of 24 passes for 158 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and added 97 yards on the ground.

Luke Apuzzi picked off two passes and forced a fumble for Williams. Coleston Smith and Jake Kastenhuber had interceptions, Jarrett Wesner recovered a fumble, and Smith and TJ Rothmann finished with six tackles apiece.

The Continentals scored their final touchdown after a special teams mistake by the Ephs. Schreibstein couldn’t get off a punt due to a low snap and was tackled by Tolton at the Williams 15 with 3:41 remaining.

Gray completed a 20-yard toss to a leaping Donahoe on the right side of the end zone three plays later and it was 27-17 with 2:33 to go.

Hamilton’s last shot at a comeback ended after the Ephs recovered Thoreen’s onside kick at the Continentals 47-yard line.

Hamilton hosts Middlebury College in the Old Rocking Chair Classic on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m.