WILLIAMSTOWN -- Coaches always say that it's easier to teach and correct mistakes after a win than a loss. After beating Colby 41-7 in the season opener on Saturday, Williams coach Aaron Kelton said this could be a good week to work on their errors.
"I think we've got a pretty good team. We just have a lot of things to work on," Williams coach Aaron Kelton said with a smile after the game. "We're young, so we'll make young mistakes. Overall, we're really pleased with the performance."
On paper, it didn't look like there were many errors.
Darren Hartwell tied the school record in career touchdown passes. He caught two from quarterback Adam Marske, giving him 18. Senior wide receiver Jeff Reimann made his first varsity reception and his first touchdown reception on Saturday. The Ephs outgained the Mules 410 yards to 159, and held the visitors to 21 net yards rushing.
Kicker Joe Mallock was 2 for 2, including a 42 yarder, and earned the NESCAC special teams player of the week for his performance.
The game's first mistake helped put Williams on the scoreboard. Colby, whose coach Jonathan Michaeles is in his first season, watched his team cough up the ball two plays into the Mules' first offensive drive.
Free safety Chris Kim, who led the Ephs with eight tackles, forced running back Spencer Gopaul to cough up the ball. Middle linebacker Emmanuel Whyte recovered at the Colby 25.
On the second play, Hartwell beat
It was Hartwell's second touchdown catch, the one that tied Fulmer, that was a thing of beauty.
After missing Hartwell over the middle from the Colby five, the next play had the 6-foot-3 senior go to the far corner of the end zone. Marske put the ball right at the back pylon and Hartwell outjumped the defender. Mallock's PAT made it 17-0.
The Williams defense wasn't perfect. There was one breakdown on a gadget play where receiver Luke Duncklee threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to receiver Michael Lahiff.
The 159 total yards for Colby included about 50 of them in the second half. Both Colby quarterbacks, Connor Emmert and Justin Ciero, were each sacked twice. That was a good showing for the new Williams defensive line -- a line with four new starters.