WILLIAMSTOWN - For 24 hours, the loss had to sting the Williams College football team.
Come Sunday, the Ephs had to put Trinity's 17-13 victory behind them. The Bantams came to Weston Field, where they last won in 2008, and eked out another victory Williams actually led 13-3 at halftime. Trinity won the game with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes from A.J. Jones to Ryan Burgess. The game winner came on a second-and-20 play. It was a screen pass that Jones broke and ran away from the Eph defense.
"Nobody wants to lose, especially to your rivals. We have to have a short memory and just play the next game," said Williams middle linebacker Emmanuel Whyte. "It's going to have to be easy [to forget]. We have confidence that we're a good team, but Bates beat us last year and they're a better team this year."
Bates is the next team on the Williams schedule. The Ephs will make the long trip to Maine this weekend. It's the same Bates team that beat Williams last year at home.
Saturday's statistics told a story of a Bantam team that dominated the final 30 minutes. At the half, Williams had 227 total yards to 163 for Trinity. The Bantams finished up with 455 yards in total offense, 261 rushing and 194 passing. Williams had only 10 net yards in the second half. Marske, who was 16 of 30 for 198 yards, was sacked three times - twice in the second half.
Trinity tailback Evan Bunker ran the ball 29 times for 165 yards, and averaged 5.7
Williams had 21 running plays and netted 67 total yards. That total didn't count the three Marske sacks. But the Ephs are still without a 100-yard rushing game. Williams quarterback Adam Marske went 16 for 30 for 198 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass and was sacked three times.
"They ran the football. They pounded us and hit us in the face and said OK, stop us," said Ephs coach Aaron Kelton. "We couldn't stop them. We had too many missed assignments, too many penalties, stuff that characteristically we're better at. We weren't good today with that."
Williams kicker Joe Mallock, named the NESCAC special teams player of the week for the second consecutive week, made one extra point kick and kicked 34 and 43 yard field goals. The 43 yarder was a career high.