Schmidt '20 catches 8th TD pass this fall in setback at Williams

Joe Schmidt '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Joe Schmidt '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College quarterback Bobby Maimaron threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the Ephs' 24-6 NESCAC football win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Williams' Farley-Lamb Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (2-5 NESCAC) had won its previous two games but fell behind 24-0 by halftime in this one. The Continentals gained 317 yards of offense and forced three turnovers.

Joe Schmidt '20 caught a 7-yard pass from Kenny Gray '20 for a touchdown and Hamilton's only points with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter. Schmidt, who is second in the NESCAC with eight touchdown catches, finished with six receptions for 97 yards. Alec Waugh '18 caught five passes for 63 yards. Gray was 21 of 48 passing for 237 yards with two interceptions, and Marcus Gutierrez '18 ran for 77 yards on just 13 carries.

Tyler Hudson '19 was credited with nine tackles -- all solo -- and is second in the conference with 10.6 per game for the Continentals. Tim Russell '21 added eight stops and Cole Burchill '19 and Sean Tolton '19 recorded one sack apiece. Justin Leigh '20 forced a fumble and Sam Bowen '20 and Mufudzi Chogugudza '21 registered their first interceptions at Hamilton. Billy Wagner '20 averaged 41.3 yards per punt and placed four of his eight punts inside the Ephs' 20-yard line.

Maimaron (22-for-33) threw for 268 yards and ran for 65. T.J. Dozier rushed for a game-high 112 yards on 22 attempts, and Justin Nelson had six receptions for 125 yards. Min Kyu Park made all thre of his extra-point attempts and nailed a 32-yard field goal that gave Williams a 10-0 lead with 4:01 left in the first quarter. The Ephs (5-2) ended up with 208 rushing yards and racked up 476 yards of offense. The only thing that slowed down Williams was three turnovers.

T.J. Rothman led the Ephs' defense with eight tackles. Jarrett Wesner posted 1.5 of Williams' five sacks and Ben Anthony and Amyhr Barber picked off one pass apiece. Adam Regensburg landed three of his four punts inside the Continentals' 20-yard line and averaged 43.8 yards per punt.

After a short punt by Hamilton, the Ephs started their opening possession at the Continental 45-yard line. Maimaron wrapped up Williams' seven-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown strike to Frank Stola with 10:21 remaining in the first quarter. The Ephs got the ball back after another Hamilton punt and drove 50 yards in eight plays. Park's field goal capped a drive that was aided by Maimaron's 31 rushing yards.

The Continentals nearly got on the board early in the second quarter. After a Williams pass completion, Leigh forced a fumble, and Hamilton had the ball at the Ephs' 35-yard line. Gray found Christian Donahoe '20 for a 17-yard gain but was sacked for a loss of 10 yards back at the Williams 23 two plays later. The Continentals eventually tried a 41-yard field goal that missed wide right.

The Ephs went up 17-0 on a 2-yard run by Maimaron with 4:51 to go in the second quarter. Maimaron's 31-yard pass to Stola down to the Hamilton 2 was the key play of the 80-yard drive.

A 56-yard punt by Wagner gave Williams the ball at their own 26 with 3:31 left in the quarter. After an Ephs timeout, Maimaron and Nelson hooked up for a 76-yard touchdown and a 24-0 cushion with 2:34 remaining.

Chogugudza intercepted a pass at the Williams 45 on the first drive of the third quarter. The Continentals drove down to the Ephs' 12-yard line but turned the ball over on downs. Another Hamilton drive ended with Barber's interception in the end zone early in the fourth quarter.

The Continentals finally hit paydirt after Bowen picked off Maimaron at the Williams 18. Gray completed an 11-yard pass to Sam Robinson '20 and then threw the touchdown pass to Schmidt. Hamilton went for two points but the pass was incomplete.

The Continentals next tried an onside kick and recovered it at their own 48. Hamilton drove down to the Ephs' 25-yard line but a pass was intercepted near the goal line and returned to the Williams 21. Dozier carried the ball nine times for 52 yards on the next drive and the Ephs ran out the final 6:41 of the fourth quarter.

The Continentals travel to Middlebury College for the annual Old Rocking Chair Classic on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m.