Donahoe '20 with two touchdown catches in football loss

Christian Donahoe '20 hauls in his second touchdown catch Saturday against Williams at Steuben Field (Josh McKee photo).
Christian Donahoe '20 hauls in his second touchdown catch Saturday against Williams at Steuben Field (Josh McKee photo).
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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 a Saturday afternoon when temperatures didn't get out of the 30s.

Christian Donahoe '20 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 '20 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 '20, 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 '19 led the Hamilton defense with 13 tackles and his eighth career interception. Sean Tolton '19 was credited with 11 stops and forced a fumble, and Jeff Martinez '21 added a career-best 10 tackles and his third career sack. James Ball '21 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.

Andrew Schreibstein gave the Ephs the lead with 3:00 left in the first quarter when he nailed a 32-yard field goal. The Continentals took their only lead on the last play of the quarter as Donahoe caught a 35-yard pass from Gray in the left corner of the end zone.

Hamilton's lead lasted for exactly 63 seconds. Justin Nelson returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards to the Hamilton 30 and three plays later Maimaron went back to Nelson for a 28-yard touchdown toss with 13:57 remaining in the second quarter.

Williams had great field position after Apuzzi forced a fumble that Wesner recovered at the Hamilton 40 midway through the second. Jones got the ball back for the Continentals with 5:39 to go when he grabbed a tipped pass just before it hit the turf for an interception at his own 15.

The Ephs gave themselves a 10-point cushion with just under 51 seconds left. On third-and-8 from the 19 Maimaron found Dan Vaughn over the middle and Vaughn powered his way into the end zone.

Hamilton answered as the first half came to an end. Gray completed passes to Schmidt and Donahoe of 10 and 34 yards, respectively, and made it first-and-goal on a 15-yard scramble to the 4 with 18 seconds remaining. After two passes into the end zone fell incomplete, Sam Thoreen '22 made a 19-yard field goal and pulled the Continentals within 17-10 as the teams went to their locker rooms.

Schreibstein restored Williams' 10-point lead on a 40-yard field goal with 9:02 to go in the third quarter. The Ephs broke things open early in the fourth quarter as Smith intercepted Gray at the Hamilton 24. Begel capped the short six-play drive with a 1-yard run right up the middle for a 26-10 advantage with 12:00 left. The Continentals' next two drives ended with interceptions as well, including one Kastenhuber caught inside his own 5 after Hamilton had driven from its own 2 to the Williams 23.

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.