WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Bates College football team remained winless with a 47-14 loss to Williams College on Saturday.

Offensively, the Bobcats were doomed by turnovers. Defensively, they were doomed by Ephs receiver Frank Stola.

Stola caught seven passes for 172 yards and two scores, accounting for the bulk of quarterback Bobby Maimaron’s 17-of-24 passing for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

The Ephs also succeeded by ground, as Rashad Morrison racked up 85 yards and a score, and Connor Harris ran for 83 yards.

Making his first collegiate start, Bates freshman Brendan Costa was intercepted four times. He finished 6-of-12 passing for 109 yards and his first career touchdown, an 80-yarder to fellow freshman Jaason Lopez that tied the game at 7-7 early in the first quarter.

The Ephs added a field goal midway through the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead.


The Bobcats almost made it to halftime within one score for the first time this season, but with 36 seconds left, Maimaron connected with Joey Volpe on a 19-yard touchdown pass.

That made it 17-7, which is still the closest Bates has been at the break this season.

But Williams took off in the third quarter. Stola caught his first touchdown pass, a 55-yarder, a little more than two minutes into the half, and Morrison ran in from 25 yards around four minutes in.

Zach Doyon did add a 2-yard touchdown run for Bates, the first of his career, but the Ephs pulled away from the Bobcats by outscoring them 23-7 in the quarter and taking a 40-14 lead into the fourth.

Doyon’s touchdown was set up by the running of backup quarterbacks Sandy Plashkes and Matt Golden, who entered the game after Costa’s fourth interception.

Golden covered the majority of the distance with a 62-yard run that put Bates at the Williams 30-yard line.


Golden finished with a team-high 80 yards on seven carries. Costa carried 13 times for 49 yards, and Plashkes five times for 12 yards.

Stola finished the scoring with a 77-yard touchdown catch a minute into the fourth.

Sophomore Jon Lindgren and senior Max Breschi led the Bates defense with 11 tackles apiece.

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday at Wesleyan. The Cardinals improved to 3-1 with a 41-7 rout of Colby on Saturday.

Bates and fellow Maine schools Bowdoin and Colby join Hamilton as the only winless teams in the NESCAC. The Bobcats play at Colby on Oct. 28, host Bowdoin on Nov. 4 and finish the season at Hamilton on Nov. 11.

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