Saturday was a tough one for Maine Division III college football teams as Colby, Bowdoin, Bates, Husson University and Maine Maritime Academy were all beaten.
Trinity defeated Colby of Waterville 33-6, Williams beat Bowdoin of Brunswick 33-15, Amherst stopped Bates of Lewiston 44-0, Maritime (N.Y.) rallied by Husson of Bangor 47-21 and Fitchburg State upset MMA of Castine 46-44.
At Hartford, Conn., Colby College’s Tom Duffy finished with 12 tackles from his middle linebacker spot and Nick Kmetz threw for 223 yards, but Trinity College had fine balance with the rush and pass in taking the win over the Mules in the New England Small College Athletic Conference opener for both football teams at Jessee/Miller Field.
The Bantams (1-0) led 20-0 at halftime and were up 26-0 when the Mules (0-1) scored their lone touchdown of the day when Kmetz found tight end Spencer Merwin on a 4-yard scoring pass with 9:24 left in the final quarter. Colby drove eight plays in 63 yards to get the score. Kmetz hooked up with Patrick Burns on a 37-yard pass play during the drive.
At Williamstown, Mass., the Bowdoin College football team was doomed by five turnovers in a season-opening loss to Williams. The Polar Bears were able to move the ball successfully against the Ephs all day but lost three fumbles deep in Williams territory and had an interception returned for a score in the defeat.
At Throggs Neck, N.Y., with Maritime trailing 21-19 in the third quarter, sophomore quarterback Joe Dickey (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) scored three straight rushing touchdowns to propel the Privateers past the visiting Husson Eagles for a Homecoming victory. Dickey ended the afternoon with four touchdowns on 53 rushing yards. Maritime improves to 4-0 on the season, continuing its best start in program history, while opening the ECFC slate 1-0. The Eagles fall to 0-4 (0-1 ECFC).
At Fitchburg, Mass., the Fitchburg State football team shocked defending NEFC champion Maine-Maritime Academy posting a 46-44 victory at Elliot Field for its first triumph of the season.
Junior quarterback Jeremy Kimber (Fitchburg, Mass./Fitchburg) carried the Falcons, resulting in four, Fitchburg State touchdowns on the day, while senior running back Darren Wilson (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) added an additional two scores. Kimber totaled 290 all-purpose yards, throwing for 174 yards on 15-of-19 passing and two touchdowns (0 ints), while adding 116 yards and two TDs over eight rushes on the ground.
Jim Bower led Maine’s 433 yard rushing attack, posting 145 yards and two TD’s on 20 carries, while Murphy also reached the 100 yard plateau with 116 on eight attempts. Junior Nic Bourassa (Jay, Maine/Jay) rounded out the Mariners top three rushers with 91 yards on the day.
At Amherst, Mass., the Amherst College football team showed that it planned on defending its NESCAC championship, and just may go for a second straight undefeated season, too, in defeating Bates at Pratt Field in the Bobcats’ season opener.
The Lord Jeffs ran for a pair of touchdowns, threw for two others, returned a fumble for six points and were a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts while increasing their winning streak to nine games dating back to 2009.