|Bates College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bates College football team scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to rally for their fifth consecutive CBB Championship in a 24-7 win over Bowdoin on Saturday at Whittier Field.
The fifth consecutive CBB crown is the 13th overall for Bates (3-4) and ties the series record, matching Colby’s five-straight titles from 1988-92. Bowdoin (0-7) remains winless on the season with the loss.
Bowdoin grabbed a first-quarter lead and led through the first 45 minutes of the game. The Polar Bears got on the board with a nice 18-yard run by Nate Richam, who took a sweep to the left and sliced upfield for a 7-0 lead with 6:47 remaining in the opening period.
Bates was able to get on the scoreboard before the break, capping a lengthy 16-play, 65-yard drive with a 27-yard field goal by Grant DeWald to trim the lead to 7-3 at intermission.
The teams traded possessions in the scoreless third quarter. Bowdoin had several chances to add to their lead, but punted twice from the Bates 36 and had a field goal blocked from the Bates 22.
The Bobcats took advantage, marching into Bowdoin territory early in the fourth quarter. On the third play of the period, backup quarterback Matt Golden lofted a pass to the corner to Marcus Ross, whose defender slipped in coverage, for a 35-yard scoring strike to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game with 14:10 to go.
Bowdoin was on the cusp of regaining the lead on their next possession, but a penalty negated a big pass play from Tim Drakeley to Bryan Porter and, on the next play, a Polar Bear fumble recovered by Max Breschi gave Bates the ball at their own 42.
Six plays later, Frank Williams took a feed from Golden and scampered around right end and down the sideline for a 36-yard touchdown run to make it 17-7.
After a Drakeley interception on Bowdoin’s next drive, the Bobcats put the contest out of reach as Golden kept the ball on a draw play and cut through the Bowdoin defense for a 65-yard touchdown to cap the furious rally that saw the visitors score 21 points in a span of 7:18.
Bates gained 415 yards of total offense on the day, including 337 on the ground in the victory. Golden led the way with 126 yards on 14 carries while also going 3-3 for 30 yards passing.
Peter Boyer had 83 yards rushing on 17 carries for the Bobcats.
Bowdoin gained a season-best 339 yards of offense, including a 21-39 effort for 257 yards passing by Tim Drakeley. Nate Richam carried the ball 13 times for 75 yards for Bowdoin.
Bryan Porter (five catches, 75 yards) and Liam Ford (six catches, 63 yards) led the Bowdoin receivers on the afternoon.
Trevor Lyons picked off two passes for Bates and made six tackles overall.