|Bowdoin College||Colby College|
WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College quarterback Gabe Harrington and running back Jabari Hurdle-Price refused to let injury issues get in the way of their final collegiate football game in a 32-16 win over rival Bowdoin College on Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium.
Harrington, who was hurt in the first game of the season, played for the first time since the injury and had a 29-yard touchdown run and threw for 125 yards. Hurdle-Price also was questionable with an injury, but played and ran for 161 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Colby finished the season at 3-5 overall, while Bowdoin ended up 0-8. The teams were meeting for the 128th time, the third-longest series in NCAA Division III football.
Colby kicker John Baron had quite a two weeks booting field goals. He broke the New England Small College Athletic Conference record for field goals in a season by going 4-for-4 for the second straight week. Baron finished up with 13 field goals to break the record of 11 set by Willie Holmquist (2015) of Tufts University and Joe Mallock (2012) of Williams College. Baron also broke a tie with John Goss (9) for the Colby record for field goals in a season.
The Mules scored 19 straight points in the fourth quarter to turn a 13-10 nail-biter into a comfortable 32-10 margin. Colby was driving in the Polar Bears’ territory as the fourth quarter started. The Mules went 10 plays and 56 yards before settling for a 21-yard field goal with 14:11 to play.
Bowdoin took a risk by going for a first down on a 4th-and-2 play from its own 38-yard line. Colby’s Sebastien Philemon and Sam Gomez made the tackle on running back Christopher Markisz for a gain of no yards.
Hurdle-Price took over the game on Colby’s next two touchdowns. He immediately rambled 34 yards to the Bowdoin 4-yard line on the first play of the drive. Three plays later, he dove in from 1-yard out with 6:48 to play. The Mules did miss the extra point and led 22-10.
After a three-and-out by Bowdoin, the Mules took over on the 50-yard line after the punt. Hurdle-Price went left, got into a big hole, and raced down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown score and a 29-10 margin.
Colby defensive back Don Vivian had his best collegiate game with a game-high 14 tackles (9 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, a blocked kick, and an interception. After Hurdle-Price’s second touchdown, Vivian had his pick at the Bowdoin 41-yard line in front of the Colby bench. He raced down the right sideline for a 29-yard gain to the Polar Bear 12-yard line.
With the clock winding down, Colby elected to run the ball before Baron kicked a 35-yard field goal for a 32-10 lead.
The Polar Bears only needed 1:59 to drive 69 yards on nine plays. Bowdoin quarterback Tim Drakeley tossed a 30-yard touchdown to Liam Ford on the goal line on the right sideline area with 31 seconds left. Ford had a terrific day with 11 catches for 104 yards.
The Mules darted out to a 13-0 lead behind two field goals from Baron and the touchdown run by Harrington. Baron connected from 24 yards to open the scoring and on the next drive hit from 23 yards.
Harrington’s best drive was in the second quarter. He had a 15-yard completion to Alex Kramer and a 17-yard strike to Sebastian Ferrell. On the sixth play of the drive, Harrington went up the middle on his 29-yard score.
Bowdoin made it 13-3 with 4:30 left to halftime on Andrew Sisti’s 40-yard field goal. Ford had three catches for 27 yards on the drive.
The Polar Bears had success running the ball behind Nate Richam (112 yards, 5.3 per rush) and Markisz (91 yards, 5.7 per rush).
Colby received some final special teams play from first-year Andrew DeFranco, who had three kickoff returns for a 32.3-yard average.
The Polar Bears had an edge in total offense (342-331), first downs (18-12) and time of possession (32:57-27:03).
Patrick Yale and Bryan McAdams both had seven tackles for the Mules. Meanwhile, Henry Little and Austin Stern each had five tackles for Bowdoin.