|Colby College||Middlebury College|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Colby College football team put together another fine opening quarter for the third straight week, but could not keep the momentum in a 37-6 loss to Middlebury College on Saturday.
The Mules (0-3 overall) will play at Wesleyan University next Saturday at 1 p.m.
Colby led 6-3 after the opening quarter thanks to a 21-yard scoring pass from Jack O’Brien to Jake Schwern. The Mules were 0-0 after a quarter with Trinity College and led 7-0 after 15 minutes against Williams College.
Middlebury’s Carter Massengill started the scoring with a 27-yard field goal with 7:53 left in the opening quarter.
Colby scored 4:49 later on a drive of 34 yards in three plays. AJ Carrigan caused a fumble and Nick Strand recovered on the Panther 34-yard line.
The Mules had a chance to go up 9-3, but had a field goal attempt blocked.
Conrado Banky had two touchdown catches of 5 and 18 yards from quarterback Jared Lebowitz to help the Panthers (3-0) go up 17-6 at halftime.
Colby had a 46-yard kickoff return from Schwern to start the second half. However, the drive stalled on the Panther 17-yard line and the Mules were stopped on a fourth down play.
Middlebury added another touchdown pass from Lebowitz with 1:07 left in the third quarter to make it 24-6. The Panthers added a punt return for a score and a 25-yard scoring run from Charlie Ferguson in the final quarter.
Schwern caught three passes for 26 yards, ran 13 times for 46 yards, and had 82 yards on three kickoff returns.
First-year wide receiver Bernie Sander caught three balls for 39 yards.
O’Brien threw for 91 yards and rushed for 13. Harry Kraft completed his first two passes as a Mule for 21 yards.
Colby punter John Baron averaged a solid 40.5 yards on 11 kicks.
Sebastien Philemon had six tackles and blocked a field goal for the Mules. Fellow linebacker Bryan McAdams and defensive tackle Patrick Sopko both had six tackles. Craig Strand added five tackles, while Don Vivian had one interception.