Williams College Rolls Past Trinity, Secures Top Spot in the NESCAC

Bobby Maimaron guided the Williams College football team to an impressive win on Saturday against Trinity College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

A pair of touchdowns in the opening frame provided Williams College with all the momentum they would need to beat Trinity College and secure the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Saturday afternoon Farley-Lamb Field.

The Ephs topped the Bantams, 42-3, to secure their third consecutive win against Trinity while limiting the Blue and Gold to a season-low in points and offensive yards (183).

Trinity has not been held to just three points in a game since falling to Middlebury College, 20-3, on October 28, 2000.

Joel Nicholas, Bobby Maimaron, and Dan Vaughn combined for five rushing touchdowns while the Williams defense concluded its seventh contest of the 2021 season with six tackles for a loss of 40 yards, one forced fumble, one interception, and eight pass breakups. Nicholas led all rushers with 172 yards on 17 carries and three scores.

Maimaron helped Williams secure the lead for good by capping his team’s initial drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown up the middle before locating Vaughn on the ensuing possession for a 33-yard strike. Vaughn would cap the Ephs offensive output with 6:08 remaining in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard burst up the middle.

Trinity capitalized on just one of five offensive series in the first half and struggled to contain the Ephs rushing attack, especially Joel Nicholas, who recorded his first touchdown with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter that provided Williams with a 21-3 lead at the break.

Saturday’s contest marked the first time Trinity quarterback Spencer Fetter did not throw a touchdown this fall – the junior signal-caller leads the NESCAC with 20 touchdown passes.  

Williams will attempt to win its eighth consecutive contest next Saturday, November 6 when the Ephs host Wesleyan University, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped this afternoon in overtime against Amherst College. The Mammoths of Amherst will visit Trinity with both games scheduled to commence at 1 p.m.

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