Williams Captures The NESCAC Crown with a 24-19 win over Amherst

Bobby Maimaron capped his impressive career with Williams College on Saturday by leading the Ephs to a 24-19 win over Amherst College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

By Matt Noonan

For the first time in school history, the Williams College football team finished its campaign with a 9-0 record.

The Ephs topped Amherst College, 24-19, this afternoon to clinch its first perfect season since finishing its 2010 campaign with an 8-0 record, which was the last time Williams captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown.  

Saturday’s win marks the third time in five seasons that Williams has beaten Amherst in “The Biggest Little Game in America.”

Bobby Maimaron capped his impressive career with the Purple and Yellow by completing 11 of 14 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns while Mario Fischetti led all rushers with 84 yards on six carries while catching two passes for 31 yards and one score.

Williams dominated the first two quarters, outscoring the hosts, 17-6, thanks to a pair of touchdowns to go with a 23-yard field goal by Ivan Shuran late in the opening stanza.

The Ephs’ 11-point lead would increase to an 18-point advantage (24-6) in the opening minutes of the second half when Bobby Maimaron connected with Justin Burke for a seven-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 93-yard drive.  

Amherst would respond with a late third-quarter touchdown pass from Chad Peterson to Joe Masterson before locating the end zone once more early in the fourth quarter when Carson Ochsenhirt capped a six-play, 60-yard drive with a two-yard score. Peterson attempted a two-point conversion, which would have made it a three-score game, but his attempt failed.

The Mammoths’ second touchdown, which brought the hosts within five points, did not spark an additional scoring drive as Amherst’s final three series concluded with a punt, turnover on downs, and an interception.

While Williams concludes its 2021 campaign with a perfect 9-0 record, along with its fifth NESCAC title, including its fourth outright championship, Amherst ends its season with a 5-4 mark.

Trinity College (8-1) finished the season in second place while Wesleyan University (6-3) placed third — the Bantams topped the Cardinals in their season finale by a score of 14-7.

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