FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998

SEAN KEENAN, MATT SIGRIST, FRED STORZ LEAD
UNBEATEN WILLIAMS TO 57-19 WIN OVER WESLEYAN

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In a contest that featured nearly 1,000 yard of total offense, Williams (7-0) remained undefeated heading into its final game of the year, the Little Three title-deciding contest at Amherst (5-2) Nov. 14, by outscoring visiting Wesleyan (5-2), 57-19, here this afternoon. Leading the way for the Ephs was running back Fred Storz, who collected 141 yards on 26 carries and scored twice, while QB Sean Keenan connected on 17 of 30 passes for 310 yards and three TDs. Two of those went to Matt Sigrist, who ended the day with nine receptions for 173 yards. Wesleyan countered with similarly substantial numbers from running back Tom Themistocles, who posted his fourth straight game with 100 yards or more, getting 107 yards on 23 runs. QB Jake Fay hit his target 20 times in 38 attempts for 308 yards and one TD, that to Matt Perceval, who paced the Wesleyan receivers with 107 yards on six catches. Right behind was Nate Moore, who had 104 yards on six receptions.

The outcome of the game was set early as Williams mounted three long scoring drives on its first three possessions, en route to a 21-0 edge less than a minute into the second quarter. Wesleyan also drove a good portion of the field on each of its first three possessions, but failed on fourth down twice after moving inside the Williams 20-yard line. The third drive, covering 66 yards on 15 plays, got Wesleyan on the board with Fay taking a pitch from Themistocles after Themistocles appeared to be stopped at the four-yard line, but kept moving enough to make the last second flip back to Fay. That play followed a succesful fourth-down conversion to keep the drive alive.

Williams then made it four straight scores for a 28-7 lead and blocked a punt, with Ben Sands doing the honors and Louis Moll going the final 12 yards for the TD after scooping up the ball, making the score 35-7. Wesleyan added a TD late in the half and closed the gap to 35-19 early in the second half, but that was as close as the Cardinals would get as Williams posted the most points by a single team in the 104 meetings between Wesleyan and Williams, dating back to 1882. With its 19 points, Wesleyan broke the team record for points in a season (224 set in 1948) with 240 points this year.

Wesleyan closes out the 1998 campaign by hosting Trinity (2-5) Nov. 14.

 

WILLIAMS 57, WESLEYAN 19

Wesleyan (5-2)0136019
Williams (7-0)142191357

 

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Williams

Wesleyan

First Downs

24

22

Rushes - Yards

40-207

43-141

Passess Attempted - Completed - Intercepted

31 - 17 - 0

39 - 21 -1

Passing Yards

310

327

Total Yards

517

478

Fumbles - Lost

0 - 0

3 - 0

Penalties - Yards

6 - 55

6 - 51

Punts - Yards - Average

2 - 73 - 36.5

3 - 70 - 26.7

Return Yards (punts, fumbles, interceptions)

43

10

Kickoff Returns - Yards

4 - 75

9 - 132

Time of Possession

26:38

33:22

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING:

Williams - Fred Storz, 26-141, 2 TDs ; Mike McAdam, 3-26, 1 TD ; Jamiyl Peters, 2-20 ; Jacob Rosenbury, 4-9 ; Mike Rapport, 1-5, 1 TD ; Sean Keenan, 1-3 ; Dave Kinsley, 3-3.
Wesleyan - Tom Themistocles, 23-107, 1 TD ; John Pascucci, 5-18 ; Matt Perceval, 1-7 ; Jake Fay,. 11-5, 1 TD ; Dale Hendricks, 1-4 ; Rahsaan Wareham, 1-2 ; Kevin Cornish, 1-(-2).

PASSING:

Williams - Sean Keenan, 30-17-0, 310 yards, 3 TDs ; Fred Storz, 1-0-0.
Wesleyan - Jake Fay, 38-20-1, 308 yards, 1 TD ; Kevin Cornish, 1-1-0, 19 yards.

RECEIVING:

Williams - Matt Sigrist, 9-173, 2 TDs ; Mike Cleary, 3-80, 1 TD ; Andy Jones, 2-35 ; Fred Storz, 2-(-3) ; Colin Vataha, 1-15.
Wesleyan - Matt Perceval, 6-107, 1 TD ; Nate Moore,6-104 ; George Thompson, 5-94 ; John Pascucci, 2-12 ; Mike Hakim, 1-19 ; Tom Themistocles, 1-(-9).

PUNTING:

Williams - Sean Keenan, 2-73, 36.5 average
Wesleyan - Mark Olschefskie, 2-70, 35.0 average ; Team, 1-0.

 

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