Colby Football suffers 28-10 loss to Tufts on Senior Day

The Colby College football team hoped that on Senior Day they could gather an all-important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win as the Jumbos of Tufts University came into town. Unfortunately, on Saturday, November 7, the Mules fell short of their goal of capturing their second victory of the year as they lost 28-10.

Tufts jumped out to an early lead as the Jumbo’s running back Chance Brady took the handoff, found a hole, and ran 65 yards for the score. After a quiet rest of the first quarter, the Mules punted in the middle of the second quarter. Following an impressive runback from Tufts returner Mike Rando, Brady again took the handoff and bumped it outside and found the endzone, this time from 49 yards out. Colby would go 41 yards before the half to get on the board as John Baron ’18 hit his collegiate-long field goal from 37 yards out to make the score 14-3.

The momentum from the late Colby score quickly vanished as the second half began.  Rando took the opening kickoff to the house 85 yards to put the Jumbos up 21-3 early in the third quarter. Tufts would add an insurance touchdown on their next possession as they marched down the field to make the deficit even greater for Colby at 28-3.

Colby would earn a touchdown early in the fourth quarter as Jabari Hurdle-Price ’17 punched it in on a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 28-10. Quarterback Gabe Harrington ’17 was impressive on the drive, as he made crucial throws to Sebastian Ferrell ’19, Mark Snyder ’18, and Braden Wilson ’17.

Tufts only had a slight edge in terms of overall yards, beating the Mules 325-320. Oddly enough, Colby held the edge in first downs as well, managing 20 of their own against Tufts’ 14. The Mules dropped to 1-6 overall and will travel to Brunswick, Maine next weekend as they wrap up their season against their rivals, the Bowdoin Polar Bears.

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