Extra point miss proves to be crucial in Football loss

Colby Football suffered a tough loss versus Bates on Saturday afternoon. The Mules (1-5) squared off against the Bobcats (1-5) over Homecoming weekend in a stadium packed with roughly 2,600 fans. With both teams’ offenses struggling throughout the season, the result was ultimately defined by defensive plays late in the game.
The first half began with multiple three-and-outs from both teams. The Colby defensive front looked strong, as did their run game, but Bates was able to match their energy. The Mules scored first with 9:41 remaining in the second quarter on a 26 yard field goal by John Baron ’18. The eight minute drive looked promising, and the Mules carried their 3-0 lead into halftime.
Colby’s biggest mistakes came in the opening minutes of the second half. The Bobcats took their opening drive down the field for a quick 54 yards, which resulted in a 27 yard field goal to tie the game 3-3. On the ensuing drive, Bates found a hole in the Mules’ offensive line and sacked quarterback Gabe Harrington ’17 for an eight yard loss. The following play eventually decided the game. On second down, Harrington’s pass was intercepted on the right sideline, returned 31 yards for a touchdown, and solidified with a successful extra point attempt. Down 10-3, the Mules made their best efforts to bounce back. They put together an intriguing drive late in the third quarter, lead by backup quarterback Christian Sparacio ’18, who eventually scored the one yard touchdown run to culminate the drive and cut the score to 10-9.
The Mules’ then caught a breath of bad luck and perhaps a bit of poor officiating. Colby initially made their extra point and seemingly tied the game 10-10, but shortly after the play the referees announced that Bates had been offsides on Sparacio’s one-yard touchdown run. They revoked the extra point and required that Colby kick again with an enforced penalty. This eventually cost the Mules the game, as the kick was blocked and no more points were scored. The final score was 10-9 Bates.
Colby topped Bates in total offensive yards (262-168), including both passing (112-43) and rushing (150-125). Jabari Hurdle-Price ’17 had a notable 162 all-purpose yards and continues to lead the NESCAC in the category. Senior captain Stephen O’Grady ’16 lead the team with seven tackles and Ian Dickey ’18 added five more and a fumble recovery. The Mules will continue their season at home versus Tufts next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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