Football fails to reach endzone in 44-12 loss to Tufts University

This past Saturday was a tough afternoon for Colby Football as they fell to the Tufts University Jumbos on the road by a final score of 44-12. Tufts came in with a lot of momentum after they handed Amherst College a rare loss the week before. The Mules, on the other hand, were looking to avenge a close loss to Bates that saw them fall to 2-4 on the season.

Tufts came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. They returned a Colby punt 32 yards for excellent starting field position at the Colby 26-yard line. Five plays later, Tufts running back Chance Brady punched in his first of three touchdowns of the afternoon to give the Jumbos a 7-0 lead.

After their opening offensive series was kept alive on a roughing the kicker call Colby responded with a big play of their own. Quarterback Christian Sparacio ’18 completed a 56-yard pass to Sebastian Ferrell ’19 to bring the Mules down to the Tufts 4-yard line. However, Sparacio threw an interception on Tufts’ goal line which was returned 99-yards for a Jumbo touchdown. This play brought the score to 13-0 Jumbos. On the ensuing drive, Tufts added a field goal to bring the score to 16-0.

Then, John Baron ’18 began to take over for the Mules. He drilled four field goals en route to his second NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week of the season. Baron also tied two school records with his performance. He is now tied for the most field goals kicked in a game for Colby, as well as the most field goals kicked in a season for the Mules. Baron still has one game remaining to break the single-season record and take sole ownership of the record board.

While the score may make the game seem a one-sided affair, for most of the first half, it was anything but. Colby kept the game close until the third quarter, where with 10:15 left to go in the period, the Mules were only down by a score of 16-12. Tufts running game proved to be too much for the Mules, as they pounded in four touchdowns on the ground en route to a final score of 44-12. Their final drives each included strings of seven or eight run plays for which Colby simply had no answer. Tufts running back Brady continued his dominance over the league and continues to be a NESCAC Player of the Year candidate, as he carried the ball 26 times for a total of 174 yards during the game.

The Mules will conclude their season next weekend against archrival Bowdoin College at the Harold Alfond Stadium this Saturday.

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