Football finishes season with 35-13 loss to Bowdoin

On Saturday in Brunswick, ME, the Colby College football team looked to close out their season with a win over archrival Bowdoin. However, the Mules (1-7 overall) could not overcome the Polar Bears, falling 35-13 in their final game of the season.

The visitors started brightly, forcing Bowdoin into a three and out on their first drive. On the Mules’ second defensive possession, defensive back Will Caffey ’19 picked off the Bowdoin quarterback and returned the ball 23 yards.  Coupled with a block in the back penalty against the offense, the return put the Mules in a great position to open the scoring from the Bowdoin ten-yard line. After three running plays, the Mules decided to go to the air. Unfortunately for the Mules, quarterback Gabe Harrington ’17’s pass to Sebastian Farrell ’19 yielded just one yard and the Mules turned the ball over on downs at the two-yard line. Although the hosts were unable to capitalize on the ensuing possession, the Mules rued at their missed oppurtunity.

Bowdoin went up 3-0 early in the second quarter, while the Mules tried to get their offense going. A second three and out forced punter John Baron ’18 into action for one of his eight  punts on the day. The Mules’ defense was unable to keep the Polar Bears from adding to their lead, and the teams went into halftime with Bowdoin up 13-0.

The Mule offense woke up in a big way with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter. With the score 20-0, they needed a touchdown to get back into the game. They began the drive on their own 9-yard line and proceeded to march 91 yards down the field to make it 20-7. Harrington capped off the impressive drive by throwing a 28-yard strike to the wide open Alex Kramer ’17 for the score.

The Mules headed into the fourth quarter down 13 points and poised to make a historic comeback. However, the hosts drove 66 yards for their third touchdown of the game with 13:19 left to play. Colby responded immediately, using 11 plays to go 80 yards for their second touchdown of the game. Star running back Jabari Hurdle-Price ’17 punched the ball in from one yard out to make it 27-13. Things got  interesting on the next play when the Polar Bears blocked the extra point and returned it 98 yards for two points from a rare defensive conversion.

The undeterred Mules fought to get back into the game. The defense forced their opponents to punt, but the offense was unlucky and failed to convert on fourth down once again. Bowdoin took advantage of the short field and scored the game’s final touchdown.

Saturday’s game was a difficult way to end what has been a trying season for Colby football, but there were certainly some positives to take out of the game. Harrington  had one of his best games of the year, going 19-29 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown. Punter Baron showed why he’s one of the best special teamers in the league, with eight punts on the day averaging 35 yards. On defense, seniors Harry Nicholas ’16 and Stephen O’Grady ’16 were dominant, tallying 21 total tackles.

Despite a disappointing season, one thing is sure: The Mules will come back next year hungrier than ever to challenge for the NESCAC crown.

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