In final game, Football earns second victory of season

Colby finishes season with 14-7 victory over Bowdoin on senior day

After a devastating loss last year in the 125th iteration of what has been called “The Biggest Little Football Game in Maine,” Colby was eager to beat their rival Bowdoin and end their season on a high note. Even though it wasn’t the season the Mules envisioned during training camp back in August, the boys thought it was important to play hard until the final whistle. As running back Jabari Hurdle-Price ’17 said last week, “We’re playing for our pride against Bowdoin. We want to get a win in front of the Mayflower Hill faithful. We want to get a win for ourselves.” Bowdoin, however, was also out of any championship contention, but was playing to send their coach out on a good note in his final game.

This past Saturday, emotions ran high on the gridiron. It was the last time that the class of 2015 would don the royal and Priscilla and go to war on Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium and the senior class did not disappoint. Notably, Luke Duncklee ’15, Jason Buco ’15, and Randy Person ’15 all made critical plays in their final game at Colby.

The Colby offense exploded out of the gates in the first quarter. Hurdle-Price had a huge game on the ground for the Mules, rushing for 189 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown in the first frame. Colby would miss the extra point, leaving the at score 6-0. Bowdoin, however, was not going down without a fight. They stuck to their game plan, pounding the ball on the ground and forcing the Colby front seven to stop them. The Polar Bear rushing game exploited injuries in the Colby defense, putting up 156 yards and a touchdown.

Colby was down by a point in the fourth quarter, but Gabe Harrington ’17 orchestrated one of the Mules’ best drives of the year. Harrington completed third down passes of nine and twenty-four yards to keep the drive alive, before finding Duncklee  for a 25-yard score to put the Mules on top. A successful two-point conversion made it a seven-point game with the fourth quarter winding down.

After an impressive defensive stand, Colby had an opportunity to put the game out of reach with one minute remaining from a field goal, but their 34-yard attempt ricocheted off the upright. After driving into Colby territory, Bowdoin looked like they were going to be able to punch one in for the score and send the game into overtime. However, the Colby senior defensive backs had other ideas. Buco and Person knocked down two potential game-tying touchdown passes to seal the win for the Mules.

It was good to hear the victory bell ring one last time before fall comes to a close, and even sweeter because it meant beating a rival. The Colby team now takes to the gym while the snow hits to prepare for next season. Talented sophomore and junior classes will look to help move Colby up the NESCAC rankings and to compete with perennial powers such as Amherst and Wesleyan.

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