Jay Fabien '15 Hauls in Seven Aerials for 118 Yards but Williams Takes the Little Three Football Matchup, 19-7
Despite seven catches by Jay Fabien '15 (#80, photo) for 118 yards, Wesleyan could not overcome a few mistakes that cost the Cardinals 16 points as Williams went on for a 19-7 victory during its Homecoming celebration Sat., Nov. 3. The Cardinals close out the year Sat., Nov. 10, hoping to spoil the perfect season of Trinity, which comes to Middletown looking for a NESCAC crown behind its 7-0 mark.
Williams took the lead for good on its second possession of the game after being pinned at its own seven-yards line by a 44-yard Jesse Warren '15 punt. On the first play of the series, several missed Cardinal tackles, including one at the line of scrimmage, resulted in a 93-yard TD run for the Ephs and a 7-0 lead at 8:23 of the first period. Before the half was over, Williams tacked on a safety as Warren was tackled in the endzone attempting to pass at 2:40 of the opening stanza. Then late in the second quarter, Williams forced a fumble on a run by Cardinal Kyle Gibson '15, and the Ephs scooped up the loose ball and rambled into the endzone from 18 yards out for a 16-0 halftime lead.
Wesleyan played a solid second half, getting the only touchdown of the final 30 minutes on a four-yard LaDarius Drew '15 run, capping a 43-yard drive in six plays midway through the third quarter. Wesleyan generated several additional scoring chances in the second half, the first on the team's opening possession. A tackle by Jared Goldenberg '16 and Prince Emenalo '13 on a Williams' 4th-and-3 run at the Ephs' 39 gave the Cardinals great field position at the 40. Wesleyan got down to the six-yard line after a pair of Warren completions, one to Dan D'Arcy for 15 yards and the other to Josh Hurwitz '15 for 14 yards. But a sack pushed Wesleyan back to the 20 and a 37-yard fed goal try missed.
Goldenberg led Wesleyan in tackles for the second straight week as he collected 11. Emenalo was right behind with 10. Donnie Cimino '15 had his team-leading sixth interception of the season late in the first half with Williams threatening at the Wesleyan 25-yard line.
Wesleyan also missed a 33-yard field goal attempt with 2:53 to go in the third period. The Cardinals were going for it on 4th-and-1 at the Williams' 11-yard line but a penalty pushed the Cardinals back to the 16, making the team settle for a field-goal try.
Wesleyan made Williams settle for a 19-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter despite a 1st-and-goal at the Cardinal four-yard line. That brought about the 19-7 final score. Wesleyan got inside the Williams' 30-yard line on both its last two possessions but came up empty with an interception and an incompletion on 4th down.
Despite the 12-point loss, Wesleyan had a siight edge in first downs (13-12), total yards (310-305) and time of possession (30:48-29:12). Warren finished with 248 passing yards with a 16-of-33 effort. Wesleyan was held to its lowest rushing total of the year with just 62 yards on 38 carries. The Cardinals held Williams to seven completions on 24 passes with constant pressure on the Eph QB.