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Football Preview

Saturday, the 5-2 Ephs take on the 5-2 Lord Jeffs in a battle for second place in the NESCAC.  Amherst’s seniors will be particularly fired up after three straight blow-out losses to the Ephs; they certainly won’t want to graduate with a bagel.  Amherst is likely a slight favorite at home against a banged-up Eph team, which lost three of its projected starting front seven, as well as its top receiver, to season-ending injuries.  The Ephs are, however, riding high after a homecoming triumph over Wesleyan.  (Which reminds me, Eph lore question — do the Ephs perform “the walk” only after Amherst homecoming victories, or after Wesleyan victories as well?).

For those new to the rivalry, I posted last year a conglomeration of the best web links on Williams football and Williams-Amherst in particular.  Be sure, also, to watch last year’s awesome ESPN Gameday broadcast.  I will never tire of watching Corso don the purple cow head.

On an individual level, keep an eye on Brian Morrissey ’09, who after a monster season needs only 48 yards to break the Ephs’ all-time rushing record.

Also on tap this weekend in Eph athletics: the Eph women’s soccer juggernaut hosts the NESCAC championship, and Eph men’s soccer heads to Middlebury for the same.

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#1 Comment By Steve Wollkind ’01 On November 6, 2008 @ 9:37 am

Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought the walk happened after all the home victories, homecoming or otherwise.

#2 Comment By frank uible On November 6, 2008 @ 9:53 am

Anyone walking around campus this week and caring to address the question about the fundamental principle governing the date of the Walk could have taken notice of an unusual number of athletic looking young men who have fresh appearing, very short coifs. Putting that observation together with knowledge of both the complete nature of the Walk and also the fact that Williams played Wesleyan in football at Williamstown for homecoming last Saturday can readily lead to the answer.

#3 Comment By JeffZ On November 6, 2008 @ 10:16 am

I am pretty sure it is just homecoming. Ahhh, that answers it, Frank!

#4 Comment By 1980 On November 6, 2008 @ 10:55 am

The walks happens after homecoming wins.

#5 Comment By lgeorge On November 6, 2008 @ 11:08 am

Go Ephs!

Will Slack, are you broadcasting the women’s soccer game?

#6 Comment By Larry George On November 6, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

Are Caro and the others definitely out for the season? Rough luck.

#7 Comment By JeffZ On November 6, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

I believe so. Caro broke his leg, a couple of the defensive guys have missed basically the whole year, and I believe another starting LB went down a few games back. Part of football, alas, but the Ephs’ bad luck has been concentrated at a few positions, which makes it tougher …

#8 Comment By Larry George On November 6, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

That’s too bad. Caro had some fine moments, then seemed to be injured or sick and then came back. I had a lot of trouble with reception one game, and that must have been the one when he got the big injury, as I hadn’t heard what it was. I think he’s a junior, isn’t he? A fine player. We can use him next year.

Our Frank Uible ’57 makes his final appearance of the season with his scouting report of the Amherst defense on the weekly football show video on the Williams Sports website. He gets quite a tribute along the way. I can’t link the show, but you can find it by clicking on “video” on the right column on the main Sports page. Then select “Football Show” and then the 11/5/08 show. Frank appears in the last third of the show.

I know Frank works with the team because he loves doing it, but I appreciate his giving his time and efforts to the team. It clearly means a great deal to the players, the coaches, and the Athletic Department staff.

#9 Comment By nuts On November 6, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

Here’s the link to the FOOTBALL SHOW. The show was recorded prior to the Middlebury game. Nice job on scouting report Frank. I’d love to hear your scouting report for he Amherst Defense.

#10 Comment By nuts On November 6, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

I found the link to the 11-5-8 show where Frank gives his scouting report on Amherst. Go <a href=”http://www.williams.edu/athletics/flash/index.php?folder=FootballShow#”here” and choose the show from the drop down menu when you click on selection “FOOTBALL SHOW” in the right column.

“Well Coach, The Game is upon us.”

#11 Comment By frank uible On November 6, 2008 @ 7:27 pm

Take note that your correspondent gives nothing and grabs everything upon which he can lay his sweaty, hot, little hands.

#12 Comment By Larry George On November 6, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

Aw Frank. They ought to give you an honorary Eph football jacket.

#13 Comment By Larry George On November 6, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

Technical people: kudos on the archived entry box on last year’s GameDay up on the right corner. Thank you very much.

#14 Comment By nuts On November 6, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

Frank, Did any Amherst guys show up in Williamstown on Friday night before Homecoming and pull a prank or two? More importantly, did we win?

Picture Homecoming 1955
Picture Important tackle in the Purple line.

#15 Comment By Larry George On November 6, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

nuts –
Nice. Thanks.

#16 Comment By nuts On November 6, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

Larry, Do you get the idea that Williams’ opponents knew what side of the line Frank lined up on, and that they the needed to find a different point of attack?

#17 Comment By sophmom On November 6, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

I’m impressed. Lookin lean and mean, FU…and handsome!

What a guy, and what a find, nuts.

#18 Comment By frank uible On November 7, 2008 @ 12:15 am

Almost as good looking as Joe Torre.

#19 Comment By nuts On November 7, 2008 @ 3:47 am

5’11’ 202 Starting left Tackle, Frank Uible

A curious note, ’55 was before the common use of face masks. It was not a game to be taken lightly.

Here’s the rest of the starting offensive lineup:

Lauben,Uible,Rakov,Schoeller,Harkness,O’Toole,Loew

QB Rorke
LHB Kaufman
FB Potter
RHB Hanan

and The coaches

Now there’s an athletic jacket, wool died purple, with purple and gold trim, dark buttons and white leather sleeves. Frank did the freshman finish undefeated? Did the varsity win the Little 3?

#20 Comment By Larry George On November 7, 2008 @ 8:32 am

Come on, Frank. Tell us about it.

#21 Comment By Larry George On November 7, 2008 @ 9:03 am

If Frank won’t pony up, we’ll have to solicit Dick’s version.

#22 Comment By JeffZ On November 7, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

Fyi, folks, watch college gameday pre game as Corso will be picking the winner again …

#23 Comment By Larry George On November 8, 2008 @ 8:00 am

And he did love that purple cow head.

Game starts at noon?

Go Ephs. Our hopes ride up to Midd for men’s soccer and over to the soccer fields for women’s soccer, as well. And the second sevens run today. Go Williams.

#24 Comment By Larry George On November 8, 2008 @ 8:43 am

Volleyball goes to the NESCAC semi-finals

November 7, 2008

Ephs advance to NESCAC semifinals

MEDFORD, MA- The Williams College volleyball team (23-12) defeated Middlebury 3-1 (25-15, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17) in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championships on Friday evening. The Ephs now face top-seeded Tufts in Saturday’s semifinal. [game starts at 1 PM]

#25 Comment By Larry George On November 8, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

Somebody get over to Pratt Field with an air compressor FAST. It’s the second quarter and our guys are deflated. We are getting creamed. The (loyal Williams) announcers just said, at 9:49 to go in the half, that Williams has done nothing and has not had a single good play.
But it is 10-0 and our guys could claw their way back.

#26 Comment By Larry George On November 8, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

Good job, whoever rushed in there. Football is tied, 10 up, at the half. Amherst seems to be containing Morrissey and, with the injuries on the offensive line, that’s a problem. Here’s hoping our guys come out roaring for the second half.

No word on soccer or volleyball, but GO EPHs!

#27 Comment By Larry George On November 8, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

After a terrible first quarter, Williams kept steady and pulled off a one-point football victory. Given the roars of the crowd, the Jeffs’ hopes had een high. I think the Ephs spoiled their Homecoming: the Williams announcer said the Jeffs turned off the scoreboard a soon as the play ended. It wasn’t pretty but I am impressed by the way the Williams seniors led and the way the team didn’t panic. Morrissey had a good game in the end and beat the Eph record.

In women’s soccer, the Ephs advanced, 6-1, into NESCAC finals, which they host tomorrow. Good luck to them.

Sadly, Midd beat the men, 1-0.

In cross-country, the 8-14 men have again taken ECACs.

Nothing else to report yet. Volleyball and women’s cross-country are still to be announced.

GO EPHS!

#28 Comment By Larry George On November 8, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

Amherst beat Middlebury in the other women’s soccer semi, so there is a colossal NESCAC final in the offing tomorrow at home in Williamstown. As you may recall, Williams is undefeated but was unable to best Amherst in the regular season match up, battling to a tie.

In other news, volleyball won and advances to the NESCAC finals.

And, when I referred to the runners as “8-14,” I was referring to the Eph runners who are 8-14 on the (very strong) team. Runners 1-7 had the weekend off and will race next week when Williams hosts the big meet on its Mt. Greylock course.

I know the football team and the publicity department are over the moon — no one’s gotten around to posting the round up from that nail-biter yet. If you missed the game, be sure to check the website sports page tomorrow for the write up. It was something else….

And I should have said how impressed I was by the fight the men’s soccer team put up. I know they are disappointed but they did Williams proud.

Go Ephs!

P.S. What was the GameDay forecast for The Biggest Little Game?