LEWISTON, Maine -- The Colby College football team had two long field goals from John Baron and nearly came all the way back from a 21-3 deficit before falling just short in a 21-19 loss to Bates College on Saturday at Garcelon Field.
Colby has now lost three straight games to Bates in heartbreaking ways. After taking a 21-3 win over Bates in 2013, the Mules fell 10-9 last year at home, despite holding Bates to just 168 yards of total offense. The Bobcats scored their lone touchdown of the game on an interception return. The 2014 game may have been a tougher loss, with the Mules falling 34-28 in overtime. Colby had leads of 14-0 and 21-7 before Bates came back.
Sebastian Ferrell continues to perform at a high level for the Mules. He had eight catches for 148 yards (18.5 per catch) and scored two touchdowns.
On their next drive, the Mules added three more points on a 36-yard field goal by John Baron to get Colby within one score of tying the game with nine minutes to play.
Colby started its final scoring drive with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter and converted two third downs on the drive of 80 yards in nine plays. Ferrell caught a 23-yard pass on a 3rd-and-6 and then added a 36-yard catch that went to Bates' 5-yard line. After Ferrell drew a pass interference penalty to put the ball at the Bates 2-yard line, Sparacio hit him on a 2-yard scoring pass to make it 21-19 with 2:34 to play. Colby's pass attempt on a two-point conversion failed.
Colby took over on Bates' 48-yard line after Ferrell returned the punt 11 yards. The Mules got a first down at the 36-yard line on a 9-yard catch from Ferrell, but the Mules could only muster 3 yards on the next four plays to turn the ball over on downs.
Justin Lamere led Colby's defense with 15 tackles, while Ian Dickey had six tackles and one interception. Bryan McAdams finished with 10 tackles.
Frank Williams had a 1-yard rushing touchdown and caught a 24-yard pass from Sandy Plashkes for another score. Peter Boyer had the other touchdown on a 1-yard scoring run with 3:49 left to halftime.