Football falls to Panthers

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Christian Sparacio threw for one touchdown and ran for another for the Colby College football team, but Middlebury College quarterback Jared Lebowitz was tough to handle in the Mules' 35-14 loss Saturday in their home opener.

Sparacio came off the bench early in the game and threw for 109 yards and ran for 30 yards. He had a 2-yard scoring run on a 66-yard Colby drive with 12:20 left in the fourth quarter. Sparacio also had a 29-yard scoring pass to Sebastian Ferrell for the final points of the game.
Lebowitz, a Division I transfer from UNLV, had five touchdown passes for the second straight week. Four of his scoring throws went for 20 yards or more. He threw for 320 yards and was intercepted once.
The Mules (1-1 overall) played with energy and battled to a 0-0 tie after one quarter. Lebowitz had touchdown throws of 8, 64, and 47 in the second quarter for a 21-0 margin at intermission.
Lebowitz had the 8-yard scoring strike to Ryan Rizzo with 13:34 left to halftime. On their next possession, the Panthers needed three plays, as Lebowitz hit Conrado Banky for a 64-yard scoring strike and a 14-0 lead with 10:21 remaining. Banky had 198 yards receiving on seven catches and two touchdowns.
Lebowitz found his third receiver for a touchdown on a 47-yard scoring stroke to James Burke with 8:01 remaining. The Panthers scored on three straight drives in a span of 5:33.
 

Middlebury (2-0) opened the second half with another scoring drive, moving 77 yards on 11 plays, while taking 4:14 off the clock. Tight end Frank Cosolito had a 20-yard touchdown from Lebowitz.

 

One possession later, Middlebury scored on another lengthy drive, going 80 yards on nine plays. Lebowitz 

connected with Banky for 36 yards on the score.

 

Middlebury out-gained Colby 429-245 in total offense, but the Mules did have 16 first downs. 

 

Diego Meritus finished with 62 yards on 11 carries for the Panthers.

 

Jabari Hurdle-Price led the Mule ground game with 43 yards on 15 carries. Dan Roache ran well with four rushes for 21 yards.

 

Ferrell led the Colby receivers with three receptions for 65 yards. 

 

Sam Friedman paced the Mule defense with nine stops and a sack, while Don Vivian finished with eight tackles. Sebastien Philemon added seven tackles, while Ian Dickey had six tackles and an interception.

 

Colby will play host to Wesleyan University next Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of Family Homecoming Weekend.

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