Colby, Bowdoin to battle for CBB football title in 130th meeting

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College football team will play one of the biggest games in many years when the Mules meet rival Bowdoin College to decide the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title Saturday at 1 p.m. on Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.

Bates College has had the better of the rivalry games the past four or five years, but this year the Mules (2-6) and Bowdoin (1-7) beat the Bobcats to set up Saturday's championship game. 
 
Besides the battle for the CBB trophy, Colby also has Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day. The Mules have an opportunity to not only win the CBB title, but also finish seventh in the league standings with a victory. 
 
It will be the 130th meeting between the programs dating back to 1892 and is the third-longest rivalry in Division III football, standing behind only Williams-Amherst (132) and Kalamazoo-Albion (131). 
 
Colby seniors Luke Borda, Will Caffey, AJ Carrigan, Jack Colleran, Shane Normandeau, Sebastien Philemon, Matt Richman (pictured), Jake Schwern, Brandon Troisi, Don Vivian, and Patrick Yale will be honored before the game. 
 
Schwern is a captain along with Normandeau, Philemon, and Vivian. He ranks second in the NESCAC in rushing yards per game (98.2). Both Colby and Bowdoin have struggled stopping the run, but the Mules are second in the league in pass defense (154.5). 
 
Colby has won the past two games against Bowdoin by successfully rushing the football. Jabari Hurdle-Price '17 had a big day rushing two years ago and Schwern set Colby's single-game rushing record with 262 yards on 30 carries (8.7 per rush) and four touchdowns last year in a 31-20 win in Brunswick. Colby took a 32-16 win in 2016 at Harold Alfond Stadium.
 
Colby first-year quarterback Matt Hersch ranks first in the NESCAC in pass completion percentage (61.1) and has thrown for 1,215 yards and seven touchdowns. 
 
Mule tight end Ethan Smith leads the team in receptions (22) and receiving yards (197). Andrew DeFranco has 19 catches for 167 yards, while Schwern and Matt Richman both have 18 receptions. Wide receivers Rory Glavin and Brandon Miner each have 14 catches.
 
Despite missing two games due to injury, linebacker Marcus Bullard still leads the Mules in total tackles (46). First-year Will Terzi has played well with 40 stops, while Don Vivian has 34 tackles and an interception in just five games. Nick Wilcox, another first-year, and Will Caffey both have 31 tackles. Wilcox also has two fumble recoveries and two sacks.
 
First-year punter Moises Celaya ranks fifth in the league in average (37.4), has 13 kicks inside the 20-yard line, and nine balls caught for fair catches. Sophomore kicker Walter Thilly made four of his five field goal attempts and is 11-for-12 in extra points.
 
The Polar Bears come in on a high note after taking a night game victory over Bates last Saturday. Running back Nate Richam missed four games, but is back and rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns against the Bobcats. Richam has 526 yards and averages 131.5 yards per game over the four contests.
 
Austin McCrum has nearly identical yards passing statistics to Hersch. McCrum has thrown for 1,234 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season with the Polar Bears. 
 
Griff Stalcup leads Bowdoin's pass catchers with 36 receptions for 304 yards. Gregory Olson has 22 catches for 267 yards, while Bo Millett has 258 total yards on 21 catches. 
 
Michael Chen handles the punting and kicking for the Polar Bears. Chen has 10 punts inside the 20-yard line, but also has been blocked five times. 
 
Joe Gowetski leads Bowdoin's defense with 69 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, and an interception. Franny Rose has 63 tackles and two interceptions and teammate Nicholas Leahy has 54 stops. Cameron Rondeau has 4.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.