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Kicker Thilly named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week

WATERVILLE, Maine -- After making all three of his field goals and the game-winning kick with 13.3 seconds remaining, Colby College football player Walter Thilly (Winchester, Mass.) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday.

Thilly overcame two Hamilton College timeouts to keep him waiting and nailed a 34-yard field goal to give the Mules a 23-21 victory. Thilley also had field goals of 36 and 30 yards while making both of his extra point attempts.
 
"I knew the game was going to come down to a field goal when the fourth quarter started," Thilly said. "I kept repeating the word "ball" in my head and out loud to stay focused on the one job I had. The two timeouts probably helped me in getting two extra tries to get my steps perfect."
 
Thilly sprinted about 40 yards down the field toward the Colby bench after making the field goal. 
 
"The second I hit the ball I knew it was going in and there has never been a better feeling in my life," Thilly said. "Though I made the field goal, I want to stress how well my teammates played. They made my job easy and deserve the credit for winning the game."
 
With Hamilton leading 21-17 heading into the fourth quarter, Thilly had the only six points in the final 15 minutes. He nailed his 30-yard kick with 12:04 to play.
 
Thilly also loomed large on a Hamilton kickoff return. He made a touchdown-saving tackle at the Mules' 24-yard line on one kickoff return and Colby's defense did not allow a score from there. 
 
Thilly is 4-for-5 on field goal attempts this season and has made eight of his nine extra points. A sophomore for the Mules, Thilly played with the Colby men's soccer team in his first year.
 
The Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) series begins this Saturday when the Mules visit Bates College for a 1 p.m. game.