Bridgton Academy Beats Yale JV Team 7-6

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Scott Williams. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With quarterbacks in short supply, Yale's junior varsity did the same thing Sunday the varsity had on Saturday.

It improvised.  And it almost worked.

Senior Scott Williams, brother of injured varsity starter freshman Eric Williams, took the snaps in shotgun formation for  the JV Sunday.  Unlike Eric, Scott has been a linebacker in his Yale career.

Scott's workmanlike performance (94 rushing yards, 36 yards passing) kept the JV ahead from its first possession until the last two minutes, when Bridgton (Maine) Academy rallied for a 7-6 victory.

The Bulldogs scored on their opening drive when Williams took them 70 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 12-yard pass to junior wide receiver Brandis Yarrington.  A high snap on the extra-point kick forced holder Chris Morris, a senior wide receiver, to scramble and he threw an incomplete pass.

That score was made with a following north wind. Yale held the lead through the middle two periods,with sophomore linebacker Patrick Murray leading a defensive charge that threw the Wolverines for losses on three consecutive plays after they had reached the Yale seven near the end of the first half.

Murray also intercepted a pass in the third period.

It looked as if Yale had the game won when Morris, who also played safety, came up with an interception at his 20 with 3:48 left in the game.  But Bridgton quarterback Taylor Hughes ran for a first down, then completed a 48-yard pass to Jared Osumah, who reached the Yale one.  Brooks Poulan plunged over and James DeMartino kicked the winning point.

The Yale JV game at Brown Nov. 4 has been cancelled. The JVs play again at Harvard on Nov. 16.

Report by Bob Barton '57

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