HANOVER, N.H. — Alex Park engineered two touchdown drives while Ben Ticknor was making key plays with his feet, with his hands and on defense to help the Dartmouth junior varsity hold off the Williams javyees Sunday, 21-14, on Blackman Field.
Park, who ran for 14 yards on a fourth-and-eight from the Williams 41 to keep the game’s opening drive alive, evaded a tackler in the backfield on fourth-and-one from the 19 before stepping up and sprinting down the middle to give Dartmouth a 7-0 lead with Robbie Anthony’s kick.
The Green went 89 yards in eight plays for a touchdown on its third possession with Park completing three passes for 76 yards on the drive. The points came when Ticknor took a swing pass and carried it 40 yards down the right sideline for a 14-0 lead with Anthony’s kick.
Park finished 8-of-15 for 113 yards with one TD running and one through the air before leaving with a minor injury late in the second quarter.
Trailing by two touchdowns at the half, Williams marched from its own 35 to the Dartmouth eight to start the third quarter only to see Bennie Niles break up a potential TD pass on fourth down to end the threat. But a fumbled snap on the second play of Dartmouth’s ensuing possession promptly returned the ball to the Ephs at the one and they needed just one play to bull over and make it 14-7 with the PAT.
Williams returned the turnover favor just minutes later when a backwards pass got away from a receiver and Cam Colwell hustled down and fell on it for Dartmouth at the Ephs’ 39.
After a couple of drops put the ensuing drive in jeopardy, Cole Marcoux hit Anthony for 16 yards on a fourth-and-10. Though not known as a runner he would add a 12-yard run before sneaking over right tackle from the 1 for a touchdown and a 21-7 lead.
With time running down in the fourth quarter Williams made it close by going 45 yards in 10 plays, the last a short TD throw that pulled the Ephs within 21-14 with 50 seconds remaining.
But on a day when there were no kickoffs (or punts and PATs weren’t live) Williams couldn’t try an onside kick and Dartmouth, which took automatic possession at the 35 after the touchdown, ran the clock out with two runs into the line.
Twelve Dartmouth players caught passes from three quarterbacks with Dean Bakes, Clay Robbins and Brian Kosnik each grabbing a pair. Ticknor topped the ground game with three carries for 22 yards in addition to his TD pass. He also led the Big Green with nine tackles at linebacker.
The Big Green jayvees, who opened with a 24-0 win over the Middlebury varsity, play the third game of their four-game schedule at Harvard on Oct. 28.
Alex Park 8-for-15, 113 yards, 1 TD
Cole Marcoux 4-14, 47 yards
4-8, 24 yards
Park 5-23, TD
Ticknor 3-30, TD
Mark Sasso 5-8
Ticknor 1-40, TD
von Kuhn 1-4
Ticknor 9, Stout, Dazzo 6 each, Patek 4, Hamren, Johnson 3 each, Niles, Colwell, Robbie Rodriguez, Julian Flamer 2 each, Winthrop, Chrustic 1 each.
Editor’s Note: Statistics are as accurate as one person running up and down the sidelines with a clipboard can make them. They will be adjusted as advised.