Beaver's lose pre-season game, but show strength
By Shawn Mastrian
Though MIT lost a pre-season football game to Bates College on Saturday, 13-7, the intra-squad scrimmage did indicate strength in the Beaver lineup. MIT dominated the first half of the game, losing in the second half only after substituting in its reserve players.
The Beavers started the game by taking the opening kickoff and marching down the length of the field to score their only touchdown. Most of the drive was engineered without starting tailback Shane LaHousse '90, who had his field of vision cut in half after taking a vicious hit. This proved not to be problem as senior quarterback Tim Day led his troops steadily down the field. Day himself scored the touchdown on a fourth-and-goal situation as he easily rolled into the end zone behind massive linemen Bob Kupbens '90 and Joshua Ertischek '91.
Bates, however, did not fare as well. A fired-up MIT defense kept the Bobcats from advancing much beyond the line of scrimmage in three tries, and Bates was forced to punt. This was the norm throughout the first half as Bates was unable to put together a drive of any consequence. A tough defensive line and excellent work in the defensive secondary continually frustrated the Bobcat attack.
On offense, the Beavers were almost as impressive. On each of their subsequent possessions, they rammed the ball right down the throat of the Bates defense and were able to penetrate deep into the Bobcat end. The only thing that stopped their drives were two interceptions and a couple of dropped passes. This kept the MIT lead at 7-0.
In the second half, the Beavers played their back-up players while the Bobcats stuck with their first team. This probably explains why the MIT domination suddenly disappeared, and Bates was able to score their thirteen points. The highlights of the second half were two late defensive stands with MIT trailing 13-7. On one, Bates had just recovered a fumble deep inside MIT territory, but the substitute defense pushed them backwards and forced a fumble, keeping the Beaver hopes alive. All was for naught, however, and the Beavers lost.
The game proved to be more of a victory than a loss, however. As it was merely a scrimmage, it meant nothing in the standings. The first string players proved that they will indeed be a force in the ECFC this year. The offense looked unstoppable, save mental errors which should disappear in a game situation. The defense was impregnable, and will probably be even sharper with a scrimmage under their belts. And even though the reserves were unable to contain Bates as the starters did, this was mainly due to inexperience; they should improve as the season continues.
(Editor's note: Friday's issue will feature an in-depth look at the team, with its key members highlighted.)