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Cards Have Solid 1st Half at Williams & Chris Helsel '09 Has Fine Day but Ephs Pull Away in 2nd Half

Chris Helsel '09 and Steve Hauser '11

Matching its start against Tufts when Wesleyan took the opening kickoff and marched for a 7-0 lead on opening day, Wesleyan got off to an outstanding start at Williams Sat., Nov. 1 as Steve Hauser '11 (#18, photo insert upper left) caught a 10-yard TD pass from Blake DuBois '12 just 3:12 into the contest to cap a 66-yard drive. Williams scored the next 21 points before the Cardinals countered with a nine-yard scoring strike to Chris Helsel '09 (#3, main photo) to make it 21-14 with :51 left before halftime. Helsel, more known for his punting and placekicking despite some spot duty as a receiver during his four years, had a career day with eight catches for 72 yards and his first career TD. After the Ephs added a field goal to end the first half for a 10-point bulge, Williams held Wesleyan to 61 yards of total offense in the second half while rolling up 247 of its own to score another 24 points over the final 30 minutes in pulling away for its ninth win in a row vs. Wesleyan, 48-14. DuBois had a productive day, completing 20 of 38 passes for 173 yards and two TDs. He ran three times for 30 yards but suffered four sacks for a loss of 26 yards. The Cards close out the 2008 campaign by hosting undefeated and newly crowned NESCAC champ Trinity Sat., Nov. 8. (photos courtesy of Don Chapin P'09)