Bates football gathers for team awards dinner

From left to right, Ramon Ruiz, Will Granatino, Shane Collins and Connor Hunt at the Bates football awards dinner, held at The Pub at Baxter on March 10, 2019. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates football program put a cap on the 2018-19 season with a dinner and awards presentation on March 10 at a Lewiston restaurant.

With team members and some family members and alumni present at The Pub at Baxter, first-year head coach Malik Hall presented the program's annual awards, including a new one named after the late Web Harrison, head coach of the program from 1978 to 1991, who passed away in June 2018.

The Garnet Gridder awards, for Team Offensive MVP and Defensive MVP, went to running back Kyle Flaherty '19 (Litchfield, Maine) and defensive lineman Tyler Harrington '19 (Haverhill, Mass.), respectively.

Flaherty played multiple roles on Bates' offense and finished with 142 rushing yards, two touchdowns and eight receptions. Harrington tied for second place on the team in tackles while floating between defensive end and outside linebacker roles. He had 8.5 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles and broke up two passes. Harrington finished his career with 129 tackles, 26.5 for loss, and 11.5 sacks.

The inaugural Web Harrison Award, given to the team member "who fully exemplifies the qualities displayed by Coach Harrison: pride, hard work, passion for football and Bates College, integrity, and character," went to team captain Joe Frake '19 (Windham, N.H.), a three-year defensive starter who battled a series of injuries to play in six games on the season. Frake finished his career with 152 tackles and six interceptions over 29 games.

The Robert P. Schmidt Award, given to the team members who best demonstrated physical or mental courage while bringing honor and achievement to themselves and the team, went to captain and linebacker Bobby Dee '19 (Plymouth, Mass.), whose injuries prevented him from playing in his senior season but not from adding significantly to the team's spirit and work ethic.

Defensive lineman Walter Washington '19 (Rockland, N.Y.) received the Alan C. Goddard '53 Award for career improvement. Washington made a career-high 37 tackles and led the Bobcats with career-high totals in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (3), while sharing the team lead in forced fumbles (2) with Harrington.