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Trinity Football Entertains Hamilton Saturday

Brandon Blaise '18
Brandon Blaise '18

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College football team, which won, 17-9, against previously-undefeated Williams last weekend to remain unbeaten and tied with Amherst and Middlebury for first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) at 3-0, will host the Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday, October 7 at 1 p.m.  Head Coach Jeff Devanney (12th season, 78-13) and the Bantams lead the all-time series against Hamilton, 37-11-1, making this the 50th meeting between the schools, and have won the last 22 meetings between the schools.  Trinity is ranked No. 3 in the New England Division III Football Poll. 

Game Notes 

Trinity football has laced itself up this season to support local kids who are battling cancer. The Bantams purchased gold shoelaces to wear at games and $4 of the $5 cost goes toward helping kids with cancer and their families in the area. For more information contact the Lace Up team at LAceUp@Go4theGoal.org.

Trinity took advantage of four Williams turnovers on Saturday, and senior ILB Carty Campbell (Stamford, Conn.) earned the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week award while pacing the Bantam defense that held Williams to 87 rushing yards. Senior DE Brandon Blaise (Morristown, N.J.) recovered a fumble and junior RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to give Trinity an early 7-0 lead. Senior CB Dominique Seagears (Baltimore, Md.) recovered a muffed punt to set up senior tri-captain Sonny Puzzo (West Caldwell, N.J.) for a 12-yard touchdown pass to sophomore WR Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.) in the second quarter. Sachse scored the lone Bantam points of the second half on a career-long 46-yard field goal, and Campbell sealed the win with an interception and 34-yard return late in the fourth frame. Chipouras led all rushers with 80 yards on 28 carries, while Puzzo was 14-for-22 passing for 163 yards. Trinity junior WR John Spears (Boston, Mass.) had five catches for 38 yards and Schofer added four grabs for 46 yards for the home team. Campbell and junior LB Dago Picon-Roura (Roslindale, Mass.) had eight tackles each, while senior tri-captain ILB Liam Kenneally (Reading, Mass.) contributed six tackles and a sack, and senior S John Medina (Pinecrest, Fla.) added five tackles and three pass breakups.

Trinity tops the NESCAC in five different categories including scoring scoring defense (3.0 ppg), pass defense (109.3 ypg), total defense (208.3 ypg), pass efficiency (180.5), and pass efficiency defense (76.7). Chipouras leads the league in rushing with 297 yards, while Puzzo has the best quarterback efficiency rating at 181.5, and Schofer is seventh in pass receptions and receiving yards with 14 catches for 215 yards. Puzzo has already thrown seven touchdown passes and run for an eighth, while Chipouras has scored four times, and seven different Bantams have caught touchdown passes. On defense, Picon-Roura leads Trinity with 19 tackles, while Kenneally has 13, and five other Bantams boast 10 or more hits. Blaise tops the Bantams with 2.5 tackles for loss and junior OLB Shane Libby (Scituate, Mass.) has a pair of sacks. In the secondary, Seagears has two takeaways on a fumble recovery and an interception, while sophomore DB Matt Patry (Medfield, Mass.) has broken up a team-high five passes, and Medina totaled four pass breakups and 11 tackles. Spears highlights the special teams with an average of 13.6 yards per punt return in addition to his 11 pass receptions for 112 yards.

The Hamilton College football squad, under the direction of Head Coach Dave Murray (4th Season) is 0-3 but finished 3-5 in 2016 for its best record since 2011. The Continentals played Tufts tough on the road in its season opener despite a 35-28 loss, before being outscored, 67-15, over its last two games at home. Sophomore QB Kenny Gray has thrown for 806 yards and five touchdowns, while sophomore WR Joe Schmidt has caught 18 passes for 311 yards and four scores. Senior RB Marcus Gutierrez and first-year RB Mitch Bierman have each gained 64 yards on the ground. Junior LB Tyler Hudson earned NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week for recording 19 tackles, including 1.5 for two yards in losses and half a sack two weeks ago. Along with Hudson, junior LB Cole Burchill lead the Continental defense with 40 total tackles this season