Football Weekly Preview: Amherst

Football Weekly Preview: Amherst

This Week: The Trinity College football team took care of business last weekend with a 27-5 victory at Middlebury to improve to 7-0. This weekend, Trinity travels to Amherst to face the 6-1 Mammoths in a game that will help decide this fall's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champions. Trinity will look to make it 17-straight wins as the Bantams currently own the third-longest winning streak in all of NCAA football at 16 games in a row.

Match-up:

Trinity (7-0) at Amherst (6-1)
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Pratt Field
Amherst, Massachusetts
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Amherst Series History: Amherst leads the all-time series, 58-44-9, dating all the way back to the first meeting in 1882.

Last Trinity win against the Mammoths:
 Trinity came back from down 14-10 entering the fourth quarter to win, 24-14 last season in Hartford. Junior RB Max Chipouras rushed for over 100 yards while senior ILB Carty Campbell and senior tri-captain ILB Liam Kenneally combined for 16 tackles defensively. 

Game Notes:
 
- Trinity held steady at second in the New England Division III Football poll. Amherst (No. 8) is the only other NESCAC school in the top ten. The Bantams have also received 30 votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III National Poll and 10 votes in the D3football.com National Poll.
 
- Senior tri-captain QB Sonny Puzzo ranks second the conference in quarterback efficiency rating at 160.8 and has a completion percentage at .696 while throwing for 13 scores. The senior tri-captain ran for the game's first two touchdowns in the Bantam victory at Middlebury and is tied for third in the league in rushing touchdowns (4). 
 
- Sophomore OT Austin Baiardi scored his first career touchdown as an offensive lineman against the Panthers in a trick-play in the third quarter. Puzzo faked a hand-off right on third down and tossed a backwards pass left to Baiardi who shook a Middlebury defender before diving into the end zone. 
 
- Chipouras rushed 33 times for a season-high 182 yards against the Panthers. Chipouras leads the NESCAC in rushing (114.9 ypg), and rushing touchdowns (9).
 
- On special teams, junior WR John Spears ranks 16th nationally with an average of 13.6 yards per punt return in addition to his 11 pass receptions for 112 yards, and rookie RB Colin Beaulieau averages 23.6 yards per attempt on 10 kickoff returns.
 
- Sophomore WR Koby Schofer is second in the conference in pass receptions with 42 and fourth in receiving yards with 593. He also has the second longest reception in the league this year, a 90-yard touchdown reception against Hamilton three weeks ago.
 
- On defense against Middlebury, sophomore DB Matt Patry caused and recovered a fumble while rookie DL James Christiano forced a fumble on one drive and junior DT Corey Jean Jacques had a four-yard tackle for loss inside his own 10-yard line to keep the Panthers out of the end zone. Junior OLB Dago Picon-Roura led all tacklers with 11 (6 solo), intercepted a pass and returned it 19 yards to the Panther nine-yard line to set up a Trinity touchdown, and broke up two other passes as he was named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week. The Bantam defense held its opponent without a touchdown for the third game this season.  Picon-Roura is Trinity's third NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week this fall.
 
- Trinity tops the NESCAC in no less than seven different statistical categories, including scoring offense (36.7 ppg), scoring defense (8.1 ppg, 2nd in nation), pass defense (159.9 ypg, 19th in nation), rushing offense (217 ypg), total offense (443.7 ypg), pass efficiency defense (90.5, 8th in nation), and turnover margin (+11).