Football Weekly Preview: Wesleyan

Football Weekly Preview: Wesleyan

This Week: The Trinity College football team is tied with Amherst at the top of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after falling to 7-1 thanks to a 28-20 setback to the Mammoths on the road last weekend. This week, Trinity hosts Wesleyan on Saturday of Homecoming Weekend in the season-finale. The Bantams can clinch the league title with a victory and an Amherst loss. 

Match-up:

Trinity (7-1) v. Wesleyan (6-2)
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Jessee/Miller Field
Hartford, Connecticut
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Wesleyan Series History: Trinity leads the all-time series, 61-53-1, dating all the way back to the first meeting in 1885.

Last Trinity win against the Cardinals:
 Trinity has won the last two meetings, including a 45-21 triumph last fall in Middletown, Connecticut. In that game, senior tri-captain QB Sonny Puzzo threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, while senior OLB Liam Kenneally had 10 tackles, a sack, and an interception.

Game Notes:
 
- Trinity sits at No. 6 in the New England Division III Football poll. Amherst (No. 3) is the only other NESCAC school in the top ten while Middlebury is in the "receiving votes" category. The Bantams have also received seven votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III National Poll.
 
- Senior tri-captain QB Sonny Puzzo ranks third the conference in quarterback efficiency rating at 153.3 and has a completion percentage at .621 (2nd in NESCAC) while throwing for 15 scores. Puzzo threw for 172 yards, including 117 in the second half, with two touchdowns against the Mammoths. 
 
- Junior RB Max Chipouras totaled 92 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown last weekend against Amherst. Chipouras leads the leads the league in rushing with 896 yards to go along with a league-best ten touchdowns.
 
- Sophomore WR Koby Schofer Schofer is third in pass receptions with 49 and fourth in receiving yards with 658 yards. He finished the Amherst game with a team-high seven receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
 
- On defense against Amherst, Kenneally and junior DT Corey Jean-Jacques had nine tackles apiece, while Jean-Jacques added 1.5 sacks. Junior OLB Dago Picon-Roura made seven tackles and three of four tackles by senior DE Brandon Blaise resulted in Amherst losses.
 
- Trinity tops the NESCAC in five different categories, including scoring offense (34.6 ppg), scoring defense (10.6 ypg), pass defense (164.9 ypg), pass effciency defense (95.4) and turnover margin (+11).