Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College senior tri-captain OT Chris Simmons (Manchester, Conn.) was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III All-American First Team and to the 2017 D3Football.com All-East Region Third Team. Simmons also joined Bantam senior tri-captain ILB Liam Kenneally (Reading, Mass.) on the New England Football Writers (NEFW) Division II/III All-New England Team, and Simmons and Kenneally were two of no less than 14 Bantam football players who were named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Football All-Conference teams for the 2017 season, the most among any team in the league. Under the helm of last year's NESCAC Coach of the Year, Head Coach Jeff Devanney (12th season), the Bantams won the league title for the eighth time and the second year in a row this fall, finishing the year with an 8-1 record.
Simmons, Kenneally and fellow senior tri-captain QB Sonny Puzzo (West Caldwell, N.J.), were joined by senior CB Dominique Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.), junior NT Corey Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, Mass.), junior RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.), junior K Eric Sachse (Jefferson, Mass.), and sophomore OT Austin Baiardi (Smithtown, N.Y.) on the All-NESCAC First Team. Senior G Joe Farrah (West Hartford, Conn.), senior DE Brandon Blaise (Morristown, N.J.), senior ILB Carty Campbell (Brooklyn, N.Y.), senior S John Medina (Miami, Fla.), junior ILB Dago Picon-Roura (Roslindale, Mass.) and sophomore WR Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.) graced the All-NESCAC Second Team. Seagears, Chipouras, Jean-Jacques, Sachse and Trinity's offensive line (as a unit) graced the Noontime Sports New England Team of the Year. In addition, Seagears was selected to play in the the "Tazon de Estrellas" Bowl of the Stars All-Star game in Mexico, but could not participate due to an injury, and Simmons was invited to play in the Dream Bowl College All-Star Game in Virginia.
Simmons highlights this year's award winners, earning AFCA First Team All-American and New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England honors for the second straight year and All-NESCAC recognition for the fourth consecutive season to cap off his college career. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2014 and earned First Team honors in 2015 and 2016 and was an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III All-American, New England Football Writers Division II/III All-Star and D3Football.com All-East Region honoree last season as a junior. This fall, Simmons was the leader of a Bantam offensive line that helped the offense score a league-high 305 points, average 33.9 points per game, and lead the league in yards per rush (4.6) and passing yards per attempt (8.7). Trinity quarterbacks were sacked just 14 times in nine games this fall. A sociology major and graduate of Manchester High School, he is the son of Millicent and Ernest Simmons.
Kenneally lands on the NEFW Division II/III All-New England Team for the first time and on the All-NESCAC First Team for the third year in a row. Kenneally made 42 tackles, including 33 solo stops, and was captain of a Trinity defensive unit that limited opponents to 98.7 rushing and 179.8 passing yards per game and ranked No. 5 in the nation with 9.8 points allowed per game. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery thus fall. In his fine career, Kenneally totaled 159 tackles (112 solo), 11 sacks for 97 yards, 24 tackles for loss (8th all-timer at Trinity) for 123 yards, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, one interception, and six pass breakups in 30 games. A political science major and graduate of Reading Memorial High School, he is the son of Sheila and Bill Kenneally.
Puzzo, the 2013 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, repeats as an All-NESCAC First Team quarterback this fall. He posted the best pass efficiency among the league's quarterbacks at 155.2, threw 17 touchdowns with just five interceptions, and totaled 1,857 yards on 130 pass completions in 214 attempts and 332 rushing yards with five scores on the ground in 84 attempts while guiding Trinity to the league's most potent offense at 33.9 points per game. He finished fourth in the league in total offense with 2,189 yards. In his fine career, Puzzo was only the second Bantam signal caller to eclipse 6,000 passing yards (6,060) and 1,000 rushing yards (1,005) and the first to reach both milestones. He also finished second all-time at Trinity in completions (435), attempts (742), and passing touchdowns (48) and third all-time in both completion percentage (58.6, tied) and efficiency rating (142.4). He was intercepted just 23 times in 33 games. He also ran the ball 257 times for 13 touchdowns and caught an 18-yard touchdown pass. A graduate of James Caldwell High School and a political science major, he is the son of Steve and Susan Puzzo.
Seagears enjoyed a breakout autumn as a lockdown cornerback, registering 24 tackles, two tackles for loss, five pass breakups, and a fumble recovery in addition to his three interceptions (T2nd in NESCAC). Seagears returned one pick 100 yards for record-breaking touchdown against Tufts and another 13 yards for a score at Bates. He was honored as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the win at Tufts. In his career, Seagears made 49 tackles (44 solo) with two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, four interceptions, and six pass breakups in 26 games. An economics major and graduate of the Landon School, he is the son of Tanisha Battle and Toriano Seagears.
Jean-Jacques was a key piece to a Bantam defense that ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense (9.8 points per game). He ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 38 (25 solo) and was among the league leaders and tied for the team lead in sacks with 4.5 (T9th in NESCAC). Jean-Jacques also collected nine tackles for loss, forced two fumbles and recorded a pass breakup. A sociology major and graduate of the Westminster School, he is the son of Ernst and Theresa Jean-Jacques.
Chipouras, the 2015 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, lands on the All-NESCAC First Team for the second-straight year after earning Second Team honors in 2015. Chipouras led the NESCAC in rushing with 937 yards and averaged 104.1 yards per game, averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored a NESCAC-best 10 times on the ground. He also caught 12 passes for 100 yards, and finished fifth in the conference in all-purpose yards with 1,047. Chipouras broke the college record for career rushing touchdowns in just three seasons, having found paydirt 29 times so far in his career. An economics major and graduate of Williston Northampton, he is the son of Laura and John Chipouras.
Sachse repeats as the All-NESCAC First Team kicker this fall, after ranking second in the league in scoring with 56 points on a conference-best 35 PAT's in 38 tries and seven field goals in 11 attempts with a long of 46 yards. He also filled in at punter with a 37.3 average and six dropped inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Sachse was honored as the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week for kicking two field goals, five PAT's in as many tries, and filling in at punter in a win against Hamilton. Sachse was a D3Football.com All-East Region selection and All-American Honorable Mention and a New England Football Writers Division II/III All-Star in 2016, and completed a streak of 69 made kicks from 2016 to 2017. A graduate of Worcester Academy, he is the son of Robert and Annie Sachse.
Baiardi, an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree as a rookie. Along with Simmons, he anchored the Bantam offensive line that helped the offense score a league-high 305 points, average 33.9 points per game, and lead the league in yards per rush (4.6) and passing yards per attempt (8.7). Trinity quarterbacks were sacked just 14 times in nine games this fall. A graduate of Smithtown West High School, he is the son of Teresa and Peter Baiardi.
Farrah repeats on the All-NESCAC Second Team and gives the Bantams three representatives on the all-league squad from its offensive line. Farrah was a three-year starter on Trinity offensive front that helped the offense that scored a league-high 305 points, average 33.9 points per game, and lead the league in yards per rush (4.6) and passing yards per attempt (8.7). Trinity quarterbacks were sacked just 14 times in nine games this fall. played a huge role in Trinity's league-leading offense this fall which finished atop the conference in points (305), points per game (33.), yards per rush (4.6) and passing yards per attempt (8.7). A physics major and graduate of William Hall High School, he is the son of Lisa and Rommerro Farrah.
Blaise finished 2017 with 18 tackles (13 solo), including 7.5 behind the line of scrimmage, recovered one fumble, tallied one sack and had the team's lone blocked kick in his first season as a starter. A graduate of Morristown High School and an international studies major, he is the son of Yves Blaise and Ann Marie Lavine.
Campbell, one of three Bantam linebackers on the All-NESCAC squad, totaled 36 tackles (24 solo) and added a sack, two tackles for loss and an interception that he returned 34 yards to preserve a 17-9 victory against Williams. He was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding effort against the Ephs. In his fine career, Campbell recorded 91 tackles (57 solo), two sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception, and six pass breakups in 25 games. He is a psychology major at Trinity and a graduate of the Taft School.
Medina was a weapon in Trinity's secondary as he finished with 36 tackles (25 solo), was tied for third in the NESCAC with nine pass breakups, and had three interceptions (T2nd in NESCAC) that he returned for a combined 67 yards and 0.5 tackles for loss. In his career, Medina had 55 tackles (38 solo), a tackle for loss, five interceptions, and nine pass breakups in 24 games. A graduate of Belen Jesuit Prep and a biology major, he is the son of Susan and John Medina.
Picon-Roura had a standout season at outside linebacker, leading the team with 61 tackles (42 solo) and added three tackles for loss, one interception and five pass breakups this fall. Picon-Roura also was named NESCAC Player of the Week for his excellent play in a win at Middlebury. A graduate of Redwood High School, he is the son of Martin Roura and Veronica Picon.
Schofer established himself as one of the Bantams' best pass catchers this fall in his first season as a starter. Schofer had 52 receptions (4th in NESCAC) for 741 yards (82.3 per game, 4th in NESCAC) and hauled in six touchdowns, including a 90-yarder (2nd longest reception in NESCAC) against Hamilton. Schofer, a graduate of Northbridge High School, is the son of Tessa and Mark Schofer.
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