Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College football team, which lost for the first time since October 2017, 21-16, at Williams last weekend to fall to 2-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), will head to Upstate New York to face the Hamilton College Continentals on Saturday, October 6 at 1 p.m. Head Coach Jeff Devanney (13th season, 85-15) and the Bantams lead the all-time series against Hamilton, 38-11-1, and have won the last 23 meetings between the schools, although Hamilton is riding high after a 33-29 road upset at Wesleyan over the weekend to improve to 1-2. Trinity is ranked No. 10 in the New England Division III Football Poll.
Trinity senior K Eric Sachse (Jefferson, Mass.) drilled three field goals in the first half, including the first from 31 yards out that gave him a Trinity and NESCAC-record 24 in his career, to give the Bantams a 9-7 lead at the half against Williams, but the Ephs outscored the Bantams, 14-0, in the third quarter. Trinity scored a late touchdown on a 63-yard pass from junior Jordan Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) to classmate Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.), but could not recover the ensuing onsides kick. Sachse also connected on a 32-yarder and a 27-yarder to finish the day with 26 career field goals. Trinity outgained the Ephs, 436-343, but had 30 incomplete passes and turned the ball over three times. Bantam senior tri-captain RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) was a workhorse with 135 yards on 38 carries, while Vazzano finished with 286 passing yards on 14 completions in 43 attempts. Bantam sophomore WR Jonathan Girard (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) caught six passes for 128 yards, and Schofer added five grabs for 109 yards. Defensively, Trinity junior LB Daniel Negron (Hartsdale, N.Y.) made a team-high 12 tackles (nine solo), while senior OLB Dago Picon-Roura (Roslindale, Mass.) recorded nine tackles and two tackles for loss. Senior LB Jacob Martilotti (Wayne, Pa.) added seven tackles and forced a fumble, while senior DT Corey Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, Mass.) notched six tackles and two for losses.
Trinity tops the NESCAC in five different categories, including scoring offense (36.7 ppg), pass offense (288 ypg), pass defense (122.3 ypg), total offense (524 ypg), and total defense (204 ypg), while Vazzano leads the league in passing (283 ypg) and total offense (304.7 ypg), and Girard is first in the conference in both receiving and all-purpose yard with 151.3 per game for both categories. Schofer second in the NESCAC in receiving yards with 335 on 17 catches (T3rd in NESCAC), while Girard adds 20 grabs (2nd in NESCAC), and Chipouras is second in the conference with 394 rushing yards. Vazzano has already thrown a league-best eight touchdown passes and run for an ninth, while Girard and Schofer have caught four touchdown passes apiece. On defense, Negron is tied for 10th in the NESCAC with 21 tackles (15 solo), while first-year S Robert Levine (Catonsville, Md.) has 17 tackles, Martilotti has 16 hits, and sophomore LB Charles Barsella (North Baldwin, N.Y.) adds 15. Jean-Jacques boasts 13 tackles and a team-high 4.5 tackles for loss, and junior DE Devyn Perkins (Brookline, Mass.) has 13 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a pair of forced fumbles up front, while junior DB Matt Patry (Medfield, Mass.) lead the secondary with four pass breakups. Sachse is perfect on four field goals and 43 PAT tries and sophomore Colin Beaulieu (Bethany, Conn.) averages over 30 yards per kickoff return to highlight the Trinity special teams play.
The Hamilton College football squad, under the direction of Head Coach Dave Murray (5th Season) is currently 1-2, but won in dramatic fashion on the road against the Cardinals thanks to a blocked punt, recovery, and return for a touchdown by freshman Christian Snell in the final two minutes of the game. The Continentals suffered lopsided losses against Tufts, 29-2, and at Amherst, 37-14, before winning for the first time over the weekend. Junior QB Kenny Gray has thrown for 548 yards (3rd in NESCAC) and five scores while classmate Joe Schmidt has a conference-best 22 receptions for 201 yards, and rookie RB Joe Park gained 104 of his team-high rushing yards 117 yards on Saturday. Continental sophomore Cole Burchill leads the Continental defense with 25 tackles to rank fifth in the NESCAC, and sophomore Bill Wagner has been the league's best punter with a 40.5 average per attempt.
"Hamilton is a very well-coached football team with players that compete hard on every play," said Coach Devanney. "They have a big-armed quarterback with a number of talented receivers and really challenge you with their power run game. On defense, they throw a number of blitz combinations at you. They enter this game with a lot of confidence after a big win on the road against Wesleyan last weekend."