Football Weekly Preview: Wesleyan

Football Weekly Preview: Wesleyan

This Week: The Trinity College football team defeated the previously undefeated Amherst College Mammoths, 27-16, last weekend to improve to 7-1 and control its own destiny ahead of this weekend's season finale versus in-state rival Wesleyan University. The Bantams will capture its third-consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship title with a win versus the Cardinals on Saturday at noon. 

Match-up:

Trinity (7-1) at Wesleyan (5-3)
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
Andrus Field
Middletown, Connecticut
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Wesleyan Series History: Trinity owns a 62-53-1 advantage in the all-time series, dating back to 1885.

Last Trinity win against the Cardinals:
 The Bantams drubbed the Cardinals in last season's finale, 28-3, to help the Bantams clinch the NESCAC title. WR Jonathan Girard finished with 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Shane Libby recorded ten tackles and 2.5 sacks.  

Game Notes:
 
- Senior tri-captain RB Max Chipouras totaled 203 rushing yards on 24 carries and had touchdown runs of three and 70 yards against Amherst, earning him his second NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week nod of the fall. Chipouras leads the league in rushing (133.0 ypg) and has found the endzone 11 times this season. He also set the new program record this season for career total points, passing Charlie Sticka '55, with 230. 
 
- Sophomore WR Jonathan Girard leads the NESCAC in receiving with a whopping 118.4 yards per game while junior Koby Schofer is second in the league with 95.4 ypg. Schofer also tops the league with 11 receiving scores while Girard has eight (2nd in NESCAC). Schofer finished with 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns versus Amherst last weekend.
 
- Rookie QB Seamus Lambert finished with 160 passing yards and two touchdowns in Trinity's victory over Amherst. Lambert has recorded nine passing touchdowns in just three starts while junior QB Jordan Vazzano leads the conference in passing (221.0 ypg) and is tied for third in passing touchdowns (12). 
 
- Defensively against Amherst, junior DB Matt Patry blocked a field goal, sophomore DB Matt McCarthy, blocked a punt, and first-year DB Jalen Weathers blocked an extra-point. Sophomore DE James Christano was a force up front with six tackles, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble, while senior LB Dago Picon-Roura finished with seven tackles and had an interception. Junior CB/P Ian McDonald made a team-high eight tackles and punted the ball four times for an average of 39 yards per attempt.
 
- Christiano third in the league with five sacks and has a team high 8.5 tackles for loss (T5th in NESCAC), and McDonald is tied for fourth in the conference with two interceptions. Trinity junior LB Daniel Negron tops the Trinity tacklers with 47, and Patry adds a team-high seven pass breakups (T1st in NESCAC). Senior DT Corey Jean-Jacques adds seven tackles for loss (T9th in NESCAC), while junior DE Devyn Perkins has forced a league-best three fumbles.
  
- Senior K Eric Sachse leads the NESCAC in kicking, tallying 53 points on six field goals 35 points. The senior also has the conference's longest field goal this fall, a 50-yarder which also broke the college record. McDonald leads the NESCAC with 40.2 yards per punt, and sophomore Colin Beaulieu averages 26.0 yards per kickoff return (1st in NESCAC).
 
- Trinity tops the NESCAC in eight different categories, including scoring offense (39.4 ppg), pass offense (249.4 ypg), pass defense (149.4 ypg, 13th in nation), rushing offense (256.6 ypg, 21st in nation), rushing defense (73.0 ypg, T20th in nation), total offense (506.0 ypg, 9th in nation), total defense (222.4 ypg, T8th in nation), and pass efficiency (154.3).