Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College football team, which won, 51-0, at Bates over the weekend to remain two games out of first place at 3-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), will host the Colby College Mules on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. The Bantams, coached by Jeff Devanney (14th season, 94-17), lead the all-time series against Colby, 38-13, and have won the last 12 meetings dating back to 1995. In last year's season opener at Colby, Jonathan Girard '22 (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) caught six passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-0 Bantam win. Trinity has outscored the Mules, 104-0, over the last three meetings between the schools.
At Trinity led, 30-0, at halftime, outgained the Bobcats, 416-105, and yielded just three first downs to get over the .500 mark for the first time this autumn. Bantam sophomore QB Seamus Lambert (North Andover, Mass.) completed 14-21 passes for 222 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, while classmate Tijani Harris (Hagerstown, Md.) had a career day with 27 carries for 139 yards, a rushing touchdown, and a receiving touchdown. Senior tri-captain WR Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.) caught five passes for 95 yards and two scores, while senior DB Matt Patry (Medfield, Mass.) returned an interception 68 yards to paydirt. Senior Joe Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.) caught a touchdown pass, sophomore DeVante Reid (London, England) ran for a score, and first-year K/P J.P. Dallazem (Gainesville, Fla.) drilled a 36-yard field goal to round out the scoring. Sophomore Robert Levine (Catonsville, Md.) paced the Bantam defense with six tackles and two pass breakups. Lambert was named to the Noontimesports.com Offensive Team of the Week and Dallazem as honored as the Noontimesports.com Special Teams of the Week for their fine performances.
Trinity tops the NESCAC in seven different statistical categories, including scoring offense (35.6 ppg), total offense (426.2 ypg), pass offense (270.4 ypg), pass efficiency (173.8 QB rating), rushing defense (79.6 ypg), passing defense (156,4), and total defense (236 ypg). Lambert leads the league in passing (260.4 ypg), pass efficiency (179.4 QB rating) and total offense (298.6 ypg). Schofer, Girard, and Reid are among the top ten in both catches and receiving yards with 62 grabs for 1,157 yards and 11 touchdowns combined. Reid is fifth in all-purpose yards with 530, while Harris tops the Bantam rushers with 254 yards. On defense, sophomore LB Brian Casagrande (Madison, Conn.) is tied for seventh in the NESCAC with 39 tackles, and junior DL Jimmy Christiano (Middlebury, Conn.) is tied for fifth in sacks with three to go with 19 tackles and seven tackles for loss. Patry adds 17 tackles, four pass breakups, and two interceptions, while junior DB Matt McCarthy (North Reading, Mass.) boasts 30 tackles and three pass breakups, and Levine has 22 tackles and four pass breakups.
Colby, coached by Jack Cosgrove (2nd Season), is winless in five tries despite a valiant effort last weekend at undefeated Middlebury in a 27-26 loss. The Mules are among the top five in the NESCAC in pass defense (183.8 ypg) and pass offense (211.8 ypg), while Matt Hersch has thrown for over 1,000 yards but for just four touchdowns with six interceptions. Andrew DeFranco and Rory Glavin have combined for 42 catches for 563 yards receiving, and Chris George has 323 rushing yards and a 4.0 average per carry. Defensively, Marcus Bullard tops the conference in tackles with 52, while C.J. Hassan adds 32 tackles, two pass breakups, and three fumble recoveries.
"Colby is a tough football team that has been improving as the year goes," said Devanney. "They had every opportunity to beat Middlebury in Vermont last week. We will have to handle their aggressive man coverage and create some takeaways against their offense."