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This Week: Back to its winning ways, the Trinity College football program will make the trek to Lewiston, Maine, to face Bates this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bantams (2-2) are looking to get back above .500 against a winless Bobcat program.


Bates — with a much-improved week four offense — hung with Tufts last weekend, ultimately falling 33-28. After a down-to-the-wire victory against Hamilton on Saturday, the Bantams will go for its 24th straight victory over the Bobcats this weekend.


Saturday Match-up:

Trinity (2-2) at Bates (0-4)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Garcelon Field — Lewiston, Maine




Bates Series History: The Bantams control the series, taking 37 of the 44 total meetings, dating back to 1915.

Recent History: Trinity hasn’t lost to the Bobcats since 1979, earning victories in its last 23 meetings.


Notes and Numbers:


  • NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week Seamus Lambert (North Andover, Mass.) continues to lead the league in nearly every category. Tied for first in touchdowns (9), he leads the NESCAC in total yards (1,085), yards per game (271.3), and efficiency (173.6). Last week’s OPOTW performance against Hamilton saw the sophomore go 15-23 for 245 yards and three touchdowns, gaining 10.7 yards per attempt.
  • Junior Jonathan Girard (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) remains one of the top wide receivers in the league after another solid performance last Saturday. The junior sits third in the NESCAC, averaging 93.5 receiving yards per game, with an average of 18.7 yards per catch.
  • Sophomore Tijani Harris (Hagerstown, Md.) was praised by the coaching staff after a terrific performance last weekend. After seeing just five carries as a freshman, Harris was an every-down back for the Bantams against Hamilton, rushing for 115 yards on 25 carries and scoring his first career touchdown in the win.
  • Trinity’s defense has come alive in the last two weeks, with major improvements on the defensive line. Sophomore Brian Casagrande (Madison, Conn.) is tied for third in the league with 34 total tackles, averaging 8.5 tackles per game. Junior James Christiano (Middlebury, Conn.) is third in the NESCAC in sacks with three, totaling 24 yards lost.
  • Despite a 2-2 record, the Bantams continue to be one of the top statistical teams in the league, leading in points (31.8 P/G), touchdowns (18), yards per game (428.8), passing yards (1,130), first downs per game (20.3), red zone touchdown percentage (69%), yards allowed per game (268.8), and tackles per game (67.3).
  • The Bates offense came alive against Tufts, giving the Jumbos a run for its money last weekend. The Bobcats struck for 373 yards of offense and scoring a season-high 28 points. Junior running back Christian Sanfilippo (Gloucester, Mass.) found the back of the end zone three times, and five different ball carriers rushed for 170 yards against the Jumbo defense.
  • The last meeting between the two squads resulted in a marginal home-opening victory for the Bantams, winning 59-16. Girard and senior Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.) combined for five receiving touchdowns in the contest, and senior Jordan Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) threw for 353 yards in the win.