/seasons/2011/contrib/20110901407nyi

Trine Defense Dominates In 24-13 Win Over Manchester

More news about: Trine

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The defense for Trine University showed what it can do despite returning just four starters from last season, as the Thunder rolled 24-13 over Manchester College. It is the fifth season-opener in a row that Trine has won and improves their regular season unbeaten streak to 19 games.

Just three plays into Manchester's opening drive, sophomore Jordan Hamilton (Churubusco, Ind./Churubusco) intercepted Justin Minnichs' pass and returned it 47 yards for the touchdown. Manchester got the ball back after the kickoff and just four plays in, it was sophomore Myron Puryear (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) intercepting the Spartan pass after it was tipped by senior Brock Reinig (Leo, Ind./Leo) and returned it to the Manchester 10 yard line. From there junior quarterback Ryan Hargraves (Taylor, Mich./Truman) found fellow junior tight end Sean Collins (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) wide open in the end zone with a jump pass as Trine led 14-0 just four minutes into the game.

Manchester would pull within a score Corey Nelson ran in from five yards out with 4:48 left in the first quarter.

The second quarter started in a similar fashion as the first for the defense. This time it was senior Aaron Shoemaker (Onsted, Mich./Onsted) who recovered the Spartan fumble and returned it 27 yards for the score.

Sophomore Tyler Keck (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) rounded out the scored in the first half as he nailed his first career field goal from 37 yards out giving the Thunder a 24-7 lead at halftime.

The second half saw both teams offense run five or fewer plays through the first several series to open the quarter. The third quarter was the only period where neither team could find the end zone.

After Trine opened the final quarter missing on a 4th and 4, Manchester also turned the ball over after an incomplete pass on 4th and 5.

On the first play of the next series, Hargraves was hit hard by Spartan defender Dylin Kennedy who knocked the ball loose allowing Manchester to recover deep in Thunder territory. After a 31-yard play, the Spartans scored two plays later to cut the Trine lead to 11, after a missed extra point.

Trine followed with their longest possession of the game totaling 13 plays for 7:11. However, the end result was a Keck field goal attempt that missed wide left from 35 yards. The Thunder wrapped up the game as Reinig sacked the Spartan quarterback on a 4th and 8 to turn the ball over on downs.

In his first career start, Hargraves earned the victory while going 14-for-21 for 126 yards and a touchdown. Hargraves also ran the ball nine times for 15 yards. On the ground, junior Devin Leas (Poneto, Ind./Southern Wells) led the Thunder with 41 yards on 11 rushes while senior Kent Biller (Nappanee, Ind./Northwood) tallied 37 yards on a game-high 15 attempts. Collins along with fellow juniors Ja Vontae Hence (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) and Will Chrystal (Portage, Mich./Northern) each pulled in three catches. Hence also racked up a game-high 60 yards receiving.

The Thunder held a slim margin in total offense at 242-to-203. Trine ran the ball 46 times for 116 yards compared to 102 yards for the Spartans. Trine also held a 126-to-101 yards in passing. Both sides had double-digit first downs, Trine with 14 and the Spartans with 10. The biggest difference in the game came on turnovers and third downs. Trine forced four turnovers, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. On third down, the Thunder defense held Manchester to 0-for-12 on conversions while Trine was 7-for-17. Manchester was also 0-for-4 on fourth down.

Trine will look to continue their winning ways as they host Bluffton on September 10 for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.

Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Moravian at King's
7:00 PM
Methodist at Campbell
7:00 PM
Alfred State at Coast Guard
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
7:00 PM
Stevenson at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Wesley at Delaware Valley
7:00 PM
Mayville St. at Buena Vista
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
McMurry at Okla. Panhandle
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Curry
7:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
FDU-Florham at TCNJ
7:00 PM
MIT at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Anna Maria at WPI
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Kalamazoo at Oberlin
TBA
Alma at St. Vincent
TBA
Heidelberg at Olivet
TBA
Worcester State at Salve Regina
TBA
Christopher Newport at Southern Virginia
Live Stats
TBA
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
TBA
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
TBA
Catholic at McDaniel
TBA
Brevard at Davidson
TBA
Grove City at Juniata
TBA
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
TBA
Austin at Bacone
TBA
Carthage at Aurora
TBA
St. Norbert at UW-Stevens Point
TBA
Knox at Eureka
12:00 PM
Norwich at Morrisville State
12:00 PM
Bethany at Ursinus
12:00 PM
Brockport at Hobart
12:00 PM
Augustana at Cortland
12:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Video Live Stats Live Stats
12:30 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Castleton at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
1:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at John Carroll
1:00 PM
Alfred at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Merchant Marine
1:00 PM
Albion at Wabash
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Bluffton at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Union at Husson
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Averett at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live Stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at RPI
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
1:30 PM
Franklin at Thomas More
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Capital
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Defiance
1:30 PM
Earlham at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Guilford at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Simpson
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Nebraska Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rockford at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Finlandia at Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Bethel
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Grinnell at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Hamline at Crown
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Whitworth at Central
2:00 PM
Coe at UW-River Falls
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Ripon
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Presentation at Lawrence
2:00 PM
George Fox at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Beloit
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
6:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Adrian
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Marietta at Geneva
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Utica
7:00 PM
Southwestern at Denison
7:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
7:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
7:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Illinois College
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Trinity Int'l at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas-Permian Basin
7:00 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
8:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Redlands
8:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Augsburg
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at North Central (Ill.)
8:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Benedictine
8:00 PM
Lyon at Hendrix
8:00 PM
Howard Payne at Southwestern Assemblies
10:00 PM
Rhodes at Willamette
Maintenance in progress.