September 22, 2012

Trinity Football Fights Off Bates For Season-Opening Win

More news about: Trinity (Conn.)

Hartford, Conn. – Junior RB Evan Bunker (Topsfield, Mass.) rushed 27 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 37-16 win over the visiting Bates College Bobcats in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football opener for both teams this afternoon at Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity, ranked No. 6 in New England, wins its 44th straight home game and its 19th in a row over the Bobcats dating back to 1979. Trinity last lost at home in 2001 to Williams, 31-10, and has never lost a home game on turf.

Leading, 21-16, after an interception and 46-yard return down the right sideline by Bates sophomore LB Gilbert Brown (Gloucester, Mass.) led to a one-yard touchdown plunge by senior QB Trevor Smith (Malvern, Pa.), Trinity held Bates to just two yards of offense the rest of the game while pulling away on a fourth-quarter touchdown run from nine yards away by Bunker, a one-yard scoring play by sophomore RB Michael Budness (Belchertown, Mass.), and a 25-yard field goal by senior K/P Tim Costello (Solana Beach, Calif.). Bates sophomore DB Mike Kelleher (Saugas, Mass.) intercepted another Trinity pass just 2:27 after the Smith touchdown, but the Bantam defense forced a quick punt, and the offense rushed six straight times for 50 yards to take a 27-16 lead on the Bunker touchdown run lead and a failed PAT. Bates managed a first down on its next possession, but a costly personal foul on the Bobcats and a six-yard sack by Trinity junior OLB Michael Weatherby (Atlantic City, N.J.) forced another punt. Costello's field goal made the score, 30-16, with 11:51 left to play, and a late Bantam drive that took 8:22 off the clock and ended with Budness' score put the game away.

In the first half, Bates threatened on its first drive thanks to a 25-yard run by junior Ryan Curit (South Portland, Maine) but the Trinity defense turned the Bobcats over on downs. Bantam senior CB Nick Campbell (New Albany, Ohio) stopped Bates sophomore Mac Jackson (Hood River, Oregon) short of the first down on 4th-and-3 at the Trinity 24-yard line. After back-to-back punts, Bates took advantage of a Trinity fumble in its own end by junior RB Ben Crick (Middlebury, Conn.), recovering the ball at the Bantam 19-yard line and eventually settling for a 23-yard field goal by junior K Charlie Donahue (Plymouth, N.H.). Trinity answered immediately, driving 70-yard on 15 plays for the season's first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from senior QB Ryan Burgess (Dracut, Mass.) to Budness on 3rd-and-5 from the Bobcat 11-yard line. Following a short Bates punt, Burgess found junior WR A.J. Jones (Freetown, Sierra Leone) for a 49-yard touchdown pass on first down, and Bunker scored his first touchdown on a 19-yard run to give Trinity a 21-3 lead with 9:55 left in the first half.

Bates took advantage of another Trinity miscue, tackling the Bantam punter, rookie Kyle Pulek (Cheshire, Conn.), at the Bantam five-yard line, and scoring three plays later on a one-yard run by senior captain RB Patrick George (Gloucester, Mass.) to cut the Trinity lead to 21-10 at the 2:32 mark of the second quarter. Trinity threatened late in the second stanza, but Bates sophomore LB Josh Freedland (Marblehead, Mass.) stopped Burgess a yard shy on 4th-and -3 from the Bates 32-yard line with 21 seconds left on the clock. Both teams punted to open the second half, before Brown ripped the ball from Budness in the flat and nearly raced to the end zone.

Trinity made 22 first downs to just six for Bates and outgained the Bobcats, 427-120. Trinity held Bates to three rushing yards on 19 carries after intermission and a7 passing yards for the game. Crick rushed for 66 yards and Budness added 42 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards, while George paced Bates with 51 rushing yards on 13 carries. Burgess finished 13-for-26 for 161 yards with two touchdowns and two picks, while Smith was 5-for-16 for 17 yards passing for Bates. Trinity sophomore OLB Tom Szymanski (Dracut, Mass.) led all tacklers with 10, including 2.5 for loss, while junior ILB Brett Cde Baca (Millbrae, Calif.) added seven tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, and senior S Julian Brown (Philadelphia, Pa.) added six tackles, one sack, two tackle for loss, and a pass breakup. Senior DB Evan Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior DB Andrew Kukesh (Exeter, N.H.) had nine tackles apiece for Bates, while Dowd also had a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

comments powered by Disqus
Oct. 3: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
MIT at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
10:00 PM
George Fox at Willamette
Live Stats Video
Oct. 4: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at WPI
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video
12:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Kean
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Endicott at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Juniata at Johns Hopkins
Audio
12:00 PM
Springfield at Union
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Salisbury at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio Audio
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Apprentice School at Newport News Apprentice
Live Stats
12:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Rochester
Live Stats Video Audio
12:30 PM
Mount Union at Capital
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
RPI at Merchant Marine
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Hamilton
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wesleyan at Colby
Video
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Norwich at Husson
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Williams at Bates
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at King's
1:00 PM
Montclair State at William Paterson
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Gallaudet at Anna Maria
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Moravian at Ursinus
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Stevenson at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Coast Guard at Western New England
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Dickinson
Video
1:00 PM
Hope at Albion
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Guilford
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Catholic
Video Audio
1:00 PM
Benedictine at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Alma at Trine
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wooster at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Carnegie Mellon
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Widener at Misericordia
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Nichols at Salve Regina
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Louisiana College at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Averett at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Susquehanna
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Alfred at Hartwick
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Cortland State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Frostburg State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Gettysburg
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Allegheny
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Albright at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Utica at Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rhodes at Chicago
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Minnesota-Morris
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Grinnell at Lawrence
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Tufts at Bowdoin
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Amherst at Middlebury
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Fitchburg State
Preview Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Ohio Northern
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Franklin at Manchester
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Otterbein
Audio
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Earlham
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Hanover at Bluffton
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Denison at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Castleton State at Becker
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Mount Ida
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
LaGrange at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Anderson at Rose-Hulman
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Waynesburg at Grove City
2:00 PM
Muskingum at Baldwin Wallace
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Millsaps at Hendrix
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Aurora at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Greensboro at Huntingdon
Video
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lakeland
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at Gustavus Adolphus
Audio
2:00 PM
Sewanee at Birmingham-Southern
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Hardin-Simmons
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Simpson at Buena Vista
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Cornell
2:00 PM
Knox at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Howard Payne
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Okla. Panhandle
2:00 PM
Augustana at Elmhurst
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
North Park at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Central
Audio
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Coe
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Eureka
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Greenville
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Crown
2:00 PM
Ripon at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Beloit at Monmouth
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Trinity Bible at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at St. Olaf
Audio
3:00 PM
St. Vincent at Thiel
Video
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Live Stats Video Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-River Falls
Audio
3:30 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Live Stats Video Audio Audio Tickets
4:00 PM
Austin at Southwestern
Preview Live Stats
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Linfield at Pacific Lutheran
Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Chapman at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Whitworth at Pacific
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
5:00 PM
Olivet at Adrian
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
5:30 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
Bethany at Case Western Reserve
Preview Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
Wilmington at Marietta
Live Stats Video Audio
6:00 PM
Washington U. at Berry
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Bridgewater (Va.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Thomas More at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Ferrum at Christopher Newport
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Millikin at North Central (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Cal Lutheran at Whittier
Live Stats Video
10:00 PM
Occidental at La Verne
Live Stats Video
10:00 PM
Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
Oct. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Thomas More at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Millikin at North Central (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Ohio Northern
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Otterbein
Audio
3:30 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Live Stats Video Audio Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Catholic
Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wooster at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Louisiana College at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Utica at Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Stevenson at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Live Stats Video Audio
12:30 PM
Mount Union at Capital
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at St. Olaf
Audio
12:00 PM
Juniata at Johns Hopkins
Audio
12:00 PM
Salisbury at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at WPI
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Central
Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
North Park at Wheaton (Ill.)
4:00 PM
Linfield at Pacific Lutheran
Live Stats Audio Audio

What We're Reading