Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College football team, which won its 22nd consecutive season opener, 35-0, against Colby on Saturday, will play its first road game of the fall against Bates College on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. Trinity, under the direction of Head Coach Jeff Devanney (12th season, 76-13), are looking for their 21st-straight win against a Bates squad that dropped its opener at Amherst, 41-17, and is 5-12 in its last 17 games. Trinity defeated Bates in its 2016 season opener, 38-7, in Hartford, while Bates last defeated Trinity, 14-0, at home in 1979, and the Bantams own a 35-7 all-time record against the Bobcats. Trinity senior tri-captain QB Sonny Puzzo (West Caldwell, N.J.) threw for three touchdowns and junior RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) gashed the Bobcat defense for 144 yards on 18 carries.
Against Colby, Trinity junior RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 2016 NESCAC Champion Bantams to their 10th consecutive win. Trinity outgained Colby, 478-to-200, and the Bantam defense held the Mules to a single third-down conversion in 15 tries. Trinity senior tri-captain Sonny Puzzo (West Caldwell, N.J.) finished 15-for-21 for 224 yards through the air and added a one-yard rushing score, while Chipouras averaged 8.7 yards per carry to reach 131 on just 15 rushes. Bantam sophomore WR Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.) led all receivers with 112 yards on seven catches, including a 31-yard touchdown catch, and senior TE Matt Hirshman (Berwyn, Pa.) added five catches for 58 yards and his first career touchdown. Defensively, Trinity junior linebackers Shane Libby (Scituate, Mass.) and Sean Smerczynski (Topsfield, Mass.) had five tackles each and Libby added sack. Bantam junior DE Corey Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, Mass.) and rookie DT James Christiano Middlebury, Conn.) also made five tackles apiece, while junior S Sameir Madden (Norristown, Pa.) intercepted a pass, Trinity sophomore DB Matt Patry (Medfield, Mass.) had a tackle for loss and two pass breakups.
Listen to Coach Devanney on the Colby win and defending Trinity's NESCAC title
Bates, coached by Mark Harriman, gained just 234 total yards at Amherst while yielding 389 yards. Bates junior QB Sandy Plashkes (Del Mar, Calif.) was 7-for-19 passing for 44 yards and classmate Peter Boyer (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine) carried the ball 12 times for 36 yards. Defensively, junior LB Bob Dee (Plymouth, Mass.) led the way with eight tackles while junior DB Joe Frake (Windham, N.H.) made four tackles and added a sack and a forced fumble.
"Bates is a very well coached team that can cause problems with their different schemes on both sides of the ball," said Devanney. "It is much easier preparing for them in week one, so this year will be a little more difficult getting our guys up to speed on their assignments in five days. Our team is looking forward to getting a road game. It's actually a little more relaxing to get away from campus as a team."