Trinity Football Hosts Bates In Home Opener Saturday

Tri-captain Nick Rose '19
Tri-captain Nick Rose '19

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College football team, which won its season opener, 35-0, at Colby on Saturday, will play its first home game of the fall against Bates College on Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m. Trinity, under the direction of Head Coach Jeff Devanney (13th season, 85-13), is looking for its 22nd-straight win against a Bates squad that dropped its opener at Amherst, 17-9, playing its first game under new head coach Malik Hall.  Two-time defending New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champion Trinity defeated Bates at home last fall, 51-0, in its 2017 season opener, while Bates last defeated Trinity, 14-0, at home in 1979, and the Bantams own a 36-7 all-time record against the Bobcats. Trinity senior tri-captain RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, while classmate Eric Sachse (Jefferson, Mass.) totaled nine points on six PAT's and a field goals, and sophomore DB Matt McCarthy (North Reading, Mass.) in last year's meeting.

Game Notes

At Colby, Chipouras had 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns, while sophomore WR Jonathan Girard (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) finished with 166 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Junior QB Jordan Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) made his Bantam debut with 210 yards through the air, and rookie RB Spencer Lockwood (Killingly, Conn.) pitched in offensively with 84 rushing yards in his first collegiate action. The Trinity offensive line, led by two-time All-NESCAC junior tackle Austin Baiardi (Smithtown, N.Y.) and senior Steve O'Reilly (Topsfield, Mass.), helped the Bantam ball carriers average over eight yards per carry and did not yield a sack. Chipouras was selected as the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career. 

Defensively, Trinity held the Mules to 167 yards in total offense and a paltry 2.4 yards per play.  Bantam senior NT Corey Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, Mass.) had six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while classmate Chandler Colberg (Madison, Conn.) added six hits and a fumble recovery, and junior DE Devyn Perkins (Brookline, Mass.) notched six tackles and forced a fumble. Rookie DB Robert Levine (Catonsville, Md.) made a game-high 12 tackles in his first collegiate game, followed by first-year LB Brian Casagrande (Madison, Conn.) with nine, and sophomore LB Charles Barsella (North Baldwin, N.Y.) with seven.

Bates used three fumble recoveries to stay close against the Mammoths last weekend, as junior S Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) paced the Bobcat defense with 12 tackles and senior LB Peter Daley (Wilmington, Mass.) added eight hits. On offense, Bates scored its lone touchdown on a 26-yard scramble by sophomore QB Brendan Costa (Westport, Mass.) but did not reach 100 yards passing or running the ball. Costa threw for 90 yards and ran for 49, as the Bobcats have moved to a more conventional offense from the triple-option package of the last several years. Bates senior Justin Foley (Lynnfield, Mass.) punted 11 times for nearly 40 yards per attempt.

"Bates will create some problems for us on both sides of the ball with their schemes," said Devanney. "On offense, they use a lot of different formations and motions to try to get the defense on their heels. On defense, they create multiple blitzes and stunts out of their 3-4. Their players compete on every play and we will have to match their intensity. We are looking forward to the challenge."

Saturday's game will include some special ceremonies associated with the first home game for the Bantams.  There will be a moment of silence preceding the game to honor the memory of former player, coach, and longtime radio voice of the Bantams Bob Parzych '76.  Trinity will recognize the 1978 Bantam football squad on the 40th anniversary of its New England title, and the Bantam men's squash coaches and players will receive their national championship rings after capturing their 17th College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship crown last winter.  Both of those ceremonies will take place at halftime.