Trinity Football Travels To Bowdoin To Face Winless Polar Bears Saturday

Austin Baiardi '20
Austin Baiardi '20

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College football team, which won, 38-24, against Tufts last weekend to improve to 4-1, will visit the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Saturday, October 20 at 1 p.m.  The Bantams, coached by Jeff Devanney (13th season, 87-15) lead the all-time series against Bowdoin, 37-6-2, and have won the last 19 meetings including a 63-14 triumph in Hartford last autumn. The Bantams, ranked No. 7 in New England, are tied with Tufts and Williams for second place in the league behind undefeated Amherst in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).  Bowdoin is winless since its last game in 2015 including an 0-5 mark this fall.  

Game notes

Trinity senior tri-captain RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) ran for 164 yards and a touchdown, as the Bantams scored 30 unanswered points to overcome a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter and hand Tufts its first loss.  Two-time defending NESCAC Champion Trinity scored three times in the second quarter and added 10 points in the third to go ahead, 30-14, after 45 minutes of play.  Trinity scored on a three-yard sweep by rookie WR Devante Reid (White Plains, N.Y.), a 19-yard pass from junior QB Jordan Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) to junior WR Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.), and an 11-yard Chipouras run to lead, 20-14, at the half.  The Bantams scored on a six-yard scamper by Vazzano, senior K Eric Sachse (Jefferson, Mass.) made a 25-yard field goal, and Vazzano scored again on a one-yard run.  Vazzano also connected with Chipouras on a two-point conversion pass to complete the scoring.  Trinity outgained Tufts on the ground, 250-68, as Vazzano complemented Chipouras with 71 rushing yards in addition to his 220 passing yards.  The Trinity signal caller completed 10 of his 19 attempts including four to sophomore WR Jonathan Girard (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) for a game-high 127 yards and five to Schofer for 88 yards.  Chipouras went over the 3,000-yard mark for his career, becoming the second NESCAC player to do so after Trinity's Eric Bunker '14.  Defensively, Trinity senior ILB Jacob Martilotti ((Wayne, Pa.) led all tacklers with eight, while junior ILB Daniel Negron (Hartsdale, N.Y.) made seven tackles and one tackle for loss, and junior DB Matt Patry (Medfield, Mass.) notched six hits and a pair of pass breakups.  Vazzano was honored as a Noontime Sports Offensive Star of the Week for his fine performance.

Trinity tops the NESCAC in five different categories, including scoring offense (38.5 ppg), pass offense (289 ypg), pass defense (134 ypg), total offense (518.8 ypg), and total defense (206.2 ypg), while Vazzano leads the league in passing (276.5 ypg) and total offense (303.5 ypg), and Girard is first in the conference in both receiving and all-purpose yards with 151.2 per game for both categories. Junior WR Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.) is third in the NESCAC in receiving yards with 384 on 20 catches (6th in NESCAC), while Girard adds 25 grabs (2nd in NESCAC), and Chipouras is third in the conference with 119.5 rushing yards per contest. Vazzano has already thrown a league-best 11 touchdown passes and run for an ninth, while Girard and Schofer have caught 10 of the 11 scoring strikes.  On defense, Christiano and junior DE Devyn Perkins (Brookline, Mass.) are tied for fifth and seventh, respectively, in the NESCAC with two and 1.5 sacks. Negron tops the Trinity tacklers with 28, while first-year S Robert Levine (Catonsville, Md.) has 21 hits, and senior OLB Dago Picon-Roura (Roslindale, Mass.) adds 19. Senior DT Corey Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, Mass.) boasts 14 tackles and a team-high 4.5 tackles for loss, while junior DB Matt Patry (Medfield, Mass.) leads the secondary with five pass breakups. Sachse is perfect on five field goals and 19 PAT tries and Beaulieu averages over 30 yards per kickoff return to highlight the Trinity special teams play.

Bowdoin, coached by J.B Wells  (3rd season), who played for the Bantams and graduated from Trinity in 1991, is looking for his first win against its coach's alma mater since 1998. Polar Bear freshman QB Austin McCrum has played well with an average of 192.4 passing yards per game, while junior RB Nate Richam has racked up ? yards on the ground despite missing ? games with a foot injury. Bowdoin junior LB Joe Gowetski leads all NESCAC defensive players with 47 tackles (24 solo) and five tackles for loss, while sophomore Nicholas Leahy is sixth in the league defensively with 41 tackles (24 solo) and a pair of interceptions.

"We are excited to travel to Bowdoin and play in their new facility, said Coach Devanney. "I have been impressed with how hard their team competes. They are very talented at the skill positions on offense and have been able to move the ball and score points on everyone they have played. Their defense has played their best against their strongest opponents and uses a multitude of schemes, so we need to be prepared on offense."