Football Drops Game At Trinity

October 27, 2008

The Panther football team fell to 3-3 on the season as the Panthers dropped a 34-31 game on the road at 6-0 Trinity. The game featured six lead changes, with Samuel Viering returning a kick 85 yards with 7:36 remaining to give the Bantams the victory. Middlebury junior safety Dan Haluska (Wellesley, Mass.) tied a school record with three interceptions in the game. The Panthers had five interceptions as a team, as they edged Trinity 450-442 in total yardage on the afternoon.

Middlebury scored on its first possession as a 35-yard rush by junior Ryan Bohling (Westport, Conn.), set up a 12-yard scoring strike from sophomore quarterback Donald McKillop (Poway, Calif.) to senior Andrew Matson (Coventry, R.I.). The Panthers made it a 10-0 game on their next drive as sophomore Anthony Kuchan (Wauwatosa, Wis.) booted a 36-yarder with 5:14 left in the first quarter.

The Bantams broke through at 8:39 of the second quarter as Eric McGrath hit Connor Wells for a 43-yard touchdown strike. A Middlebury interception led to a 42-yard field goal by Adam Cox to tie the game at 10 with 3:13 left in the half.

Despite a penalty on a lengthy kickoff return by junior James Millard (Greenwich, Conn.), the Panthers drove 87 yards on 11 plays in 2:08 to take a 17-10 lead into halftime. McKillop threw for 72 yards on the drive, including a nine-yard strike to Millard for the score. The Bantams drove to the Middlebury 27 as the half came to a close, but Haluska picked off a pass at the two to end the half.

Haluska intercepted McGrath on Trinity's first possession of the second half, only to have John Marinelli return a McKillop interception 36 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 17. The Bantams took their first lead of the game on a 48-yard field goal from Cox on their next possession.

Middlebury went ahead early in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard touchdown pass from McKillop to Matson, their seventh connection of the season. Two passes for 38 yards from McKillop to Millard set up the drive that gave the Panthers a 24-20 advantage.

Trinity answered, moving 77 yards in 1:42 as Michael Galligan caught an 11-yard pass from McGrath to give Trinity a 27-24 lead.

Middlebury was forced to punt on its next possession, but two plays later, Haluska picked off his third pass of the day and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown. The 31-27 lead did not last long, as Viering went the distance on the ensuing kickoff, to give the Bantams a 34-31 lead they would not relinquish.

McKillop went 29 of 52 for 325 yards with three touchdown and three interceptions on the afternoon. Matson (89 yards, 2 TD) and senior Timothy Dillon (Dracut, Mass.) (85 yards) each caught eight passes on the day, junior tight end Bill Greven (Winston-Salem, N.C.) had seven receptions for 58 yards, while Millard had five catches for 79 yards with a touchdown. Bohling rushed for 103 yards on the afternoon to lead all rushers. Haluska ended the game with a team-high 11 tackles to go along with his three picks, while junior Eric Kamback (Mahwah, N.J.) had 10.
. Football record: 3-3
. Up next: 11/1 @ Hamilton - 1:00