Middlebury

FOOTBALL FALLS TO TRINITY

November 1, 2010

            The Middlebury College football team led 10-9 early, but couldn't hold on, as Trinity came back to earn a 25-10 win over the Panthers on Jesse/Miller Field. The Bantams have now won 38 straight games at home and improve to 5-1 overall, while the Panthers fall to 2-4.

            Trinity led 3-0 when senior Anthony Kuchan (Wauwatosa, Wis.) booted a 26-yarder for the Panthers to tie the game at 3-3 at the 4:58 mark of the first quarter. Senior Donald McKillop's (Poway, Calif.) 32-yard connection with junior Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) and a 13-yard hook-up with junior Nick Resor (Westwood, Mass.) were the key plays on the drive.

            Trinity answered with a 10-play, 91 yard drive resulting in a three yard scamper from Ben Sherry to make it 9-3 Bantams after a failed extra-point. Middlebury came right back, regaining the lead 10-9 with 11:57 left in the second quarter on a 12-yard connection from McKillop to Resor.

            The Bantams regained the lead on their next possession, driving 80-yards in 6:10 to take a 16-10 advantage on another three-yard rush from Sherry.

            Trinity took advantage of a Middlebury interception on its next possession, when Tim Costello booted his second of the game, this one from 22 yards out to give Trinity a 19-10 lead at the half.

            Costello struck again after a 7:53 drive stalled at the Middlebury 15, resulting in a 32-yarder midway through the third quarter. He struck again in the fourth, making it a 4-4 day with a 21-yarder at the 11:03 mark.

            McKillop finished the day 16 of 38 for 203 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Rayner (84 yards) and Resor (45 yards) led the squad with five receptions apiece. Senior Andrew Poulin (Irvington, N.Y.) had a huge game on defense, recording a career-high 19 tackles in the game, three for lost yardage, including a pass break-up. Senior Paul Carroll (New Providence, N.J.) added 14 stops, while junior Michael Bilodeau (Hull, Mass.) made 13. Ryan Burgess went 12 of 20 for 168 yards for Trinity, while Evan Bunker rushed for 159 yards on 44 carries.
• Football team record: 2-4
• Up next: 11/6 @ Hamilton - 1:00