Football Team Falls At Trinity

October 30, 2004

12/30/04 - The Middlebury College football team fell to 2-4 on the season with a respectable 28-7 loss at Trinity, the top-ranked team in New England. The Bantams had given up just five touchdowns in five games and only 6.4 points/game entering the contest.

Trinity opened the game with a 16-play, 80-yard drive ending in a five-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Barnard to Patrick Straub. The Bantams took advantage of a Middlebury interception at the 7:41 mark of the second quarter as they needed to drive only nine yards before Barnard scored on the keeper from four yards out.

Scott Secor put an end to a Trinity drive in the third quarter as he recovered a fumble after a sack on the Middlebury one-yard line. The Bantams had earned the field position after a 70-yard rush by Drew Finkeldey on the previous play.

After a three and out drive, Trinity took over on the Middlebury 35 and scored on its first play with a touchdown strike from Josh Pitcher to Tim Kiely at the 7:44 mark of third quarter.

Middlebury drove to the Trinity 17 on its next possession, but the drive ended after a failed fourth down conversion attempt. The Bantams drove down the field on their next possession, sparked by a 62-yard run by Finkeldey. Barnard capped the drive with a three-yard run to make it a 28-0 game early in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers got on the board late in the game as quarterback Tiger Lyon and Cole Parlin connected for the first career touchdown for either of the two. The 26-yard strike capped off a 54-yard drive and cut the lead to 28-7 with 1:07 remaining.

Mike Keenan ended the game 19 of 33 for 137 yards with a pair of interceptions. Tom Cleaver caught six balls for 40 yards, while Jamie Staples made five receptions for 54 yards. Coleman Hutzler led the Middlebury defense with 11 tackles, while Scott Secor had nine. (box)