Football Falls To Trinity

October 28, 2006

The Middlebury College football team could only muster up 67 yards of offense as they fell to Trinity, 34-3 in Hartford, Conn. The Panthers fall to 4-2 on the season, while Trinity improves to 5-1, including 35 wins in their last 36 games. Trinity, ranked No. 4 in New England, earns its fourth win in a row, its 22nd consecutive home win, and its 35th win in its last 36 games.

Trinity's Gennaro Leo gained 136 yards on 22 carries, including touchdown runs of 33 and 18 yards, respectively, to lead Trinity. Leo scored on a 33-yard run with 6:15 left in the first quarter and sophomore Eric McGrath completed a 30-yard pass into double coverage that was caught by senior Joe Clark in the back of the end zone with 3:54 remaining in the opening stanza. Middlebury sophomore Brendan Kelly blocked the extra point on the first score to account for a 13-0 Trinity advantage.

Middlebury had a potential scoring drive stopped when senior Tiger Lyon fumbled the ball at the Trinity 22-yard line and it was recovered by Bantam senior Michael Soules . The Panthers returned the favor, as junior Chad Guerrero recovered a McGrath fumble at the Middlebury 10-yard line early in the second quarter. Middlebury could not get a first down from there, but senior Steve Hauschka booted a 72-yard punt over the head of Trinity junior Justin Holiday to the Bantam two-yard line. Holiday ran back and tried the pick up the ball but muffed it, and Panther sophomore Brian Marcks pounced on the football on the three-yard line. An 11-yard sack by Bantam junior D.J. Lanz forced Middlebury to settle for a 31-yard field goal and a 13-3 halftime score.

Trinity opened the third quarter with a seven-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 36-yard scoring pass from McGrath to senior captain WR Chris Olenoski with 12:02 on the clock. The Bantams forced a punt on Middlebury's ensuing drive and Holiday returned a 50-yard punt back 39 yards to the Panther 35-yard line. Four plays later, Leo broke free for an 18-yard touchdown run to put the game away. Trinity added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 10-yard fade to junior WR Jeff Pratt for McGrath's second straight, three-touchdown game.

Stefan Hrdina rushed for 22 yards on seven carries, while Lucas Scherer carried the ball eight times. Lyon went 7-17 for 17 yards with an interception, while eight different players caught passes. Erik Woodring led all tacklers with 11, while Marcks recorded eight hits.