Football Loses Back And Forth Game At Trinity

October 25, 2008

Middlebury 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 safety Dan Haluska 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 Ryan Bohling set up a 12-yard scoring strike from Donald McKillop to Andrew Matson. The Panthers made it a 10-0 game on their next drive as Anthony Kuchan 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 James Millard, 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 Timothy Dillon (85 yards) each caught eight passes on the day, Bill Greven 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 Eric Kamback had 10.

McGrath had an 18 of 38 day for the Bantams, tossing for 342 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Oliver Starnes gained 86 yards on the ground, while Wells caught six passes for 132 yards with a touchdown and Galligan had six receptions for 99 yards with a score. Matt Allen and Walter Fallas each had 11 tackles for the Trinity defense.

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