Williams College Ephs (1-0)
Trinity College Bantams (1-0)
Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 2010
SERIES: Began in 1884. Williams claims the edge in the all-time series 35-31-2. For the Ephs, this is the most tightly-contested series against any NESCAC opponent.
It seemed all but certain that the Ephs were going to snap the Bantams' 31-game home winning streak at Jessee/Miller Field last season, as they held a commanding 21-19 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. But a late 4th-quarter touchdown pulled Trinity within two points of Williams with 1:48 left in regulation, and after a fumble recovery on the ensuing kickoff, the Bantams scored another dramatic touchdown to shock the Ephs 26-21 in a miraculous comeback victory. The purple and gold would recover from this stunning early-season loss to finish the year 6-2. Trinity ended the 2009 season with the same record.
The Ephs last win against Trinity came during the undefeated
2006 campaign when they snapped Trinity's nation-leading 31-game
win streak, 31-10. The Bantams were victorious in their most
recent trip to Williamstown, squeaking out a 20-17 in 2008 at
Trinity has defeated the Ephs in 6 of their last 7 meetings, the most memorable being the exhilarating triple-overtime victory 46-40 in Hartford in 2007. Prior to that 7-game stretch however, Williams had downed the Bantams in 6 consecutive contests, including back-to-back shutouts in 1999 and 2000 (17-0 and 23-0 respectively).
Indeed, the Williams/Trinity rivalry has been one of the most tightly contended series in Div. III athletics, particularly since the late 1980s, as the two teams have had a knack of spoiling each other's long winning streaks over the past twenty years. After losing 8 of 9 games to the Bantams from 1980-88, the Ephs rallied in back-to-back comeback wins in the '89 and '90 meetings (scores of 29-21, 24-21 respectively) during a remarkable streak of 23 straight wins. Trinity aptly ended this streak in 1991 with stunning a 30-27 victory at Weston Field on the game's final play. Bantam head coach Jeff Devanney played defense for Trinity in that see-saw affair, which included four lead changes in the last three minutes of play.
After a 21-7 loss to Trinity in 1993, the Ephs would outscore the Bantams 72-39 combine in the '94 and '95 matchups. Williams reeled off another 23-game unbeaten streak (22 wins, 1 tie) in that span, which naturally was snapped by Trinity in 1996 at Weston Field in a 14-13 nail-bitter. Williams defeated Trinity in 2002 by a count of 30-13 and was the last team to do so until 2006, when the Bantams had their incredible 31-game run ended at Weston Field in a 41-16 loss.
COACHES: Aaron Kelton (1-0) will be coaching in his second game as an Eph this Saturday, after enjoying a strong 33-15 win over Bowdoin in his debut. Kelton was selected to lead the football program this past May.
Prior to his hiring, Kelton spent the last four years with Columbia University, operating as the Lions' defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, after serving as the secondary coach in the two years before that. In his time with the program, Kelton ran one of the most successful defensive backfields in the Ivy League, a unit that produced DB Tad Crawford, an '07 graduate who was taken as a high draft choice in the Canadien Football League. Off the field, Kelton was the recruiting coordinator for the Lions in charge of the District of Colombia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. His hard work also earned him highly sought-after NFL summer intern positions with the Indianapolis Colts (2007), the Jacksonville Jaguars (2008), and the Arizona Cardinals (2009).
Although a rookie in the Eph community, Kelton is a Massachusetts native with a long standing in the state. Born in Boston, he became a three-sport athlete at Wellesley [MA] High School, where he competed in football, basketball, and baseball. Upon graduation, Kelton enrolled at Springfield College, where he would letter all four years for the Pride's football program, starting at quarterback for two of those seasons. He matriculated in 1992, earning a B.S. in psychology. Kelton is currently working on completing an M.Ed. in integrated studies from Virginia State.
Bantam head coach Jeff Devanny (28-5) is in his fifth year at Trinity. Devanney, a 1993 graduate of the college, was a star player for the football program, earning NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1992. He has served as defensive line coach (2001), special teams coordinator (2001-04), secondary coach (2002-05), and defensive coordinator (2005) in his time on the staff. During this span, Trinity has ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense four times and has posted 17 shutouts.
Devanney is 3-1 in his head coaching career against the Ephs.
Trinity offensive coordinator Chris Rorke is the son of former
Eph running back Danny Rorke '59 and the brother of former Eph
running back/wrestler Sean Rorke '93.
RADIO - INTERNET: The Williams College student
station, WCFM (91.9 FM) will air the game live locally and on the
Internet. To hear the game on the Internet on WCFM go to
wcfm.williams.edu and click on the Listen Live link.
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STREAKS: The Bantams have bested the Ephs in the previous 3 matchups between the two rivals. They are also have a 2-game win streak carrying over from last season, as the Bantams topped Colby33-6 in their season opener this past Saturday.
Williams will try to continue a streak of 11 straight games with at least 20 points scored, a stretch that began back to November 1st, 2008 in a 48-14 homecoming victory over Wesleyan.
AWARDS: Eph senior RB Ryan Lupo was awarded the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Williams 33-15 win over Bowdoin in Week 1. Lupo, who led the NESCAC in rushing yards in 2009 with 857, added another 167 yards to his career total, averaging of 5.4 per carry on 31 attempts. He added a pair of catches for 18 more yards, and had 2 rushing TD's on the day, one that sealed the game with less than a minute left in regulation.
Eph senior LB Pat Barren took home NESCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors for his contributions to the win. Kelton utilized him at both linebacker and defensive back positions, and it seemed that no matter where he was on the field, Barren was making a big play. He recorded 7 tackles (4 of them solo and 2 for a loss of seven yards), forced one fumble and recovered another, broke up two pass attempts, and returned an interception 53-yards for a Williams touchdown. The pick-six was a pivotal play in the game, as it launched Williams ahead 21-12 at 5:29 of the 3rd quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS… (Week 1)
188/180… Pass offense for Ephs/Bantams
316/235… Pass defense for Ephs/Bantams
237/201… Rush offense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Bantams
52/49… Rush defense for Ephs (2nd in NESCAC) / Bantams (led NESCAC)
+3/+1… Turnover margin for Ephs (led NESCAC) / Bantams
167/87… Rushing yards for Ephs' Ryan Lupo (led NESCAC) / Bantams' Ben Crick
62/108… Receiving yards for Ephs' B.J. Griffin / Bantams' Chris Hunt (2nd in NESCAC)
6… Bantam victories in last 7 meetings with the Ephs
Williams College Ephs
Pat Moffitt #5 – QB
Ryan Lupo #23 – RB
Tom Wohlender #33 – RB
Jon Carroll #86 – TE
Graham McCullouch #72 – RT
Kevin Rose #73- RG
Vincent Nistico #60 – C
Ryan Loughran #79 – LG
Steve Denza #58 – LT
Bryce Bennett #8 – WR
Bill Griffin #4 – WR
Tyler Cole #3 - CB
Dan O'Mara #21 - S
Dan Canina #92 - DE
Colin Curzi # 97- DL
Ben Halbower #99 - DL
Tim Kiely #30 - DE
Chris Cameron #7 - SLM
Dylan Schultz #55 - MLB
Dan Johnson #37 - WLB
Chris Rudnicki #24 - S
Ben Oliva #12 – CB
Luke Faust #19 - KO
CHris Cleary #14 -- P/K
Trinity College Bantams
Craig Drusbosky #8 - QB
Ben Crick #20 - RB
Mike Galligan #4 - WR
Drew Grombala #7 - WR
Nick Campbell #24 - WR
Chris Hunt #87 - TE
Andrew Mortati #73 - OT
Mike Valenti #58 - OT
Matt Santora #78 - C
Gino Arnold #69 - G
Andrew Weiss #54 - G
Herman Brito #98 - DE
Tom Finnucan #75 - NT
Gary Williams #94 - DE
Thomas Kilgore #48 - OLB
Walter Fallas #42 - ILB
Francois Auzerais #36 - ILB
Eamon Hanifan #56 - OLB
Harry Melendez #1 - CB
Rae Haynes #15 - SS
Ben Sherry #13 - FS
Matt Paskalides #32 - CB
Tim Costello #3 – P/K