Williams College Ephs (1-0)
Trinity College Bantams (1-0)
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 2011
SERIES: Began in 1884. Williams leads the all-time series 36-31-2. The Ephs own a winning record vs. all NESCAC opponents, in football, but the Trinity series this is its most tightly contested series.
Last Eph win at Trinity came in 2001 and it was also the last loss at home by the Bantams. Behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Joe Reardon 25-for-35 on the afternoon for 317 yards and four passing touchdowns, Williams won 31-10.
In the 2001 contest Trinity scored first on a field goal and last with a late TD, but in between the Ephs got a field goal from Scott Farley and TD catches by Jamiyl Peters, Colin Brooks, Sean Collins and Ryan Friend, rattling off 31 straight points.
Trinity has yet to lose on the artificial grass surface of Jesse-Miller Field (39-0).
The 2001 Ephs notched the fifth and final perfect season recorded by Hall of Fame head coach Dick Farley when they topped previously unbeaten Amherst in OT 23-20 on Weston Field to close out the 2001 year.
Last year the Ephs beat Trinity in Williamstown 29-21 as WR Darren Hartwell tied the Eph single game record for most TD catches with three. Hartwell caught five passes on the day and gained 208 yards.
Only twice in the last decade has the team winning the Williams–Trinity game NOT gone on to win or share the NESCAC crown (2007 & 2009).
Indeed, the Williams-Trinity rivalry has been one of the fiercest series in Div. III football 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 out score 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.
And who can forget the triple OT thriller in Hartford in 2007, when the Bantams came out on top 46-40?
COACHES: Aaron Kelton is 9-0 now in his second season at the helm of the Ephs after collecting a 24-21 win at Bowdoin last week.
Kelton is the first African American head football coach at Williams and in NESCAC, as well as the first Eph football head coach to debut with a perfect season.
Kelton is 1-0 vs. Trinity.
Trinity head coach Jeff Devanny (35-6) is in his sixth year at Trinity. Devanney, ia 1993 Trinity graduate, and was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor in 1992.
Devanney is 3-2 in his head-coaching career against the Ephs.
STREAKS: Trinity owns a 39-game Jesse-Miller Filed win streak and the Bantams have never lost on Jesse-Miller Field since the artificial surface was installed.
Williams arrives in Hartford riding a 9-game win streak after going undefeated in 2010 and tipping Bowdoin 24-21 on the road to open the 2011 season.
Trinity opens its 2011 home schedule in possession of a 7-game win streak, having won the last six games of 2010 and opening on the road at Colby with a 28-10 win.
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BY THE NUMBERS...
Scoring Offense: Trinity/Williams – 28.0/24.0
Scoring Defense: Trinity/Williams – 10.0/21.0
Total Offense: Williams/Trinity – 394.0/278.0
Total Defense: Trinity/Williams – 274.0/376.0
Passing Offense: Williams/Trinity – 175.0/93.0
Passing Defense: Trinity/Williams – 199.0/247.0
Rushing Offense: Williams/ Trinity – 219.0/185.0
Rushing Defense: Trinity/Williams – 75.0/129.0
Leading Rushers: Ben Crick (T)/Marco Hernandez (W) – 84.0/71.0
Leading Passers: Chris Cleary (W)/ Hedley Jennings (T) – 175.0/54.0
Leading Receivers: Darren Hartwell (W)/A.J. Jones (T) – 4/3
All Purpose Yards: Darren Hartwell (W)/Ben Crick (T) – 225.0 /84.0
Leading Tackler: Dan O'Mara (W)/Stephen Goniprow (T) – 10/7
Punting: Hedley Jennings (T)/ Greg Payton (W) – 41.1/30.2
Williams College Ephs
Chris Cleary #14 - QB
Kristian Lapointe #43 - RB
Tim Morris #44 - FB
Sam Krieg #45 - TE
Cong Tian #69 - RT
Pete Christiani #78 - RG
Vincent Nistico #60 - C
LG Ryan Loughran #79 - LG
Steve Denza #58 - LT
Darren Hartwell #1 - WR
JC Stickney #11 - WR
DE Dan Canina #92 - DE
Colin Curzi #97 - DL
Ben Halbower #99 - DL
Dan Vaczy #52 - DE
Chris Cameron #7 - LB
Dylan Schultz #55 - LB
Tyler Cole #3 - CB
Ladd Hamrick #9 – FS
Dan O'Mara #21 – SS
Greg Payton #82 - P
Luke Faust #19 - PK
Trinity College Bantams
Ryan Burgess #14 - QB
Evan Bunker #22 – RB
Nana Appah-Sampong #28 – FB
Allen Even #99- WR
Drew Grombala #7 - WR
Chike Madu #2 - WR
Tim O'Brien #74 - RT
Mike Valenti #58 - RG
Andrew Weiss #54 - C
Gino Arnold #69 -LG
Mac McGint #77 - LT
Michael Wetherbee #57 - DE
Herman Brito #98 - DT
Tom Finnucan #78 - DT
Gary Williams #94- DE
Stephen Goniprow #55 - LB
Walter Fallas #42 - LB
Brett Cde Baca #33 - LB
Nick Campbell #24 - CB
Rae Haynes #15- CB
Julian Brown #21- S
Matt Paskalides #32 - S
Hedley Jennings #18 - P
Tim Costello #3 - PK