HARTFORD, CT -- With 7:09 left in the first quarter, Trinity sophomore quarterback Sonny Puzzo found first year receiver Bryan Vieira with a back corner touchdown pass, giving the Bantams the lead, which would not be relinquished as Trinity would go on to beat Williams 24-0 and hand the Ephs their first loss of the season.
The shutout was not due to a lack of Eph scoring chances. Down 14-0 after a Darrien Myers 68-yard punt return for a touchdown; the Ephs were able to drive the ball inside the Trinity five-yard line. It appeared as though the Ephs would be able to get back into the game, but the Bantam defense held strong and caused a turnover on downs after a fourth down tackle by junior safety Patrick Dorsey.
The Ephs once more had the ball inside the Trinity five-yard line after a long fumble recovery and run by sophomore linebacker Michael Berry. Again the Bantams were able to thwart the attempt at an Eph comeback as senior defensive back Paul McCarthy intercepted the fade pass to the back of the end zone, wrestling the ball away from the intended Eph receiver.
"We were able to move the ball so there was some really bright spots and score isn't really indicative of the way the game actually went. If we were able to tuck it in a couple of those times we were in the red zone, it's a different football game" said Ephs coach Aaron Kelton.
The Bantams extended their lead to 24 with a field goal by first year kicker Eric Sachse and a nine-yard touchdown run by first year running back Max Chipouras.
The Bantam defense was stout all day, holding the Ephs to 90 yards through the air. Williams finished with 227 yards of total offense. Trinity was able to rush for 152 yards and throw for 156 yards.
Junior safety Spencer Donahue led the Bantams with a game leading nine tackles, six of which were solos. Junior defensive back Alex Brandeis led the Ephs with six total tackles that included five solos.
"We just use Mark to let him do the things that he can do and help us get a spark and make plays. Now teams have to prepare for it, which is great" said Coach Kelton.
This loss drops the Ephs to 1-1 on the season. They will take on Bates in their home opener next Saturday.