WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — In a game that saw one offense firing on all cylinders while the other looked to find its legs, the undefeated Trinity College Bantams (2-0) handed the Williams College Ephs (0-2) their second loss of the season by a score of 38-13. The win is Trinity's sixth straight over the Ephs, and it also makes Trinity the only school in the NESCAC to possess a winning record over Williams: 37-36-2.
Williams struggled mightily to contain the Bantam offensive attack: Trinity registered 517 total yards, averaging almost eight yards per play. The Eph offense, meanwhile, struggled to get into gear; first-year QB Jansen Durham was sacked eight times and threw two interceptions in the face of intense pressure from the Bantam defensive front.
Each of Trinity's first three drives ended in points, opening with a 20-yard Eric Sachse field goal, followed by two consecutive touchdown drives. The first, ending in a 21-yard pass from QB Sonny Puzzo to Darrien Myers, featured a massive 69-yard keeper by Puzzo to put the Bantams in scoring position. The second touchdown, a two-yard run by Max Chipouras, followed an interception by Spencer Donahue.
At this point, down 17-0, the Eph defense found a way to stop the Bantam offensive machine, and a muffed punt gave Williams the chance to get on the board with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Jansen Durham to Kellen Hatheway, 17-6.
The ensuing drive bolstered Williams' hopes, as Sam Gowen stripped Lucas Golon near midfield to return possession to the Ephs. On third and eleven, however, Durham's pass was tipped twice, once at the line and again downfield, before landing in the arms of Trinity DB Archi Jerome.
Trinity converted this turnover into points with less than a minute remaining in the half when Darrien Myers caught a screen pass on the Williams 5 and found his way across the goal line.
After the half, already leading 24-6, Trinity converted their first two possessions into scoring drives, first on a 32-yard pass from Puzzo to Bryan Vieira and then when Max Chipouras broke a 60-yard touchdown run. At this point, Trinity subbed out many of their starters; the Bantams would not seriously threaten to score for the rest of the game.
The same could not be said for Williams. With 6:45 left in the game, the Ephs, led by Jansen Durham and fellow first-year Steve Bohling, marched down the field and subtracted seven from their deficit. Durham completed two clutch third down passes, one to Kellen Hatheway and the other to Bohling, and he capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Adam Regensburg just over the fingertips of the Bantam defender.
Trinity proceeded to run out the clock on their next possession, ending the game with the score 38-13.
After the game, Williams head coach Mark Raymond praised his young quarterback, saying, "I'm impressed with his toughness. He took a couple shots, he hung in there, he competed, and he led a drive late; I'm proud of that." Durham went 24-37 for 200 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to his two interceptions.
Durham's counterpart for Trinity, Sonny Puzzo completed 11 of his 17 passes for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the ground, Bantam rusher Max Chipouras notched 165 yards on 21 carries, while Connor Harris led the Ephs with 28 yards on 10 rushes.
Harris also led Williams in receiving yards with 61, with help from Adam Regensburg's 54 yards on eight catches. For Trinity, Bryan Vieira registered a game-high 108 yards receiving.
On defense, Eph Ben Anthony led all tacklers with nine and Yosa Nosamiefan led the Bantams with six. Liam Kenneally was responsible for two of Trinity's eight sacks as well as a forced fumble, and Bantams' Spencer Donahue and Archi Jerome both registeredt interceptions.
Trinity, coming off a 7-1 2015 season and a dominating performance at Bates in Week 1, was heavily favored in this game, and despite the tough loss, coach Raymond was optimistic: "The players are coming together. They played hard, and that's where it starts…I saw some good things today. Our trajectory just needs to be going up: that's the goal."
Next week, Williams will travel to Lewiston, Maine to face Bates, while Trinity will play at Hamilton.