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Trinity Football Completes Third Straight Perfect Year
Bantams Beat Wesleyan for 30th Win, 4th NESCAC Title in a Row

 
 

Members of the class of 2006.

Senior QB Josh Pitcher completed 14 of 17 passes for career highs of 306 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score to lead the Bantams to a 63-7 win over the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football season finale for both teams. Trinity, ranked No. 1 in New England, completes its third-straight 8-0 season with its 30th consecutive victory, which is the longest streak in Division III and the second longest in all of college football behind Southern California’s 31-game winning streak. With the win, Trinity also captures its fourth-straight NESCAC Championship title. The Cardinals finished 0-8 with their first winless season since 1894.

The Bantams scored three touchdowns in a 2:42 span on a six-yard run by junior RB Jordan Quinones, a 21-yard blocked punt return by sophomore LB Christian Helies, and a 19-yard pass from senior QB Bill Schweitzer to junior WR Chris Olenoski to take a 21-0 lead with 3:02 left in the first quarter. Wesleyan got on the board late in the first quarter on a four-yard scoring toss from junior QB Zach Canter to classmate Blake Curry with 29 seconds on the clock, but Pitcher connected with sophomore QB/RB Chandler Barnard and junior WR Dan MacKay on touchdown passes of 43 and 48 yards, respectively, and ran for a two-yard score to put the game away before halftime.

Trinity came just shy of the College record for passing yards with 398 between Pitcher, Barnard, and Schweitzer, and the Bantam defense held Wesleyan to 117 yards in total offense, including 13 rushing yards on 25 carries. Wesleyan completed only nine passes in 30 attempts with one interception and Trinity collected four sacks. Olenoski led a group of 11 pass catchers for Trinity with three snares for 56 yards and junior RB Carlos Baz paced the Bantam rushing attack with 52 yards on 11 carries. Four different ball carriers had at least 40 yards for Trinity. 

Trinity senior captain DE Michael Blair recorded a team-high six tackles and forced a fumble, while junior OLB Christian Allen added five tackles and an interception.  Bantam freshman Ross Pietrantonio blocked the Cardinal punt that was returned for a touchdown. 

 

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