|Date:||10/31/98 - 5:41 PM|
Saturday, October 31, 1998 MIDDLEBURY ROUTS TRINITY Hartford, Conn.- The Middlebury offense erupted for 562 yards, the second highest total in team history, as the Panthers defeated the Trinity College Bantams, 46-14, this afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference football action this afternoon. The game was broadcast on the New England Sports Network (NESN) as the ECAC Division III New England Game of the Week. Trinity, which gave up its third highest point total in the Don Miller era, drops to 2-4 with their third straight loss. Middlebury improves to 2-4 after an 0-4 start. Middlebury scored on the second play from scrimmage on a 58-yard pass from senior quarterback Brian Coates to sophomore Bryan Sanchez. After the extra point was blocked, Trinity freshman Steve Cella fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Panthers recovered at the Bantam 47 yard line. Coates connected with senior receiver A.J. Husband on a 47-yard touchdown pass on first down to give Middlebury a 12-0 lead. Coates converted on the two-point conversion with a three-yard pass to senior fullback Adam Pascal, giving Middlebury a 14-point lead just 1:23 into the game. After a 31-yard field goal by Panther senior kicker Scott Dudley, Trinity started to show some life. Senior cornerback Patrick Wenger blocked a Middlebury punt and recovered it in the end zone to make the score 17-7 with 4:03 to go in the first half. Dudley missed a field goal on Middlebury's next drive and Bantam junior quarterback Liam McNeilly hit senior tri-captain receiver J.R. Faget with a 76-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 17-14 going into the second quarter. That would be all the points Trinity could score for the game, but the Panthers kept at it with two more Coates TD passes; 65 yards to sophomore tight end Zac Campbell and 50 yards to Sanchez again. Coates finished with 10 completions in 21 attempts for a career-high 281 yards, while Sanchez tied his career-high, set last week against Bates, with 180 yards on the ground in just 14 carries. Sanchez also tallied 114 yards receiving on three catches (another career high) for a sum of 294 total yards. Dudley kicked his second field goal of the half in the second quarter ax well, making the score, 33-14, at the break. Middlebury continued to dominate in the second half, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns. Sanchez scored for the third time on an 86-yard scamper and senior back Jeff Semple added a 31-yard run, the shortest scoring play of the game, to finish the scoring at 46-14. Faget finished with seven catches for 189 yards and one touchdown for Trinity, while junior Gregg Wysocki completed six of eight passes for 87 yards in relief of McNeilly. Defensively, junior linebacker Brian LaHaie paced the Bantams with nine tackles, while sophomore backer Andy Steele had 11 tackles, a sack and an interception for the Panthers. Middlebury (2-4) 17 16 13 0 -- 46 Trinity College (2-4) 14 0 0 0 -- 14 SCORING M- 1st. 14:08 Sanchez 58 pass from Coates (Dudley kick) 6 - 0 M- 1st. 13:37 Husband 47 pass from Coates (Coates pass to Pascal) 14 - 0 M- 1st. 7:15 Dudley FG (31) 17 - 0 TC- 1st. 4:03 Wenger recovers punt in end zone (Jankowski kick) 17 - 7 TC- 1st. 0:14 Faget 76 pass from McNeilly (Jankowski kick) 17 - 14 M- 2nd. 3:56 Campbell 65 pass from from Coates (Dudley kick) 24 - 14 M- 2nd. 1:57 Dudley FG (22) 27 - 14 M- 2nd. 1:49 Sanchez 50 pass from Coates (pass failed) 33 - 14 M- 3rd. 11:15 Sanchez 87 run (Dudley kick) 40 - 14 M- 3rd. 3:57 Sengle 31 run (kick failed) 46 - 14 Middlebury Trinity College First Downs 15 8 Rushing 39-281 37-84 Passing 10-21-0-281 14-22-2-226 Total Yards 562 225 Return Yards 80 205 Fumbles 0-0 4-3 Penalties 3-19 11-72 Punting 7-185 7-270 Third Down Conversions 1-13 3-13 Fourth Down Conversions 0-0 0-3 Time of Possesion 27:32 32:28 INDIVIDUAL STATS Rushing M- Bryan Sanchez 14-180, Jeff Sengle 11-79, Von Craig 10-24, John Wenner 1-0, Brian Coates 1-(-4). TC- Matt Gjerulff 6-17, Mike Ladd 5-17, Sherman Francis 5-13, J.R. Faget 1-3, Marc Maccarini 1-0, Steve Cella 2-(-5), Gregg Wysocki 7-(-17), Liam McNeilly 10- (-29). Passing M- Brian Coates 10-21-0-281, John Wenner 0-1-0-0. TC- Liam McNeilly 8-14-2-139, Gregg Wysocki 6-8-0-87. Receiving M- Bryan Sanchez 3-114, A.J. Husband 4-97, Zac Campbell 1-65, Adam Pascal 1-3, Von Craig 1-2. TC- J.R. Faget 7-189, Sherman Francis 4-17, Ray Cattaneo 1-12, Jay Wright 1-9, Steve Cella 1-(11).
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