Saturday, October 30, 1999 MIDDLEBURY HOLDS OFF TRINITY ON THE GRIDIRON Middlebury, VT - Junior wide receiver Devon O'Neil caught seven passes for 84 yards and one touchdown to lead the Middlebury College Panthers to a 14-10 win over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference football action this afternoon. The game was televised live on the New England Sports Network (NESN) as the ECAC game of the Week. Trinity, which ends a three-game winning streak, falls to 4-2. Middlebury improves to 4-2 with its second straight victory. Middlebury opened the scoring with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter when junior tailback Brian Sanchez scored on a five-yard touchdown run. The Panthers increased their lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback John Wenner to O'Neil. Trinity had a touchdown called back with 1:14 left in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Gregg Wysocki (New Britain, CT) connected with freshman tailback Brian Fabrizio (Norwell, MA) on a five-yard score, but Trinity was called for illegal motion. On the next play, Trinity dropped a pass in the end zone and missed a 27-yard field goal attempt on fourth down, coming away empty. Trinity got on the scoreboard on the final play of the first half on career-high 39-yard field goal by freshman kicker Skip Sullivan (Milton, MA) to make the score 14-3. Wysocki fired a 54-yard touchdown pass to sophomore safety/wide receiver Steven Cella (Peabody, MA) early in the third quarter to cut the Middlebury lead to 14-10, but neither team would score from that point on. Trinity had scoring opportunties thwarted in the second half as well. Senior defensive end Nate Barad (Norfolk, MA) forced a fumble and senior linebacker Brian LaHaie (Silver Spring, MD) recovered it for the Bantams with 8:28 left in the third quarter. Trinity lined up for a 36-yard field goal but a bad snap prevented the kick from getting off. Junior cornerback Charles Botts (Boston, MA) forced and recovered a Middlebury fumble on a punt with 7:11 left in the game, but was called for a controversial penalty to negate the play. Later in the fourth quarter, Trinity got deep into Middlebury territory, but a second questionable penalty pushed Trinity. The Bantams advanced back into within striking distance in the closing seconds on two passes from Wysocki to senior wide receiver Michael Amaral (Hingham, MA), but were unable to stop the clock and run a final play. Fabrizio finished the day with a career-high 157 yards on 27 carries. Wysocki completed 20 out of 39 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown. 10 different Banatms caught Wysocki passes, including four by freshman tight end Lewis Usher (Newport, RI). Wenner completed 19 out of 30 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown, while Sanchez gained 76 yards on 25 carries. LaHaie notched 11 tackles and senior linebacker Jeff Iudice (Melrose, MA) had 10 tackles, with two for losses, for the Bantams defensively. Andy Steele paced the Panther defense with 12 tackles. Middlebury (4-2) 7 7 0 0 -- 14 Trinity College (4-2) 0 3 7 0 -- 10 SCORING 1. 6:40 MC- Bryan Sanchez 5 yd run (Nels Hegstad kick) MC 7-0 2. 7:44 MC- Devon O'Neil 13 yd pass from John Wenner (Hegstad kick) MC14-0 2. 0:00 TC- Skip Sullivan 39 yd field goal MC 14-3 3. 10:35 TC- Steve Cella 54 yd pass from Gregg Wysocki (Sullivan kick) MC 14-10 TEAM STATS Middlebury Trinity First Downs 16 19 Rushes-yards 41-118 35-159 Passing yards 176 228 Return yards 49 95 Punts-yards 8-297 5-151 Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0 Penalties-yards 4-27 9-51 RUSHING MC - Bryan Sanchez 25-76, Von Craig 7-27, Chris Davis 4-14, John Wenner 5-1. TC- Brian Fabrizio 27-157, Matt Gjerulff 1-6, David Mogan 1-(-1), Gregg Wysocki 6-(-3). PASSING MC - John Wenner 30-19-0-169, Anthony LoSauro 1-1-0-7. TC- Gregg Wysocki 39-20-1-228, Skip Sullivan 1-0-0-0. RECEIVING MC - Devon O'Neil 7-84, Anthony LoSauro 5-56, Bryan Sanchez 3-14, Zac Campbell 2-7, John Wenner 1-7, Brendan Creedon 1-4, Von Craig 1-4. TC- Kevin Waters 5-38, Lewis Usher 4-50, Mike Amaral 2-31, Mike Healey 2-18, Brian Fabrizio 2-6, Steve Cella 1-54, David Morgan 1-9, Zachary Costa 1-8, Ray Cattaneo 1-7, Matt Gjerulff 1-7.
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