Trinity Builds Early Lead In Football Victory Over Bowdoin

Ejaaz Jiu caught first first career touchdown on Saturday against Trinity
Ejaaz Jiu caught first first career touchdown on Saturday against Trinity

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Trinity College football team used a 31-point outburst in the first half to defeat Bowdoin 38-7 on Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field.

The Bantams remain one of two undefeated NESCAC teams as they improve to 5-0 this fall. Bowdoin falls to 0-5 with the setback.

Game Highlights

  • Trinity took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a game-opening touchdown, using tailback Max Chipouras six times on an 11-play, 64-yard drive. Chiporas split the Bowdoin defense from six yards out to cap the drive and give the Bantams a 7-0 lead.
  • After the teams traded possessions, the Bantams doubled their lead with an eight-play, 56-yard drive highlighted by a 34-yard pass from Sonny Puzzo to Bryan Viera that put the ball inside the Bowdoin 5.  Puzzo plunged in from one yard out to make it 14-0.
  • Eric Sachse made it a 17-0 contest with a 40-yard field goal early in the second quarter and then, following a Bowdoin three-and-out, Trinity moved 65 yards in six plays, scoring on a 19 yard strike from Puzzo to Viera.
  • The Bantams added one last score before the half, capping an eight-play, 66-yard drive with a Puzzo scramble from three yards out to give the visitors a 31-0 edge at the break.
  • Bowdoin took the opening kickoff of the second half and mounted their best drive of the day, covering 77 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. After converting on a fourth down at midfield, Tim Drakeley found Liam Ford for 33 yards to move the ball deep into Trinity territory. Two plays later Drakeley found Ejaaz Jiu in the back corner for his first collegiate touchdown reception that trimmed the lead to 31-7.
  • Trinity added a fourth-quarter score on a 15-yard touchdown pass from David Ryan to Will Connery to round out the scoring in the 38-7 final.

By The Numbers

  • Trinity racked up 456 yards of total offense - actually 32 yards below their season average - but totaled 246 yards rushing in the win.
  • Chipouras finished with 84 yards rushing on 17 carries,  mostly in the first half, while Lucas Golon ended with 112 yards on the ground on 14 carries, mostly in the second half for the Bantams.
  • Sonny Puzzo went 10-17 for 181  yards and a passing touchdown while also rushing for 22 yards and two scores.
  • The Trinity defense had three sacks, held Bowdoin to 58 yards rushing and just 11 first downs in the contest.
  • Bowdoin was led offensively by Drakeley, who went 10-21 for 132 yards passing and a touchdown. He found Liam Ford a game-high seven times for 84 yards.
  • Nate Richam rushed 12 times for Bowdoin for 48 yards.
  • Joe Gowetski made a game-high 14 tackles for the Polar Bears while Nadim Elhage recorded six tackles, including three for a loss, and a sack.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin returns to action next Saturday at Wesleyan for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff
  • Trinity will battle Middlebury in Hartford in a showdown of the two remaining NESCAC unbeatens next Saturday, also at 12:30 p.m.