Football drops home opener

Despite high expectations, the Colby College football team opened the season in disappoint- ing fashion as they dropped their home opener 34-0 against NES- CAC foe Trinity College.
The exciting atmosphere at Harold Alfond Field on Satur- day, September 26 quickly faded right as the game began as the Bantams marched down the field and scored after only six plays. After the Bantam defense stifled Colby’s first possession of the game, Trinity once again drove down the field, seemingly with ease, and tacked on another six points. By midway through the first quarter, the Mules already found themselves in a 14-0 hole.
An unsuccessful Colby drive gave Trinity the ball back and
the Bantam offense wasted no time in finding the end zone again. Trinity quarterback Son- ny Puzzo hit teammate Darrien Myers on a 43-yard touchdown strike on the very first play of their next drive. The first half ended on a sour note for the Mules as quarterback Gabe Har- rington’17 was picked off by a Trinity defender, who took it to the house to put his team up 27-0 at the half.
The second half consisted of a heavy dose of Trinity’s run game as they tried to eat up as much clock as they could. They finished off their scoring with a three-yard touchdown run with only four minutes left in the game.
The Colby defense allowed Trinity to take a total of 439 yards on offense, but the Mule offense also struggled as they could only muster up 159 total yards against the Bantam defense.
Tight end Henry Holmes ’16 was injured for the game but made it known that it’s still early in the season and the team has a lot of potential. “We learned a lot from this game,” Holmes said. “Were going to go back and look at the film and we’ll become a better team because of it.”
“Our offense struggled to con- trol the tempo of the game and to capitalize on scoring opportu- nities,” added Harrington. “Our defense was on the field a lot and gave up some big plays that proved to be crucial in the end.”
Holmes and Harrington both agreed that the game was a learn- ing experience and that they cannot dwell on it for too long. Holmes said. “We’ll just put it behind us and prepare for our next opponent.”
The Mules head to Middlebury, Vt. next Saturday to battle the Panthers of Middlebury College.

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