Football drops season opener versus Trinity

The Colby College Football Team did not get the result that they were looking for when they traveled to Hartford, CT last Saturday to take on the Trinity College Bantams. The Mules knew they were in for a challenge, as Trinity football had not lost at home in 51 straight games.

At the end of the first quarter, Colby led 7-2 after Quarterback Gabe Harington ’17 orchestrated an impressive drive capped off by a thirty-one yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Nick Joseph. Later in the quarter, with an opportunity to add to their lead, Colby missed a forty-yard field goal attempt with twelve minutes to halftime.

The Trinity squad proved to be relentless once they saw themselves fall behind on the scoreboard. The Bantams stuck to their ground game and scored the first of three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 9-7 lead going into the half.

After a tight first half, things really started to unravel for the blue and grey in the third quarter. On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Harrington was sacked and fumbled the ball deep in Colby territory. The ball was then picked up by the Trinity defense and run into the end zone for the second Bantam touchdown of the game.

After the defensive touchdown for the home team, running back Carl Lipani ’17 had a 44 yard run. However, the Mules were unable to capitalize on the run as the drive stalled and Colby turned the ball over on downs. After the Mules failed to answer Trinity on the scoreboard, the Bantams began to eat up the clock, using a strong ground game to their advantage. They scored another two rushing touchdowns to take a 32 -7 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Colby stopped the bleeding in the fourth quarter, as the defense started playing together, holding Trinity scoreless in the final fifteen minutes. By then, it was too little, too late as the Colby offense couldn’t put any more points on the board in the final frame with the game ending in a 25-point loss and a long drive back to Waterville for the team. Colby had trouble stalling the Trinity offense, as the Bantams were consistently able to put long, balanced drives together. 

Next weekend, the Mules have their home opener against the Middlebury Panthers. The focus for Colby is going to be to on containing the Panther running game, and creating problems for the Middlebury defense by implementing a strong run game of their own while capitalizing on the big plays in the passing game. Those in attendance on Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium will soon see if the Mules can bounce back and pick up their first win of the season.

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