Football fails to score in season opener vs. Trinity

The Mules start off at 0-1 in the NESCAC after losing 35-0 against Trinity, the reigning NESCAC champions, in the season opener last Saturday.

The first quarter of the game–which ended scoreless–started off with a fumble recovery by Colby running back Don Vivian ’19. Unfortunately the Mules offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity, only gaining three yards in three plays. The Mules attempted a 44-yard field goal but kicker John Baron ’18 missed wide left. Baron later made up for his miss, successfully kicking a 41-yard attempt; however the kick was called back due to a tripping call on the play.

The second quarter began with a long drive by the Bantam’s offense, including a 30- yard pass, resulting in the first touchdown of the game. Jake Schwern ’19 and Jack O’Brien ’20 rushed for a combined five yards on first and second down. However, O’Brien was sacked on third down for a loss of nine yards. The Mules were then forced to punt the ball. The Bantams had another impressive drive going 60 yards in four plays, resulting in another touchdown. After a kick return, the Mules rushed for a three yard gain on first down, threw an incomplete pass on second, and completed a pass for a loss of two yards on third, forcing the Mules to punt once again. The quarter ended with another Bantam’s touchdown with the Mules trailing 21-0 going into the second half.

The Bantams started off the third quarter strong with yet another impressive run of 82 yards resulting in a touchdown. Later in the quarter, the Mules had a solid drive from their 27 to the Bantam’s 48, but it was ended by an interception. The Bantams then scored again, their last touchdown of the game, making the score 35-0.

The fourth quarter saw three runs from Colby and four from Trinity, and ended like the first–scoreless. “Despite what the score shows. We never gave in to the hype,” Hans Gabriel ’20 said. “The score is a reflection of our low numbers; a lot of guys are going two ways. During the first quarter the team moved well together and held them. We started getting tired and lost momentum towards the end of the first half.”

The Mules’ quarterbacks, Christian Sparacio ’18 and O’Brien, threw a combined 16 completions out of 29 attempts for 119 yards. The Mules also rushed for 81 yards in the game. However, Trinity outgained Colby 478 to 200 yards. This loss marked the 11th time in a row that Colby has lost against Trinity. The Mules continue their season with their home opener against Williams this Saturday.