Football upended by Trinity on the road

Anthony Costa (left) returned an interception for a touchdown on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Trinity. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Bates sophomore Anthony Costa returned an interception for a touchdown but Trinity College quarterback Jordan Vazzano threw for 353 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score to lead the Bantams to a 59-16 victory over the visiting Bates football team Saturday afternoon. 

Trinity (2-0) held Bates (0-2) to 102 yards and just five first downs in the game, while the Bantams finished with 563 total yards and 29 first downs.

Trinity racked up 332 yards of total offense in the first half, but led just 14-9 with 4:30 remaining after a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown by Costa (West Springfield, Mass.). Trinity's Sameir Madden blocked the extra point and the Bantam offense erupted for two touchdowns in the final 1:37 before the break. Vazzano found Koby Schofer for a 33-yard score and Jonathan Girard for a 20-yard touchdown catch in the opening three minutes of the game, and connected with Schofer for a 27-yarder and Girard with a 30-yard scoring strike to close the second quarter with Trinity ahead, 28-9.

Bates senior Justin Foley (Lynnfield, Mass.) accounted for the remaining three points of the first half with a 36-yard field goal with 6:40 remaining before the break. Vazzano finished the first half with 257 passing yards and four touchdown tosses. 

Trinity's Colin Beaulieu returned the opening kickoff of the second half 36 yards to the Bantam 46-yard line, and the home team needed just four plays from there to score its fifth touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Vazzano to Schofer. Trinity kicker Eric Sachse drilled the longest field goal in school history from 50 yards out to tie the Bantam record for career field goals with 23. Trinity's Nick Rose recovered a Bobcat fumble at the Bates 19-yard line on the next play after the long field goal, and Trinity capitalized with a seven-yard touchdown run from Vazzano that gave Trinity a 45-9 lead after three quarters. 

Trinity's Spencer Lockwood scored twice on short runs, and Bates first-year Caleb Bolden (Dover, N.H.) scored on a four-yard run after a bad Bantam punt snap gave the visitors the ball at the three-yard line to account for the fourth-quarter scoring. 

Vazzano completed 20 of 36 passes, including 10 for 187 yards to Schofer and eight for 160 yards to Girard. Lockwood paced Trinity on the ground with 104 yards on 12 carries, while Trinity's Max Chipouras added 86 rushing yards on 23 attempts.

Bates sophomore quarterback Brendan Costa (Westport, Mass.) finished 14-for-26 for 71 yards passing, but the Bobcats rushed for just 31 yards as a team on 33 attempts. Foley punted 10 times for 384 yards with a long of 54.

Defensively, Trinity linebacker Dago Picon-Roura made a team-high five tackles, while Jacob Martilotti and R.J. Guardia had four tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss apiece, and Matt Patry added three tackles and three pass breakups for the Bantams.

Bobcat junior safety Jon Lindgren (Plainville, Conn.) led all tacklers with 12. Anthony Costa made seven tackles and broke up two passes in addition to his interception, and senior captain Tyler Harrington (Haverhill, Mass.) contributed six tackles and a tackle for loss for Bates.

The Bobcats hit the road again next Saturday when they travel to Tufts to take on the Jumbos at 1:30 p.m.