Trinity football takes 27-10 win over Colby in opener

Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: September 23, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. ---- Trinity College scored a touchdown in each quarter to pull away for a 27-10 season-opening victory over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference football Saturday.

Trinity (1-0) has the nation's longest winning streak at 31 games dating back to the 2002 season.

Colby (0-1) came out tough and had the game tied 7-7 after a quarter and only trailed 13-7 at the halftime break.

The Bantams took the opening kickoff and went 64 yards in six plays to go up 7-0 on a 12-yard scoring run by Gennaro Leo. The Mules tied the game at 7-7 when Justin Smith hit Andrew Carey on a 26-yard scoring pass with 1:40 left in the first quarter.

Trinity scored the next two touchdowns to pull away. Bantam quarterback Eric McGrath found Ben Willig on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 9:39 left in the second quarter and then McGrath hooked up with Jeff Pratt on a 74-yard scoring pass with 9:01 left in the third quarter to take a 20-7 lead.

Colby kicker Brian Bachow connected on a 29-yard field goal for the Mules' final points of the game with 14:09 remaining in the final quarter after a 12-play drive.

The Bantams added an insurance touchdown when Leo scored from 1-yard out with 2:25 remaining. Leo finished with 30 carries for 113 yards and caught two balls for 25 yards.

Chris Bashaw ran 23 times for 79 yards for Colby, while Smith completed nine passes for 83 yards. Brennan Moore punted for the Mules and had a 45-yard average on four kicks.

Tom Daley had eight tackles to lead Colby. Jackson Parker and John Murphy both had six stops.

Colby will play its home opener next Saturday at 1 p.m. against Middlebury College.  Middlebury took a 10-7 home win over Wesleyan University on Saturday.

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