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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: September 22, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Trinity College quarterback Eric McGrath threw for 297 of his 338 yards in the opening half as the Bantams opened the season with a 20-0 victory over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference football Saturday at Seaverns Field.
McGrath was 20-for-40 and had three touchdown passes. He set the tone for the day with a 99-yard touchdown pass to Joe Clark with 11:01 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.
The Bantams (1-0) went up 14-0 in the second quarter when McGrath hit tight end Andrew McDowell on a 19-yard scoring pass with 5:41 left to the break.
McDowell and McGrath hooked up again in the third quarter on a 13-yard scoring pass, but the extra point attempt was missed. McDowell caught five balls for 84 yards, while Clark had 107 yards on two catches.
The game was sloppy at times, with the two teams combining for 12 turnovers (five fumbles, seven interceptions).
Colby wide receiver Justin Candon had eight catches for 63 yards.
Trinity was led on defense by Tyler Berry, who had eight tackles (three for loss), one interception, and one sack. Greg Enos and Sam Handler both had nine tackles for the Mules (0-1).
Trinity 20, Colby 0
1st 11:01 TRIN - Joe Clark 99 yd pass from Eric McGrath (Adam Cox kick), 2-99 0:53, TRIN 7 - COL 0
2nd 05:41 TRIN - Andrew McDowell 19 yd pass from Eric McGrath (Adam Cox kick), 13-81 5:03, TRIN 14 - COL 0
3rd 07:39 TRIN - Andrew McDowell 13 yd pass from Eric McGrath (Adam Cox kick failed), 4-24 1:25, TRIN 20 - COL 0
RUSHING: Trinity-Ollie Starnes 8-37; Robert Jackson 14-36; Jordan Quinones 11-34; Justin Holiday 1-3; Eric McGrath 3-minus 2; Chris Dubyak 2-minus 3. Colby-Chris Bashaw 14-20; Mike Cuqua 2-7; Roger Bel 3-6; Dan Prunier 6-0; Patrick Burns 6-minus 3; Steve Carroll 3-minus 5; Billy Ryan 3-minus 25.
PASSING: Trinity-Eric McGrath 20-40-2-338; Chris Dubyak 1-2-1-8. Colby-Billy Ryan 10-22-2-61; Steve Carroll 5-9-1-38; Patrick Burns 2-5-1-27.
RECEIVING: Trinity-Andrew McDowell 5-84; David Kiarsis 3-42; Jordan Quinones 3-18; Winston Tuggle 3-12; Joe Clark 2-107; Robert Jackson 2-20; Joe Lennon 1-48; Connor Wells 1-9; Justin Holiday 1-6. Colby-Justin Candon 8-63; Dan Prunier 3-28; Ernie Bove, Jr. 2-13; Chris Bashaw 2-2; Justin Clark 1-17; Roger Bel 1-3.
INTERCEPTIONS: Trinity-Harryl Smith 1-0; Winston Tuggle 1-0; Conor Quinn 1-0; Tyler Berry 1-0. Colby-John Murphy 1-60; Lamont Henry 1-23; Gardiner Parker 1-2.
FUMBLES: Trinity-Eric McGrath 1-1; Justin Holiday 1-1; Jordan Quinones 1-1. Colby-Tom Daley 1-0; Dan Prunier 1-0; Patrick Burns 1-1; Billy Ryan 1-1.
Stadium: Seaverns Field Attendance: 1100 Kickoff time: 1 p.m. End of Game: 3:45 pm Total elapsed time: 2:45 Officials: Referee: Jim Cerbo; Umpire: Tom Gilpatrick; Linesman: Rich Anderson; Line judge: Jack Farley; Field judge: Joseph Rotondi; Side judge: Matt Ciani