Football travels to Trinity for NESCAC game this Saturday

Mike Friedman '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Mike Friedman '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

The Hamilton College football team takes on the Trinity College Bantams in NESCAC action at Trinity's Jessee/Miller Field on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.

The Continentals (0-3 NESCAC) average 14.3 points per game and allow 34 per contest. They average 324.3 yards of total offense and have allowed 439 per game.

Hamilton quarterback Kenny Gray '20 is third in the NESCAC with 268.7 passing yards per game. Gray is 64 of 123 passing with five touchdowns and two interceptions. His two favorite targets are Christian Donahoe '20 and Joe Schmidt '20. Donahoe is tied for third in the conference with 6.33 catches per game and is second with 110.3 receiving yards per contest. Schmidt is fifth with six receptions per game and tied for third with 103.3 yards per contest. Schmidt has caught four touchdown passes and Donahoe has one. Mitch Bierman '21 and Marcus Gutierrez '18 have run for a team-high 64 yards apiece. Bierman scored his first collegiate touchdown last Saturday against Wesleyan.

Linebackers Cole Burchill '19 and Tyler Hudson '19 are tied for the conference lead with 13.3 tackles per game. Burchill was credited with a career-high 16 stops against Wesleyan. Free safety Colby Jones '19 is next with 23 tackles. Mike Friedman '19 has 1.5 sacks, Sean Tolton '19 has forced a pair of fumbles and Justin Leigh '20 and Bryce Phillips '20 have picked off one pass apiece.

Joe Suski '21 nailed a 24-yard field goal last week -- the first of his career with the Continentals. Billy Wagner '20 is fifth in the NESCAC with 38.1 yards per punt, and Sam Robinson '20 handles the majority of the kick and punt return duties.

Trinity's offense averages 34.3 points and 392 yards per game, but the Bantams' defense is the real strength of this team. Trinity (3-0) has posted two shutouts and allowed just nine points in three wins, and the Bantams lead the conference with 208.3 yards allowed per game. They also lead the NESCAC in pass defense, pass defense efficiency and interceptions.

Max Chipouras is No. 1 in the conference with 99 yards rushing per game and has scored four touchdowns on the ground. Chipouras is part of a rushing attack that averages 178 yards per contest. Sonny Puzzo doesn't throw the ball often but he leads the NESCAC with a 181.5 pass efficiency. Puzzo has completed 67.2 percent of his 61 attempts for 579 yards and seven touchdowns with just one pick. Koby Schofer leads the receiving corps with 14 catches for 215 yards and two scores. The Bantams lead the conference in red zone scores and red zone touchdowns.

Linebacker Dago Picon-Roura tops Trinity with 19 tackles and linebacker Shane Libby has two of the Bantams' seven sacks. Matt Patry has broken up five passes and John Medina has four breakups.

On special teams, kicker Eric Sachse has made 2 of 3 field-goal attempts, including a 46-yarder, and all 13 of his extra-point tries. Ian McDonald averages 35.9 yards per punt and has dropped four inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Colin Beaulieu has averaged 20 yards on four kick returns and John Spears has brought back eight punts for an average of 13.6 yards per return.