Schmidt '20 with touchdown grab in football loss to Trinity

Joe Schmidt '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Joe Schmidt '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Trinity College jumped out to a 30-0 lead at the half and the Bantams went on to post a 44-7 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field on Saturday afternoon.

Kenny Gray '20 was 16 of 28 passing for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Continentals (1-3 NESCAC). Joe Park '22 rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries and Joe Schmidt '20 had five receptions for 66 yards. Schmidt recorded the 14th touchdown catch of his Hamilton career.

Sam Bowen '20 was credited with a career-high eight tackles for the Continentals. Jeremy Barr '21 returned the first interception of his Hamilton career 20 yards. Billy Wagner '20 led the special teams as he averaged 42.6 yards on eight punts and pinned five of those punts inside Trinity's 20.

The Bantams (3-1) racked up 25 first downs and 503 yards of total offense including 211 rushing yards. Jordan Vazzano was 11 of 22 for 257 yards and three touchdowns and added 43 yards on the ground. Jonathan Girard caught five balls for 151 yards with two scores. Max Chipouras led all rushers with 84 yards on 20 carries and he found the end zone twice.

Dan Negron led the Trinity defense with six stops. Devyn Perkins and James Christiano boasted one sack apiece, and Will Dencker and Christiano forced fumbles. Ian McDonald intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal attempt.

Eric Sachse put the Bantams on the scoreboard with 9:27 left in the first quarter as he finished Trinity's game-opening drive with a 36-yard field goal that split the uprights. Colin Beaulieu returned Wagner's 38-yard punt 74 yards for a touchdown with 3:11 remaining in the first and the Bantams led 10-0 after one quarter.

Trinity went up 17-0 with 8:06 left in the second quarter. On the next play after Wagner was forced to eat the ball at the Continentals' 33-yard line due to a high snap from center, Vazzano threw a touchdown pass to Girard down the right sideline.

McDonald picked off Gray at the Bantam 44 on Hamilton's next series. Three plays later, Vazzano found Devante Reid for a 34-yard touchdown and a 23-0 cushion with 6:53 to go. The Continentals turned the ball over on downs on their next possession and Trinity went up 30-0 with 1:28 left when Chipouras capped a six-play, 62-yard drive on an 8-yard touchdown run.

The Bantams received the kickoff to open the second half and marched 75 yards in 12 plays. Chipouras bulled in from the 1 on fourth-and-goal and it was 37-0 with 10:15 remaining in the third quarter. Trinity notched its final touchdown on its next drive. Vazzano and Girard hooked up again -- this time for 52 yards -- and the Bantams held a 44-0 advantage with 5:14 to go.

Hamilton scored its touchdown on the third play of the fourth quarter. On first down at the Trinity 34, Schmidt went in motion from left-to-right, cut across the middle and Gray found him wide open near the right sideline at the 15. Schmidt leaped and caught the pass, turned around and scampered the rest of the way into the end zone.

The Continentals host Bowdoin College on Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon. The Bantams return home for a clash with undefeated Tufts University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.