Hartford, Conn. – The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title returned to Hartford as the Trinity College football team, led by 2018 NESCAC Coach of the Year Jeff Devanney (13th season), won its third consecutive championship, finishing with an 8-1 record for the second year in a row. The Bantams finished ranked No. 2 in New England at the end of the fall and boasted a league-best (tied) 12 All-NESCAC selections while shattering numerous records as well.

The squad enjoyed a historic season statistically, setting conference records with 4,179 total yards of offense (474.9 ypg, 11th in nation) and 6.49 yards per play. The Bantams also led the NESAC in rushing yards with 2,059 and passing yards with 2,120, while finishing third-best in league history with 324 total points. Under Devanney's lead, Trinity held opponents to just 10.0 points per game this season (6th in nation) while creating 15 takeaways and 22 sacks. The Bantams held opponents to just 67.7 rushing yards per game which ranked 11th-best in the nation, and topped the NESCAC in team passing efficiency with a 152.30 mark.

Coach Jeff Devanney (13th season)

Five different players received weekly honors this fall. Senior RB Max Chipouras (Longmeadow, Mass.) was the first to earn NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing 15 times for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of the season opener. Chipouras was player of the week again later in the season after rushing 24 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard score late in the fourth quarter in Trinity’s pivotal, 27-16 victory over Amherst late in the year. The senior tri-captain also earned the New England Football Writers Division III Gold Helmet Award and the Noontime Sports Offensive Star of the Week thanks to his performance in the Amherst game, while sophomore DE Jimmie Christiano (Middlebury, Conn.) was a Noontime Sports Defensive Star of the Week after the Amherst game after finishing with six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Senior K Eric Sachse (Jefferson, Mass.) and junior QB Jordan Vazzano (Trumbull, Conn.) were named NESCAC Players of the Week during the same week in late-September. Sachse was named Special Teams Player of the Week after going 8-for-8 on PAT's and nailing the longest field goal in Trinity history with a 50-yarder against Bates. In the same game, Vazzano completed 20 passes in 36 attempts for 353 yards and threw for five touchdowns while adding a rushing score to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors while also being named as a Noontime Sports Offensive Star of the Week. On October 7, sophomore KR Colin Beaulieu (Bethany, Conn.) earned NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after returning a punt 74 yards to the house against Hamilton.

Vazzano (top), Christiano (left), Beaulieu (right)

Chipouras, junior OL Austin Baiardi (Smithtown, N.Y.) and rookie QB Seamus Lambert (North Andover, Mass.) all claimed major awards and honors after the end of the season. Chipouras was named to the D3Football All-East Region First Team while Baiardi earned D3Football.com All-East Region Third Team honors. The pair was also named to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team as well as the All-NESCAC First Team. Chipouras capped off his historic career by being named the NESCAC Co-Player of the Year while Lambert was awarded for his stellar late-season quarterback play with NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year honors.

Max Chipouras '19

Austin Baiardi '20

Seamus Lambert '22

Joining Chipouras and Baiardi on the All-NESCAC First Team were Christiano, Sachse, senior OL Steve O'Reilly (Topsfield, Mass.), senior DL Corey Jean-Jacques (Haverhill, Mass.), junior FB Joe Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.), junior WR Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.), junior DL Devyn Perkins (Brookline, Mass.) and sophomore WR Jonathan Girard (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Senior tri-captain DL Nick Rose (Arlington, Mass.) and junior LB Daniel Negron (Hartsdale, N.Y.) earned second-team honors.

Senior tri-captain Sameir Madden (Norristown, Pa.) represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship squad while O'Reilly, Rose, Vazzano, seniors Matt LaPorta (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Brad Whitman (Salisbury, Mass.) and juniors Josh Brito (Wayland, Mass.), Matthew Evans (Whitham, Mass.) and Dan McKeeney (Westwood, Mass.) landed on the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team thanks to their hard work in the classroom.

Sameir Madden '19 (left) and Matt Patry '20 (right)

Trinity dominated the opposition this season, outscoring their opponents by a 324-90 mark, highlighted by defensive shutouts in three games. The first of which came in a season-opening, 35-0, drubbing of Colby College. Against the Mules, Chipouras had 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns while Girard finished with 166 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Trinity's defense held Colby to just 167 yards of total offense and made ten tackles for loss. Rookie S Robert Levine (Catonsville, Md.) led the way with 12 tackles while Perkins and Negron both forced fumbles.

The following weekend versus Bates, Vazzano threw for 353 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score to lead the team to a 59-16 victory. Schofer had a career day, finishing with ten catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns through the air while Sachse broke a Trinity college record with a 50-yard field goal. Trinity's defense was dominant once again as the Bobcats managed just 102 total yards of offense and turned the ball over twice, fumbles recovered by Rose and Brito.

Negron (left), Perkins (right), Girard (bottom)

After a dominant, 44-7 thrashing of Hamilton in early October, the Bantams handed Tufts its first loss of the season, scoring 30 unanswered points to overcome a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter. Trinity outgained Tufts on the ground, 250-68, as Vazzano complemented Chipouras' 164 rushing yards with 71 yards on the ground in addition to his 220 passing yards. Christiano highlighted Trinity's day defensively, recording his first career interception which he returned 52 yards into Jumbo territory.

The Bantams took care of business against Bowdoin, led by Lambert who went 22-for-29 for 280 yards passing with three touchdowns while adding 75 yards rushing. The win was Trinity's 20th-straight over the Polar Bears as they improved to 5-1 on the year. The following week, the team came away from Vermont with a 48-0 triumph over Middlebury, led by Chipouras and rookie RB Spencer Lockwood (Killingly, Conn.) who combined for 272 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Trinity's defense notched 3 sacks and an interception against the Panthers, setting up a week eight showdown at Amherst in a game that had major championship implications.

Eric Sachse '19

Trinity downed Amherst, 27-16, in the second-to-last week of the season to set itself up for a third-straight championship. Chipouras ran for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 70-yard scamper to paydirt with 2:53 left to play, while Schofer finished with 102 yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns. Trinity's defense came up clutch on multiple occasions including senior Dago Picon-Roura (Roslindale, Mass.) ending a Mammoth drive with an interception just before the half. Christiano put the exclamation point on the afternoon, ending Amherst’s final chances to retake the lead with a strip-sack as he finished the day with two sacks, a forced fumble, and three tackles for a loss. The victory was Trinity's 17th-consecutive home triumph and gave the Bantams control over their own destiny heading into the season finale at in-state rival Wesleyan University.

Picon-Roura '19

Against Wesleyan, Trinity dominated throughout the afternoon, coming away with a 9-0 victory to finish the season 8-1 and claim its third consecutive NESCAC Championship. Against the Cardinals, rookie WR Devante Reid (White Plains, N.Y.) ran for the only touchdown of the game while Sachse punched in a field goal to hold the game at nine points. Trinity held Wesleyan to 175 yards of total offense and just 62 yards on the ground while recording a staggering eight sacks. Christiano and Perkins had 2.5 sacks apiece, while Negron added two sacks, and senior LB Jacob Martilotti (Wayne, Pa.) finished with a team-high nine tackles and one sack. Negron, Christiano, and Picon-Roura all forced fumbles as well while Picon-Roura picked off his second pass of the fall.

Offensively, this year, Chipouras led the NESCAC in rushing with 1143 yards and averaged 127 yards per game, averaged 5.4 yards per carry and scored a NESCAC-best 11 times on the ground. Chipouras capped off a historic career this fall. The Longmeadow native led the conference in rushing for the second consecutive fall, averaging 127.0 yards per game while scoring 11 times becoming only the second Trinity player in program history to eclipse the 3,000-career rushing yard mark.

Chipouras '19

Lambert played in six games under center for the Bantams this fall. He finished the season with nine touchdowns and threw for over 752 yards while posting a completion percentage of 69.2. Lambert is the fifth Bantam to be recognized with the Rookie of the Year honor and the fourth since 2013. He joins Evan Bunker (2010), Sonny Puzzo (2013), Chris Simmons (2014) and teammate Max Chipouras (2015).

Schofer and Girard proved to be the top receiving duo in the conference. Schofer ranked third in the conference in receptions per game (5.50) while catching 11 touchdowns, finishing the year with 763 receiving yards on 44 receptions. Girard enjoyed a monster sophomore season, averaging 111.7 receiving yards per game to lead the NESCAC. His 97-yard reception versus Colby was the longest in the NESCAC this fall. He finished with 46 receptions for 1,005 yards in eight games this year, the only NESCAC wideout to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. His eight touchdowns ranks third-best in the league among receivers.

Schofer '20 (left) and Girard '21 (right)

On the defensive side, Negron led the Bantams with 53 tackles (31 solo) and added 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss and also forced a pair of fumbles. Perkins finished with 38 tackles (27 solo) and wreaked havoc in opposing backfields, finishing with 4.5 sacks and nine tackles for a loss while forcing a league-best three fumbles and recovering one to go along with two pass breakups. Christiano, who was also one of the league's top defensive lineman, recorded 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss for 61 yards. He also tied for the league-lead with three forced fumbles, blocked a kick and finished with an interception which he returned for 52 yards. Rose caps off his career with his first all-conference selection after finishing with 23 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in his final season.

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