Notes: Trinity used a tremendous advantage in field position and time of possession to overpower Wesleyan, 28-14, in the season finale for both teams. Each finished the season with a 4-4 record.
Each team had 10 possessions in the contest. Trinity's average possession started at its own 48 yard line while Wesleyan averaged its own 21 yard line. Trinity owned the ball for 40:14 of the game to Wesleyan's 19:46. Trinity moved inside the Wesleyan 30 yard line eight times, scoring four TDs and missing two field goals while turning the ball over on downs once and having another drive conclude at the final gun. Other than its two TDs, Wesleyan did not penetrate inside the Trinity 30. The high point of the game for Wesleyan came late in the contest after the Cardinals held on down at its own 10-yard line. Taking over with 4:28 to play, QB Brennan Carney hit wide receiver George Thompson with a 50-yard bomb and Thompson legged it the remaining 40 yards for a 90-yard TD. It was the longest scoring pass in Wesleyan history. Three other tandems had connected for 85-yard TDs, the last coming in 1990 when Dave D'Onofrio hit Drew Marrochello during a game with Colby. The TD was the ninth of the season for Thompson, which leads the NESCAC.
But it was quick passes by Trinity QB Greg Ward, who completed 20 of 27 attem,pts for 157 yards, and the running of Brian Fabrizio (29-136, 2 TDs) and Tom Pierandri (22-106, 1 TD) that powered the consistent Trinity offense. The Bantams four scoring drives utilized 37 plays, covered 227 yards and consumed 16 minutes. In total Trinity had 82 plays for 408 yards. Wesleyan had 52 plays for 306 yards as Carney completed 10 of 30 passes for 211 yards with Thompson making three catches for 121 yards.
Despite trailing 14-0 at halftime, Wesleyan scored on its opening possession of the second half, moving 78 yards on 14 plays with Young Douglas scoring from a yard out for his 11th rushing TD of the season, a league high. But Trinity came right back to go up by 14 after a 52-yard kickoff return by Matt Glasz put Trinity at the Wesleyan 39-yard line. Nine plays later, Fabrizio had his second TD of the day. The Bantams upped the margin to 21 when Pierandri bolted up the middle for 25 yards and a TD on the final play of the third period, capping an eight-play, 73-yard march.
|1st Qtr.||2nd Qtr.||3rd Qtr.||4th Qtr,||-||Total|
Trinity - Brian Fabrizio 3 run (Skip Sullivan kick) 9:53
Trinity - Patrick Staub 17 pass from Greg Ward (Skip Sullivan kick) 0:51
Wesleyan - Young Douglas 1 run (Vin Balsamo kick) 9:38
Trinity - Brian Fabrizio 4 run (Skip Sullivan kick) 5:35
Trinity - Tom Pierandri 25 run (Skip Sullivan kick) 0:00
Wesleyan - George Thompson 90 pass from Brennan Carney (Vin Balsamo kick) 4:15
|First Downs (run/pass/penalty)||23 (14-8-1)||14 (7-7-0)|
|Rushes - Yards||55-251||25-95|
|Passes Attempted - Completed - Intercepted||27-20-0||30-10-3|
|Fumbles - Lost||0-0||0-0|
|Penalties - Yards||10-54||2-21|
|Return Yards (punt, interception. fumble)||30||2|
|Kickoff Returns - Yards||1-52||5-76|
|Punts - Yards - Average||2-81-40.5||3-67-22.3|
|Time of Possession||40:14||19:46|
|3rd/4th Down Conversions||9-18/4-5||8-13/0-1|
RUSHING: Trinity - Brian Fabrizio, 29-136, 2 TDs ; Tom Pierandri, 22-106, 1 TD ; Drew Finkeldey, 2-14 ; Greg Ward, 2-(-5). Wesleyan - Young Douglas, 12-52, 1 TD ; Greg Thomas, 4-19 ; Larry Woolard, 4-19 ; Brennan Carney, 5-5.
PASSING: Trinity - Greg Ward, 27-20-0, 157 yards, 1 TD. Wesleyan - Brennan Carney, 30-10-3, 211 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING: Trinity - Patrick Staub, 5-55, 1 TD ; Joe Wahl, 5-34, 1 TD ; Drew Finkeldey, 4-25 ; Brian Fabrizio, 3-23 ; Bradley Soules, 2-15 ; Tom Pierandri, 1-5. Wesleyan - George Thompson, 3-121, 1 TD ; Todd Themistocles, 2-23 ; Larry Woolard, 2-14 ; Sam Fletcher, 1-37 ; James Wallace, 1-11 ; Young Douglas, 1-5.
PUNTING: Trinity - Joe Wahl, 2-81, 40.5 average. Wesleyan - Sam Fletcher, 3-67, 22.3 average.