HARTFORD, Conn. — The Colby College football team kept defending league champion Trinity College off the scoreboard for nearly 20 minutes, but the Bantams got going in the second quarter on the way to a 35-0 season-opening victory on Saturday at Jessee/Miller Field.
The Mules (0-1 overall) will have their home opener next Saturday at 1 p.m. against Williams College. The Ephs took a 28-14 win at home over Bowdoin College on Saturday.
* The Mules had points taken off the scoreboard due to a costly penalty on the final play of the first quarter. All-NESCAC kicker John Baron was good on a 41-yard field goal, but a tripping penalty forced the Mules to punt and took away a possible 3-0 lead.
* Colby had two fumble recoveries in the first quarter to keep the game scoreless after 15 minutes.
* The Bantams scored three touchdowns in the final 10:32 of the second quarter. Max Chipouras capped an 80-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring run for a 7-0 lead.
* Sonny Puzzo tossed a 31-yard scoring strike to Koby Schofer with 6:19 remaining to finish off a 60-yard drive. Chipouras added a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:01 left for a 21-0 lead at intermission.
* Chipouras had an 82-yard run to the Colby 1-yard line in the third quarter. Puzzo did a quarterback sneak for the touchdown and a 28-0 lead.
* Puzzo threw his second scoring pass with 7:20 left in the third, hitting Matt Hirshman on a 6-yard play.
* Colby running back Jake Schwern had the best game of his collegiate career. He rushed 16 times for 72 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and caught a team-high five passes for 38 yards.
* Baron had four punts inside the 20-yard line for the Mules.
* Colby defensive back Don Vivian led the Mules in tackles (8) and had one fumble recovery. Sean Godin added seven tackles, while Patrick Sopko had one tackle for loss among his five stops. Hans Gabriel had two tackles for loss and four total tackles.
* Chipouras ran for 131 yards on 15 carries for Trinity (1-0). Schofer had seven catches for 112 yards and Puzzo threw for 224 yards.