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Colby struggles to get rolling against Bantams

Hartford, Conn. - The Colby College Football team dropped behind early and struggled to gain momentum as the Trinity College Bantams took the NESCAC contest in Hartford 43-7.  Trinity improves to 4-2 while Colby remains winless on the year.  

For those who follow this year's Mules, we have seen a group that is improving in each phase of the game.  Last week against Middlebury, the offense got off to a quick start and battled the only unbeaten team left in the NESCAC to the final seconds.  The two weeks before, the defense held both Hamilton College and Williams College scoreless in the second half of the contests.  Colby is closing in on a complimentary performance by all three phases of the game, but today was not the day.  

After being held to just three yards on its opening drive, Trinity took their second drive 56 yards for the first score of the game.  The Bantams had three plays over 10 yards on the drive, and even rolled the dice with a fourth and three from the Colby 36 yard line.  Running back Tijani Harris (25 rushes, 158 yards, three touchdowns) converted with a four yard rush, and two plays later found the end zone on an 11 yard scamper.  Colby's next possession produced a three and out, and DeVante Reid returned the ensuing punt 73 yards for the second score.  For their third score, Trinity took to the air for a three yard pass from Seamus Lambert to Jordan Vazzano.  Lambert finished the afternoon with an efficient mark passing 9 of 12 for 230 yards and two touchdowns.  

Colby was determined to enter the half with points on the board.  With five minutes to go in the second quarter, quarterback Matt Hersch took the Mules on an 11 play drive covering 62 yards all the way to the Trinity 13 yard line.  After missing on his first pass attempt of the drive, Hersch strung together five straight completions for 58 yards, and ran for 10 more.  On his next attempt, the pass fell incomplete and the clock ran out.  

In the second half, Trinity returned to form and scored touchdowns on their first three drives while the Mules struggled to convert.  The lone Colby touchdown of the contest came with four minutes remaining as Hersch found Matt Panker on a 26 yard score.  Hersch ended the day 14-32 for 183 yards and the Panker touchdown to go along with one interception.  The Mules could not find much momentum on the ground either, gaining only 85 yards rushing compared to Trinity's 250.  Defensively, Marcus Bullard and CJ Hassan remain atop the league leaderboard in tackles.  Bullard had nine solo stops and ended with 11 total tackles, including one for a loss.  Hassan added seven solo tackles and totaled eight on the afternoon.  Senior Sean Godin (photo inset) added a spark from the middle linebacker position.  Four of his five solo tackles were for a loss including his first sack of the season.  

As disappointing as an 0-6 start is for the Mules, it is important to look at the competition.  The combined record of the six teams Colby has played is 27-9, or a 75% win rate.  The combined record of the next three opponents is 3-15, with a 20% win rate.  First up is in-state rival Bates College.  The Bobcats will be visiting Mayflower Hill next Saturday for a 1:00 PM start time as the Mules set their sights on retaining the CBB Trophy.