Bobby Gallahue ’14
The Trinity College Bantams topped the Bowdoin College Polar Bears 27-10 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action Saturday at Whittier Field. The game turned into a running back duel between Trinity’s Evan Bunker ’14 and Bowdoin’s Zach Donnarumma (Ramses, NJ). Bunker finished with 136 yards on 32 attempts and two touchdowns, while Donnarumma had 143 yards and a score. This was shockingly Bunker’s lowest yardage total of the year, a testament to how productive he has been so far.
Trinity quarterback Ryan Burgess ’13 also turned in a fantastic effort, completing 13 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Bowdoin opened the scoring with a 21 yard run from Donnarumma, who capped off a 12 play, 69 yard drive. Trinity answered on the very next drive with a 15 yard strike from Burgess to Drew Grombala ’13 for a touchdown. The score would remain tied for the remainder of the quarter. Bowdoin kicker Jimmy Garvey broke the tie with his 7th field goal of the year, making the score 10-7 with 8:27 left in the half. This would signal the end of the scoring for the Polar Bears and the beginning of a methodical march to victory for the Bantams. A quick 67 yard TD strike to A.J Green ’14, his 4th of the year, began the onslaught. After a Bowdoin fumble on the Trinity 20-yard line by Donnarumma, Trinity mounted a back breaking drive. The drive totaled eight minutes, 17 plays and 85 yards and ended in a one yard run by the workhorse Bunker.
With the score 20-10 the Polar Bears needed some magic, but managed to commit two more turnovers. This brought their total to five turnovers on the game, a season high. With the game already in hand, Bunker scored again from the seven-yard line for his team high 6th touchdown on the year. Although a tough loss, Griffen Cardew and Joey Cleary were bright spots for the Polar Bears. Cardew, a senior from Ipswich Ma, totaled 14 tackles and an interception while Cleary (Winchester, Ma) had a sack and added 11 tackles.
Besides Bunker and Burgess, Grombala racked up four catches for seventy yards. An integral part of the Bantams passing attack, Grombala went down with a foot injury and his status for next week’s game is in question. This would be a hard loss for Trinity as they as facing the undefeated Middlebury Panthers at Miller Field on Saturday. Bowdoin will attempt to avoid its third straight loss and will travel to Wesleyan for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. The Cardinals are 4-1 so Bowdoin’s prospects are dim. Trinity moves on undefeated in the season with an overall record of 5-0. The prospect of a perfect season is within their sights as they have only three games remaining in their eight-game season.