Date Posted:10/19/2006, 10:00PM
This weekend is Homecoming at Bowdoin College, where Saturday the Polar Bear football team will play Trinity for the 35th time in the history of the series. The Polar Bears (0-4) are looking to get into the win column for the first time this season, while Trinity (3-1) will look to take their eighth straight victory over Bowdoin.
Bowdoin College is pleased to announce the live broadcast of Saturday's Homecoming football game from Whittier Field. Visit the Bowdoin Podcast Page shortly before gametime.
After their NCAA-best win streak came to an end at Williams in week two (by giving up 41 points, no less), the Bantams' defense has answered the bell in the past two weeks. Trinity has blanked their last two opponents (Tufts and Hamilton) by a combined 30-0 score and have not allowed a point in their last 123:30 of play.
Bowdoin senior defensive back Dave Donahue (uniform number 13) has enjoyed a nice career against Trinity. In three seasons against the Bantams, Donahue has posted 32 tackles (10.6/game), two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups. He is second on the Polar Bears with 31 tackles this season.
BOWDOIN BY THE NUMBERS
Bowdoin's defense currently ranks 10th in the NESCAC in yards allowed, but the Polar Bears are allowing 18.8 points per game- eighth in the league. Although the Polar Bear offense ranks sixth in the conference in yardage, the unit has scored just two touchdowns this season.
The Polar Bear offense struggled with fumbles last Saturday against Hamilton, putting the ball on the ground nine times. Even though Bowdoin recovered six of those fumbles, the squad has lost the ball via fumble four times this year. Bowdoin only gave up five fumbles in all of 2005 and currently has a minus-one turnover ratio.
Individually, Jeff Smith's 125-yard rushing effort against the Continentals moved him into second place in the conference rushing standings. He is averaging 72.8 yards rushing per contest. Doug Johnson's nine-catch effort in Clinton improved him to second in the league in receptions per game (6.0) and yards receiving average (88.7). John Regan is fourth in the league in tackles with 9.5 per game and is tied for the league lead with three interceptions this season.
SCOUTING THE BANTAMS
Trinity relies heavily on a ball-control offense and stingy defense to deliver victory. The Bantams are averaging 114.2 rushing yards per game and stand first in the NESCAC in total defense. Trinity has allowed six touchdowns this season, with five of them coming in the Williams game. Against Colby, Hamilton and Tufts, Trinity has accumulated a 57-10 advantage on the scoreboard.
Gennaro Leo leads the Trinity offense and the NESCAC in rushing with an 85.0 yards/game average and four touchdowns this season. Wideout and kick returner Chris Olenoski leads the NESCAC in all-purpose yardage (123.8/game), while linebacker Tyler Berry is fourth in the conference with three sacks this season.
Trinity totalled 318 rushing yards, while holding Bowdoin to just 42 in a 23-3 win in Hartford. Kevin Swiniarski booted three field goals for the Bantams, while Jordan Quinones (129 yards rushing) and Chandler Barnard (124) led the ground attack for Trinity.
Dave Donahue and Brendan Murphy had 14 tackles apiece and a forced fumble apiece for Bowdoin, while Scott Brisson '06 caught three passes for 83 yards.
BOWDOIN vs. TRINITY
Trinity has won eight straight against Bowdoin, dating back to 1998. The Bantams hold a 27-6-2 edge in the all-time series which dates back to 1912. Trinity-Bowdoin games tend to be lopsided, with the margin of victory being in double-digits in either direction 15 times in the last 16 years. The last time the duo played a tight contest was 1995- a 14-12 Trinity victory.