Football hosts defending NESCAC champion Trinity in 2013 opener
LEWISTON, Maine – Looking to pick up on the momentum from last year's 5-3 CBB Championship team, Bates football opens its 2013 season against Trinity on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Garcelon Field.
What: Bates College vs. Trinity College
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m.
Where: Garcelon Field | Lewiston, Maine
All-Time Series: Trinity leads 33-7
Last Meeting: Trinity 37, Bates 16 (Hartford, Conn. | Sept. 22, 2012)
Bates Roster Breakdown
Starters Returning/Lost: 14/10
Lettermen Returning/Lost: 38/15
Seniors: 10 | Juniors: 20 | Sophomores: 18 | First-years: 23
QBs: 3 | RBs: 3 | Slotbacks: 8 | WRs: 5 | OL: 12
DL: 12 | LBs: 15 | DBs: 11 | K: 1 | P: 1
Maine: 6 | NH: 8 | MA: 34 | CT: 6
NY/NJ/PA: 8 | VA/TN/GA/FL: 6 | IL: 2 | OR: 1
Bates Returning Statistical Leaders
No. Name GP Att. Yds. Yds/G Avg. TD Lg.
9 Shawn Doherty 8 40 237 29.6 5.9 3 45
5 Mac Jackson 8 39 230 28.8 5.9 1 22
25 Ryan Curit 7 30 133 19.0 4.4 2 25
No. Name GP Comp.-Att. Pct. Yds. Yds/G Yds/Att. TD INT Lg.
25 Ryan Curit 7 1-1 100 36 5.1 36.0 1 0 36
No. Name GP Rec. Yds. Yds/G Avg. TD Lg.
18 Kevin Davis 7 30 366 52.3 12.2 3 36
9 Shawn Doherty 8 15 182 22.8 12.1 4 50
5 Mac Jackson 8 12 70 8.8 5.8 0 12
No. Name GP Tkl. Ast. Tot. Tkl/G Sacks TFL FF FR INT PB
50 John Durkin 8 44 13 57 7.1 2-16 12-33 1 1 0-0 1
30 Andrew Kukesh 8 43 12 55 6.9 0-0 4.5-13 1 1 6-39 1
44 Gilbert Brown 8 37 12 49 6.1 1-8 3.5-16 2 0 3-153 2
6 Mike Kelleher 8 29 9 38 4.8 0-0 0-0 1 1 2-0 1
46 Josh Freedland 7 16 4 20 2.9 0-0 2-4 0 0 1-0 0
The Bobcats return three of their top four tacklers from a season ago in John Durkin, Andrew Kukesh, and Gilbert Brown. Last year, Durkin led the team with 44 solo tackles from his linebacker position and recorded a team-leading 12 tackles for loss. Kukesh finished 2012 second on the team with 43 solo stops and third on the team with 55 total tackles. The defensive back paced the Bobcats with six interceptions, helping the squad set a program record with 32 takeaways. Brown stood as the team's fourth-leading tackler with 49 total stops and picked off three interceptions for a school-record 153 return yards.
Offensively, Bates welcomes back its top-five pass catchers from a season ago, including Kevin Davis and Shawn Doherty. Davis led the team with 30 receptions and 366 receiving yards in 2012 while Doherty hauled in 15 passes for 182 yards and a team-leading four receiving touchdowns.
In the backfield, Doherty stands as the team's top returning rusher from 2012, while Mac Jackson and Ryan Curit both carried the ball over 30 times last season. Doherty rushed 40 times for 237 yards and three touchdowns last year, Jackson had 39 carries for 230 yards and a score, and Ryan Curit toted the ball 30 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Under center, the Bobcats do not return a quarterback who attempted a pass last season.
Bates in 2012
The Bobcats enjoyed a historic season in 2012, finishing 5-3 to record the program's first winning season since the team went 6-2 in 1981. On top of that, Bates won its first CBB championship since 2002, defeating both Colby and Bowdoin last year.
Bates finished third in the nation last season in turnover differential, setting school records for takeaways (32) and interceptions (19).
After a season-opening loss to Trinity, Bates won on the road at Tufts (31-23) before defeating Williams (33-6) in its home debut. The Bobcats lost their next two games – to Wesleyan and at Middlebury – before closing the season on a three-game winning streak, knocking off Colby (31-6), winning at Bowdoin (14-6), and downing Hamilton (47-33) in their home finale.
For their efforts, head coach Mark Harriman earned NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year honors, safety Andrew Kukesh took home All-NESCAC First Team accolades, and kicker Charlie Donahue, offensive lineman Liam O'Neil, and quarterback Trevor Smith all gained spots on the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Trinity in 2012
Last season, Trinity finished the season undefeated at 8-0 taking home the NESCAC title. The Bantams recorded an average margin of victory of over 21 points last season.
Running back Evan Bunker continued his illustrious career for the Bantams, gaining 1,275 yards on the ground a season ago. The Topsfield, Mass., native became the first player in Trinity history to rush for over 3,000 yards in his career, as he currently stands as the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,066 rushing yards. Ben Crick complemented Bunker in the backfield last fall, rushing for 540 yards.
After its season-opening win over Bates, Trinity encountered its stiffest challenge of the season at Williams, pulling out a 17-13 victory. The Bantams won each of their four games in October by at least 17 points with wins at Hamilton (53-14), vs. Tufts (40-7), at Bowdoin (27-10), and vs. Middlebury (45-7) during the month. November proved slightly tougher, but Trinity emerged victorious in its home finale against Amherst (32-20) and in an overtime final weekend win at Wesleyan (30-24).
In 2012, Trinity led the NESCAC in points per game (35.1), rushing yards per game (281.0), pass efficiency offense (152.8), points allowed per game (13.9), passing yards allowed per game (138.0), total yards allowed per game (254.8), and pass efficiency defense (80.8).
Last Year's Meeting
Trinity was a little too tough on both sides of the ball for the Bates College football team in its 2012 season opener on Sept. 22, as the Bantams pulled away for a 37-16 win, their 44th straight at Jessee/Miller Field.
The perennial NESCAC power Bantams outgained Bates 266-103 on the ground and 161-17 through the air. Evan Bunker, who tied for the NESCAC rushing lead last season, ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries to pace the Bantams.
Bates did a number of things well, committing no turnovers in the game and coming up with a few big plays on defense and special teams, and translating them into an early 3-0 lead and a pair of touchdowns that closed a 21-3 deficit into a 21-16 game late into the third quarter.
Evan Dowd had nine tackles, including one for a loss and a pass breakup for the Bobcats, tying safety Andrew Kukesh for the team lead in tackles. Gilbert Brown and Josh Chronopoulos had seven tackles apiece. Defensive back Michael Lee was in on six tackles and also broke up a pass.
Patrick George rushed 13 times for 51 yards and a touchdown, and also returned four kickoffs for 82 more yards. Quarterback Trevor Smith rushed for 19 yards, including a touchdown, and completed 5-of-16 passes for 17 yards.