September 19, 2008

Tigers Get Impressive Win at Rhodes


Memphis, Tennessee - Trinity's football team opened up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with an impressive 40-19 win at Rhodes College on Saturday afternoon.

Trinity (3-0, 1-0 SCAC) led 27-7 at the half, then added 13 points in the fourth quarter to put the final touches on the team's best performance this season.

First-year kicker Garrett Biel, who kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift Trinity to a 22-21 win last week, set a school record with four field goals made in today's game.  He nailed a 47-yarder early in the fourth quarter for the fourth-longest field goal in school history, then broke the previous record with 1:28 left in the game.

Backup quarterback Patrick Dickinson was 18-22 for 265 yards and three touchdowns through the air, hitting seven different receivers.  He hit 8-9 passes at one point in the first half, and led the Tigers to 17 points in the second quarter.

The Tiger defense forced six turnovers in the game, which is the most for a Trinity team since the 2006 season against Redlands.  Trinity picked up five fumbles and an interception in the game.  Rhodes fumbled on three of its first four possessions in the game, as well as giving the ball away twice to open the second half.

The turnovers also put the Tiger offense in good field position all day, which allowed for the best performance of the young season.  Trinity put up 471 yards of offense and over 600 all-purpose yards in the game.

The Tiger running game, which struggled last weekend, averaged nearly four yards per carry and posted 200 total yards. 

Chris Baer, last year's SCAC rushing leader, carried the ball 16 times for 123 yards to lead all players in the game.  Al Furlow rushed for 47 yards and the team's only touchdown on the ground.

Riley Curry led all receivers with his first 100-yard game of the year, catching seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.  Caleb Urban and Daniel South also caught TD passes from Dickinson.   

Curry and Baer also had over 100 yards rushing and receiving against Rhodes in last year's 17-0 win in San Antonio.

Defensively, Trinity gave up just two touchdowns to Rhodes, with the third being scored on a long fumble recovery.  The Tiger defense was led by Dennis Grebe and Antonio Debouse with five tackles each. 

Tyler Barrett picked up a fumble and an interception in the game, returning the interception 32 yards, and ending the final possession of the day for Rhodes.  Barrett also had 62 yards on punt and kick returns in the game.

Trinity will continue its conference schedule - and its long season-opening road trip - next weekend in Jackson, Mississippi.  The Tigers face the defending SCAC champions in Millsaps College.

Garrett Biel, last week's SCAC Special Teams Player of the Week, kicked a school-record four field goals at Rhodes

Patrick Dickinson completed 18-22 passes for nearly 300 yards against Rhodes, connecting for three touchdowns in the win

Chris Baer rushed for a season-best 123 yards on Saturday, which was his second-straight 100-yard game against Rhodes


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