Football Fumbles, Loses to Bantams



The Panthers line up against the Bates Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The Panthers traveled to Hartford, Connecticut this past weekend to face the Trinity Bantams. Middlebury suffered a 48-0 loss, bringing its season record to 4-3, while Trinity won its sixth game of the season.

Offensively, the Panthers had a hard time working the ball down the field. Unable to catch onto momentum, the team did its best to suppress the Trinity offense, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Sophomores Jonathan Hobart and Pete Huggins recorded 12 and 11 tackles during the game, respectively.

Punter Maxwell Rye ’20 had an impressive game, with a game average of 41 yards per punt. His season average of 39.7 yards per game puts him on top of the leaderboard for NESCAC punters.

Looking forward, the Middlebury team will be facing Hamilton and Tufts to determine whether it ends with a winning record. The Panthers will also be fighting for a strong NESCAC standing in the coming weeks. 

Last year, Hamilton had one of its seasons in the past few years. This year, the Continentals are on the same path, with a 2-5 record and immense potential. Earlier in the season, Hamilton beat Wesleyan in a close 33-29 game, while the Cardinals beat the Panthers earlier in the season. Though Hamilton was able to beat teams Middlebury struggled against, the Panthers will go in looking to turn heads and move up the NESCAC rankings.

Coming up, the Panthers will also face the Tufts Jumbos on Saturday, Nov. 10 for their last home game of the season. The Jumbos are 5–2 on the season thus far and pose a bigger threat to Middlebury’s season. The Panthers beat Amherst while Tufts lost to Amherst, proving that this game is up for grabs. Hopefully, a home crowd will ramp up enough energy and excitement for a win.

Aditionally, Middlebury will be facing Tufts on its home field for the last game of the season, which will ramp up energy and excitement for the Panthers.