TRINITY 27 HAMILTON 14
October 7, 1996
After the offensive shootout in the first half the teams combined for six interceptions and seven punts in the second stanza.
Trinity took a 7-0 lead on an 11-yard TD pass from Joe Mullaney to Brian Byrne at 10:55 of the first quarter. A Craig Borsari interception late in the first led to another Trinity touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Mullaney to Robert Norton. A missed extra point resulted in a 13-0 Bantam lead with 13:30 remaining in the half.
On the next possession, Hamilton drove 62 yards on 12 plays, keyed by several long Scott Milleisen rushes. A seven-yard Adam Hodges touchdown run cut the Trinity lead to 13-7. Trinity answered with a five-yard Ray Jones touchdown, capping a seven-play 64-yard drive, giving the Bantams a 21-7 lead. But, Hamilton bounced back as Dan DeBlois led the Continentals down the field in 1:15 and hit Kelby Valenti with a 22-yard touchdown strike with 1:07 left in the half to cut the margin to 27-14.
Hamilton intercepted four Trinity passes to thwart Bantam drives in the third and early in the fourth, but could not capitalize as the Continentals threw four interceptions as well. Both offenses could not get anything going until late in the second half when Hamilton took over on its own 12 with 3:03 remaining. However, the Borsari interception, his second of the game, sealed the win for the Bantams.
Ray Jones led Trinity with 150 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries. Mullaney was six of 14 for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
For Hamilton, Scott Milleisen rushed for 122 yards on 30, while DeBlois was 17-46 for 175 yards and one touchdown.