/seasons/2012/contrib/20120831uc9ech

Trine Kicks off the DIII Season With a Victory

More news about: Trine

ANGOLA, Ind. - For the sixth straight year the Trine University football team has started their season with a win as they defeated Manchester University 24-14 behind a 17-point second quarter.

After neither team was able to get going in the opening quarter, both sides broke the game open in the second quarter, started by a 15 play, 80 yard drive by Trine that was capped off by a two yard run from senior quarterback Ryan Hargraves (Taylor, Mich./Truman) to put the Thunder on the board first.

The Spartans would answer right back with a long drive of their own, going 19 plays and 78 yards to tie the game on four yard run by Austin Adams.

The tie game wouldn't last long though. On the ensuing kickoff, senior Myron Puryear (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) took the kick back 92 yards for his second career kickoff return for a touchdown. Trine's defense came up big on Manchester's ensuing possession forcing a three and out.

The Thunder would again drive down the field as Hargraves connected on a 16 yard pass to fellow senior JaVontae Hence (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) and then another to sophomore Luke Roush (Marion, Ind./Southern Wells) for 11 yards. Junior Tyler Keck (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) would connect on a 39 yard field goal with just 13 seconds left in the half to give the Thunder a 17-7 lead at the break.

The third quarter would again see neither team put points up on the scoreboard. Trine was able to connect on four first downs, but committed three penalties for 20 yards.

Trine opened the fourth quarter by going three and out allowing Manchester to use a short field, driving just 37 yards on six plays, capped off by an 18 yard run by the Spartan quarterback Nick Williams.

After Trine went three and out, the Thunder defense came up big again as they forced the Spartans to turn over the ball on downs after forcing an incomplete pass. This time Trine would use the short field to their advantage as they needed just 46 yards to put the game away. Hargraves would easily score his second rushing touchdown of the game on a draw play from 11 yards out. Hargraves score was setup when his pass found fellow senior Sean Collins (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) for the longest play from scrimmage of the night for 29 yards.

Junior Blaek Combs (Rushville, Ind./Rushville Consolidate) put an exclamation mark on the game as he intercepted the Manchester pass on third down to run out the final seconds on the clock and secure the victory for the Thunder.

On the night Hargraves completed 13-of-23 passes for 123 yards while running for 28 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. On the ground for the Thunder, sophomore Jared Barton (Middleton, Mich./Fulton) led the way with a game-high 73 yards on 18 carries. Hence led all receivers with seven catches for 64 yards.

On the defensive side, junior Caleb Nitz (Baroda, Mich./Lakeshore) had a game-high 12 tackles (6 solo). Fellow junior Tony Miranda (Goshen, Ind./NorthWood) recorded eight tackles while sophomore Ryan Hogan (Vine Grove, Ky./Meade County) recorded Trine's only sack of the game.

The two teams had nearly identical statistics for the night as Manchester out-gained the Thunder 259-244. The Spartans ran for 133 yards while Trine scrambled for 121. Manchester threw for three more yards than the Thunder 126-123. Trine converted 6-of-13 on third downs while going a perfect 3-3 on red-zone opportunities.

The win improves Trine to 12-6 all-time in season openers. It marks the sixth straight win against Manchester, improving their all-time record against the Spartans to 6-1.

Trine will head out on the road to Elmhurst College for the first-ever meeting between the two schools on September 8 beginning at 2:00 pm (est.).

Aug. 31: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Moravian at King's
Live stats Tickets
7:00 PM
Methodist at Campbell
7:00 PM
Alfred State at Coast Guard
Live stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
Live stats
7:00 PM
Stevenson at Frostburg State
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Wesley at Delaware Valley
7:00 PM
Mayville St. at Buena Vista
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Video Live stats
8:00 PM
McMurry at Okla. Panhandle
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Curry
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Washington and Lee
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
FDU-Florham at TCNJ
7:00 PM
MIT at Becker
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
Video Live stats
7:30 PM
Anna Maria at WPI
Video Live stats
7:30 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
Video Live stats
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live stats
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
Live stats
12:00 PM
Norwich at Morrisville State
Live stats
12:00 PM
Bethany at Ursinus
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Brockport at Hobart
12:00 PM
Augustana at Cortland
12:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Buffalo State
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Video Live stats Live stats
12:30 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Mount Union
Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Oberlin
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Catholic at McDaniel
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Heidelberg at Olivet
Live stats
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
1:00 PM
Alma at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Castleton at Plymouth State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
1:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at John Carroll
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Alfred at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Merchant Marine
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Albion at Wabash
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Randolph-Macon
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bluffton at Wooster
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Husson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Averett at Hampden-Sydney
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at RPI
1:00 PM
Franklin at Thomas More
Live stats
1:00 PM
Greensboro at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Capital
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Defiance
Live stats
1:30 PM
Earlham at Wilmington
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at UW-Stevens Point
2:00 PM
Carthage at Aurora
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Guilford at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Simpson
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Nebraska Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Finlandia at Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Bethel
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Grinnell at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Hamline at Crown
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Whitworth at Central
2:00 PM
Coe at UW-River Falls
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Ripon
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Presentation at Lawrence
Video
2:00 PM
George Fox at UW-Platteville
Live stats
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Beloit
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Rockford at MacMurray
3:00 PM
Austin at Bacone
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at La Verne
5:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Hartwick
6:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Adrian
Live stats Audio
6:00 PM
North Park at Anderson
7:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Southern Virginia
Live stats
7:00 PM
Brevard at Davidson
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live stats
7:00 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Marietta at Geneva
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Utica
7:00 PM
Southwestern at Denison
7:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
7:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
7:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Illinois College
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Trinity Int'l at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas-Permian Basin
7:00 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
7:00 PM
Wayland Baptist at Louisiana College
7:00 PM
Knox at Eureka
Video Live stats
8:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Augsburg
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Benedictine
8:00 PM
Lyon at Hendrix
8:00 PM
Howard Payne at Southwestern Assemblies
10:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Redlands
10:00 PM
Rhodes at Willamette
Live stats
Maintenance in progress.