HARTFORD, Conn. — Darrien Myers racked up 234 total yards and caught three touchdown passes to lead Trinity College to a 38-7 win over Bates College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference opener Saturday.

Bates, which hasn’t beaten Trinity since 1979, led 7-0 after sophomore quarterback Sandy Plashkes’ 3-yard TD run 2:10 into the game. Plashkes set up the score with a 57-yard run.

Eric Sachse’s 36-yard field goal kicked off a string of 38 unanswered Trinity points. Myers followed with TD receptions of 20, 5 and 30 yards from junior QB Sonny Puzzo in the second in third quarters to help the Bantams pull away.

Bates won the time of possession battle by 18 seconds but managed just 36 passing yards and was 4-for-20 on third down conversions. Trinity finished with 480 yards of total offense, with Myers catching seven passes for 87 of Puzzo’s 182 yards passing.

Peter Boyer led the Bobcats with 60 yards rushing on 19 carries, while Plashkes finished with 54 yards on 15 attempts. Mark Upton led the Bobcats defensively with 11 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Joe Frake also had 11 tackles.

Bates visits Tufts next Saturday before opening its home schedule against Williams on Oct. 8.


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