Tie up the cleats and strap on the pads because the 2017 fall athletic season at Trinity-Pawling has officially begun.
Led by a plethora of returning players along with a splattering of new faces, the varsity football team has looked unstoppable on both sides of the ball as they stand 3-0 on the season.
The Pride beat Avon Old Farms in their 2017 premiere, 21-14, but was dominant for the majority of the game over the Winged Beavers. Since then, T-P steamrolled Loomis at home 48-29 followed by an away stuffing of Taft, 51-20.
Quarterback Brandon Harris ’17, returned to the Pride this season as a dual threat QB, now utilizing his passing abilities as well as his running skills. Against Loomis and Taft, Harris threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in each of the two games.
Harris’ favorite target Jonathon Girard ’17 has had a breakout year with four receiving touchdowns in three games, three of which were from fifty or more yard out of the end zone.
Also returning, Dennis Ilmela ’17 has played nearly every snap this season on the offensive and defensive line, Christian Layne ’17 has been the leader on defense while also contributing on special teams, and Cam Tillman ’18 has led the squad with 28 tackles.
Newcomer, Dakota Harvey ’17, has been an absolute wrecking ball running the pigskin for the Pride. The 6’2” 240 pounder has rushed for six touchdowns in three games with 423 yards on the ground.
Also joining the Blue and Gold, Will Dencker ’17 and Sam Opont ’17 have been huge impacts on both sides of the ball. Dencker is second on the team with 24 tackles, while Opont is a factor on almost every play on the field.
The varsity Cross Country team continues to impress as they stand 3-3 on the season with wins over Berkshire, Taft and Salisbury. Will Estony ’17 has led the way in each and every race for the Pride highlighted by a 16:58 time at Taft on October 1st.
Nate Tanner ’18 has made leaps and bounds this season, as he began as JV runner and now is consistently in the top four runners for the Blue and Gold. Hunter Olstein ’17 and Luke Jorgensen ’17 have been huge assets to the Pride as they both frequently place in the top three.
Soccer stands at 3-4-2 currently with wins over Brunswick, St. Lukes and Hopkins School. Head coach Bill Dunham who was head coach of the Pride for many years before stepping aside seven years ago is back at the helm this year, and his intensity and knowledge has certainly been an asset thus far in the season.
Last week, T-P defeated Hopkins 2-0 on goals from Joe Morley ’17 followed by another by Avery Johnson ’17. New midfielder Osumon Imoro ’17 has taken over as the team’s main distributor of the ball around the field.
Following the defeat of Hopkins, the Pride came away with a nil-nil tie against a very good Choate squad. Zack Mazur ’17 made some huge saves from between the pipes and held onto his second shutout of the week.
JV soccer is 2-3-1 led by Justin Lampert ’17 and David Choi ’18. Third’s soccer is 3-1 with contributors like Logan Morales ’20 and AJ O’Buck ’19. Fourth’s soccer is 1-1-1 with defensive help from Henry Hatfield ’20 and Chad Claderwood ’20, while middle school soccer is 2-0-1 with great play from Aidan Morgan ’21 and goalie Christian Jackowski ’21.