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January 19, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Bunker, Cyr earn Trinity football awards

Trinity College had an unbelievable 8-0 football season to cop the NESCAC championship. Earlier this month at the team’s annual banquet two local players received honors. Junior running back Evan Bunker, former Masco star, took home the John Kelly Offensive MVP for the second straight year while sophomore defensive end Nate Cyr of St. John’s Prep was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Bantams put up a lot of points this past season, winning most games by wide margins, but they struggled in the final against Wesleyan before pulling out a 30-24 overtime win to keep the record perfect. It marked the 13th consecutive winning season which includes five unbeaten years. In the last 11 seasons the record has been 6-2 or better every time. Trinity also has an amazing 47 game home winning streak.

Another local player, sophomore Brendan Oliver of Danvers (Pingree), played a key role at tight end. The Bantams outscored opponents 281-101 and had only allowed 57 points until the last two games. Bunker led the team in rushing with 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 97 yards. He received All American honorable mention by Beyond Sports Network and was an ECAC All-Star.

Cyr, who lives in Kingston, New Hampshire, played in all eight games and had 19 unassisted tackles and eight assisted for a total of 27 with two sacks and eight tackles for losses.

Bantams coach Jeffrey Devanney was named New England Division II/III Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club. The former Trinity graduate, who has been at the helm for the past seven years, said Bunker, Cyr, and Oliver are all great kids. The 6-foot-1, 250 pound Cyr, who was a captain and Catholic Conference All-Star at St. John’s, made the adjustment from the offensive to defensive side of the ball with ease.

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