ANGOLA – Olivet used two long touchdown drives spanning the third and fourth quarters to pull away from Trine 34-17 Saturday in an MIAA game at Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium.
The Comets (6-0, 3-0 MIAA) led 21-10 at halftime, but Trine (3-3, 0-3) drew within 21-17 with 13:10 remaining in the third as freshman quarterback Alex Price connected on a 13-yard scoring pass to Adam Glutting.
Olivet responded with an 11-play, 65-yard drive to extend the lead to 28-17 heading into the fourth. The Comets scored the only points of the fourth as part of a 14-play, 80-yard drive and took 9:02 off the clock to go up 34-17.
Price finished 15-of-24 passing for 184 yards and two TDs. He was also the team's leading rusher with 83 yards on 17 carries. Senior Jacob Chesney led all receivers with five catches and had 48 yards.
Trine's offense struggled early with its first two possessions ending in turnovers, forcing the Thunder defense to try and keep the Comets out of the endzone early. The Trine defense held Olivet to a three-and-out on its first drive following the Thunder's first turnover, but couldn't keep the Comets out of the endzone on their second attempt from a short field and put the ball in the endzone on a 40-yard pass completion resulting in a 7-0 deficit at the 8:04 mark.
Following the Olivet score, Trine's offense put together a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive of its own that included a 20-yard pass play from Price to senior Seth Boggs and a 17-yard run by Price and ended in an 11-yard TD completion from Price to sophomore Gutting for the score to make it a 7-7 game.
The teams traded TDs as the Comets answered on their next drive and went 81 yards in four plays to cap the drive with a four-yard run for the final points of the first quarter and take a 14-7 lead after one quarter.
Trine when senior kicker Lucas Garza made a 41-yard field goal at the 13:21 minute mark of the second quarter to cut into the deficit to 14-10.
Later in the quarter, Olivet added to its lead on a 13-yard pass play that ended a sizeable 16-play, 79-yard drive that lasted 7:13 to make it 21-10 at intermission.
Defensively, junior Ivan Upshaw, a New Haven graduate, had a game-high 12 tackles (seven solo and five assists). Junior Keysean Amison also fnished in double figures in tackles with 10 stops (five solo and five assists).
Trine will play host to Finlandia (Mich.) University in a MIAA matchup at 1 p.m. Oct. 26.