MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The head coaches and captains of the Wesleyan University and Trinity College football programs spoke in front of media members and alumni at the second annual 'Battle of the Birds' press luncheon Wednesday at the Hartford Club, in advance of Saturday's matchup.
Wesleyan Head Coach Dan DiCenzo and Trinity Head Coach Jeff Devanney addressed alumni, staff and media members following lunch. In addition, Wesleyan captains Ben Kurtz, Justin Sanchez and Jordan Stone, and Trinity captains Paul McCarthy, Darrien Myers and Spencer Donahue spoke to several media members.
"We've got some fine kids here, and most of the teams in our league do, but we're very proud our guys," said DiCenzo. "We've got a lot of guys that are heavily involved in the community and I think a lot of that stuff goes unnoticed. I'm very proud to be the head football coach at Wesleyan, we have outstanding men."
When asked about his senior class, DiCenzo said, "this senior class has been unbelievable. They've done things here at Wesleyan that we haven't done in 40, 50, 60 years. Last week they beat Williams for the fourth time.
"They've broken a lot of records," he added. "I'm very proud of what they've accomplished and how they've led this team, and I'm excited to watch them compete this weekend."
DiCenzo also referenced that Saturday's game will be a 'Salute to Service,' in which Wesleyan will thank and honor all veterans in attendance on the field prior to kickoff.
Saturday's matchup at Corwin Stadium will be the 116th meeting between the Cardinals and the Bantams, and is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. Trinity enters the game with a perfect 7-0 record, while Wesleyan boasts a 6-1 mark. "It's really two great teams going at it," said DiCenzo. "It's exciting, it's an awesome rivalry."