Week 5 Preview - Amherst at Wesleyan

Week 5 Preview - Amherst at Wesleyan

Amherst College (3-1) at Wesleyan University (3-1)
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 * Corwin Stadium at Andrus Field
Middletown, Conn. * 1 p.m.

LIVE COVERAGE
Amherst's away game at Wesleyan will feature live stats and a webcast courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Hamilton @ Colby - 12 p.m.
Trinity @ Bowdoin - 12:30 p.m.
Bates @ Middlebury - 1 p.m.
Amherst @ Wesleyan - 1 p.m.
Williams @ Tufts - 1:30 p.m.

THE SERIES
Amherst and Wesleyan have met 121 times since 1882, with Amherst holding a commanding, 70-42-9 series lead. Wesleyan won the first five meetings between the Little Three rivals, defeating the Purple & White, 6-4 in the series opener in 1882. Amherst won 50 of the first 99 games in what was once a tug-of-war rivalry. Most recently, Amherst held a 10-game unbeaten streak against Wesleyan (2003-2012) and outscored its rival by a 282-51 margin during that stretch, while also shutting out the Cardinals four times in that span. However, Wesleyan snapped the streak in 2013 when it handed the Purple & White a 20-14 defeat on Homecoming. Since then, Amherst went on to win a program-record 21 straight games, including a thrilling, 33-30 overtime win against the Cardinals in 2014, and a 27-18 victory over their rivals last season. The streak was snapped earlier this year by Middlebury who edged Amherst, 27-26.

LAST MEETING (Box Score/Recap)
Amherst and Wesleyan last met Oct. 24, 2015 at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium as the Purple & White overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Cardinals, 27-18 on Homecoming.

Trailing 12-7 at halftime, Amherst scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter. Reece Foy '18 found Jackson McGonagle '16 for a 33-yard score, and followed up with a 65-yard touchdown to Devin Boehm '17 just 2:12 apart. Wesleyan held a 392-320 advantage in total offense and 38:46-21:14 edge in time of possession. The Purple & White rushed for 118 yards and were led by Nick Kelly '17 who gained 62 on only seven carries, including an impressive 30-yarder late in the fourth quarter which led to an Amherst score. Defensively, Tom Kleyn '16 finished with an impressive 18 tackles (9 solo, 9 assisted), and also recovered a fumble. Jack Drew '17 had a career day as well and finished with 13 tackles (8 solo, 5 assisted). Three others recorded nine each, including Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn '16 who also blocked a field goal in the final second of the first half.

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst takes to the road for its Little Three matchup with Wesleyan following a dominating, 41-0 victory over Colby at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium on Oct. 15. The win for Amherst was its second by way of shutout this season, with both of those coming on its home turf.

Nick Morales '19 threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Bo Berluti '19 who registered 155 yards on seven catches, with a long TD grab of 69 yards. The Purple & White defense was once again superb, allowing just 112 yards of total offense (87 yards passing, 25 yards rushing), while sacking the Colby quarterbacks seven times for a loss of 52 yards. Amherst also forced three turnovers (1 fumble, 2 interceptions), as Stefan Soucy '17 forced the fumble, while Parker Chapman '17 and Derek Ward '17 each picked off a pass.

SCOUTING WESLEYAN
Wesleyan takes the field having won three straight games after suffering a 17-14 setback at Tufts on opening day. Last week, Wesleyan held its opponent to single digits for the third consecutive game as it rolled over Bates on the road, 28-7. The Cardinals' stifling defense allowed just five first downs all game and held the Bobcats to a mere 132 yards of offense, with just 71 passing and 61 yards rushing.

Quarterback Mark Piccirillo was 15-of-21 for 168 yards in the win over Bates, while running back Devon Carrillo scored two touchdowns on seven carries. Lou Stevens and Dario Highsmith added a rushing touchdown each as the Cardinals scored twice in both the second and third quarters to seal the win. Shayne Kaminski led the defensive effort posting nine tackles.

PROBABLE STARTERS

AMHERST OFF.
QB – N. Morales
RB – J. Hickey
WR – N. Widen
WR – D. Boehm
WR – B. Berluti
TE – R. Thoma
LT – J. Tyrrell
LG – K. Sheehan
C – A. Park
RG – E. Zabludoff
RT – M. Arthur
K – J. Rak

AMHERST DEF.
DL – I. Holloway
DL – P. Johnson    
DL – N. Odewade
OLB – A. Yamin
ILB – J. Callahan
ILB – E. Boynton
OLB – P. Chapman
DB – J. Rak
DB – N. Tyrell
DB – S. Soucy
DB – D. Ward
P – A. Ferrero

WESLEYAN OFF.
QB – M. Piccirillo
RB - L. Stevens
WR - D. Carrillo
WR – S. Canizares
WR – M. Breuler
TE – B. Kurtz
LT – S. Jenkins
LG – B. Butler
C – J. Wilson
RG – M. Kuhn
RT – M. Polacek
K – I. Fuchs

WESLEYAN DEF.
DE – J. Stone
DT – B. Nevin
DT – G. Williams
DE – J. Lindberg
LB – C. Harris
LB – S. Kaminski
LB – B. Morris
DB – Z. Cuzner
DB – N. Taylor
DB – J. Sanchez
DB – E. Camacho
P – I. Fuchs


2016 STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMHERST
Passing:

Nick Morales (59-of-84/724 yds/5 TD/1 INT)
Rushing:

Jack Hickey (55 att/239 yds/7 TD)
Hasani Figueroa (22 att/78 yds/0 TD)
Receiving:

Devin Boehm (30 rec/350 yds/3 TD)
Nick Widen (24 rec/225 yds/1 TD)
Defense:

Parker Chapman (28 tackles/15 solo/2 SCK)
Andrew Yamin (22 tackles/9 solo/2.5 SCK)
Isaiah Holloway (16 tackles/3 solo/2.5 SCK)

WESLEYAN
Passing:

Mark Piccirillo (66-of-96/677 yds/2 TD/0 INT)
Rushing:

Mark Piccirillo (41 att/226 yds/3 TD)
Lou Stevens (32 att/197 yds/1 TD)
Receiving:

Mike Breuler (24 rec/268 yds/1 TD)
Eric Meyreles (11 rec/86 yds/0 TD)
Defense:

Shayne Kaminski (29 tackles/19 solo/3 TFL)
Brandon Morris (26 tackles/17 solo/1 FF)
Jordan Stone (16 tackles/7 solo/1.5 SCK)


2016 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

RUSHING OFF.
A:
149.0 avg.
W: 203.8 avg.

TOTAL OFF.
A:
425.5 avg.
W: 427.0 avg.

RUSHING DEF.
A:
6.8 avg.
W: 70.0 avg.

TOTAL DEF.
A:
165.0 avg.
W: 193.0 avg.

PASSING OFF.
A:
276.5 avg.
W: 223.3 avg.

SCORING OFF.
A:
33.0 avg.
W: 28.3 avg.

PASSING DEF.
A:
158.3 avg. 
W: 123.0 avg. 

SCORING DEF.
A:
9.3 avg.
W: 9.0 avg.