Week 6 Preview - Amherst vs. Tufts

Week 6 Preview - Amherst vs. Tufts

Amherst College (3-2) vs. Tufts University (4-1)
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 * Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 1 p.m. * Family Weekend

LIVE COVERAGE
Amherst's home game against Tufts will feature live stats and a webcast courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

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

THE SERIES
Amherst and Tufts have met 85 times since 1877, with Amherst holding a 55-26-4 series lead. Defeating the Jumbos, 8-4 in the inaugural meeting, the Purple & White won 31 of the first 47 meetings between 1877 and 1977, which also included all four tied games. Since 2008, Amherst has won eight straight against its NESCAC rival, outscoring Tufts, 267-76 during that stretch. In 2010, the Purple & White defeated the Jumbos, 70-49 which stands as the program's record for the highest combined score in a game (119 points).

LAST MEETING (Box Score/Recap)
Amherst and Tufts last met on Oct. 31, 2015 with the Purple & White posting a 32-7 win over the Jumbos at the Ellis Oval at Zimman Field in Somerville, Mass. Amherst's convincing win over Tufts was the fourth time in six games that the Purple & White had scored 30-plus points against its opponent.

Amherst scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter to take an early lead. Tufts evened the score in the second, but the Purple & White tallied 27 unanswered points en route to the decisive victory. Amherst held an 18-10 advantage in first downs, a 170-142 edge in passing yards and a commanding 185-19 advantage in rushing yards as it held the league's top rusher – Chance Brady – to a mere 42 yards on 22 carries (1.9 ypc). Both teams threw an interception and lost a fumble, while Amherst claimed a slight edge in time of possession, 30:55-29:05.

Amherst scored three rushing touchdowns; Nick Kelly '17 (15 att, 83 yds), Kenny Adinkra '16 (13 att, 57 yds) and Reece Foy '18 (8 att, 9 yds). Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn '16 scored the other Purple & White touchdown with a 25-yard pick-six. Foy went 18-of-27 for 170 yards and an interception. Devin Boehm '17, Nick Widen '17 and Jackson McGonagle '16 led the team with 70, 47 and 46 receiving yards, respectively. McGonagle also punted seven times for 251 yards, while placing four inside the 20-yardline.

Fairfield-Sonn led the team in tackles with nine, while Tom Kleyn '16 and Jack Drew '16 recorded seven each. Drew also registered a sack along with Evan Boynton '17 and Reid Singer '16.

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst welcomes Tufts to Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium for Family Weekend, and is looking to rebound from a 20-0 setback to Wesleyan on Oct. 22 in Middletown, Conn. in its last outing. The Purple & White stand at 3-2 on the season, having losing multiple times in a season for the first time since 2012. Amherst's shutout loss was also its first of that nature since the 2007 season when the Purple & White lost to Williams by the same score.

The Amherst offense averages 375.6 yards per game, including 254.2 yards through the air, and 121.4 yards on the ground, as the Purple & White average 26.4 points per game. On defense, Amherst, which allows just 11.4 points per game, has held its opponents to just 194.2 yards of total offense per game, highlighted by a stingy run defense that surrenders just 25.2 yards on the ground and 169.0 yards through the air.    

Amherst's offensive efforts are led by Nick Morales '19 who is 77-for-123 through the air for 889 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions. Jack Hickey '19 leads the ground game with 272 yards on 62 carries with seven touchdowns, while Hasani Figueroa '18 has notched 78 yards on 24 rushes. Devin Boehm '17 leads the receiving corps with 36 catches for 423 yards and three touchdowns, while Bo Berluti '19 has hauled in 20 receptions for 352 yards and four scores. Nick Widen '17 is second on the team in catches with 29 for 256 yards and TD.

Parker Chapman '17 leads the Purple & White defensive efforts this season with 33 tackles (19 solo), highlighted by two sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. Andrew Yamin '19 has also made a significant impact with 32 tackles (15 solo), 3.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, and a pass breakup. Derek Ward '17 leads the Amherst secondary with two interceptions, while John Rak '19, John Callahan '19, and Jack Barrett '19 have also picked off a pass this season.

SCOUTING TUFTS
Tufts takes the field with a 4-1 overall record and is currently tied with Wesleyan for third place in the NESCAC standings. The Jumbos won their first three games of the season, before losing to Trinity, 36-28 on Oct. 15 in Hartford, Conn. Tufts rebounded with a 35-16 victory over Williams at Ellis Oval at Zimman Field in its last out on Oct. 22 in Somerville, Mass., and will be looking for its first win over Amherst since posting a 29-10 win over the Purple & White in 2007.

The Jumbos enter Saturday's contest averaging 329.8 yards of total offense per game, including 193. 8 yards on the ground and 136.0 yards through the air per game. Tufts scores 26.6 points per contest, and allows just 18.8 points per game, led by a rushing defensive that surrenders just 160.6. yards per game. In total, Tufts allows 333.4 yards of total offense per game, including a172.8 passing yards per game.

Tufts is led offensively by Alex Snyder who is 20-for-47 for 404 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Ryan McDonald is 24-for-51 for 224 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. The Jumbos' ground attack is bolstered by Chance Brady who leads the league with nine rushing touchdowns on 115 carries for 596 yards – both NESCAC highs. McDonald has also scored three touchdowns on the ground. He has rushed 47 times for 298 yards, including a long dash of 75 yards. The receiving unit is led by Mike Rando who has caught 14 passes for 203 yards, while Mike Miller (5 catches, 170 yards), and Nik Dean (4 catches, 119 yards) have each hauled in two touchdown passes.

Greg Holt has been a force for Tufts on defense with 68 tackles (38 solo), while Steve DiCienzo has notched 45 tackles (31 solo). Tim Preston has intercepted three passes so far this season, while J.P. Garcia and Connor Moriarty have defensed five passes each. On special teams, Willie Holmquist has converted 5-of-8 field goal attempts with a long make of 48 yards, and has been successful on 14-of-15 extra point attempts. In the punting game, Holmquist has notched 34 punts for 1,399 yards, averaging 41.1 yards per kick with a long of 61 yards, and has placed 11 inside the 20-yardline.

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 – Z. Allen
P – A. Ferrero

TUFTS OFF.
QB – A. Snyder/R. McDonald
RB - C. Brady
WR - M. Miller
WR – M. Rando
WR – B. Berey
TE – N. Dean
LT – L. Thau
LG – A. Kim
C – J. Price
RG – G. Calise
RT – T.J. Muzzonigro
K – W. Holmquist

TUFTS DEF.
DE – T. Mathers
DT – D. Harrison
DT – M. Adickers
DE – Z. Thomas
LB – S. DiCienzo
LB – G. Holt
LB – M. Stearns
CB – A. Lapiana
SS - J.P. Garcia
FS - C. Moriarty
CB - T. Preston
P – W. Holmquist


2016 STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMHERST
Passing:

Nick Morales (77-of-123/889 yds/5 TD/6 INT)
Rushing:

Jack Hickey (62 att/272 yds/7 TD)
Hasani Figueroa (24 att/78 yds/0 TD)
Receiving:

Devin Boehm (36 rec/423 yds/3 TD)
Bo Berluti (20 rec/352 yds/4 TD)
Defense:

Parker Chapman (33 tackles/19 solo/1 INT)
Andrew Yamin (32 tackles/15 solo/11.5 TFL)
Isaiah Holloway (22 tackles/5 solo/3 SCK)

TUFTS
Passing:

Alex Snyder (20-of-47/404 yds/2 TD/1 INT)
Rushing:

Chance Brady (115 att/596 yds/9 TD)
Ryan McDonald (47 att/298 yds/3 TD)
Receiving:

Mike Rando (14 rec/203 yds/0 TD)
Jack Dolan (6 rec/21 yds/0 TD)
Defense:

Greg Holt (68 tackles/38 solo/2 TFL)
Steve DiCienzo (45 tackles/31 solo/2 BRUP)
Mike Stearns (33 tackles/18 solo/1 BRUP)


2016 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

RUSHING OFF.
A:
121.4 avg.
T: 193.8 avg.

TOTAL OFF.
A:
375.6 avg.
T: 329.8 avg.

RUSHING DEF.
A:
25.2 avg.
T: 160.6 avg.

TOTAL DEF.
A:
194.2 avg.
T: 333.4 avg.

PASSING OFF.
A:
254.2 avg.
T: 136.0 avg.

SCORING OFF.
A:
26.4 avg.
T: 26.6 avg.

PASSING DEF.
A:
169.0 avg. 
T: 172.8 avg. 

SCORING DEF.
A:
11.4 avg.
T: 18.8 avg.