Week 7 Preview - Amherst at Trinity

Week 7 Preview - Amherst at Trinity

Amherst College (3-3) vs. Trinity College (6-0)
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 * Jessee/Miller Field
Hartford, Conn. * 12:30 p.m.

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

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

THE SERIES
Amherst holds a 59-43-9 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1886. The Purple & White have won three straight over their NESCAC rival, but Trinity has won 16 of the past 27 meetings thanks to a pair of seven-game winning streaks (1989-95, 2002-08). Amherst enjoyed a six-game win streak of its own from 1996-2001, but it's been a see-saw battle of late. However, after five straight seasons in which the home team walked away victorious, the Purple & White ended that trend in 2014 when they edged the Bantams, 7-6, at Jessee/Miller Field. Amherst earned a 16-7 victory over Trinity in last season's tilt during Family Weekend at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

LAST MEETING (Box Score/Recap)
Amherst and Trinity last met on Nov. 7, 2015 with the Purple & White earning  a 16-7 win over the Bantams at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium to clinch at least a share of its third consecutive NESCAC title.

Trinity held a commanding edge in time of possession, 38:11-to-21:49, but only came away with seven points. The Bantams controlled the clock in the first quarter and scored the first touchdown of the game, however, Amherst scored 16 unanswered en route to the win. With :01 remaining in the first half, and trailing 9-7, Trinity's field goal attempt from 22 yards was blocked by Fairfield-Sonn to give Amherst the momentum heading into the break. Down by nine, Trinity took over at its own 10-yard line with 4:09 to play. Marching down the field, the Bantams impressive drive came to an end as Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn '16 picked off Sonny Puzzo to help seal the win. Amherst gained 111 yards passing and 136 yards rushing. Quarterback Reece Foy '18 went 12-for-22 for 111 yards (1 TD, 1 INT) and was also the team's leading rusher with 43 yards on 10 carries. Kenny Adinkra '16 rushed nine times for 35 yards and a score, and Devin Boehm '17 pulled in six catches for a game-high 76 yards. Jackson McGonagle '16 scored Amherst's first touchdown of the game and finished with three receptions for 22 yards. Defensively for the Purple & White, Tom Kleyn '16 led the team with 10 tackles (1.5 for loss), while Sam Caldwell '16 registered Amherst's only sack.

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst travels to Hartford, Conn. this weekend looking to rebound from a 27-10 loss to Tufts on Oct. 29 at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium in its last outing, and snap its two-game losing slide. The Purple & White stand at 3-3 on the season, having lost three times in a season for the first time since 2008.

The Amherst offense averages 358.7 yards per game, including 244.0 yards through the air, and 114.7 yards on the ground, as the Purple & White average 23.7 points per game. On defense, Amherst, which allows just 14.0 points per game, has held its opponents to 231.0 yards of total offense per game, highlighted by a stingy run defense that surrenders just 63.0 yards on the ground and 168.0 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 280 yards on 65 carries with seven touchdowns. Devin Boehm '17 leads the receiving corps with 42 catches for 516 yards and three touchdowns, while Bo Berluti '19 has hauled in 25 receptions for 396 yards and four scores. Nick Widen '17 is second on the team in catches with 36 for 305 yards and a score.

Defensively, Andrew Yamin '19 has been a standout in his first season at outside linebacker. He leads the team in tackles with 43 (18 solo), has recorded 3.5 sacks, and leads the team in tackles for loss (12.5). Parker Chapman '17 has been a force as well, notching 42 tackels (23 solo), two sacks, forced two fumbles, and has picked off a pass. In the secondary, Derek Ward '17 has intercepted a pair of passes this season, while John Callahan '19, John Rak '19, and Jack Barrett '19 have each come away with an INT.

SCOUTING TRINITY
Trinity takes the field with a 6-0 overall record and is currently in the top spot in the NESCAC standings. The Bantams have scored at least 36 points in each of their games so far this season, and are fresh off a 49-13 victory over Middlebury in their most recent contest on Oct. 29 at Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity last defeated Amherst, 32-20 on Nov. 3, 2012 in Hartford, Conn.

The Bantams enter Saturday's contest averaging 457.5 yards of total offense per game, including 245.7 yards on the ground and 211.8 yards through the air per game. Trinity scores 39.3 points per contest, and allows just 12.3 points per game, led by a rushing defensive that surrenders just 89.0 yards per game. In total, the Bantams allow 246.5 yards of total offense per game, including 157.5 passing yards per game.

The Trinity offense is led by Sonny Puzzo who has completed 81-of-135 passes for 1,168 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. On the ground, running back Max Chipouras has amassed 746 yards on 122 carries (6.1 yards per rush) and seven touchdowns, while Puzzo has also accounted for three scores. In the passing game, Darrien Myers leads the team with 27 receptions for 343 yards and seven touchdowns, while Bryan Vieira has found the end zone five times on 18 catches for 427 yards. 

On defense, Spencer Donohue leads the Bantams with 26 tackles (22 solo), two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions to go along with three defensed passes and a blocked kick. Liam Kenneally leads the team in sacks (5) and tackles for loss (8), has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, and has amassed 26 tackles (22 solo).

PROBABLE STARTERS

AMHERST OFF.
QB – N. Morales
RB – J. Hickey
RB - N. Kelly
WR – N. Widen
WR – D. Boehm
WR – B. Berluti
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

TRINITY OFF.
QB – S. Puzzo
RB - M. Chipouras
WR - N. Gaynor
WR – D. Myers
WR – B. Vieira
TE – M. Hirshman
LT – C. Simmons
LG – A. Tejada
C – S. O'Reilly
RG – J. Farrah
RT – A. Baiardi
K – E. Sachse

TRINITY DEF.
DE – J. Law
DT – M. D'Andrea
DE - N. Rose
OLB - S. Libby
ILB – L. Kenneally
ILB – C. Campbell
OLB – S. Donahue
CB – Y. Nosamiefan
SS - P. McCarthy
FS - P.J. Dorsey
CB - A. Jerome
P – I. McDonald


2016 STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMHERST
Passing:

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

Jack Hickey (65 att/280 yds/7 TD)
Alex Berluti (28 att/88 yds/0 TD)
Receiving:

Devin Boehm (42 rec/516 yds/3 TD)
Bo Berluti (25 rec/396 yds/4 TD)
Defense:

Andrew Yamin (43 tackles/18 solo/12.5 TFL)
Parker Chapman (42 tackles/23 solo/2 FF)
Isaiah Holloway (28 tackles/7 solo/3 SCK)

TRINITY
Passing:

Sonny Puzzo (81-of-135/1168 yds/13 TD/2 INT)
Rushing:

Max Chipouras (122 att/746 yds/7 TD)
Lucas Golon (64 att/313 yds/2 TD)
Receiving:

Darrien Myers (27 rec/343 yds/7 TD)
Bryan Vieira (18 rec/427 yds/5 TD)
Defense:

Spencer Donahue (26 tackles/22 solo/2 INT)
Liam Kenneally (26 tackles/22 solo/5 SCK)
Yosa Nosamiefan (24 tackles/19 solo/4 BRUP)


2016 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

RUSHING OFF.
A:
114.7 avg.
T: 245.7 avg.

TOTAL OFF.
A:
358.7 avg.
T: 457.5 avg.

RUSHING DEF.
A:
63.0 avg.
T: 89.0 avg.

TOTAL DEF.
A:
231.0 avg.
T: 246.5 avg.

PASSING OFF.
A:
244.0 avg.
T: 211.8 avg.

SCORING OFF.
A:
23.7 avg.
T: 39.3 avg.

PASSING DEF.
A:
168.0 avg. 
T: 157.5 avg. 

SCORING DEF.
A:
14.0 avg.
T: 12.3 avg.