Week 8 Preview - Amherst vs. Williams "The Biggest Little Game in America"

Week 8 Preview - Amherst vs. Williams "The Biggest Little Game in America"

Amherst College (3-4) vs. Williams College (0-7)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 * Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 12 p.m. * Homecoming

LIVE COVERAGE
Amherst's showdown with Williams will feature live stats and a webcast courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network (NSN).

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


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THE SERIES
Williams holds a 71-54-5 edge in 130 meetings dating back to 1884. Amherst recorded its first win in 1886, but would not get another until 1892, as the Ephs piled up an 8-1-1 mark through the first 10 games. The rivals were relatively even against each other until Amherst strung together a six-game win streak from 1981-86. Williams responded by putting together the rivalry's longest unbeaten stretch, going 12-0-1 from 1987-99. The Ephs enjoyed another four-game streak from 2005-08, but Amherst has since regrouped, taking six of the last seven showdowns en route to undefeated seasons in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015. The Purple & White have won the last five meetings over their Little Three rival, and have won the last four games in Williamstown, including last year's which was the first played on Farley-Lamb Field. 

LAST MEETING (Box Score/Recap)
Amherst and Williams last met on Nov. 14, 2015 in the 130th edition of "The Biggest Little Game in America", and the first-ever meeting on Farley-Lamb Field in Williamstown, Mass. The Purple & White scored 10 points in the third quarter to pull away to a 17-7 victory, secure its third NESCAC title in as many years, and complete back-to-back 8-0 seasons for the first time in the 137-year history of the program. 

Amherst scored 17 unanswered points, all the in the second and third quarter, before Williams scored its first and only touchdown in the fourth. Amherst held a 363-294 advantage in total offense as the visitor's amassed 220 yards rushing. The Purple & White also held a 21-18 edge in first downs, and 32:20-to-27:40 advantage in time of possession.

Offensively, quarterback Reece Foy '18 went 11-for-20 for 143 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions - including 71 yards on the ground - as he helped guide Amherst to a NESCAC title in his first season as a starter. Kenny Adinkra '16 capped off an impressive four-year career in Purple & White as he rushed for a game-high 91 yards on 26 carries, including a score. Amherst's dynamic duo at the wide receiver position featured 68 yards from Jackson McGonagle '16 and 66 yards from Devin Boehm '17. McGonagle also scored the first touchdown of the game.

Defensively, the Purple & White held the Ephs to 86 yards rushing and 208 passing. Jack Drew '16 finished his career with a team-high eight tackles (5 solo), including one break-up, while Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn '16 and Drew Bryant '18 finished with seven each. Jaymie Spears '16 and Tom Kleyn '16 each recorded an interception.

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst welcomes Williams to Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium for Homecoming Weekend, and is looking to rebound from a 24-14 loss at Trinity on Nov. 5 Hartford, Conn. in its last outing. The Purple & White stand at 3-4 on the season, having lost three consecutive games for the first time since 2007, and now have four losses in a season for the first time since that same year.  

The Amherst offense averages 338.4 yards per game, including 224.0 yards through the air, and 114.4 yards on the ground, as the Purple & White average 22.3 points per game. On defense, Amherst, which allows just 15.4 points per game, has held its opponents to 246.1 yards of total offense per game, highlighted by a stingy run defense that surrenders just 74.4 yards on the ground and 171.7 yards through the air.    

Amherst is led by offensively by sophomore quarterback Nick Morales who has completed 82-of-152 pass attempts for 961 yards, seven touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Jack Hickey '19 leads the rushing attack as he has scored seven touchdowns on 84 carries for a total of 337 yards. Nick Kelly '17 follows with 114 yards on 28 attempts. Devin Boehm '17 has caught a team-high 48 passes for 563 yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Widen '17 has pulled in 39 receptions for 321 yards and a score. Bo Berluti '19 is also a threat having caught 30 passes for 430 yards and has found the end zone five times.

The Purple & White defensive efforts are led by Parker Chapman '17 and Andrew Yamin '19 who both have a team-high 51 tackles. Chapman has forced two fumbles, registered two sacks, intercepted a pass and broken up a pass, while Yamin has collected 4.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, and broken up two passes. In the secondary, Zach Allen '19 and Derek Ward '17 have each intercepted opposing quarterbacks twice, while Evan Boynton '17, John Callahan '19, John Rak '19, and Jack Barrett '19 each have an interception this season.

SCOUTING WILLIAMS
Williams takes the field with a 0-7 record and is looking for its first victory over Amherst since posting a 31-16 win over the Purple & White in 2010. The Ephs were edged, 9-7 by Colby on a late field goal in the 2016 season opener, and fell at Hamilton, 16-6 on Oct. 29 in their closest games of the campaign.  

Williams enters Saturday's contest averaging 285.0 yards of total offense per game, including 129.4 yards on the ground and 155.6 yards through the air per game. The Ephs score 13.7 points per contest, and allows 33.6 points per game. Williams' rushing defensive surrenders 192.9 yards per game and 206.7 passing yards per contest for a total of 399.6 yards allowed of total offense.

The Williams offense is led by Jansen Durham who has completed 91-of-164 pass attempts for 880 yards, eight touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Connor Harris and Noah Sorrento lead the Ephs' ground game with 371 and 354 yards respectively, while both have carried the ball 93 times. Adam Regensburg leads the receiving corps with 35 catches for 307 yards and two touchdowns while Tyler Patterson has hauled in 13 receptions for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Kellen Hatheway has also scored three times, hauling in 11 passes for 152 yards in the process.

On defense, Alex Brandeis has been a force for Williams with 53 tackles including a sack, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. Ben Anthony has added 39 tackles and picked off a pass, while Russell Monyette follows with 34 tackles including five for a loss of 27 yards.

On special teams, Regensburg has converted 9-of-11 P-A-T attempts, and has hit on 3-of-6 field goal attempts including a long of 38 yards. Jaelon Moaney has returned 25 kickoffs for 473 yards (18.9 per return and a long of 32 yards), in addition to six punt returns for 22 yards.

PROBABLE STARTERS

AMHERST OFF.
QB – A. Berluti
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

WILLIAMS OFF.
QB – J. Durham
TB - C. Harris
FB - N. Sorrento
WR – K. Hatheway
WR – M. Byrne
TE – T. Patterson
LT – T. Cifrino
LG – K. Blaeser
C – B. Wertz
RG – E. Davis
RT – P. Loughran
K – A. Regensburg

WILLIAMS DEF.
DE – A. Thomas
DT – C. Hattar
DT - S. Gowen
DE - J. DeMarco
LB – C. Dumont
LB – R. Monyette
LB – M. Berry
CB – M. Davis
SS - J. Mohan
FS - A. Brandeis
CB - B. Anthony
P – A. Regensburg


2016 STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMHERST
Passing:

Nick Morales
(89-of-152/961 yds/7 TD/8 INT)
Rushing:

Jack Hickey
(84 att/337 yds/7 TD)
Nick Kelly (28 att/114 yds/0 TD)
Receiving:

Devin Boehm
(48 rec/563 yds/4 TD)
Bo Berluti
(30 rec/430 yds/5 TD)
Defense:

Andrew Yamin (51 tackles/25 solo/15.5 TFL)
Parker Chapman (51 tackles/29 solo/2 FF)
Isaiah Holloway (34 tackles/10 solo/4 SCK)

WILLIAMS
Passing:

Jansen Durham (91-of-164/880 yds/8 TD/8 INT)
Rushing:

Connor Harris (93 att/371 yds/0 TD)
Noah Sorrento (93 att/354 yds/0 TD)
Receiving:

Adam Regensburg (35 rec/307 yds/2 TD)
Tyler Patterson (13 rec/288 yds/3 TD)
Defense:

Alex Brandeis (53 tackles/36 solo/1 INT)
Ben Anthony (39 tackles/31 solo/1 INT)
Russell Monyette (34 tackles/24 solo/2 SCK)


2016 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

RUSHING OFF.
A:
114.4 avg.
W: 129.4 avg.

TOTAL OFF.
A:
338.4 avg.
W: 285.0 avg.

RUSHING DEF.
A:
74.4 avg.
W: 192.9 avg.

TOTAL DEF.
A:
246.1 avg.
W: 399.6 avg.

PASSING OFF.
A:
224.0 avg.
W: 155.6 avg.

SCORING OFF.
A:
22.3 avg.
W: 13.7 avg.

PASSING DEF.
A:
171.7 avg. 
W: 206.7 avg. 

SCORING DEF.
A:
15.4 avg.
W: 33.6 avg.