Football Week One Preview: Amherst vs. Bates

Football Week One Preview: Amherst vs. Bates

Amherst College (0-0) vs. Bates College (0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 1 p.m.

LIVE COVERAGE
Amherst's 2017 season opener will feature live stats and a webcast courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network.

THE SERIES
Amherst and Bates have met 30 times since 1901, with Amherst holding a commanding, 24-4-2 series lead, including a 5-0 victory over the Bobcats in the inaugural meeting. Facing off eight times since 2002, the Mammoths have won eight straight matchups, outscoring its NESCAC rival 223-33 during that span and logging four shutouts. Bates' last win against Amherst came in 1999 when the Bobcats captured a 19-7 victory at home.

LAST MEETING (Box Score/Recap)
Last meeting on Sept. 26, 2015 at Garcelon Field in Lewiston, Maine, Amherst used a 28-point first half to pull away to a 37-14 victory over Bates.

First on the scoreboard, Shaun Carroll delivered an 80-yard run on the Bobcats first offensive play of the contest to give Bates a 7-0 lead 1:18 into the first quarter. Amherst evened the game on its next possession as Reece Foy '18 connected with Nick Widen '17 for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap off a six-play, 73-yard drive.  The Mammoths took their first lead with 1:09 remaining in the opening quarter, following a 5-yard TD run from Nick Kelly '17, before keeping the Bobcats scoreless and striking twice on the ground in the second to hold a 28-7 lead heading into halftime.

Neither side found the end zone in the third, however Bates started the fourth strong, putting together an 18-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that saw Ivan Reese collect a 3-yard TD run to bring the Bobcats back within two scores. Amherst put up points in two of its final three possessions to pull away in the final 13:10, as Charlie Wall '18 drilled a 31-yard field goal with 6:21 to play before Jack Hickey '19 notched a 33-yard TD run with six seconds remaining to put an exclamation point on the Mammoths 37-14 win.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
Finishing 2016 on a winning note, Amherst posted a dominating 28-3 victory against archrival Williams to record a 4-4 overall ledger and take fifth in the conference. 

Snapping a three-game losing streak, the Mammoths tallied 28 unanswered points, including 21 in the third quarter, to secure its sixth-consecutive victory over the Ephs in the 131st meeting of the "Biggest Little Game in America."

Williams notched its only points of the game midway through the first quarter following an interception at the Mammoth 43-yardline. With a short field to work with, Adam Regensburg drilled a 22-yard field goal following an eight-play drive. Amherst responded on its next possession, with Nick Morales '19 connecting with Devin Boehm '17 for a 25-yard TD.

Staunch defense highlighted a scoreless second quarter, however the Mammoths hit the field in the third in a big way – finding the end zone in all three of their offensive possessions. Morales once again teamed up with Boehm to record a 55-yard scoring play at the 12:43 mark before Alex Berluti '17 connected with Bo Berluti '19 in back-to-back scoring drives.

Amherst held a 293-188 advantage in total offense on the strength of 256 passing yards and finished 3-for-10 on third down conversions. Jack Hickey '19 led Amherst with 31 rushing yards on three attempts, while Boehm pulled in nine catches for 97-yards to lead all receivers. Defensively, Amherst was led by Parker Chapman '17 who registered a collegiate career-high 15 tackles, while Andrew Yamin '19 collected nine tackles.

BATES LAST TIME OUT
The Bates football team closed the 2016 season touting a 3-5 overall record, claiming wins against Williams, Colby and Bowdoin to tie for sixth in the NESCAC.

Following a 24-7 comeback win versus the Polar Bears that featured a 21-point fourth quarter, the Bobcats fell to Hamilton 24-7 at home in their final contest of the year after being shut out in the second half. Matt Golden capped off Bates' lone scoring play of the day, finishing off a 19-play, 77-yard drive with a one-yard TD rush on a third and goal opportunity with 2:08 remaining in the second.

The Bobcats put up 167-yards of total offense, averaging 2.7 yards per play while going 7-for-18 on third down opportunities and converting on their lone attempt on a fourth down play. Golden finished 4-for-15 through the air for 23 yards, while also leading the Bobcats' running game with 88-yards on 24 rushing attempts. Mickoy Nichol led the team's receiving corps with three catches for 15-yards and averaged a solid 20.5-yard average on four returned kickoffs. In the kicking game, Justin Foley collected 277 yards on eight punts, with a long of 59 and placing three kicks inside the 20.

PROBABLE STARTERS

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE
MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE
  BATES
OFFENSE
BATES
DEFENSE
QB    Reece Foy DB   Nate Tyrell   QB   Sandy Plashkes DE     Jack Maritz
WR   Bo Berluti DB   Avery Saffold   SE    Marcus Ross DT     Collin Richardson
WR   James O'Regan DB   John Rak   SL    Frank Williams DE     Tyler Harrington
WR   Will Kelsch DB   Zach Allen   SL    Mickoy Nichol OLB   Joe Frake
TE     Beau Santero DL   Andrew Yamin   SE    Noah Stebbins ILB   Max Breschi
RB    Hasani Figueroa DL   Bolaji Ekhator   RB    Peter Boyer ILB   Bobby Dee
OL    Jack Tyrrell DL   Rob Needham   LT    Sean Lovett OLB  Chase Fulton
OL    Kevin Sheehan DL   Greg Franklin   LG    Dylan Rasch C       Andrew Jenkelunas
OL    Dan Papa LB   Andrew Sommer   C      Jack Obrien FS     Kevin Claflin
OL    Elijah Zabludoff LB   Jack Barrett   RG    Mike Cronin C       Jon Lindgren
OL    Mitch Arthur LB   John Callahan   RT    Dan Marino C       Coy Candelario
K      John Rak P     Henry Atkeson   K      Grant DeWald P       Justin Foley
      LS    Luke MacDonald  


2016 STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMHERST BATES
PASSNG
Nick Morales (98-of-163/1099 yds/9 TD/8 INT)
RUSHING
Jack Hickey (87 att/368 yds/7 TD)
Nick Kelly (32 att/119 yds/0 TD)
RECIEVING
Devin Boehm (57 rec/660 yds/6 TD)
Nick Widen (41 rec/391 yds/1 TD)
DEFENSE
Parker Chapman (66 tackles/37 solo/2 FF)
Andrew Yamin (60 tackles/27 solo/5 SCK)
Isaiah Holloway (41 tackles/10 solo/4 SCK)
PASSING
Sandy Plashkes (44-of-109/606 yds/8 TD/4 INT)
RUSHING
Peter Boyer (103 att/374 yds/1 TD)
Sandy Plashkes (79 att/243 yds/1 TD)
RECIEVING
Frank Williams (20 rec/312 yds/3 TD)
Mickoy Nichol (8 rec/39 yds/0 TD)
DEFENSE
Mark Upton (87 tackles/52 solo/7 SCK)
Trevor Lyons (54 tackles/43 solo/4 INT)
Max Breschi (52 tackles/32 solo/7.5 TFL


2016 STATISICAL COMPARISON

  AMHERST BATES
Rushing Yards/Per Game 838 yds/104.8 avg. 1339 yds/167.4 avg.  
Passing Yards/Per Game 1824 yds/228.0 avg.   677 yds/84.6 avg.
Total Offense/Per Game 2662/332.8 avg. 2016 yds/252.0 avg
Scoring Offense/Per Game 184 pts/23.0 avg. 111 pts/13.9 avg.
Rushing Allowed Per Game 79.0 avg. 124.6 avg.
Passing Allowed Per Game 159.9 avg. 214.5 avg.
Total Offense Allowed Per Game   238.9 avg. 339.1 avg.
Points Allowed Per Game 13.9 avg. 21.6 avg.

                        
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