Football Week Three Preview: Amherst vs. Bowdoin

Football Week Three Preview: Amherst vs. Bowdoin

Amherst College (2-0) vs. Bowdoin College (0-2)
Saturday, Sept. 30, 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
First meeting on the gridiron in 1896, today's game will mark the 95th meeting between Amherst and Bowdoin, with the Mammoths owning a 75-17-2 lead in the series. Amherst has won 11 consecutive meetings against the Polar Bears since 2006, including a 31-10 victory over Bowdoin in week two last season. The Polar Bears last defeated the Mammoths in 2005, with the Bowdoin edging out the home team 16-13. Amherst has outscored Bowdoin 147-44 in their last five encounters, and eclipsed the 30-point mark in three of those contests.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
Jack Hickey '19 racked up 113 yards on the ground and recorded two touchdowns as Amherst tallied 22 points in the first half to power to a 36-6 victory against Hamilton College at Steuben Field.

The Mammoths recorded 16 points in the first quarter. An Andrew Sommer '19 forced fumble deep in Continental territory set up a Reece Foy '18 QB sneak, while an  intentional grounding penalty on a throw from the Hamilton end zone was ruled a team safety with 4:44 on the clock in the first quarter as Amherst extended its lead to 9-0. Capitalizing on Hamilton's second fumble, Hickey finished off a five-play, 2:20 drive, with a four yard TD run to make it 16-0.

The second quarter featured two John Rak '19 field goals, with the Los Altos, Calif. native sending a 41 yard attempt and a 48 yard attempt through the uprights with 3:21 and 00:05 to play, respectively, to give the Mammoths a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Amherst notched two more touchdowns in a five minute span to open the second half to take a dominative 36-0 lead with Hickey finding the end zone on a 16 yard rush and Elijah Ngbokoli '20 adding a TD on a 39 yard run.

Hamilton scored its only points of the day in the next series, as they strung together an eight-play, 69 yard drive. Kenny Gray finished off the drive for the Continentals, connecting with Christian Donahoe for a 31 yard touchdown pass in the right side of the end zone with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter.

Matt Durborow '21 notched a team-high seven tackles, while Sommer posted six tackles and a forced fumble. Alex Katchadurian '20 and Brett Bates '21 each recorded a sack in the contest, while John Ballard '20 hauled in the game's lone interception.

BOWDOIN LAST TIME OUT
Quarterback Jared Lebowitz passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Middlebury College football team over Bowdoin on Saturday in the Polar Bears' opener at Whittier Field, 41-14.

After the teams traded possessions in the opening quarter, Middlebury got on the board first with a seven-play, 60-yard drive that was capped by a Matt Cardew four-yard touchdown plunge with 3:28 left in the first quarter.

The Panthers exploded for 20 points in the second quarter to take a 27-0 edge into halftime before Lebowitz capped his four-touchdown effort with a third quarter 25-yard pass to Jimmy Connell. Charlie Ferguson closed the Middlebury scoring with a five-yard scamper to give the visitors a 41-0 lead after three quarters.

Bowdoin registered its lone points of the game in the fourth, finding the end zone twice to trim the final margin to 41-1. The Polar Bears' best drive of the day went 15 plays and 80 yards and ended on a scramble by quarterback Griff Stalcup to paydirt with 6:04 to go before Nate Richam ended a nine-play, 73-yard drive with a four-yard run at the 2:32 mark.

Stalcup went 12-21 through the air for 105 yards and rushed for 54 more, while Richam ended with 67 yards on the ground for the Polar Bears. Gregory Olson caught three passes for 29 yards. Bowdoin got nine tackles from Latif Armiyaw, including two for a loss, while Henry Little picked off a pass.

LAST MEETING
Amherst and Bowdoin last met on Oct. 1, 2016 at Whittier Field in Brunswick, Maine, with the Mammoths putting points on the board in all four quarters to power to a 31-10 victory against the Polar Bears.

Striking twice in the opening stanza, Alex Berluti '17 delivered TD passes of eight and 29 yards to Devin Boehm '17 and Bo Berluti '19, respectively, and John Rak '19 converted on both P-A-T's to give Amherst a 14-0 lead.

Trading punts to start the second quarter, the Polar Bears recorded their first points of the contest following a Henry Little interception and 40 yard return to set up the Bowdoin offense at the Amherst 30. Andrew Sisti drilled a 25 yard field goal six plays later to make it 14-3 in favor of the Mammoths.

Amherst responded with time winding down before the half, as the Mammoths drove 60 yards in five plays in the final 43 seconds and Rak sent a 20 yard field goal through the uprights to give the visitors a 17-3 lead at halftime.

The third began with six possessions of five or less plays, before Nick Morales '19 connected with Boehm for an 11 yard gain and B. Berluti for a 39 yard TD pass with 5:45 on the clock to extend the Mammoths' lead to 24-3.

Amherst tacked on what stood as their final points of the game 1:05 into the fourth, as Jack Hickey '19 bulldozed into the end zone on two yard rush. Bowdoin notched their lone TD of the contest on its next possession as Noah Nelson delivered a 9 yard pass to Nick Vailas.

Rak lead the Mammoth defense with seven tackles and an interception, while Andrew Yamin '19 made five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Joe Gowetski registered a Bowdoin high 15 tackles, including 10 solo, while Nye Deskus added 11 tackles. 

PROBABLE STARTERS

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE
MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE
POLAR BEARS
OFFENSE
POLAR BEARS
DEFENSE
QB – Reece Foy DB – Nate Tyrell QB – Griff Stalcup DT – Yuejay Reeves
WR – Bo Berluti DB – Avery Saffold HB – Nate Richam DT – Eddie Akubude
WR – James O'Regan DB – John Rak FB – Stephen Griffin DE – Nat Deacon
WR – Craig Carmilani DB – Zach Allen WR – Nick Vailas LB – Latif Armiyaw
TE – Beau Santero DL – Andrew Yamin WR – Bryan Porter LB – Liam Dougherty
RB – Hasani Figueroa DL – Bolaji Ekhator WR – Ejaaz Jiu LB – Owen Gifford
OL – Jack Tyrrell DL – Rob Needham LT – John Galusha LB – Connor Downs
OL – Kevin Sheehan DL – Greg Franklin LG – Ian Dieli DB – Cameron Rondeau
OL – Dan Papa LB – Andrew Sommer C – AJ Mansolillo DB – Jack Whiting
OL – Elijah Zabludoff LB – Jack Barrett RG – Jacob Palmer DB – Henry Little
OL – Mitch Arthur LB – John Callahan RT – Elliot Borden DB – Matthew Williams
K – John Rak P – Henry Atkeson K – Andrew Sisti P – Michael Chen


2017 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

   AMHERST BOWDOIN
Rushing Yards/Per Game  432 YDS / 216.0 AVG  305 YDS / 152.5 AVG
Passing Yards/Per Game  344 YDS / 172.0 AVG  216 YDS / 108.0 AVG
Total Offense/Per Game  776 YDS / 388.0 AVG  521 YDS / 260.5 AVG
Scoring Offense/Per Game  77 PTS / 38.5 AVG  28 PTS / 14.0 AVG
Rushing Allowed Per Game  93.0 AVG  174.0 AVG
Passing Allowed Per Game  182.0 AVG  309.5 AVG
Total Offense Allowed Per Game   275.0 AVG  483.5 AVG
Points Allowed Per Game  11.5 AVG  34.5 AVG


2017 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMHERST BOWDOIN
PASSING
Ollie Eberth (16-of-25/311 YDS/4 TD/221.3 RTG)
PASSING
Noah Nelson (15-of-35/111 YDS/69.5 RTG)
RUSHING
Jack Hickey (20 ATT/160 YDS/3 TD)
Elijah Ngbokoli (15 ATT/100 YDS/1 TD)
RUSHING
Nate Richam (28 ATT/121 YDS/4.3 AVG /1 TD)
Owen Gideon-Murphy (9 ATT/ 54 YDS/6.0 AVG)
RECEIVING
Craig Carmilani (4 REC/142 YDS/1 TD)
James O'Regan (6 REC/97 YDS/1 TD)
RECEIVING
Nick Vailas (8 REC/52 YDS/6.5 AVG)
Bryan Porter (4 REC/46 YDS /11.5 AVG)
DEFENSE
Andrew Sommer (16 TKL/7 SOLO/1 FF/1 INT)
Andrew Yamin (9 TKL/6 SOLO/1.5 SCK/1 FF)
Matt Durborow (11 TKL/6 SOLO/1 TFL)
DEFENSE
Latif Armiyaw (19 TKL/16 SOLO/4 TFL)
Tyler MacNeil (5 TKL/4 SOLO/1 SCK)
Andrew Joyce (3 TKL/2 FF)

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