Football Week Three Preview: Amherst vs. Middlebury

Football Week Three Preview: Amherst vs. Middlebury

Amherst College (3-0) vs. Middlebury College (3-0)
Saturday,Oct. 7, 2017
Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 2 p.m.

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

Today's contest will mark the 42nd meeting between Amherst and Middlebury, with the Mammoths owning a 24-18 series advantage since the sides first met in 1908. Amherst has gone 3-2 in its last five games against the Panthers, holding a 97-74 edge in point differential as it logged wins in 2015 (24-7), 2014 (7-0) and 2013 (37-16). Middlebury registered wins against the Mammoths in 2012 and 2016 by scores of 24-3 and 27-26, respectively.

The Mammoths racked up a season-best 464 yards of total offense and held the Polar Bears to just 215 total yards to cruise past Bowdoin College, 31-14 on Sept. 30 at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium and improve to 3-0 on the year.

Finding the end zone on their first possession of the tilt, Jack Hickey'19 gave Amherst a 7-0 edge as he cut up the middle and went untouched to the end zone for a 52 yard touchdown at the 10:23 mark. Evening the score before quarters end, the Polar Bears notched a touchdown with 2:21 on the clock behind a 36 yard Griff Stalcup TD pass.

The Mammoths responded by tallying 24 unanswered points. Marching down the field in 4:02, Amherst put together an eight play, 83 yard scoring drive that was capped off by a Hasani Figueroa '18 three yard rush over the goal line to set the score at 14-7, before John Rak'19 drilled a 27 yard field goal with 00:03 remaining in the half to give the home team a 17-7 cushion.

Adding 14 points to the board in the third quarter, Amherst extended their lead to 31-7. Nate Tyrell '19 set the Mammoths up at the Bowdoin 38 yard line on their first possession of the half following a 54 yard punt return. Ollie Eberth '20 launched a 38 yard TD pass to James O'Regan '20 a play later at the 13:01 mark to tally seven points beofore Eberth scampered into the end zone on a 24 yard run to score what stood as Amherst's final points of the game. 

Recording one last TD, Stalcup found Bryan Porter on a 24 yard pass with 4:29 to play to make it 31-14 before Amherst ran out the clock to clinch the victory.

Eberth finished 14-for-26 for 254 yards through the air with a touchdown and an interception, while Hickey recorded 118 yards on 13 attempts on the ground. Andrew Sommer '19 notched a game-high nine tackles, while Andrew Yamin '19 had three tackles for loss (25 yards), including 2.5 sacks.

Middlebury outgained Colby 559-179 to notch a 37-6 decision on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 30.

The Panthers took a 3-0 lead at the 7:53 mark in the first quarter, with Carter Massengill converting on a field goal from 27 yards out. Responding later in the stanza, Jake Schwern connected with Jack O'Brien for a 21 yard TD to log what stood as Colby's lone points of the game, and the Panthers blocked the ensuing PAT to set the score at 6-3.

Middlebury closed out the game on a 34-0 run, tallying 14 points in the second quarter as Conrado Banky teamed up with Jared Lebowitz for two TD's through the air to enter the half with a 17-6 lead.

Lebowitz threw his third touchdown pass of the matchup at the 1:07 mark in the third, as he found Tanner Contois in the end zone for an 18 yard TD. The Panthers' final two scores came in the fourth quarter, as Jimmy Martinez gave Middlebury a 31-6 cushion after a 61 yard punt return and Charlie Ferguson rushed for a 35 yard touchdown.

Lebowitz finished the day 28-52 for 389 yards with three touchdown passes. Banky led all receivers with nine catches for 136 yards and two scores, while Aidan Power caught five passes for 68 yards. Ferguson (59 yards, TD) and Peter Scibilia (57 yards) paced the ground game. Alex Norton finished the game with three sacks for the Panthers, while Bobby Ritter and Wesley Becton each made six tackles.

Last facing off on Oct. 8, 2016 at Alumni Stadium, Middlebury outlasted the visiting Mammoths, 27-26, with a 26 yard field goal in the start of the fourth quarter standing as the difference maker.

The Panthers jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead as Jared Lebowitz found Conrado Banky in the end zone for six yard touchdown on their first possession of the contest. Amherst got on the board midway through the quarter with Jack Hickey '19 notching a 10 yard TD run, however the Panthers blocked the ensuing PAT to set the score at 7-6.

With a Diego Meritus 9 yard TD haul at the 12:49 mark and a 15 yard TD catch by Ryan Rizzo with 1:16 on the clock, Middlebury put 14 points on the board in the second quarter, while Amherst countered with a Hickey two yard TD run and a 34 yard John Rak '19 34 yard field goal at the 14:19 and 00:00 mark, respectively, to make it a 21-19 game at the half.

The Mammoths took their first lead of the contest at the start of the third, with Devin Boehm '17 bringing in a 71 yard touchdown pass from Nick Morales '19 with 13:47 on the clock to give Amherst a 26-21 edge. Responding with 5:31 remaining in the stanza, Carter Massengill drilled a 23 yard field goal to bring the Panthers within two points, 26-24.

A 26 yard field goal by Massengill at the 14:50 mark in the fourth proved to be the final points of the game as the Panther defense held Amherst scoreless in the quarter to hold on to the 27-26 victory.


QB – Reece Foy

WR – Bo Berluti

WR – James O'Regan

WR – Craig Carmilani

TE – Harry Boeschenstein

RB – Hasani Figueroa

OL – Jack Tyrrell

OL – Kevin Sheehan

OL – Dan Papa

OL – Elijah Zabludoff

OL – Mitch Arthur

K – John Rak

DB – Nate Tyrell

DB – Avery Saffold

DB – John Rak

DB – Zach Allen

DL – Andrew Yamin

DL – Bolaji Ekhator

DL – Rob Needham

DL – Greg Franklin

LB – Andrew Sommer

LB – Jack Barrett

LB – John Callahan

P – Henry Atkeson

TE        Mike Maldonado 

LT        Andrew Rogan

LG        Logan Shrout

C           Connor Roche  

RG       Parker Ferguson

RT        Kevin Woodring 

WR       Conrado Banky

WR       Tanner Contois 

WR       Jimmy Martinez 

RB        Peter Scibilia 

QB        Jared Lebowitz 

PK        Carter Massengill      


DE     Robert Wood 

DT        Ibrahim Nasir  

DT        Martin Williams 

DE       John Jackson 

LB        Wesley Becton 

LB        Fred DiTommaso

LB        Aaron Slodowitz

CB        Matthew Daniel 

SS         Kevin Hopsicker

FS         Jourdon Delerme-Brown

CB        Bobby Ritter   

P           Maxwell Rye