Amherst College (6-1) vs. Trinity College (7-0)
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 1 p.m.
Amherst's 2017 season opener will feature live stats and a webcast courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network.
The Mammoths hold a 59-44-9 all-time series advantage in the rivalry between the sides that dates back to 1886, with Amherst owning a slight 3-2 edge against the Bantams in their last five matchups despite Trinity having the upper hand in point differential, 85-74. Amherst claimed wins from 2013-2015 by scores of 17-16, 7-6 and 16-7, respectively, while Trinity recorded a 24-14 victory last fall and a 32-20 win in 2012.
- The Mammoths controlled the pace of play and found the end zone four times in a dominant first half and John Ballard '20 secured a decisive interception with 1:11 remaining on the clock, as Amherst led from start to finish to earn a 31-26 victory over Tufts.
- In an exciting start, Ollie Eberth '20 registered two rushing touchdowns for Amherst in the opening quarter to jump the Mammoths out to a quick 14-0 lead, before a 62 yard TD run by Andrew Sanders cut the Jumbos deficit in half with 14:21 to play in the second stanza.
- Jack Hickey '19 responded by finishing off a 52 yard drive with a four yard march into the end zone 10 minutes later, before a 17 yard TD pass by Jack Dolan and failed two point conversion moved the score to 21-13 with under two minutes remaining in the half. Reece Foy '18 successfully led a two-minute drill for Amherst, with James O'Regan '20 bringing in a 56 yard haul to set the score at 28-13 at the half.
- A 26 yard John Rak '19 field goal with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter proved to be Amherst' final points on the day as the Mammoths took a 31-13 lead. Sanders found the end zone a second time for Tufts at the end of the third, and a Dolan TD pass with 1:11 on the clock in the fourth kept the Jumbos within striking distance at 31-26, however Ballard came through in the clutch for Amherst following an on-side kick, picking off the Jumbos QB to direct the Mammoths to victory.
- Amherst put up 471 yards of total offense, including 315 passing yards and 156 yards on the ground to finish 8-for-14 on third down opportunities. Andrew Sommer '19 made 10 tackles, including seven solo, and added two sacks and a pass breakup to lead the Mammoth defense, while Jack Barrett '19 added a sack and Ballard and Matt Durborow '21 each logged an interception
- Max Chipouras rushed 33 times for 182 yards and Sonny Puzzo ran for a pair of first-half touchdowns as the visiting Trinity Bantams pushed past Middlebury, 27-5 to improve to 7-0 on the year.
- The sides traded scores in the opening half, with the Bantams taking a 7-0 lead five minutes into the contest behind a Puzzo TD rush, before a 28 yard Panther field goal moved the score to 7-3.
- Puzzo found the end zone on a six yard run with 12:06 on the clock in the second stanza, however Middlebury forced a team safety at the seven minute mark to push the score to 14-5 entering halftime.
- The final two quarters belonged to Trinity, with the Bantams registering 13 unanswered points. A two yard Austin Baiardi run stood as the second half's lone touchdown, while Eric Sachse converted on a pair of field goals from 27 and 33 yards, respectively, to direct Trinity to the 27-5 win.
- Puzzo totaled 188 yards through the air and on the ground, going 9-for-20 for 112 passing and gaining 76 yards on a dozen carries. Chipouras finished four yards shy of his career-high rushing total of 186, while Koby Schofer led the receivers with seven catches for 85 yards. Picon-Roura led all tacklers with 11 stops, including a pair of pass break-ups and an interception.
- Facing off at Jessee/Miller Field on Nov. 5 a season ago, Trinity rallied to score 14 points in the fourth quarter to notch a 24-14 victory over the visiting Mammoths.
- Following a scoreless first stanza, the Bantams were first on the board, as Eric Sachse drilled a 39 yard field goal to give Trinity a 3-0 lead with 11:43 on the clock in the second.
- Responding with the contest's next two touchdowns, Nick Morales '19 connected with Devin Boehm '17 for an 8 yard TD to cap off a nine play, 71 yard drive to give Amherst a 7-3 edge at the half. Morales registered his second touchdown pass of the day with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter, finding Bo Berluti '19 in the end zone for a three yard TD to extend the Mammoths' lead to 14-3.
- Trinity logged the final 21 points of the matchup to earn the win, with Sonny Puzzo tossing a four yard TD pass to Darrien Myers in the final seconds of the third quarter, before a strip sack and fumble recovery for the touchdown by Spencer Donahue gave the Bantams their first lead, 17-14, with 14:52 to play. Paul McCarthy had the final dagger for the home team, posting a 52 yard pick-six with 59 seconds on the clock to clinch the Trinity win.
|QB - Ollie Eberth - #10||DB - Nate Tyrell - #2|
|WR - Bo Berluti - #11||DB - Avery Saffold - #1|
|WR - James O'Regan - #5||DB - John Rak - #20|
|WR - Craig Carmilani - #15||DB - John Ballard - #37|
|TE - Harry Boeschenstein - #87||DL - Andrew Yamin - #38|
|RB - Hasani Figueroa - #25||DL - Bolaji Ekhator - #95|
|OL - Jack Tyrrell - #58||DL - Rob Needham - #91|
|OL - Kevin Sheehan - #63||DL - Greg Franklin - #97|
|OL - Dan Papa - #67||LB - Andrew Sommer -#48|
|OL - Elijah Zabludoff - #72||LB - Jack Barrett - #44|
|OL - Mitch Arthur - #74||LB - John Callahan - #42|
|K - John Rak - #20||P - Henry Atkeson - #92|
|QB - Sonny Puzzo - #13||NT - Corey Jean-Jacques - #69|
|RB - Max Chipouras - #22||DE - Brandon Blaise - #99|
|WR - Koby Schofer - #12||DE - Nick Rose - #54|
|WR - Joe Samuelman - #29||ILB - Carty Campbell - #52|
|WR - Jonathan Girard - #6||ILB - Liam Kenneally - #55|
|TE - Cliff David - #45||OLB - Dago Picon-Roura - #11|
|OT - Chris Simmons - #71||OLB - Shane Libby - #40|
|OG - Alex Wukovits - #64||CB - Matt Patry - #26|
|C - Steve O'Reilly - #66||CB - Dominique Seagears - #15|
|OG - Joe Farrah - #65||S - John Medina - #20|
|OT - Austin Baiardi - #72||S - Sameir Madden - #4|
|K - Eric Sachse - #38||P - Ian McDonald - #25|
2017 STATISTICAL COMPARISON
|RUSH YARDS / PER GAME||1392 YDS / 198.9 AVG||1519 YDS / 217.0 AVG|
|PASS YARDS / PER GAME||1441 YDS / 205.9 AVG||1587 YDS / 226.7 AVG|
|TOTAL OFFENSE / PER GAME||2833 YDS / 404.7 AVG||3106 YDS / 443.7 AVG|
|SCORING / PER GAME||231 PTS / 33.0 AVG||257 PTS / 36.7 AVG|
|RUSH ALLOWED PER GAME||87.1 AVG||99.9 AVG|
|PASS ALLOWED PER GAME||165.3 AVG||159.9 AVG|
|TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED PER GAME||252.4 AVG||259.7 AVG|
|POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME||17.4 AVG||8.1 AVG|
2017 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
#10 Ollie Eberth (72-for-121 / 1203 YDS / 8 TD / 3 INT / 159.9 RTG)
#32 Jack Hickey (82 ATT / 565 YDS / 6.9 AVG / 7 TD)
#25 Hasani Figueroa (72 ATT / 365 YDS / 5.1 AVG / 3 TD)
#5 James O'Regan (29 REC / 560 YDS / 19.3 AVG / 5 TD)
#11 Bo Berluti (32 REC / 396 YDS / 12.4 AVG / 1 TD)
#48 Andrew Sommer (56 TKL / 38 SOLO / 5 SCK / 1 FF / 1 INT)
#38 Andrew Yamin (38 TKL / 22 SOLO / 11.5 SCK / 2 FF)
#20 John Rak (31 TKL / 23 SOLO / 1 TFL / 1 FR / 1 BRUP)
#13 Sonny Puzzo (106-of-165 / 1457 YDS / 13 TD / 3 INT / 160.8 RTG)
#22 Max Chipouras (140 ATT / 804 YDS / 5.7 AVG / 9 TD)
#13 Sonny Puzzo ( 70 ATT / 256 YDS / 3.7 AVG / 4 TD)
#12 Koby Schofer (42 REC / 593 YDS / 14.1 AVG / 4 TD)
#6 Jonathan Girard (15 REC / 264 YDS / 17.6 AVG / 2 TD)
#11 D. Picon-Roura (47 TKL / 31 SOLO / 1 INT / 4 BRUP)
#55 Liam Kenneally (33 TKL / 24 SOLO / 2 SCK / 1 FR)
#20 John Medina (28 TKL / 18 SOLO / 2 INT / 8 BRUP)