Football Week Eight Preview: Amherst vs. Trinity

Football Week Eight Preview: Amherst vs. Trinity

Amherst College (6-1) vs. Trinity College (7-0)
Family Weekend
Saturday, Nov. 4, 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
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.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT ... RECAP / BOX SCORE

  • 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

TRINITY LAST TIME OUT ... RECAP / BOX SCORE

  • 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.

LAST MEETING ... RECAP / BOX SCORE

  • 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.

PROBABLE STARTERS

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE
MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE
 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
BANTAMS
OFFENSE 
BANTAMS
DEFENSE 
 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

  AMHERST TRINITY
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

AMHERST
RUSHING
#10 Ollie Eberth (72-for-121 / 1203 YDS / 8 TD / 3 INT / 159.9 RTG)
PASSING
#32 Jack Hickey (82 ATT / 565 YDS / 6.9 AVG / 7 TD)
#25 Hasani Figueroa (72 ATT / 365 YDS / 5.1 AVG / 3 TD)
RECIEVING
#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)
DEFENSE
#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)
TRINITY
PASSING
#13 Sonny Puzzo (106-of-165 / 1457 YDS / 13 TD / 3 INT / 160.8 RTG)
RUSHING
#22 Max Chipouras (140 ATT / 804 YDS / 5.7 AVG / 9 TD)
#13 Sonny Puzzo ( 70 ATT / 256 YDS / 3.7 AVG / 4 TD)
RECIEVING
#12 Koby Schofer (42 REC / 593 YDS / 14.1 AVG / 4 TD)
#6 Jonathan Girard (15 REC / 264 YDS / 17.6 AVG / 2 TD)
DEFENSE
#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)

 

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