AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths held the Bantams scoreless in the first and third stanza and registered a touchdown in all four quarters, as the Amherst College football team tallied 337 yards of total offense to deal Trinity College their first loss of 2017, 28-20 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-1 on the year, while the Bantams fall to 7-1 overall. The Mammoths return to action on Saturday, Nov. 11 when they travel to archrival Williams College for their 2017 season finale. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. at Farley-Lamb Field.
Amherst jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on their second possession of the contest. Starting the drive at their own 22 yard line, an 11 yard rush by Jack Hickey '19 and an 18 yard connection to Bo Berluti '19 highlighted the 11 play march downfield to move the Mammoths to the Trinity five yard line. Ollie Eberth '20 finished off the drive for the home team, faking out most of the Bantams and the camera operator with a perceived handoff, before keeping the ball and rolling to his right for a five yard touchdown run.
Responding with 3:15 to play in the first half, Trinity evened the score at 7-7 on a controversial drive after a miscommunication on downs gave the Bantams a first-and-10 at the Amherst four yard line instead of a fourth-and-two. Making the most of the opportunity, Sonny Puzzo tossed a four yard TD pass to Koby Schofer on the ensuing play.
For the second time in as many games however, the Mammoths strung together a successful two-minute drill before halftime, as Reece Foy '18 hurled a 55 yard touchdown pass to James O'Regan '20 with 33 seconds on the clock to put Amherst ahead, 14-7 at intermission.
Winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half, Amherst made good on the decision in the opening drive of the third quarter. Setting up at the Trinity two yard line following a 5:35, 65 yard drive, Hickey powered over the goal line on a two yard rush to extend the Mammoth lead to 21-7 at the 9:00 mark.
Recording their third unanswered touchdown midway through the final quarter, Hickey tallied his second TD on the ground of the contest with 7:28 remaining in regulation. Strong defense backed the Bantams to their own three yard line before a short 31 yard punt and 16 yard return by Nate Tyrell '19 gave the Mammoths possession at the Trinity 18. Hickey made his way into the end zone five plays later, taking the hand off and barreling up the middle to give Amherst a 28-7 cushion.
Trinity logged the final two scores of the game, striking at the 4:08 and 00:24 marks, however the late push was not enough as Amherst held on for the 28-20 victory.
Schofer led the Bantams 73 yards down field in 12 plays before once again connecting with Puzzo in the end zone to move the score to 28-13, while Max Chipouras recorded a three yard rush with time winding down to cut the Trinity deficit to 28-20 and make the ensuing kickoff interesting. Trinity attempted the on-side kick in a final effort to get the ball back, however the Mammoths cleanly jumped on the ball to seal the win.
- Amherst held Trinity to just 292 yards of offense, their second lowest total of the season, and allowed just five third down conversions to deal the Bantams their first loss of 2017.
- Behind center, Eberth finished 15-for-23 for 145 yards through the air, while Foy went 1-for-3 for 55 yards and a touchdown.
- Hickey led the rushing game for Amherst, totaling 63 yards of 19 attempts, while Hasani Figueroa '18 chipped in 58 yards on 19 carries. O'Regan made a team-high six receptions for 95 yards, while Berluti earned 67 yards on four catches.
- With seven solo tackles and a sack, Andrew Yamin '19 led the Mammoths' defensive effort. John Callahan '19 added seven tackles, including two for loss, while Andrew Sommer '19 netted six tackles and a pass breakup on the day.
- Puzzo went 15-for-30 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Chipouras had the majority of Bantam rushes to rack up 92 yards on 26 carries.
- Schofer and Cliff David were Trinity's top two receivers, notching 65 and 60 yards, respectively.
- Liam Kenneally and C. Jean-Jacques led the Bantams with nine tackles each, while Jean-Jacques added 1.5 sacks.