Football

2018 RECORD: 5-0 NESCAC TITLES: 6 (2000, '09, '11, '13-15) PERFECT SEASONS: 7

Week One Football Preview: Amherst vs Bates 

Week One Football Preview: Amherst vs Bates 

Amherst College (0-0) vs. Bates College (0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Garcelon Field
Lewiston, Maine * 1 p.m.

LIVE COVERAGE

Amherst's season opener will be broadcast live on the Mammoth Sports Network, accessible by going to Amherstmammoths.tv.

Live Stats will also be available here.


THE SERIES

Amherst and Bates have met 31­ times since 1901, with Amherst holding a 25-4-2 series lead, including a 5-0 victory over the Bobcats in the inaugural meeting. Since 2002, the Mammoths have won nine straight matchups, outscoring its NESCAC rival 264-50 during that span and logging four shutouts. Bates' last win against Amherst came in 1999 when the Bobcats captured a 19-7 victory at home.


LAST MEETING (Box Score/Recap)

Amherst quarterback Ollie Eberth passed for 210 total yards and four touchdowns on only nine completions to lead the Mammoths past Bates 41-17 in Amherst on Sept. 16, 2017, in the season opener.

Jack Hickey and Andrew Dorogi each ran for a touchdown, while four different receivers found the end zone. James O'Regan got the scoring started with a 49-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Beau Santero, Bo Berluti and Craig Carmilani all caught touchdowns as well, with Carmilani scampering 75 yards on his pass from Eberth to make the score 27-3 on the opening drive of the third quarter.

 Andrew Sommer led the Mammoths with 10 tackles and an interception. Andrew Yamin had 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss, while John Rak recovered a fumble.

Bates trailed 6-0 after the first quarter but the Mammoths outscored the Bobcats 14-3 and 21-7 in the second and third quarters of action, respectively.

Tyler Baum and Jaason Lopez both scored the first touchdowns of their careers in the game for Bates. Baum carried the ball four times for a team-high 44 yards and a score. 

Sandy Plashkes started at quarterback for Bates and completed 7 of 19 passes for 44 yards with one interception. 

Bobby Dee led the Bobcats with eight tackles. Conner Suraci pitched in with seven, and Chase Fulton and Max Breschi had six tackles apiece.

 

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT

With a chance to win the NESCAC against their archrivals, Amherst suffered a devastating 31-24 overtime defeat at Williams in the "Biggest Little Game in America." 

Despite falling behind 24-3 in the third quarter, Amherst came back to tie the game, scoring 21 unanswered points, including a 28-yard interception return and two-point conversion. 

Unfortunately, Bobby Maimaron's 11-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Williams the lead, and the Mammoths were stopped on fourth down to end hopes of a second comeback.


BATES LAST TIME OUT

Finishing the season with a 2-7 record, the Bates football team earned wins over Colby and Bowdoin before falling in their 2017 finale at Hamilton. 

The teams were tied at seven at halftime, but an 87-yard return of the second half kickoff by Sam Robinson sparked a 21-0 third quarter for the Continentals, which proved to be the difference in the game. 

Brendan Costa threw for 186 yards and a touchdown for the Bobcats, who gained 336 yards total, split evenly between passing and rushing. Kyle Flaherty averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored a touchdown, while Costa gained 40 yards on nine attempts.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE

MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE

 

BATES
OFFENSE

BATES
DEFENSE

QB    Ollie Eberth

DB   Nate Tyrell

 

QB   Brendan Costa

DE     Shane Collins

WR   Bo Berluti

DB   Avery Saffold

 

WR  Marcus Ross

NT     Ramon Ruiz

WR   James O'Regan

DB   John Ballard

 

WR   Jackson Hayes

DT     Walter Washington

WR   Turner Garland

DB   Matt Durborow

 

WR    Kevin Claflin

OLB   Tyler Harrington

RB    Jack Hickey

DL   Andrew Yamin

 

RB    Zach Doyon

ILB   Chase Fulton

TE  Justin Berry

DL   Rob Needham

 

TE  Isaiah Saunders

ILB  Peter Daley

OL  Jack Tyrrell

DL  Blaine Fox

 

LT    Matt Flanagan

OLB  Liam Greene

OL    Brantley Mayers

DL   Greg Franklin

 

LG  Phil Simplicio

CB    Coy Candelario

OL    Dan Papa

LB   Andrew Sommer

 

C    Jack O'Brien

S      Joe Frake

OL    Jack Griffiths

LB   Nick Tighe

 

RG  Yanni Falaras

S       Jon Lindgren

OL    Brendan Coleman

LB   John Callahan

 

RT   Dan Marino

CB     Devin Clyburn

K      John Rak

P     Henry Atkeson

 

K      Karim Darwiche

P       Justin Foley


2017 STATISTICAL LEADERS

AMHERST

BATES

PASSNG
Ollie Eberth (91-155, 1382 yds., 8 TD)
RUSHING
Jack Hickey (106 rush, 640 yds., 9 TD)
Hasani Figueroa (100 rush, 457 yds., 3 TD)
RECIEVING
Bo Berluti (40 rec., 500 yds., 2 TD)
James O'Regan (39 rec., 676 yards, 6 TD)
DEFENSE
Andrew Sommer (68 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 BRUP)
Andrew Yamin (54 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 21.5 TFL)
John Callahan (43 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 fumble rec.)

PASSING
Brendan Costa (65-136, 826 yds., 6 TD)
RUSHING
Brendan Costa (132 rush, 821 yds., 4 TD)
Matt Golden (62 rush, 260 yds., 0 TD)
RECIEVING
Mickoy Nichol (16 rec., 184 yds., 0 TD)
Jaason Lopez (15 rec., 288 yds., 3 TD)
DEFENSE
Jon Lindgren (75 tackles, 3 TFL, 12 BRUP)
Chase Fulton (62 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack)
Max Breschi (61 tackles, 5 sacks, 7 TFL)


2017 STATISICAL COMPARISON

 

AMHERST

BATES

Rushing Yards/Per Game

1607, 178.6

1837, 204.1  

Passing Yards/Per Game

1823, 202.6  

969, 107.7

Total Offense/Per Game

3430, 381.1

2806, 311.8

Scoring Offense/Per Game

283, 31.4

150, 16.7

Rushing Allowed Per Game

103.6

157.4

Passing Allowed Per Game

168.0

276.1

Total Offense Allowed Per Game  

271.6

433.6

Points Allowed Per Game

19.2

37.3