Football

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

Week Two Football Preview: Amherst vs. Hamilton

Week Two Football Preview: Amherst vs. Hamilton

Amherst College (1-0) vs. Hamilton College (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 1 p.m.

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

Live Stats for Saturday's will also be available here.

THE SERIES
Amherst and Hamilton have met 28 times in their history, with the first meeting coming in 1920.  Amherst holds a 27-1 record against the Continentals, including ten straight victories.  In the last two years, Amherst has outscored Hamilton 70-6, including a 34-0 shutout here in Amherst in 2016.

LAST MEETING (Box Score / Recap)
Last year on September 23rd, Amherst defeated Hamilton 36-6 in front of 979 fans at Steuben Field in Clinton, N.Y.

Amherst scored 16 points in the opening quarter and led 22-0 at halftime behind a pair of rushing touchdowns and field goals of 41 and 48 yards by John Rak. Rak was also 4-for-4 on extra points, while Nate Tyrell blocked a PAT after Hamilton's touchdown in the third quarter. Amherst also forced three fumbles, two of them recovered by Andrew Sommer, and got a John Ballard interception in the end zone to stop a Hamilton scoring drive

Jack Hickey ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns as the Mammoths outgained the Continentals 253-29 on the ground. Ollie Eberth completed an efficient 7-9 passes for 101 yards and James O'Regan caught five balls for 48 yards.

The Continentals, who got 245 yards passing from quarterback Kenny Gray, got on the board when Gray found Christian Donahue for a 31 yard score in the third quarter with Amherst already ahead 36-0.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT ... Amherst 19, Bates 7 (recap/boxscore)
Amherst and Bates played a scoreless first half in their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football opener, but eventually the Mammoths found their way to the end zone and defeated the Bobcats 19-7 at Garcelon Field.

Amherst ran for three touchdowns, two by junior quarterback Ollie Eberth, and a 31-yard scoring rush by Jack Hickey '19 to improve to 26-4-2 all-time against Bates.

Hickey carried the ball 22 times for 137 yards and the touchdown to pace the Mammoths (1-0) and Eberth ran for 58 yards to go along with 112 passing yards.

The Mammoth defense kept Bates and sophomore quarterback Brendan Costa to just 90 yards in the air.The Bobcats (0-1) got 44 rushing yards from Costa, who was 12-21 on pass attempts. Sophomore Parker Smith caught three passes for 40 yards on the afternoon.

Both punters got a workout throughout the defensive struggle, with Amherst punter Henry Atkeson '20 punting six times for an average of 38.8 yards per punt, with a long of 48 and two times pinning the Bobcats inside their 20.

HAMILTON LAST TIME OUT ... Hamilton 2, Tufts 29 (recap/boxscore)
Tufts quarterback Ryan McDonald tied a program record with four rushing touchdowns and lifted the Jumbos to a 29-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Steuben Field last Saturday afternoon.

Mike Pedrini racked up 68 yards on the ground on just nine carries for the Jumbos, who outgained the Continentals 316-163. The Tufts defense forced four turnovers, posted six sacks, and limited Hamilton to negative-11 rushing yards. Greg Holt had two of those sacks and finished with eight tackles. Tylor Scales, Tim Preston and Alex LaPiana intercepted one pass each.

Kenny Gray '20 was 18 of 42 with 158 passing yards for Hamilton. Will Budington '21 had six receptions for a career-high 117 yards including a 54-yard catch-and-run on third down and 21 from the Continentals' 1-yard line. Billy Wagner '20, who was on the all-conference first team last year for special teams, averaged 42.2 yards on nine punts and pinned three of them inside the Jumbos' 20. Sean Tolton '19, Cole Burchill '19, Sam Bowen '20, Jared Schwartz '22 and Alex Ganter '19 were credited with seven tackles each.

PROBABLE STARTERS

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE
MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE
  CONTINENTALS
OFFENSE
CONTINENTALS
DEFENSE
 QB - Ollie Eberth - #10  CB - Nate Tyrell - #2    QB - Kenny Gray - #15  DE - Alex Ganter - #17
 WR - Bo Berluti - #11  CB - Avery Saffold - #1    WR - Christian Donahoe - #13  DT - Will Rothschild - #75
 WR - James O'Regan - #5  S - Matt Durbrow - #4    WR - Joe Schmidt - #3  DT - Luca Katz - #92
 WR - Turner Garland - #81  S - John Ballard - #37    TB - Mitch Bierman - #27  DE - Michael Friedman - #91
 TE - Justin Berry - #84  DE - Andrew Yamin - #38    FB - David Kagan - #30  OLB - Patrick Morelli - #46
 RB - Jack Hickey - #32  DT - Matt Albino - #99    TE - Trevor Pinkham - #22  MLB - Cole Burchill - #6
 LT - Jack Tyrrell - #58  DT - Rob Needham - #91    OL - Mike Spicer - #53  OLB - Tim Russell - #7
 LG - Brantley Mayers - #75  DE - Greg Franklin - #97    OL - Mike Cantarella - #58  CB - Mufudzi Chogugudza - #23
 C -  Dan Papa - #67  LB - Andrew Sommer -#48    OL - Micah Balogh #52  CB - Justin Leigh - #5
 RG -  Jack Griffiths - #65  LB - Nick Tighe - #18    OL - A.J. Rattee - #73  SS - Sam Bowen - #9
 RT -  Brendan Coleman - #78  LB - John Callahan - #42    OL - A.J. Cantarella - #70  FS - Colby Jones - #2
 K -  John Rak - #20  P - Henry Atkeson - #92    K - Sam Thoreen - #97  P - Billy Wagner - #89




















2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

  AMHERST   HAMILTON
RUSH YARDS / PER GAME 226 YDS / 226 AVG   -11 YDS / -11 AVG
PASS YARDS / PER GAME 112 YDS / 112 AVG   174 YDS / 174 AVG
TOTAL OFFENSE / PER GAME 338 YDS / 338 AVG   163 YDS / 163 AVG
SCORING / PER GAME 19 PTS / 19 AVG   2 PTS / 2 AVG
RUSH ALLOWED PER GAME 60.0 AVG ALLOWED   207.0 AVG ALLOWED
PASS ALLOWED PER GAME 90.0 AVG ALLOWED   109.0 AVG ALLOWED
TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED PER GAME 150.0 AVG ALLOWED   316.0 AVG ALLOWED
POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME 7.0 AVG PER GAME   29.0 AVG ALLOWED


2018 INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

AMHERST
PASSING
 #10 Ollie Eberth (13-for-19 / 112 YDS / 0 TD / 0 INT / 117.9 RTG)
RUSHING
 #32 Jack Hickey (22 ATT / 137 YDS / 6.2 AVG / 1 TD)
 #10 Ollie Eberth (18 ATT / 64 YDS / 3.6 AVG / 2 TD)
RECIEVING
 #11 Bo Berluti (6 REC / 62 YDS / 10.3 AVG / 0 TD)
 #5 James O'Regan (3 REC / 14 YDS / 4.7 AVG / 0 TD)
DEFENSE
 #8 Zach Allen (7 TKL / 5 SOLO / 2 AST / 0.5 TFL)
 #38 Andrew Yamin (6 TKL / 5 SOLO / 2 TFL)
 #1 Avery Saffold  (4 TKL / 4 SOLO / 1 INT)
HAMILTON
PASSING
 #15 Kenny Gray (17-of-40 / 157 YDS / 0 TD / 3 INT / 60.5 RTG)
RUSHING
 #27 Mitch Bierman (14 ATT / 28 YDS / 2.0 AVG / 0 TD)
 #10 Sam Foley ( 1 ATT / 3 YDS / 3.0 AVG / 0 TD)
RECIEVING
 #13 Joe Schmidt (8 REC / 28 YDS / 3.5 AVG / 0 TD)
 #18 Will Budington (6 REC / 117 YDS / 19.5 AVG / 0 TD)
DEFENSE
 #9 Sam Bowen  (7 TKL / 6 SOLO / 2 TFL)
 #17 Alex Ganter (7 TKL / 6 SOLO / 1 SCK / 2 TFL)
 #90 James Ball (3 TKL / 3 SOLO / 1 TFL / 1 FF)


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