Football Ignites for 453 Yards of Total Offense, Tops Hamilton, 37-14

Football Ignites for 453 Yards of Total Offense, Tops Hamilton, 37-14

AMHERST, Mass. – Junior quarterback Ollie Eberth ran for two touchdowns and added one more through the air as the Amherst College football team used 453 yards of total offense to power past Hamilton College, 37-14 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

Recording a touchdown in all four quarters, Jack Hickey '19 and Biafra Okoronkwo '20 each joined Eberth with rushing touchdowns, while Bo Berluti '19 hauled in a 26 yard TD pass. Andrew Ferrero '19 was the final point contributor for Amherst, knocking a 31 yard field goal through the uprights.

The Continentals got their points in the first and fourth quarters, as Kenny Gray barreled into the end zone on a one yard run before Joe Schmidt corralled a 21 yard pass from Gray with 5:54 remaining in the contest.

Jumping out to an early lead on their opening drive, the Mammoths strung 14 together plays and ate up 5:58 of clock to find their way into the end zone.  Rushing for his second 15-plus yard run of the drive, Eberth made it 6-0 with a 19 yard scamper on a 2nd and 10 play before Ferrero converted on the extra point.

Responding immediately, Hamilton evened things up at 7-7 behind the strength of a 15 yard completion to Will Budington and a 16 yard pass from Gray to Schmidt. An impressive stop at the goal line by (Jack Barrett '19 and Andrew Sommer '19 on a first and goal opportunity was not enough to halt the visitors momentum as Gray added points to the board one play later.

Regaining the lead in the second quarter, the home team needed just two plays to make it 14-7 after the Mammoths' defense pinned Hamilton deep in their own territory following a downed punt at the one yard line. A 32 yard punt by the Continentals after a three-and-out gave Amherst the ball at the Hamilton 37 yard line before Hickey capitalized on the favorable field position with an 8 yard and a 29 yard run for an Amherst touchdown.

The remainder of the second quarter was quiet, as neither side was able to get within 40 yards of their respective end zones, before a strong, 16 point third quarter broke things open for the Mammoths.

Extending their lead on back-to-back drives in the third stanza, at the 9:10 mark, Eberth found Berluti for the score at the 9:10 mark before adding his second touchdown on the ground 2:20 later. A failed PAT on Eberth's run set the score at 27-7.

Both sides added seven points to the board in the fourth quarter. A personal foul call on the Continentals negated a punt by the Mammoths at the 13:10 mark and Amherst was quick to take advantage of the crucial mistake, as Okoronkwo made Hamilton regret giving the home team a new set of downs with a 25 yard touchdown run.

What stood as the final points of the day came with 5:54 to play, as Gray's sixth completion of the drive came in the form of a 21 yard touchdown pass to Schmidt.

Amherst kickers Henry Atkeson '20 and Ferrero impressed for the Mammoths, with Ferrero averaging 51 yards on kickoffs and Atkeson sending four punts inside the 20 and two punts inside the 10. John Ballard led Amherst's defense with six tackles, while Barrett and Andrew Yamin '19 each recorded a sack. Sommer had the contest's lone interception.

With the win, the Mammoths improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Continentals drop to 0-2 overall. Amherst returns to the field next Saturday, Sept. 29 when they travel to Bowdoin College for a 1 p.m. kickoff.