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

Week Four Football Preview: Amherst vs Middlebury

Week Four Football Preview: Amherst vs Middlebury

Amherst College (3-0) vs. Middlebury College (2-1)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium
Middlebury, Vt. * 1:30 p.m.

 

Live Coverage

Saturday's game 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:

Since 2000, Amherst holds a 10-8 record against the Panthers, but Middlebury has won the last two meetings. Prior to that, Amherst was victorious at home in 2013 and 2015 and in Middlebury in 2014 by a 7-0 score.  

 

Last Time Out - Amherst: 

The Amherst College football team mounted a pair of goal line stands to hold off Bowdoin, 24-14, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Saturday, September 29th at Whittier Field. 

Bowdoin took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, using 15 plays to reach the Amherst one yard-line. The Mammoths stood tall defensively, stopping the Polar Bears on four straight plays, taking over on a Bowdoin fumble on fourth and goal, which was recovered by Matt Durborow '21. 

The teams traded possessions until later in the quarter when Amherst covered 81 yards in eight plays, scoring on a screen pass from Ollie Eberth '20 to Jack Hickey '19 from 22 yards out to take a 7-0 lead. 

Hickey rushed for 64 yards in the win, in which Amherst outgained Bowdoin 212-6 on the ground.

Holding on to a 10-7 lead, Amherst covered 83 yards just before halftime in ten plays and scored on an Eberth pass to Justin Berry '20, who dove to the pylon for the touchdown with 51 seconds left in the half, making it 17-7. 

Berry racked up 42 yards on just two catches, while Joe Masterson '21 caught three balls for 47 yards and James O'Regan '20 caught four passes for 30 yards. 

Bowdoin later moved to the Amherst 4, but the Mammoth defense came up big for the second time, holding the Polar Bears scoreless with their second goal-line stand of the game.

A tackle for a loss by Greg Franklin '20 was one of the key plays of that goal-line stand, which saw Amherst take over on downs.

 

Last Time Out - Middlebury:

Middlebury forced five Colby turnovers and scored 21 fourth-quarter points, on its way to a 31-14 win over the Mules at Harold Alford Stadium.

Middlebury held a 7-0 edge at halftime, before the Panthers took advantage of a Colby turnover late in the quarter, after an interception by Charles Roselle at the Mule eight-yard line. Three plays later, Carter Massengill connected on a 25-yard field goal to put his team up 10-7. 

After holding Colby on a fourth-and-two play from the Panther 11-yard line, Middlebury marched 90 yards on eight plays in 3:31, taking a 17-7 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Will Jernigan to Frank Cosolito with 6:22 remaining.

Middlebury put the game away just over a minute later, when Matthew Daniel picked off a pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown, as the Panthers led, 24-7. 

Colby fumbled its next possession away, as Roselle returned it 14 yards to the Mule six-yard line. Jernigan scored on a six-yard run on the next play, as the Panthers held a 31-7 advantage.

Jernigan finished with 174 yards of total offense on the day, rushing for 79 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. He also completed 7-12 passes for 95 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Peter Scibilia gained 72 yards on the ground on 13 carries. Eight different players had receptions in the game, led by two TD receptions and 30 yards from Cosolito.

 

Last Meeting:

AMHERST, Mass. – Hasani Figueroa '18 rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and James O'Regan '20 hauled in seven catches for 151 yards and a TD to help the Mammoths outscore the visiting Panthers 21-7 in the second half, however a 28 point second quarter by the visitors proved to be the difference maker as the Amherst College football team was edged by Middlebury College, 35-31 Saturday, October 7th at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium. 

Eberth finished 7-for-12 for 148 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Reece Foye went 7-for-14 for 54 yards and two interceptions. 

Figueroa led the Mammoths running game with 109 yards on 10 carries and TD, while Hickey added a TD and 80 yards on 12 carries. O'Regan posted a game-high 151 yards through the air, while Berluti hauled in five passes for 42 yards. 

John Rak '19, John Callahan '19, Jack Barrett '19 and Andrew Sommer '19 each notched six tackles to lead the Mammoths defense. Sommer added a pass breakup, while Avery Saffold '20 chipped in two breakups and Nate Tyrell '19 added another. 

Peter Scibilia led Middlebury's rushing game with 18 attempts for 67 yards. 

Cosolito and Conrado Banky each eclipsed the 50 yard mark, with Cosolito making six catches for 58 yards and Banky gaining 52 yards on five catches. 

With eight tackles, including six solo, and an interception, Kevin Hopsicker led the Panthers defense, while Aaron Slodowitz notched seven tackles. Kevin Maxwell and Fred DiTommaso each recorded a sack for Middlebury, while Jonathan Hobart forced a fumble.

With the setback, Amherst moved to 3-1 on the season, while Middlebury improved to 4-0 overall.

 

Projected Starters:

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE

MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE

 

PANTHERS
OFFENSE

PANTHERS
DEFENSE

 QB - Ollie Eberth - #10

 CB - Nate Tyrell - #2

 

 TE – Frank Cosolito - #46

 DE – Ian Blow - #41

 WR - Bo Berluti - #11

 CB - Avery Saffold - #1

 

 LT – Andrew Rogan - #77

 DT – Roman Trevino - #50

 WR - James O'Regan - #5

 S - Matt Durbrow - #4

 

 LG – Ian Arthur - #58

DT – Martin Williams - #59

 WR - Joe Masterson - #83

 S - John Ballard - #37

 

 C – Conor Roche - #70

 DE – Charles Roselle - #52

 TE - Justin Berry - #84

 DE - Andrew Yamin - #38

 

 RG – Parker Ferguson - #74

 LB – Alexander Bailey - #38

 RB - Jack Hickey - #32

 DT - Matt Albino - #99

 

 RT – Kevin Woodring - #71

 LB – Kevin Maxwell - #44

 LT - Jack Tyrrell - #58

 DT - Rob Needham - #91

 

 WR – Connor Banky - #88

 LB – Clay Hunt - #42

 LG - Brantley Mayers - #75

 DE - Greg Franklin - #97

 

 WR – Maxim Bochman - #11

 CB – Matthew Daniel - #6

 C -  Dan Papa - #67

 LB - Andrew Sommer -#48

 

 WR – Jimmy Martinez - #9

 FS – Jourdan Delerme-Brown - #2

 RG -  Jack Griffiths - #65

 LB - Jack Barrett - #44

 

 RB – Drew Jacobs - #32

 SS – Kevin Hartley - #17

 RT -  Brendan Coleman - #78

 LB - John Callahan - #42

 

 QB – Jack Meservy - #10

 CB – Bobby Ritter - #3

 K -  John Rak - #20

 P - Henry Atkeson - #92

 

 K – Carter Massengill - #99

 P – Maxwell Rye - #84


2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

 

AMHERST

 

MIDDLEBURY

RUSH YARDS / PER GAME

746 YDS / 248.7 AVG

 

573 YDS / 191.0 AVG

PASS YARDS / PER GAME

508 YDS / 169.3 AVG

 

593 YDS / 197.7 AVG

TOTAL OFFENSE / PER GAME

1254 YDS / 418.0 AVG

 

1166 YDS / 388.7 AVG

SCORING / PER GAME

80 PTS / 26.7 AVG

 

89 PTS / 29.7 AVG

RUSH ALLOWED PER GAME

28.0 AVG ALLOWED

 

200.7 AVG ALLOWED

PASS ALLOWED PER GAME

209.0 AVG ALLOWED

 

181.0 AVG ALLOWED

TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED PER GAME

237.0 AVG ALLOWED

 

381.7 AVG ALLOWED

POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME

11.7 AVG PER GAME

 

30.0 AVG ALLOWED


2018 INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

AMHERST

PASSING
 #10 Ollie Eberth (45-69 / 508 YDS / 4 TD / 0 INT)

RUSHING
 #32 Jack Hickey (52 ATT / 316 YDS / 6.1 AVG / 2 TD)
 #10 Ollie Eberth (40 ATT / 222 YDS / 5.5 AVG / 4 TD)

RECIEVING
 #11 Bo Berluti (17 REC / 204 YDS / 12.0 AVG / 2 TD)
 #5 James O'Regan (10 REC / 64 YDS / 6.4 AVG / 0 TD)

DEFENSE
 #37 John Ballard (17 TKL / 1 BRUP)

#42 John Callahan (16 TKL / 2.5 TFL)
 #38 Andrew Yamin (12 TKL / 2 SACK / 6 TFL)  

 

MIDDLEBURY

PASSING
 #10 Jack Meservy (45-76 / 452 YDS / 5 TD / 7 INT)

RUSHING
 #36 Peter Scibilia (46 ATT / 275 YDS / 6.0 AVG / 1 TD)

 #32 Drew Jacobs (37 ATT / 149 YDS / 4.0 AVG / 0 TD)

RECIEVING
 #11 Maxim Bochman (10 REC / 102 YDS / 10.2 AVG / 0 TD)

#88 Conrado Banky (9 REC / 143 YDS / 15.9 AVG / 1 TD)

DEFENSE
 #4 Jonathan Hobart (24 TKL / 1 FR / 1 INT / 1 BLK)
 #44 Kevin Maxwell (18 TKL / 2 TFL / 1 BRUP)
 #13 Coltrane Marcus (16 TKL / 1 TFL / 2 BRUP)