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

Week Five Football Preview: Amherst vs Colby

Week Five Football Preview: Amherst vs Colby

Amherst College (4-0) vs. Colby College (0-4)
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 1:00 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:

Amherst comes into today's game riding a 22-game winning streak against the Mules dating back to 1995. In that time, Amherst has won 11 games at home and 11 on the road. They have shutout the Mules on five occassions and have outscored Colby by an average of 591 (26.9 ppg) to 140 (6.4 ppg). Prior to this 22-game winning streak, Colby had won four straight meetings, from 1993-95.
 

Last Time Out - Amherst:

Chase Trunnell '21 ran for two touchdowns and Amherst (4-0) scored once in each of the first three quarters, on its way to a 21-0 win over Middlebury (2-2) in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football action on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. 

The Mammoths earned their first win over Middlebury since the 2015 season, the last time they started a year 4-0 en route to a perfect campaign. This is their first shutout since 2016, in which they did so over both Colby and Hamilton. 

A 2-yard rush up the middle by Trunnell gave Amherst a 7-0 lead at the 5:51 mark of the first quarter.  The nine-play, 62-yard drive was sparked by a 41-yard completion from quarterback Ollie Eberth '20 to James O'Regan '20. 

The Mammoths took advantage of a turnover in the second quarter, as Andrew Sommer '19 picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards to the Middlebury 22-yard line. Two plays later, Trunnell scored through the middle from three yards out. 

The Mammoths went up 21-0 at the 3:32 mark of the third quarter on a 15-yard scramble to his left by Eberth. The play was led by a great block from Harry Boeschenstein '20.
 

Last Time Out - Colby:

The Colby College football team scored two touchdowns in the final 1:23 of the game and nearly recovered a second onsides kick with 14 seconds remaining in a 28-20 setback to Wesleyan University on Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium. 

Trailing 28-7, Matt Hersch dropped back and hit Jibri Woods on a 63-yard scoring pass with 1:23 to play. 

Kicker Walter Thilley had a perfect onsides kick, with the ball bouncing high as it reached 10 yards. Colby wide receiver Aidan McCleary recovered the kick and Colby was back in business at the Wesleyan 32-yard line. 

Colby (0-4) finally scored on the eighth play of the drive when Hersch hit Jordan Roddy for a 6-yard scoring pass on third down. The snap on the extra point was off and the Mules settled for six points and trailed just 28-20 with 14 seconds to play. 

Now kicking at the Colby 40-yard line, Thilley did it again with another perfect onsides kick. Jake Schwern leaped to recover the kick for the Mules, but the officials ruled he touched the ball before it had traveled 10 yards. 

Hersch finished with 277 yards on 23-for-40 passing and 277 yards to go along with three touchdowns.  Woods had 96 yards on three catches and Matt Richman caught seven passes for 67 yards. Schwern had 66 yards rushing and 26 receiving. 
 

Last Meeting:

On October 14, 2017, Amherst defeated Colby 40-7 at Harold Alfond Stadium in Waterville, Maine. 

The Mammoths defense dominated from start to finish, holding the Mules to 114 yards of total offense, and impressive special teams play contributed two touchdowns in a 21 point third quarter. 

The Mammoths claimed an early lead on their first drive of the game, marching 74 yards down field in 12 plays to set up a 32 yard John Rak '19 field goal and take a 3-0 edge. James O'Regan '20 caught a 22 yard touchdown before the half as well. 

Tristan Andrzejewski blocked a punt and scooped the ball up, scoring an 11 yard TD and Nate Tyrell '19 returned a punt 53 yards to the end zone during a third quarter in which Eberth also threw another touchdown pass.

 

Projected Starters:

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE

MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE

 

MULES
OFFENSE

MULES
DEFENSE

 QB - Ollie Eberth - #10

 CB - Nate Tyrell - #2

 

 QB – Matt Hersch - #3

CB – CJ Hassan - #25

 WR - Bo Berluti - #11

 CB - Avery Saffold - #1

 

 WR – Jibri Woods - #1

 CB – Asher Inman - #2

 WR - James O'Regan - #5

 S - Matt Durbrow - #4

 

 WR – Jordan Roddy - #24

S – Jack Colleran - #20

 WR - Joe Masterson - #83

 S - John Ballard - #37

 

 WR – Matt Richman - #82

 S – Will Caffey - #11

 TE - Justin Berry - #84

 DE - Andrew Yamin - #38

 

 TE – Ethan Smith - #8

 DE – Hans Gabriel - #6

 RB - Jack Hickey - #32

 DT - Matt Albino - #99

 

 RB – Jake Schwern - #32

DT – David O'Donnell - #53

 LT - Jack Tyrrell - #58

 DT - Rob Needham - #91

 

 LT – Shane Normandeau - #54

 DT – Patrick Sopko - #99

 LG - Brantley Mayers - #75

 DE - Greg Franklin - #97

 

 LG – Brandon Troisi - #75

 DE – Nick Wilcox - #92

 C -  Dan Papa - #67

 LB - Andrew Sommer -#48

 

 C – Ty Mahar - #66

 LB – Sean Godin - #9

 RG -  Jack Griffiths - #65

 LB - Jack Barrett - #44

 

 RG – Brandon Leibman - #72

LB – Billy Costello - #47

 RT -  Brendan Coleman - #78

 LB - John Callahan - #42

 

 RT – Chris Shaffrey - #79

 LB – Will Terzi - #55

 K -  John Rak - #20

 P - Henry Atkeson - #92

 

 K – Walter Thilley - #36

 P – Moises Celaya - #12



2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

 

AMHERST

 

COLBY

RUSH YARDS / PER GAME

907 YDS / 226.8 AVG

 

379 YDS / 94.8 AVG

PASS YARDS / PER GAME

652 YDS / 163.0 AVG

 

674 YDS / 168.5 AVG

TOTAL OFFENSE / PER GAME

1559 YDS / 398.8 AVG

 

1053 YDS / 263.3 AVG

SCORING / PER GAME

101 PTS / 25.3 AVG

 

48 PTS / 12.0 AVG

RUSH ALLOWED PER GAME

37.3 AVG ALLOWED

 

257.3 AVG ALLOWED

PASS ALLOWED PER GAME

190.8 AVG ALLOWED

 

159.0 AVG ALLOWED

TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED PER GAME

228.0 AVG ALLOWED

 

416.3 AVG ALLOWED

POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME

8.8 AVG PER GAME

 

32.5 AVG ALLOWED


2018 INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

AMHERST

PASSING
 #10 Ollie Eberth (57-89 / 652 YDS / 4 TD / 0 INT)

RUSHING
 #32 Jack Hickey (52 ATT / 316 YDS / 6.1 AVG / 2 TD)
 #10 Ollie Eberth (52 ATT / 269 YDS / 5.2 AVG / 5 TD)

RECIEVING
 #11 Bo Berluti (21 REC / 263 YDS / 65.8 AVG / 2 TD)
 #5 James O'Regan (12 REC / 128 YDS / 10.7 AVG / 0 TD)

DEFENSE
#42 John Callahan (27 TKL/2.5 TFL)

#38 Andrew Yamin (23 TKL/5.5 sack/9.5 TFL)

#4 Matt Durborow (21 TKL/1 TFL/1 FUM REC.)

 

COLBY

PASSING
 #3 Matt Hersch (57-95/578 yds/5 TD/3 INT)

RUSHING
 #32 Jake Schwern (107 att/363 yds/90.8 avg./2 TD)

 #34 Devin Marrocco (9 att/41 yds/10.3 avg./0 TD)

RECIEVING
#85 Brandon Miner (9 rec/98 yds/32.7 avg./0 TD)

#82 Matt Richman (8 rec/69 yds/23.0 avg./1 TD)

DEFENSE
#22 Marcus Bullard (23 TKL/1 TFL)

#92 Nick Wilcox (20 TKL/2 SACK/2.5 TFL/1 Fum Rec.)

#11 Will Caffey (18 TKL/1 TFL/1 BRUP)