Football Cruises Past Colby, 35-9

Football Cruises Past Colby, 35-9

AMHERST, Mass. – Ollie Eberth '20 and Bo Berluti '19 connected on two TD passes and Biafra Okoronkwo '20 added 185 yards on the ground as the Amherst College football team posted a pair of touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to pull away from Colby College for a 35-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.

With the win, Amherst extends its win streak against the Mules to 23-games and improves to 5-0 on the season, while Colby remains winless in 2018 and falls to 0-5 overall.

Eberth finished 11 of 19 for 194 yards and three scores in all, and added 37 rushing yards, while James O'Regan '20 led the receiving corps with 101 yards on five catches, including a 31 yard TD strike late in the opening quarter.

Okoronkwo ran for a single-game career best 185 yards, including a 70 yard TD rush, on 15 carries, while Eric Jung '21 was next on the Mammoths with 54 yards on six attempts.

Colby quarterback Matt Hersch went 28 of 47 behind center for 212 yards and a touchdown, while Jake Schwern led the visitors in both rushing and receiving with 79 yards though the air and 46 yards on the ground.

Trading possessions to open the contest, the Mammoths got on the board on their second drive of the day as Okoronkwo found a hole at the line of scrimmage and erupted for a 70 yard TD run to give Amherst a 7-0 lead.

Doubling their advantage on their next drive after the defense forced a Colby three-and-out, Eberth capped off a seven-play, 67-yard drive with a perfectly lofted pass to O'Regan in the back right corner of the end zone.

Adding to the board at the 6:18 mark in the second quarter, Eberth found Berluti cutting across the end zone for the score on a second-and-goal opportunity, before hammering in a one yard TD rush on the Mammoths next possession at the 1:44 mark to give the home team a comfortable 28-0 lead.

Avoiding a first half shut out, Walter Thilley sent a 33 field goal attempt through the uprights with 18 seconds on the clock to push the score to 28-3 at the break.

Amherst's final points were posted on the team's first drive of the third quarter as the Mammoths marched 89 yards downfield on four plays, highlighted by Berluti's second TD grab of the game that saw him bring in a 15 yard screen pass before evading defenders the rest of the way for 44 total yards.

Colby responded on their next possession, organizing an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive over a six minute span that featured three completions by Hersch of 10-or-more yards. Connecting with Andrew DeFranco, the Mules made it 35-9 at the 7:25 mark, however the PAT by Thilley sailed wide.

The points proved to be the last of the day for either side as the Mammoths clinched the 35-9 win after a scoreless fourth quarter.

Andrew Sommer '19 paced the Amherst defense with nine tackles, while Joe Kelly '21 registered a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

The Mammoths return to the field next Saturday, Oct. 20 when they head to Little III rival Wesleyan for a 1 p.m. clash at Corwin Stadium.