Week Seven Football Preview: Amherst vs Tufts

Week Seven Football Preview: Amherst vs Tufts

 

Amherst College (6-0) vs. Tufts University (5-1)
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 1 p.m.

 

Live Coverage

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Mammoths Sports Network, accessible by going to Amherstmammoths.tv.

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

 

The Series

Amherst has won 11 of the last 13 meetings against Tufts dating back to 2005. However, the last time the teams met in Amherst, in 2016, the Jumbos handed them a 27-10 defeat. Tufts and

Amherst first met in 1929, when they tied 13-13 in Amherst, and since then, the Mammoths have a 49-23-3 lead in the all-time series.

 

Last Time Out - Amherst

Amherst held Little Three rivals Wesleyan University to negative yards on the ground, and improved to 6-0 with a 33-3 victory over the Cardinals last Saturday at Corwin Stadium.

James O'Regan '20 caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown and Biafra Okoronkwo '20 ran for 119 yards and two scores as Amherst racked up 421 yards of total offense.

For his efforts, Okoronkwo was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Amherst got on the board early through a defensive score. On the Cardinals second play of the game, Andrew Sommer '19 broke through the line and sacked Wesleyan quarterback Mark Piccirillo in the end zone for a safety.

The Mammoths outgained Wesleyan 421-to-101 and totaled 25 first downs to the Cardinals' 13. The Mammoths also recorded six sacks for a loss of 35 yards, two of them by Andrew Yamin '19, and held the Cardinals to -3 yards rushing.

Okoronkwo led Amherst's offense with 119 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Ollie Eberth was 14-of-24 for 203 yards passing and a score. He also rushed 12 times for 59 yards.

Andrew Ferrero kicked a 41 yard field goal and made all four of his extra point attempts in the win.

 

Last Time Out - Tufts

Senior running back Dom Borelli threw the first touchdown pass of his career and also ran for a score as the Tufts University football team earned a 28-21 NESCAC win over Williams College at Ellis Oval / Zimman Field.

A fumble recovery in Williams territory by the Jumbo defense helped set up the 13-yard TD from Borelli to senior WR Jack Dolan at 9:51 of the third quarter, which were the final points of the game and the winning margin for Tufts.

The Tufts defense shut out the Ephs in the second half, including a goal-line stand early in the fourth quarter. Williams had first and goal at the Jumbo 4, including three plays from the one-yard line, and did not score.

The teams were tied at 21 at half thanks to an 8-yard touchdown catch from Dan de Leon with :59 to play in the 2nd quarter.

Borelli's had nine rush for 31 yards and also caught three passes for 40 yards, incuding a 27-yard gain. Ryan McDonald, hobbled by a bad ankle, completed 17 of 28 passes for 187 yards and two TDs. Mike Pedrini added 62 rushing yards on 16 carries. Jack Donohue's four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown led Tufts' receivers.

Greg Holt's 13 tackles, including two for losses, and the forced fumble led the Jumbo defense, who limited Williams to 283 yards. Junior Miles Shipp was active for the Jumbos with 10 solo stops.

  

Last Meeting

On October 28, 2017, Amherst defeated Tufts 31-26 at Ellis Oval's Zimman Field.

Amherst scored 14 points in the opening quarter and took a 28-13 halftime lead, then held off the Jumbos to stay in the thick of the NESCAC championship race.

John Ballard's interception with 1:11 left on the clock helped seal the win. Ollie Eberth ran for two scores, Jack Hickey rushed for 75 yards and a TD and Reece Foy threw a 56-yard touchdown to James O'Regan in the final minute of the first half. Defensively, Andrew Sommer had 10 tackles and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards. 

Andrew Sanders scored twice on the ground for Tufts and Ryan McDonald hooked up with Jack Dolan twice for touchdowns.

 

Probable Starters 

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE

MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE

 

JUMBOS

OFFENSE

JUMBOS

DEFENSE

 QB - Ollie Eberth - #10

 CB - Nate Tyrell - #2

 

 QB – Ryan McDonald - #12

 DE – Kevin Quisumbing – #96

 WR - Bo Berluti - #11

 CB - Avery Saffold - #1

 

 RB – Dom Borelli - #30

DT – Tom Baker - #95

 WR - James O'Regan - #5

 S - Matt Durbrow - #4

 

 WR – Dan de Leon - #11

 DT – Nmesoma Nwafor - #9

 WR – Joe Masterson - #83

 S – Zach Allen - #8

 

 WR – Frank Roche - #6

 DE – Jared Ahsler - #44

 TE - Justin Berry - #84

 DE - Andrew Yamin - #38

 

 WR – Jack Dolan - #13

 LB – Jack Walton - #19

 RB – Biafra Okoronkwo - #21

 DT – Andrew DeNoble - #55

 

 TE – Jack Donohue - #85

 LB – Greg Holt - #54

 LT - Jack Tyrrell - #58

 DE - Rob Needham - #91

 

 LT – Josh Thibeault - #79

 LB – Tylor Scales - #20

 LG - Brantley Mayers - #75

 DT - Greg Franklin - #97

 

 LG – Jack Rhodes - #56

 CB – Tim Preston - #26

 C -  Dan Papa - #67

 LB - Andrew Sommer -#48

 

 C – Nick Roy - #52

 SS – Alex LaPiana - #5

 RG -  Jack Griffiths - #65

 LB - Jack Barrett - #44

 

 RG – Dan MacDonald - #62

 FS – Michael Mughetto - #24

 RT -  Brendan Coleman - #78

 LB - John Callahan - #42

 

 RT – Tim Reitzenstein - #77

 CB – Miles Shipp- #2

 K -  Andrew Ferrero - #94

 P - Henry Atkeson - #92

 

 K – Matt Alswanger - #49

 K – Alex LaPiana - #5



2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

 

AMHERST

 

TUFTS

RUSH YARDS / PER GAME

1408 / 234.7 AVG

 

1005 / 167.5 AVG

PASS YARDS / PER GAME

1049 / 174.8 AVG

 

1268 / 211.3 AVG

TOTAL OFFENSE / PER GAME

2457 / 409.5 AVG

 

2273 / 378.8 AVG

SCORING / PER GAME

169 / 28.2 AVG

 

172 / 28.7 AVG

RUSH ALLOWED PER GAME

43.3 AVG ALLOWED

 

109.8 AVG ALLOWED

PASS ALLOWED PER GAME

179.8 AVG ALLOWED

 

169.8 AVG ALLOWED

TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED PER GAME

223.2 AVG ALLOWED

 

279.7 AVG ALLOWED

POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME

7.8 AVG ALLOWED

 

14.7 AVG ALLOWED


2018 INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

AMHERST

PASSING
 #10  Ollie Eberth (82-132 / 1049 YDS / 8 TD / 0 INT)

RUSHING
 #21 Biafra Okoronkwo (67 ATT / 501 YDS / 83.5 AVG / 4 TD)

RECIEVING
#11 Bo Berluti (29 REC / 374 YDS / 62.3 AVG / 4 TD)

#5 James O'Regan (24 REC / 363 YDS / 60.5 AVG / 2 TD)

DEFENSE
#42 John Callahan (39 TKL / 1 SACK / 5.5 TFL)

#48 Andrew Sommer (31 TKL / 2 SACK / 2 INT)

#38 Andrew Yamin (30 TKL / 7.5 SACK / 12.5 TFL)

 

TUFTS

PASSING
#12 Ryan McDonald (106-183 / 1189 YDS / 10 TD / 3 INT)

RUSHING
#12 Ryan McDonald (74 ATT / 351 YDS / 58.5 AVG / 6 TD)

RECIEVING
#13 Jack Dolan (21 REC / 227 YDS / 56.8 AVG / 4 TD)

#6 Frank Roche (18 REC / 241 YDS / 40.2 AVG / 1 TD)

DEFENSE
#54 Greg Holt (52 TKL / 2.5 SACK / 7 TFL)

#26 Tim Preston (23 TKL / 2 INT / 4 BRUP / 1 BLK)

#44 Jared Ahsler (19 TKL / 3 SACK / 5.5 TFL)