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

Week Nine Football Preview: Amherst vs Williams

Week Nine Football Preview: Amherst vs Williams

Amherst College (7-1) vs. Williams College (5-3)
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium
Amherst, Mass. * 12 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

"The Biggest Little Game in America" will be played for the 133rd time today, with Williams holding a 72-55-5 record since the first meeting in 1884. Amherst had won six straight meetings before the Ephs victory last year. That equalled the longest winning streak for Amherst in the series.  Prior to that, Williams had won five of six meetings from 2005-2010. Amherst has not lost to Williams at home since the 2010 season.


Last Time Out - Amherst

With a chance to clinch the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football championship on the road at Trinity, Amherst College suffered a 27-16 setback to the Bantams at Jessee/Miller Field. 

Senior Bo Berluti caught nine passes for 142 yards, but Trinity got 205 yards rushing from Max Chipouras, who scored twice on the ground as the Bantams (7-1) handed Amherst their first loss of the season (7-1). 

Against an Amherst defense that was allowing just 53.7 rushing yards per game, Chipouras broke free on a third down for a 70-yard touchdown rush with 2:53 remaining to seal the win for the Bantams after Amherst had cut a seven-point deficit to four on a 33-yard field goal by Andrew Ferrero '19. 

Ollie Eberth completed 17-35 passes for 217 yards and ran for 31 yards on 13 rushes. Jack Hickey '19 gained 54 yards on the ground and scored from three yards out with 5:38 left in the second quarter to give Amherst a 13-7 lead. A 41-yard pass that Berluti leapt over a defender to corral set up that Hickey score. 

Trinity took a 20-13 lead and looked for more, but Avery Saffold '20 picked off a pass at the Amherst five-yard line to stop the Bantams late in the third quarter. 

Andrew Sommer '19 led all players with nine tackles for Amherst, while Saffold had five tackles, the interception, two pass breakups and a blocked field goal.

Last Time Out - Williams

Jackson Bischoping threw two beautiful touchdown passes to Frank Stola in the fourth quarter, but the Ephs' furious comeback fell just short as Williams (5-3) fell to Wesleyan (5-3), 21-14. 

Down 21-0 in a game that seemed all but over, freshman quarterback Jackson Bischoping, filling in for the injured Bobby Maimaron, threw a fade to sophomore wide receiver Frank Stola in the back-left corner of the end zone to pull within 21-7 with just under four minutes to go. 

After a perfect onside kick by sophomore kicker Min Kyu Park, Bischoping led the offense on another touchdown drive, this one lasting just four plays. On a similar play to the first touchdown, Stola made an even more impressive catch on a fade pass, barely staying inbounds but nonetheless putting Williams back into the game, now down only one score. 

Park's second onside kick bounced around with a chance for both teams to recover, but was eventually recovered by Wesleyan. The Ephs forced a punt and had a chance to tie with 1:29 to go and one timeout, but the stout Wesleyan defense prevented Williams from picking up a first down, sacking Bischoping on 3rd down and forcing incomplete passes on 1st, 2nd and 4th. The Cardinals then knelt out the clock to preserve the win. 

It was the sixth win in a row in the head-to-head series for Wesleyan, who had shut out the Ephs' offense for seven straight quarters before the fourth-quarter comeback.

Last Meeting:

Amherst was denied a NESCAC championship with a 31-24 loss in overtime at Williams on November 11, 2017. 

Three unanswered Mammoth touchdowns in the final 20 minutes of regulation were enough to push the archrivals into overtime for the first time since 2001, however Amherst was unable to counter an Bobby Maimaron 11 yard touchdown run in OT as Williams clinched a 31-24 victory. 

The Ephs owned a 385-270 edge in total offense in the contest, while Amherst finished 4 for 17 on third down tries and registered a sack, two pass breakups and an interception. 

Ollie Eberth led the Mammoths' rushing game, gaining 35 yards on 10 attempts, while Bo Berluti notched 37 yards on four receptions. John Callahan '19 registered a contest-high 14 tackles, including 12 solo, while Andrew Yamin '19 logged nine tackles and a sack. Avery Saffold '20 and Ballard chipped in seven tackles each. 

Bobby Maimaron finished 23-for-41 through the air for 183 yards, and led the Ephs' rushing game with 133 yards and four touchdowns on 33 attempts, while Adam Regensburg led Williams' receivers with 78 yards on nine receptions.

On defense, Luke Apuzzi led the Ephs with seven solo tackles and a pass breakup, while Amyhr Barber added six stops.

 
Probable Starters

MAMMOTHS
OFFENSE

MAMMOTHS
DEFENSE

 

EPHS

OFFENSE

EPHS

DEFENSE

 QB - Ollie Eberth - #10

 CB - Nate Tyrell - #2

 

 QB – Bobby Maimaron - #2

 DL – James DeMarco - #49

 WR - Bo Berluti - #11

 CB - Avery Saffold - #1

 

 RB – TJ Dozier - #7

 DL – Oscar Unobskey - #54

 WR - James O'Regan - #5

 S - Matt Durbrow - #4

 

 TE – Justin Burke - #31

 DL – Nick Landry - #22

 WR – Joe Masterson - #83

 S – Zach Allen - #8

 

 LT – Jeremy Subjinski - #75

 LB – Luke Apuzzi - #25

 TE - Justin Berry - #84

 DE - Andrew Yamin - #38

 

 LG – Mike Ludwig - #61

 LB – TJ Rothmann - #45

 RB – Biafra Okoronkwo - #21

 DT – Andrew DeNoble - #55

 

 C – John Rooney - #55

 LB – Jarrett Wesner - #17

 LT - Jack Tyrrell - #58

 DE - Rob Needham - #91

 

 RG – Jeff MacArthur - #52

 LB – Coleston Smith - #48

 LG - Brantley Mayers - #75

 DT - Greg Franklin - #97

 

 RT – Karsten Salveson - #73

 DB – Jake Kastenhuber - #27

 C -  Dan Papa - #67

 LB - Andrew Sommer -#48

 

 WR – Frank Stola - #3

 DB – Desmond Butler - #16

 RG -  Jack Griffiths - #65

 LB - Jack Barrett - #44

 

 WR – Justin Nelson - #13

 DB – Ben Anthony - #4

 RT -  Brendan Coleman - #78

 LB - John Callahan - #42

 

WR – Michael DeGasperis - #88

 DB – Rocco Giandomenico - #38

 K -  Andrew Ferrero - #94

 P - Henry Atkeson - #92

 

 K – Andrew Schreibstein - #10

 P – Andrew Schreibstein - #10



2018 STATISTICAL COMPARISON

 

AMHERST

 

WILLIAMS

RUSH YARDS / PER GAME

1667 / 208.4

 

1433 / 179.1

PASS YARDS / PER GAME

1416 / 177.0

 

1392 / 174.0

TOTAL OFFENSE / PER GAME

3083 / 385.4

 

2825 / 353.1

SCORING / PER GAME

204 / 25.5

 

201 / 25.1

RUSH YDS ALLOWED PER GAME

75.4

 

138.3

PASS YDS ALLOWED PER GAME

172.0

 

172.8

TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED PER GAME

247.4

 

311.0

POINTS ALLOWED PER GAME

10.9

 

16.3


2018 INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

AMHERST

PASSING
 #10 Ollie Eberth (113-193 / 1416 YDS / 177.0 AVG / 9 TD / 1 INT)

RUSHING
#21 Biafra Okoronkwo (84 ATT / 550 YDS / 6.5 AVG / 4 TD)

#32 Jack Hickey (86 ATT / 459 YDS / 5.3 AVG / 4 TD)

RECIEVING
#11 Bo Berluti (41 REC / 537 YDS / 67.1 AVG / 4 TD)

#5 James O'Regan (35 REC / 470 YDS / 58.8 AVG / 3 TD)

DEFENSE
#48 Andrew Sommer (51 TKL / 3.5 SACK / 2 INT / 1 BRUP)

#42 John Callahan (50 TKL / 1.5 SACK / 1 FF / 1 FR / 1 INT)

#38 Andrew Yamin (43 TKL / 9 SACK / 15.5 TFL)

 

WILLIAMS

PASSING
#2 Bobby Maimaron (104-197 / 1144 YDS / 143.0 AVG / 8 TD / 3 INT)

RUSHING
#2 Bobby Maimaron (145 ATT / 547 YDS / 3.8 AVG / 8 TD)

#7 TJ Dozier (73 ATT / 496 YDS / 6.8 AVG / 4 TD)

RECIEVING
#3 Frank Stola (48 RE / 87.0 AVG / 7 TD)

DEFENSE
#17 Jarrett Wesner (64 TKL / 1 SACK / 1 FR / 1 BRUP)

#45 TJ Rothmann (57 TKL / 4 TFL / 1 INT / 3 BRUP)

#4 Ben Anthony (47 TKL / 1 SACK / 1 INT / 2 BRUP)