Little Three Champs Amherst Back on Top in Williams Series

Little Three Champs Amherst Back on Top in Williams Series

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College scored 31 unanswered points and rolled to a 45-14 win over Williams College on Saturday afternoon as the teams played the 133rd edition of "The Biggest Little Game in America" at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium. Bouncing back from a defeat in last year's game, Amherst has now won seven of the last eight meetings against the Ephs.

With wins over Wesleyan and Williams, Amherst (8-1) wins the Little Three for the second straight year and tenth time outright. The Mammoths finish tied with Trinity with an 8-1 record, but will finish as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) runners-up after the Bantams defeated Wesleyan 9-0 this afternoon.

Senior Jack Hickey rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, and Ollie Eberth '20 threw for 218 yards and a score while rushing for three more touchdowns.

In his final game, Andrew Sommer opened the second half with a 50-yard fumble force and return for a touchdown to put the Mammoths fully in control at 31-7.

Eberth hooked up with James O'Regan four times for 109 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter as Amherst poured it on Williams (5-4).

Frank Stola caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Ephs, who were outgained 419-242 and converted just two third downs to seven for the Mammoths.

Amherst marched down the field on the opening possession, going 75 yards on seven plays to set up a 1-yard rush by Eberth, who found the end zone three times on a total of just eight yards rushing.

The big play on the game's first drive was a 45-yard pass to O'Regan on a third and five.

Stola tied the game at seven with a 19-yard touchdown reception, but Amherst scored 17 points in the second quarter, starting with an eight-yard rush by Hickey set up by an interception at the Williams 12-yard line by John Callahan '19.

 John Ballard '20 had the other interception on the day for Amherst, also racking up six tackles.and a pass breakup.

Sommer had seven tackles and a quarterback hurry while Andrew Yamin '19 had six quarterback hurries, half a sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss.

Jarrett Wesner and Jake Kastenhuber co-led all players with nine tackles apiece for the Ephs.

Eberth converted from 1 yard out again with under seven minutes to go in the first half, and Andrew Ferrero '19 knocked home a 31-yard field goal with a minute to go to send the Mammoths to the locker room up 24-7.

It was more of the same in the third quarter, beginning with Sommer's fumble return for a touchdown and continuing with O'Regan's touchdown pass and an Eberth 2-yard rush on the opening play of the fourth quarter, set up by an interception by Ballard.

Bo Berluti '19 caught three passes for 73 yards in his final game for Amherst. The Mammoths had a 23-13 edge in first downs and a 177-31 yard advantage in rushing yards.