Amherst Defense Clamps Down, Defeats Mules 24-10

Amherst Defense Clamps Down, Defeats Mules 24-10

WATERVILLE, Maine – The Amherst College football team allowed just a field goal after the opening quarter and the Mammoths scored 16 unanswered points in the second quarter on their way to a 24-10 win over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Saturday afternoon.

The win lifts Amherst to 2-0 while Colby drops to 0-2. 

Senior wideout James O'Regan caught nine passes for 129 yards and a 41-yard touchdown to open the second quarter and kick off the Amherst scoring. The Mammoths, who would gain 405 yards to Colby's 235, added a Kellen Field '21 13-yard touchdown run and a 29-yard field goal by Henry Atkeson '20 before the half had expired.

Ollie Eberth '20 completed 18-30 passes for 210 yards and two scores, finding Luke Mallette '20 on a 23-yard pass in the fourth quarter to add some insurance. Eberth also led the Mammoths on the ground with 80 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

Louie Eckelkamp '23 gained 74 yards on the ground and Field added 38 yards on just seven carries, including the score.

The Mammoths took the opening drive the length of the field with intentions of owning the first points of the afternoon, but a blocked 34-yard field goal (Harrison Vadrani) was scooped up by CJ Hassan and taken all the way back to the 42 yard line of Amherst.  The Mules rushed eight out of their nine plays on the drive, ending with Chris George bulldozing into the end zone from the three to take an early lead.  Moises Celaya (1-1 on extra points, 1-1 on field goal attempts) added the extra point and Colby led 7-0.   

From there, the Amherst defense kept the Mules in check. Senior Avery Saffold had an interception of Colby QB Matt Hersch, who completed 17 of 32 passes for 155 yards. John Schiano '22 led the way with nine tackles, while Joe Kelly '21 had a sack, a fumble force and recovery, and two pass breakups.

The second scoring drive of the day for Amherst, capped by Field's run, took nearly five and a half minutes and saw the Mammoths gained 85 yards on 14 plays. Amherst had a 32:26 to 27:34 edge in time of possession and had a 23-16 edge in first downs.

Daniel Dolan '22 caught six passes from Eberth for 53 yards, while Mallette grabbed three catches.

Up next for Colby, the Mules travel to Hamilton College (1-1), with game time set for 12:00 PM. 

Amherst heads back on the road next weekend, travelling to Medford for a 1:00 PM game against Tufts.