AMHERST, Mass. – For the thirteenth consecutive season, Amherst College defeated Bowdoin College in New England Small College Athletic (NESCAC) football action after Amherst earned a 36-14 victory on Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field.
Ollie Eberth '20 threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another, and Amherst got points on offense, defense and special teams to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Nate Richamn-Odoi was a workhorse for the Bowdoin defense, rushing for 106 yards on 23 attempts (4.6 ypc) and two touchdowns.
Ricky Goodson '21 had a strip-sack in the first quarter and an interception in the fourth quarter, and also blocked a field goal at the end of the first half to help Amherst pitch a shutout through the opening 30 minutes.
The strip-sack on Bowdoin quarterback Austin McCrum came with 27 seconds and the Mammoths already up 6-0 on a touchdown catch by Luke Mallette '20.
McCrum lost the ball, which was scooped up by Manni Malone '22, who took it back 15 yards for a touchdown to give Amherst a 13-0 lead.
The Mammoths added to that advantage on a bad snap that went over the head of the Bowdoin punter and into the end zone for a safety midway through the second quarter.
On the subsequent drive, Eberth twice found James O'Regan, who had seven catches for 82 yards and a score. Louie Eckelkamp '23 had rushes of 20 and 14 yards to put the Mammoths in the red zone, and Eberth rushed for a 12-yard score. Conor Kennelly '22 added the extra point to make it 22-0, which is where the score stood at the break after Goodson got his hand on a 22-yard attempt by Michael Chen in the final seconds.
Eberth and O'Regan hooked up for a score for the sixth time this year, capping a 6-play, 63 yard drive with a touchdown pass to the right corner of the end zone with 4:07 left in the third quarter. Eckelkamp had a 24 yard scamper on that drive into Bowdoin territory.
Eckelkamp averaged 7.5 yards per carry, gaining 60 yards on eight attempts. Brandon Huff '22 went for 63 yards on 13 rushes and found the end zone early in the fourth quarter for the Mammoths.
The Polar Bears got on the board on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Richam-Odoi found the end zone from two yards out to finish a ten-play, 75-yard drive. The drive was a steady diet of Richam-Odoi carries, along with a big pass from Matthew Marcant to Gregory Olson for 41 yards down the middle of the field.
Marcantano threw for 140 yards (11-27) with two interceptions. McCrum was 6-11 for 40 yards in split time under center. Olson was the leading receiver with 65 yards on five catches, while the most popular receiver was Aidan Israelski, who had seven catches for 53 yards.
Huff helped Amherst answer Bowdoin's score. After a 35 yard pass from Eberth to Mallette, Huff had a 19-yard reception and then a 16-yard touchdown run as Amherst gained 70 yards on just 3 plays in under a minute and a half.
Richam-Odoi was featured heavily on the next drive, and found paydirt again from ten yards out to close out the scoring for the day.
Matt Durborow '21 led the Mammoths with eight tackles and a pair of pass breakups. John Ballard '20 had 3 breakups as well, and Jared Jones '21 had the other interception, on a hail mary at the end of the game.
For Bowdoin, Joe Gowetski led all players with nine tackles, two of them for a loss. Tyriq Jones-Garland had a blocked extra point and two pass breakups to go with his eight tackles, while Alex Tyson had two sacks and a quarterback hurry.
Eberth closed out the day throwing for 261 yards on 15-21 attempts. Chad Peterson '22 completed one pass for six yards in relief.
Daniel Dolan '22 had two catches for 86 yards, including a 55 yard catch and run on the openidng scoring drive for Amherst. Huff caught 4 passes for 49 yards to bring him over 100 all-purpose yards.
The Mammoths will be on the road for the first time in October next weekend when they travel to Hamilton for a 1:00 PM kickoff.
Bowdoin (0-5) heads back east next weekend for a road game at Tufts at the same time.