Football Wins Season Opener at Hamilton, 21-12

Alex Vetras threw for three scores, including an 80-yard bomb.

From a Hamilton College release

CLINTON, N.Y. - Junior quarterback Alex Vetras (Clyde Hill, WA)' threw for 273 yards and three touchdown passes to lead visiting Amherst College to a 21-12 win against Hamilton College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference football game at Steuben Field on Sept. 26.

Senior defensive lineman Edwin Urey (Quincy, MA) led an Amherst defense that allowed just 247 yards of offense, including 40 on the ground. Urey finished with four sacks and broke up a pass. Classmate Mike Taylor (Evanston, IL) was credited with a team-high nine tackles, forced a fumble and broke up two passes. Junior Jeff Katz (Cheshire, CT) intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter.

Dan Peters, who made his first start at Hamilton, threw for 207 yards and one touchdown. Peters was sacked six times by the swarming Lord Jeff defense. Brian O'Malley '10 recorded a game-high 10 tackles as the Continentals allowed just 37 rushing yards on 30 attempts. Landrey Mack '10 picked up both Hamilton sacks.

After the Continentals forced Amherst into a three-and-out on the Jeffs' first possession, Hamilton drove 87 yards in 13 plays to take the early lead. On third-and-15, Peters found Ryan Cray '12 for 34 yards down to the Amherst 5. After a timeout, Dylan Isenberg '12 ran into the middle of the line and then bounced outside to the right and into the end zone. The extra-point attempt hit the right upright and the Continentals led 6-0 with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

The Jeffs took the lead for good early in the second quarter. Vetras capped a 14-play, 62-yard drive with an 11-yard scoring toss to junior wideout Andre Gary (Exeter, NH). The extra-point by Matt Rawson (Bethesda, MD) was good, and Amherst led 7-6 with 9:57 left in the half.

The Jeffs opened up a 21-6 advantage with 14 points in the third quarter. Femi Oyalowo (Bowie, MD) took the second half's opening kickoff 28 yards to the Amherst 40-yard line. Ten plays later, the Jeffs had a seven-point lead after Vetras found classmate Brian Murphy (Evanston, IL)  in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 12:10 remaining in the third.

The drive was helped by a roughing-the-passer call on third-and-10. Amherst's final touchdown came with 12 seconds left in the quarter. A Hamilton defensive back slipped on the Continentals' new artificial grass surface while trying to cover Andrew Reed (Riverside, CT) and Vetras found Reed all alone on the left sideline for an 80-yard catch-and-run.

Hamilton finally got on the scoreboard again with 70 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Peters found Max Foster '10 for a 34-yard touchdown reception to cap a nine-play, 78-yard drive. Peters' attempt at a two-point conversion pass was knocked away, and with it went the hopes of a comeback by the Continentals.

The Jeffs are 23-1 all-time against Hamilton. Amherst hosts Bowdoin College on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Continentals host Wesleyan University next Saturday at 1 p.m.