Lord Jeffs First to 4-0 with 23-13 Win at Colby

Jeff Katz (top of pile) led Amherst with 3.5 sacks
and a safety against Colby.

From a Colby College release

WATERVILLE, ME - Eric Bunker (Topsfield, MA) returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and Amherst College scored nine unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 23-13 win over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference football Saturday at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.

With the score tied 7-7 in the third quarter, Bunker made a huge special teams play with the blocked punt and return of four yards for the touchdown to give Amherst (4-0) the lead for good at 14-7.

Colby (1-3) did fight back and scored on its next drive when sophomore quarterback Nick Kmetz hit tight end Spencer Merwin on a 13-yard scoring pass with 6:08 to play. Kmetz made a 27-yard pass play to Roger Bel to get the ball to the Amherst 13-yard line. The Mules, however, missed the extra point attempt and trailed 14-13.

Amherst outside linebacker Jeff Katz (Cheshire, CT) gave his team two points when he sacked Kmetz in the end zone for a safety with 12:31 to play in the fourth quarter to put the Lord Jeffs up by a field goal at 16-13. Kmetz was looking left on the play and missed Katz coming right at him.

The Lord Jeffs drove down the field to the Colby 5-yard line after the safety. However, the Mules’ defense held Amherst on a fourth down play and took over on downs.

Brian Murphy scored on a long touchdown catch
in the win this afternoon.

Amherst got another big defensive play when Fred Argir (Lakeville, MN) made an interception at the Lord Jeff 44-yard line and returned it 25 yards to the Colby 31. The Mules had two personal fouls on the play and that brought the ball to the 8-yard line. Two plays later, Femi Oyalowo (Bowie, MD) scampered in from six yards out for the final points of the game.

The teams traded touchdowns in the opening half, as Colby scored first on its opening drive when Kmetz hit Matt Hellinger on a 3-yard scoring pass with 6:48 to play. Colby used 18 plays and took 8:12 off the clock.

Amherst then  answered in the second quarter when quarterback Alex Vetras (Clyde Hill, WA) hit Brian Murphy (Evanston, IL) on a 61-yard pass play with 6:35 to halftime. Murphy started out on the left side and caught the ball wide open in the center of the field on his way to the score.

Katz had 3.5 sacks among his 4.5 tackles for loss to lead an Amherst defense that had eight sacks in the game. Fran Florio (Staten Island, NY) and Mike Taylor (Evanston, IL) each had 10 tackles for the Lord Jeffs. Chris Copeland led Colby’s defense with nine tackles and teammate Tom Duffy chipped in with eight stops.

Vetras had 166 yards passing and one touchdown, while Kmetz threw for two scores and 208 yards  in the air.  Brandon Bullock (West Orange, NJ) caught seven balls for 42 yards and Murphy had 79 yards receiving for Amherst. Hellinger caught seven passes for 65 yards and Merwin had five grabs for 49 yards.