Athletics

Amherst Kicks off Season Saturday at Bates

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Junior Eric NeSmith had the NESCAC's fifth-highest rushing average in 2006 (58.0 ypg).

Amherst College (0-0) vs. Bates College (0-0)
September 22, 2007 * Garcelon Field

Lewiston, ME * 1 p.m.

THE SERIES
The Jeffs hold a 19-4-2 advantage over the Bobcats in 25 meetings, including a 5-0 Amherst victory in their inaugural match-up in 1901. Amherst has blanked Bates five times since then, including a 53-0 drubbing in 1994 and 34-0 victory in 2003. The Jeffs have outscored Bates 84-6 during their recent three-game winning streak over the Bobcats, and have not lost the head-to-head match-up since 1999.

SCOUTING AMHERST
Although the Lord Jeffs lost last year’s starting quarterback to graduation, Amherst enters the 2007 season with a pair of senior tri-captains leading a young but talented offensive squad that hopes to improve on a 5-3 season from 2006. Tri-captains Chris Gillyard and Dan Guariglia will set the tone for the Jeffs, providing heart and leadership at their fullback and offensive-line positions. Gillyard will pave the way for Amherst’s one-two punch of feature backs, junior Eric NeSmith and sophomore Aaron Rauh. NeSmith finished fifth in the NESCAC in rushing (58.0 ypg) in 2006, while Rauh averaged 48.8 yards-per-game, the highest average among first-years.

Senior wide receiver Mike Myers returns to lead juniors Jim Eckenrode and Taylor Brown, while rising sophomores Brandon Bullock and Will Lawton will provide depth at wide-out along with a group of five first-years. At tight end, senior Matt Dunleavy tops the depth chart with junior Jay Hebb, sophomore Dan Savage and first-year Reggie Fugett. Fugett is the son of Jean Fugett ’72, one of five Amherst graduates to play in the NFL.

Guariglia leads a talented core of offensive linemen, and is joined by juniors Justin Wiley at center, Tim Rose at guard and Sam Rudman, who returns to right tackle after ACL surgery. Amherst returns eight starters on the defensive side of the ball from last year’s team, led by tri-captain Rob Grammer, who is the top returning defensive back, with six pass break-ups and two interceptions. Grammer is joined by classmate Chris Mottau (four interceptions in 2006) and junior A.J. Scola (two interceptions in 2006) to form a solid pass defense.

The Amherst inside linebackers will feature Nick Boehm, who brings to the table his 25 tackles and a single sack from 2006. Jon Attridge and Greg Smith lead the pack of experienced defensive linemen, as the pair combined for 47 tackles, including 3.5 sacks in 2006.

Sophomore kicker Matt Eberhart and senior punter Keith Erzinger will provide a top one-two punch for Amherst’s special teams game in 2007. Eberhart finished last season ranked second in the NESCAC in PAT kicking (94.1%), while Erzinger split time in the punting game and will look to provide leadership as a senior this year.

BATES head coach MARK HARRIMAN
Mark Harriman brings a 17-55 record to his 10th season as head coach of the Bates College football team. A Westbrook, Maine native, Harriman was the defensive coordinator at Harvard for four seasons before arriving at Bates. In 1997, Harvard was the only Division I-AA team ranked in the top-five in rushing defense, pass-efficiency defense and scoring defense, helping produce its first undefeated Ivy League title. Harriman’s efforts earned him American Football Quarterly’s 1997 Defensive Coordinator of the Year honors. A 1980 graduate of Springfield College, Harriman was an All-New England linebacker during his playing days.

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Senior tri-captain Rob Grammer finished with six pass break-ups and two interceptions last year.

LAST MEETING
Amherst carried a 28-0 lead into halftime of the 2006 season-opener en route to a convincing 31-6 victory over Bates. The Bobcats could not find a solution for Mark Hannon, who caught touchdown passes of 16 and 39 yards from quarterback Nick Kehoe, adding a punt return of 64 yards for his third score, as Kehoe finished the day with 260 passing yards. The Bates offense was held to just 60 yards on the ground and 99 through the air, with the lone touchdown coming on a three-yard run from Jamie Walker.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
The 2006 Amherst College football team posted another 5-3 record and was ranked eighth in the final New England Division III Football Poll. The Jeffs Finished the season tied for first among Division III schools in the nation in fewest fumbles lost (2), tied for third in fewest turnovers lost (10) and eleventh in the nation in scoring defense (11.3 ppg). Amherst also led the NESCAC in kickoff returns (19.8 yds/att), turnover margin (+7), punt return average (11.7 yds/att) and red zone defense (52.6 %), finished second in opponent penalties (50.4 ypg), opponent fourth-down conversions (25.0%), red zone offense (80.0%) and PAT kicking (0.944%), and third in scoring offense (18.2 ppg), passing offense (193.4 ypg), total offense (312.4 ypg), pass efficiency (114.6), first downs (133) and fourth-down conversions (41.7%).

Amherst allowed a mere 29 points through the first six games of the 2006 season, giving them the nation’s best scoring defense (4.8 ppg) at the time. The Jeffs met their match when they traveled to play NESCAC powerhouse Trinity College, as they were blanked 24-0 for their second loss of the season. Amherst also struggled in its final game, allowing 37 points to archrival Williams College. Aaron Rauh provided the only touchdown for the Jeffs when he picked up a six-yard score in the third quarter. The Amherst running game kept up with that of Williams, but the Ephs gained 394 yards through the air, while the Jeffs gained only 104.

BATES LAST TIME OUT
The Bates College football team posted a 1-7 record in 2006, with its lone win coming in the final weekend of the season, as the Bobcats defeated Hamilton College 20-6. Highlighting the Bates offense was the 230-yard, two-touchdown performance from quarterback Brandon Colon, including a 24-yard score in the third quarter that gave the Bobcats some breathing room. The Bates defense, which finished the season with the NESCAC’s third-best rushing defense, picked up five sacks and allowed a mere 17 rushing yards against Hamilton.

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Sophomore Aaron Rauh led all rookie running backs in 2006 with 48.8 yards per game.

2007 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 22 @ Bates (1 p.m.)
Sept. 29 BOWDOIN (1 p.m.)
Oct. 6 MIDDLEBURY (1:30 p.m.)
Oct. 13 @ Colby (1 p.m.)
Oct. 20 WESLEYAN (hc) (1 p.m.)
Oct. 27 @ Tufts (1 p.m.)
Nov. 3 TRINITY (fw) (1 p.m.)
Nov. 10 @ Williams (Noon)

2007 BATES SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 22 AMHERST (1 p.m.)
Sept. 29 TUFTS (1 p.m.)
Oct. 6 @ Williams (1 p.m.)
Oct. 13 @ Wesleyan (1 p.m.)
Oct. 20 MIDDLEBURY (1 p.m.)
Oct. 27 @ Colby (1 p.m.)
Nov. 3 BOWDOIN (12:30 p.m.)
Nov. 10 @ Hamilton (Noon)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB - Lucas Loeffler - 9
RB - Eric NeSmith - 22
WR - Mike Myers - 4
WR - Jim Eckenrode - 1
TE - Matt Dunleavy - 83
LT - Sam Rudman - 79

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Junior Justin Wiley returns to the offensive line this year.

LG - Wyatt Moss - 57
C - Justin Wiley - 72
RG - Tim Rose - 54
RT - Dan Guariglia - 66
PK - Matt Eberhart - 43
P - Keith Erzinger - 32

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
NG - Greg Smith - 50
DT - John Attridge - 98
DT - Eric Pender - 92
OLB - Guy Matisis - 45
OLB - Jack Ewen - 37
ILB - Nick Boehm - 29
ILB - Preston Puryear - 53
CB - A.J. Scola - 13
CB - Chris Mottau - 7
SS - Rob Grammer - 8
FS - Chris Govey - 10

PR - Mike Myers - 4
KR - Andre Gary - 85

BATES PROBABLE STARTERS
BOBCATS OFFENSE
LT - Brian Machunski - 67
LG - Ryan Wimberly - 54
C - Dave Myerson - 75
RG - John Mackenzie - 58

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Senior Chris Mottau had four interceptions in 2006

RT - Raoul Scott - 50
TE - Ross Van Horn - 84
WR - Matt Gregg - 4
WR - Tommy Beaton - 17
QB - Brandon Colon - 14
FB - Ryan Mullin - 38
RB - Greg Thornton - 3
K - Andrew Johnson - 7
P - Chris Hertz - 96

BOBCATS DEFENSE
DE - Anthony Begon - 43
DT - Matt Lopez - 72
DT - Rich McNeil - 49
DE - Tim Casey - 91
OLB - Coleman Peeke - 40
ILB - Todd Wilcox - 57
ILB - Graham Raymond - 51
OLB - Ron Digravio - 32
C - Kevin Reyes - 9
FS - Kyle Macallister - 28
C - Corey Pattison - 6

AMHERST RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
None

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Senior fullback Chris Gillyard will once again be the backbone of the Amherst running game.

RUSHING
Eric NeSmith (82 att/406 yds/1TD)
Aaron Rauh (78 att/390 yds/4 TD)

RECEIVING
Mike Myers (15 rec/228 yds/0 TD)
Jim Eckenrode (9 rec/148 yds/2 TD)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Matt Eberhart (7-11 FG/Long 36 yds)

BATES RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Brandon Colon (108-of-244/1,219 yds/3TD/10 INT)

RUSHING
Greg Thornton (26 att/74 yds/0 TD)

RECEIVING
Matt Gregg (24 rec/409 yds/1 TD)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Bill Jennings (7 kick returns/121 yds/17.3 avg.)

2006 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS

Rushing Yards/Per Game
Amherst: 952 yds/119.0 avg.
Bates: 557 yds/69.6 avg.

Passing Yards/Per Game
Amherst: 1,547 yds/193.4 avg.
Bates: 1,225 yds/153.1 avg.

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Senior Nick Boehm recorded 25 tackles and a sack for the 2006 Lord Jeffs.

Total Offense/Per Game
Amherst: 2,499 yds/312.4 avg.
Bates: 1,782 yds/222.8 avg.

Total Points/Per Game
Amherst: 146 pts./18.2 avg.
Bates: 87 pts./10.9 avg.

Rushing Allowed/Per Game
Amherst: 885 yds/110.6 avg.
Bates: 537 yds/67.1 avg.

Passing Allowed/Per Game
Amherst: 1,319 yds/164.9 avg.
Bates: 1,586 yds/198.2 avg.

Total Offense Allowed/Per Game
Amherst: 2,204 yds/275.5 avg.
Bates: 2,123 yds/265.4 avg.

Total Points Allowed/Per Game
Amherst: 90 pts./11.2 avg.
Bates: 166 pts./20.8 avg.

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Tufts @ Hamilton (Noon)
Williams @ Bowdoin (1 p.m.)
Middlebury @ Wesleyan (1 p.m.)
Trinity @ Colby (1 p.m.)

Amherst @ Bates (1 p.m.)

2006 NESCAC STANDINGS
1. Williams 8-0
2. Trinity 7-1
3. Middlebury 6-2

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Senior tri-captain Dan Guariglia will lead this year's offensive lineman.

4. Amherst 5-3
5. Tufts 4-4
6. Wesleyan 3-5
7. Bowdoin 2-6
Colby 2-6
Hamilton 2-6
10. Bates 1-7

ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst vs. Bates All-Time:
Amherst leads 19-4-2 (25 meetings)

1901 - Amherst 5 Bates 0
1941 - Amherst 31 Bates 7
1976 - Amherst 7 Bates 3
1977 - Amherst 45 Bates 7
1978 - Bates 10 Amherst 8
1979 - Amherst 23 Bates 13
1980 - Amherst 24 Bates 7
1981 - Bates 14 Amherst 0
1982 - Amherst 35 Bates 14
1983 - tie 30-30
1984 - Amherst 21 Bates 5
1985 - Amherst 21 Bates 10
1986 - Amherst 34 Bates 33
1987 - Amherst 17 Bates 0
1988 - Amherst 14 Bates 12
1989 - Amherst 21 Bates 7
1990 - Bates 13 Amherst 6
1991 - tie 26-26
1994 - Amherst 53 Bates 0
1995 - Amherst 34 Bates 12
1998 - Amherst 21 Bates 0
1999 - Bates 19 Amherst 7
2002 - Amherst 19 Bates 0
2003 - Amherst 34 Bates 0
2006 - Amherst 31 Bates 6