Rauh's Three Touchdowns Lead Amherst to 24-0 Win Over Bates

Sophomore Aaron Rauh scored three touchdowns in Amherst's season opener against Bates.

Courtesy Bates College

LEWISTON, ME - Amherst College rode a 21-0 halftime advantage into a 24-0 season-opening victory over Bates College in a NESCAC football game Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field. The Lord Jeffs (1-0) have now defeated the Bobcats (0-1) in their last four meetings.

Sophomore Aaron Rauh (Hudson, OH) ran for three short-yardage touchdowns in the first half and contributed 46 yards on the ground, as the Lord Jeffs grinded out a 170-25 advantage in rushing yards for the game. Junior Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ) led Amherst with 85 yards on 17 carries, while junior Anthony Fuller (Millbury, MA) added 45 yards on 11 carries.

Amherst out-gained Bates in yardage 302-131 overall, with sophomore quarterback Lucas Loeffler (New York, NY) completing 13 of 23 passes for 132 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. Sophomore Matt Eberhart (Plano, TX) nailed a career-long 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for Amherst.

First-year Andre Gary (Exeter, NH) was Loeffler’s favorite target, as he caught four passes for a total of 58 yards, while senior tri-captain Chris Gillyard (Baltimore, MD) caught one pass for 27 yards and sophomore Brandon Bullock (West Orange, NJ) totaled 28 yards on a pair of receptions.

Junior Guy Matisis (Hingham, MA) and sophomore Mike Taylor (Evanston, IL) combined to pick up Amherst’s lone sack of the day, and junior M.J. Smith (Quaker Hill, CT) had the Jeffs’ lone interception. Taylor and senior Nick Boehm (Shaker Heights, OH) each had five total tackles, junior Jake Spadafora (New London, NH) added six, and senior Chris Mottau (Holliston, MA) led the way with nine.

Bates quarterback Brandon Colon completed 12 of 24 passes for 106 yards and one interception. Tight end Ross Van Horn hauled in four passes for 53 yards. Graham Raymond made 15 tackles for Bates, while Matt Lopez had 1.5 sacks.

The Lord Jeffs return to action next Saturday when they take on Bowdoin College in their season opener at 1 p.m.