Amherst Improves to 3-1 With 28-13 Win at Colby

Sophomore quarterback Lucas Loeffler tossed a pair of TDs on 170 yards passing.

WATERVILLE, ME – The Amherst College football team scored 28 points in the second quarter, which proved to be more than enough offense, as the Lord Jeffs rolled to a 28-13 victory at Colby College. The White Mules put 13 points on the board in the final quarter, but they ultimately fell to 0-4 on the year. With the win, Amherst improved to 3-1.

After a scoreless first quarter, the second frame began with the Mules facing 4th-and-1, as they elected to punt. The Jeffs began the drive at their own 41-yard line, and were quickly moved into the Colby red zone after completions of 10, 15 and 11 yards from sophomore quarterback Lucas Loeffler (New York, NY). Loeffler completed his impressive drive with a 17-yard completion to sophomore Brandon Bullock (West Orange, NJ), marking the third time this season Bullock and Loeffler have connected for a touchdown.

Amherst tacked on another seven points less than two minutes later when Colby quarterback Patrick Burns was picked off by junior defensive back A.J. Scola (Holden, MA), who ran his interception back 44 yards to give the Jeffs a 13-0 lead, allowing sophomore Matt Eberhart (Plano, TX) to add the extra point.

Things did not get any better for Colby, as the ensuing kickoff resulted in a fumble recovery for Amherst. Sophomore Chris Govey (Easton, MA) forced the fumble, while junior Anthony Fuller (Millbury, MA) recovered it on the Colby 25-yard line. The Jeffs used a combination of junior running back Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ) and first-year quarterback Dan Pozner (Stoughton, MA) to find the end zone, with NeSmith capping off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

After the following kickoff, a pair of Colby penalties and an Amherst sack brought the Mules back to their own 10-yard line to face 2nd-and-31. The hosts could not dig themselves out of their hole, and were forced to punt and give the Jeffs good field position. Amherst took advantage and this time used the combination of Loeffler and sophomore running back Aaron Rauh (Hudson, OH) to march down the field. Loeffler kicked off the drive with a 30-yard completion to junior Jim Eckenrode (Madison, CT), and Rauh brought the Jeffs down to the 2-yard line with a series of rushes. Loeffler added the finishing touch with a 2-yard completion to senior tri-captain Chris Gillyard (Baltimore, MD), as Amherst suddenly found itself leading 28-0.

After a scoreless third quarter, Colby got two touchdowns in the fourth on 10- and 11-play drives. Senior captain Chris Bashaw ran in from three yards out with 11:01 to play to cap a 54-yard drive. The Mules got their final touchdown when quarterback Billy Ryan connected with Roger Bel on a 2-yard scoring pass with 4:10 remaining.

Loeffler was 11-of-20 on the day, compiling 170 yards through the air to go along with his two touchdowns. Rauh finished with 76 yards on 18 carries to lead the running game, while junior Taylor Brown (Boulder, CO) led all receivers with 77 yards. Eckenrode added 63 receiving yards on four catches, while Bullock finished with three receptions for 42 yards. Bashaw led the Mules with 87 yards on 25 carries and teammate Dan Prunier ran for 62 yards on seven rushes.

The Amherst defense picked up an impressive four interceptions on the day, as Scola finished with a pair, senior tri-captain Rob Grammer (Glen Rock, NJ) added another, and junior Preston Puryear (Tampa, FL) picked up the fourth in the final quarter. Sophomore Edwin Urey (Quincy, MA) chalked up a pair of sacks for the Jeffs, with juniors Greg Smith (Rockville, MD) and Jake Spadafora (New London, NH) each adding a sack of their own.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Oct. 20 for a 1 p.m. homecoming match-up with Little Three rival Wesleyan University.