Looking Ahead: Amherst vs. Trinity Preview

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Amherst College (4-2) vs. Trinity College (4-2)
November 3, 2007 * Pratt Field

AMHERST
, MA * 1 p.m.

THE SERIES
Although Amherst has won 15 more games than Trinity in the 102 meetings dating back to 1886, the Lord Jeffs and Bantams are an even 19-19 in the past 38 seasons during what has become a tug-of-war between NESCAC powerhouses. After the teams alternated wins from 1973 to 1981, Trinity took control and won seven consecutive match-ups from 1989 to 1995. Amherst pulled right back by earning six wins in a row, but the Jeffs have not tasted victory over the Bantams since 2001, as Trinity has posted a 42-4 overall record since 2002 to once again establish itself as a Division III powerhouse.

SCOUTING AMHERST
The 2007 Lord Jeffs currently rank atop the NESCAC tables in a number of defensive categories. Amherst is the top team in terms of total defense, giving up just 245 yards per game, while allowing the second fewest touchdowns (10) in the conference through six weeks. The Lord Jeffs also have the NESCAC’s best run defense, as they hold opponents to just 73.3 yards per game on the ground to go along with the third best running game in the conference.

SCOUTING TRINITY
For the first time since 2001, Trinity has lost two games in a season. While the Bantams are seemingly struggling in comparison to the program’s high standards, they boast the conference’s highest scoring offense at 31.0 points per game. Trinity ranks second in the NESCAC in both total offense and total defense, as the Bantams have rolled out 379.2 yards per game while surrendering a stingy 259.0 yards per week. Leading the push are junior quarterback Eric McGrath and senior running back Jordan Quinones. McGrath ranks third in the conference with 236.2 passing yards per game, adding 15 touchdowns on the year while being picked off just seven times. Quinones ranks fourth in the NESCAC with 74.5 rushing yards per game and four touchdowns.

LAST MEETING
Trinity held a mere 7-0 lead over Amherst at halftime, but the Bantams put 14 points on the board in the third quarter en route to a 24-0 victory. Trinity dominated Amherst in nearly every aspect of the game, but the difference-maker was the Bantams’ 253 rushing yards, as the Jeffs rushed for a combined loss of one yard. While Trinity converted 9-of-15 third-down attempts, the Lord Jeffs converted only 2-of-15.

Nick Kehoe ’07 completed 23-of-44 passes for 183 yards, while Eric McGrath ’09 was 12-of-22 for 170 yards with a pair of touchdowns for Trinity, who did not allow a sack on the day. Gennaro Leo ’07 racked up an impressive 197 yards on the ground, adding a touchdown in the third quarter.

Leading the Amherst defense was Preston Puryear ’09 with 18 total tackles, while Chris Mottau ’07 and A.J. Scola ’08 each had an interception for the Jeffs. Trinity twice fumbled the ball inside the Amherst 5-yard line, but the Jeffs were unable to capitalize on their recoveries and could not gain any momentum against the Bantam defense.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
Amherst ran into a very stingy Tufts defense last week, as the Lord Jeffs were held to just 72 rushing yards after averaging 185.2 yards on the ground in the first five weeks. The Amherst defense picked up an interception in the Jumbos’ opening drive, which led to the Jeffs taking a 3-0 lead on a field goal, but Tufts scored a touchdown in every quarter to respond with 29 consecutive points. Amherst put together its lone touchdown drive of the game in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to prevent Tufts from advancing to 5-1 in the NESCAC.

TRINITY LAST TIME OUT
Trinity dropped its second game in three weeks, as the Bantams’ 23-14 loss to Middlebury last week marked the first time since 2001 they had suffered at least two losses in a season. Trinity and Middlebury were notched at 14-14 at halftime, but the Panthers picked up a crucial two points on a safety in the fourth quarter before sealing the deal with a 25-yard touchdown pass with just four minutes and 20 seconds remaining in regulation. The match-up was virtually even in every aspect, including Middlebury racking up 249 yards of total offense compared to Trinity’s 245 yards. A torrential downpour hugely impacted the game, which featured 10 turnovers and became a battle of field position.

2007 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/22 - @ Bates (W 24-0)
9/29 - BOWDOIN (W 30-6)
10/6 - MIDDLEBURY (L 19-16)
10/13 - @ Colby (W 28-13)
10/20 - WESLEYAN (W 28-9)
10/27 - @ Tufts (L 29-10)
11/3 - TRINITY (1 p.m.)
11/10 - @ Williams (Noon)

2007 TRINITY SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/22 - @ Colby (W 20-0)
9/29 - WILLIAMS (W 46-40, 3OT)
10/6 - HAMILTON (W 42-7)
10/13 - @ Tufts (L 16-10)
10/20 - BOWDOIN (W 54-13)
10/27 - @ Middlebury (L 23-14)
11/3 - @ Amherst (1 p.m.)
11/10 - WESLEYAN (Noon)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB –
Lucas Loeffler – 9
RB – Aaron Rauh – 11
FB – Chris Gillyard – 34
WR – Mike Myers – 4
WR – Jim Eckenrode – 1
TE – Matt Dunleavy – 83
LT – Sam Rudman – 79
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 – Jackie Ewen – 37
ILB – Nick Boehm – 29
ILB – Preston Puryear – 53
CB – AJ Scola – 13
CB – Chris Mottau – 7
SS – Rob Grammer – 8
FS – Chris Govey – 10

PR/KR – Taylor Brown – 2

TRINITY PROBABLE STARTERS
BANTAM OFFENSE
QB – Eric McGrath – 5
RB – Jordan Quinones – 32
LT – Ben Willig – 78
LG – Chris Cozza – 66
C – John Mihalko – 71
RG – Mike Robinson – 60
RT – Erik Jefferson – 64
TE – Andrew McDowell – 83
WR – Joe Clark – 30
WR – Winston Tuggle – 6
WR – Connor Wells – 80
K – Adam Cox – 91

BANTAM DEFENSE
NT – D.J. Lanz – 97
DE – Jeff Carpenter – 94
DE – Adam DiFulvio – 96
ILB – Tyler Berry – 45
ILB – Nile Lundgren – 9
OLB – Chris Scott – 41
OLB – Matt Rettig – 44
CB – Conor Quinn – 22
CB – Michael O’Connor – 29
FS – Jared Boyd – 26
SS – John Marinelli – 14
P – Grant Kunkel – 88

AMHERST Statistical Leaders
PASSING
Lucas Loeffler (59-of-134/693 yds/4 TD/4 INT)
RUSHING
Aaron Rauh (112 att/448 yds/6 TD)
Eric NeSmith (97 att/438 yds/3 TD)
RECEIVING
Brandon Bullock (15 recs/182 yds/3 TD)
DEFENSE
A.J. Scola (5 INT/1 TD/18 tackles)

TRINITY Statistical Leaders
PASSING
Eric McGrath (100-of-215/1,417 yds/15 TD/7 INT)
RUSHING
Jordan Quinones (109 att/447 yds/4 TD)
Robert Jackson (53 att/192 yds/3 TD)
RECEIVING
Joe Clark (22 rec/463 yds/8 TD)
Justin Holiday (17 rec/250 yds/2 TD)
DEFENSE
Tyler Berry (2 INT/57 tackles)

2007 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
Rushing Yards/Per Game
A: 998 yds/166.3 avg.
T: 822 yds/137.0 avg.

Passing Yards/Per Game
A: 765 yds/127.5 avg.
T: 1,453 yds/242.2 avg.

Total Offense/Per Game
A: 1,763 yds/293.8 avg.
T: 2,275 yds/379.2 avg.

Total Points/Per Game
A: 136 pts/22.7 avg.
T: 186 pts/31.0 avg.

Rushing Allowed/Per Game
A: 440 yds/73.3 avg.
T: 549 yds/91.5 avg.

Passing Allowed/Per Game
A: 1,030 yds/171.7 avg.
T: 1,005 yds/167.5 avg.

Total Offense Allowed/Per Game
A: 1,470 yds/245.0 avg.
T: 1,554 yds/259.0 avg.

Total Points Allowed/Per Game
A: 76 pts/12.7 avg.
T: 99 pts/16.5 avg.

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Tufts @ Colby (12:30 p.m.)
Bowdoin @ Bates (12:30 p.m.)
Williams @ Wesleyan (1:00 p.m.)

Hamilton @ Middlebury (1:00 p.m.)
Trinity @ Amherst (1:00 p.m.)

2007 NESCAC STANDINGS
T1. Middlebury (5-1)
T1. Tufts (5-1)
T3. Amherst (4-2)
T3. Trinity (4-2)
T3. Wesleyan (4-2)
T3. Williams (4-2)
7. Hamilton (2-4)
T8. Bowdoin (1-5)
T8. Colby (1-5)
10. Bates (0-6)

LAST 10 MEETINGS
1997 Amherst 35 Trinity 8
1998 Amherst 32 Trinity 18
1999 Amherst 27 Trinity 0
2000 Amherst 28 Trinity 20
2001 Amherst 28 Trinity 10
2002 Trinity 21 Amherst 14
2003 Trinity 20 Amherst 14
2004 Trinity 31 Amherst 7
2005 Trinity 30 Amherst 20
2006 Trinity 24 Amherst 0