Amherst Falls to Trinity for Second Straight Loss

Sophomore Chris Govey led all players with 12 total tackles and added a pass breakup.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College football team held visiting Trinity College to three first-half points, but the Lord Jeffs could not muster up enough offense of their own, as the Bantams held on for a 13-9 victory at Pratt Field. Amherst converted on only one of its three appearances in the red zone, as one field goal was blocked by the Trinity defense and another was missed wide left.

Trinity held a slim 3-0 lead after the opening quarter thanks to a 39-yard field goal from junior Adam Cox, but the Jeffs tied things up with 5:52 remaining in the first half when first-year John Howe (Los Angeles, CA) nailed a 34-yarder of his own to mark his first field goal attempt and conversion of the season. The Amherst field goal drive began when junior defensive lineman Greg Smith (Rockville, MD) recovered and returned a Trinity fumble 67 yards to the Bantam 9-yard line.

After a scoreless third quarter, Cox handed the lead back to Trinity on a 26-yard field goal with 8:07 remaining in regulation. Amherst failed to respond and went three-and-out, allowing the Bantams to string together an 11-play, 59-yard drive that was capped off by a 1-yard run from sophomore running back Oliver Starnes. Starnes ran the ball 10 times during the drive, including a 27-yard gain to kick things off and his 1-yard leap over the Lord Jeff defense and into the end zone, as Trinity took a 13-3 lead with just 52 seconds to play.

Sophomore quarterback Lucas Loeffler (New York, NY) led the Jeffs on their lone touchdown drive of the game, completing passes of seven, 29 and 11 yards before connecting with junior Jim Eckenrode (Madison, CT) on a 27-yard touchdown bomb. Eckenrode’s catch concluded a six-play, 74-yard drive to cut Amherst’s deficit to four points, but the clock read 00:00 and the Jeffs’ comeback attempt came to a halt.

The Bantams out-gained the Jeffs 132-82 on the ground, as Starnes paced Trinity with 73 yards on 19 carries to go along with his touchdown, while junior Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ) racked up 48 yards on 13 carries. Loeffler completed 10-of-18 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, while the Trinity quarterback tandem was 10-of-22 for 91 yards and an interception, with Amherst senior defensive back Chris Mottau (Holliston, MA) picking off a pass in the third quarter. Sophomore Brandon Bullock (West Orange, NJ) caught eight of Loeffler’s passes for 58 yards to lead all wide receivers on the day.

Each team punted the ball eight times and there were five total fumbles in the game, as the cold weather seemed to have a significant impact on each team’s offense. Trinity converted on all three of its fourth-down attempts and five out of 19 third-down attempts, while Amherst converted on only three of its 15 third-down opportunities.

Sophomore Chris Govey (Easton, MA) led all players with 12 total tackles, sophomore Eric Pender (Drexel Hill, PA) added 11, and seniors Jack Ewen (Massapequa, NY) and Nick Boehm (Shaker Heights, OH) each had nine tackles and a pass breakup. Sophomore Kyle Williams paced the Trinity defense with eight solo tackles and 11 total tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Senior Jon Attridge (South Boston, MA) added five total tackles, a forced fumble and sack for Amherst.

The Lord Jeffs conclude their season Nov. 10 when they travel to play archrival Williams College with the Little Three title on the line. Trinity will close its season with a home game against Wesleyan University.