Amherst Football Kicks off Season with 17-6 Win

 There were a lot of questions surrounding Amherst football in the week before their season opener: What shape was career rushing leader Josh Mason '97 in? How healthy was a squad plagued by injury in preseason? How would the loss of a strong Class affect the prospects of Lord Jeff football in the upper echelons of NESCAC football this season?

All fears were allayed with the first possession of the game. Quarterback Rich Willard '98 threw to wide receiver Chris Miller '97 for a 6 yard touchdown to put the Jeffs up 7-0 after a successful conversion kick by place kicker David Bobruff '97. A field goal by Bobruff in the last second of the first half rallied the crowd behind the Jeffs as Amherst gathered on the sideline for a whooping cheer.

However, Hamilton put up a good fight toward the Amherst endzone, requiring interceptions by Alex Tracy '99 and Peter McConville '99 to spoil their attempts. The Continentals broke through the Amherst defense in the fourth quarter on a quarterback run by Pre-Season All-American Dan DeBlois. But Willard retailiated with a QB sneak of his own, a one-yard run for the final goal of the game.

Saturday, September 21, 1998 at Pratt Field, Amherst, Massachusetts
Amherst (1-0)		7	3	0	7 -- 17
Hamilton (0-1)	0	0	0	7 -- 7

First Quarter Amh: Miller 6 yard pass from Willard (Bobruff kick), 9:21 Second Quarter Amh: Bobruff 19 yard field goal, 0:01 Third Quarter No scoring by either team Fourth Quarter Ham: DeBlois 4 yard run (A. Kelly kick blocked), 9:07 Amh: Willard 1 yard run (Bobruff kick), 4:38 Attendance: 2,447

Hamilton Amherst First Downs 15 23 Rushes-yards 28-57 51-184 Passing yards 133 207 Comp/Att 18/30 14/20 Sacked-Yards lost1-4 0-0 Punts-yards 6-189 5-147 Fumbles-yards 0-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 3-25 8-65 Time of Possession 26:37 33:23

Individual Statistics Rushing: Hamilton: Millisen 19-37, Hodges 5-9, DeBlois 2-7, McClellan 2-4
Amherst: Byrne 32-124, DiSabato 11-59, Willard 7-7, Miller 1- -6 Passing: Hamilton: DeBlois 30-18-2 133 yards; Amherst: Willard 20-14-1 207 yards Receiving: Hamilton: Hodges 7-58, Milleisen 4-16, Lyons 3-30, Johnson 2-20, Bopp 1-9
Amherst: Brendler 4-54, Miller 4-33, Quigley 3-59, Haggerty 2-47, Murray 1-14