Big Plays and Solid Defense the Name of the Game for the 5-2 Jeffs

Freshman receiver Derrell Wright sets a new all-time Amherst record for yards in a game with 224



Trinity (2-5) 0 0 6 12 18
Amherst (5-2) 10 7 7 8 32


Amherst 7:38/1 Derrell Wright 80 yd. pass from Peter Honig Amherst 7-0
Amherst 1:18/1 Liam Fleming 30 yd. FG Amherst 10-0
Amherst 11:10/2 Matt Hall 8 yd. pass from Peter Honig Amherst 17-0
Amherst 9:00/3 Matt Hall 12 yd. pass from Peter Honig Amherst 24-0
Trinity 8:43/3 J.R. Faget 40 yd. pass from Gregg Wysocki Amherst 24-6
Trinity 8:40/4 Marc Maccarini 9 yd. run Amherst 24-12
Trinity 2:15/4 Sherman Francis 9 yd. run Amherst 24-18
Amherst 2:02/4 Bob DiSabato 50 yd. run (Byrne conversion) Amherst 32-18


HARTFORD, Connecticut -- November 7, 1998 was a historic day on Dan Jessee Field on the campus of Trinity College. Against Tufts in 1986, a scrappy receiver by the name of John Tucci set an all-time Amherst record for yards in a single-game with 203. In the words of Amherst coaching legend Jim Ostendarp, Tucci was one of the three best pass receivers he had ever coached-- ranking right up there with Lord Jeff greats Jean Fuget and Fred Scott (both of whom went on to play in the National Football League). As of yesterday, the record no longer resides in the hands John Tucci. A smooth freshman receiver by the name of Derrell Wright had the game of his young life and made his mark in the record books. With 224 yards on just 6 catches (37.3 yards per catch), Wright paced the high-octane Amherst offense to a 32-18 torching of Trinity. For his record-breaking performance on Saturday, Wright was named the NESCAC Rookie of the Week.

Big plays and stingy defense was the name of the game for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst scored on an 80-yard bomb from Peter Honig (Bronxville, NY) to Wright and Bob DiSabato (Westwood, MA) capped the scoring with a 50-yard romp late in the fourth quarter. The Jeffs also completed three other plays that spanned 30 yards or more (all three through the air to Wright). Before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury, sophomore quarterback Peter Honig was having his best day in a Lord Jeff uniform. Honig completed 11 of 24 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Going into the last game of the season, Honig now ranks third in the NESCAC with a 133.8 quarterback efficiency rating.

The Jeffs defense caged the Bantam three-back attack all day. Leading 24-0 into the third period, Amherst relied on spirited play from freshman linebacker Dan Lalli (Watertown, MA) and two key interceptions by sophomore cornerback Brian Daoust (Dover, MA). The Xaverian connection came through once again-- both Lalli and Daoust graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School near Boston. Lalli finished the day with 11 tackles (5 solo), one tackle for a loss and a sack. Lalli ranks second on the team in tackles with 49. Daoust pestered Bantam quarterbacks Liam McNeely and Gregg Wysocki all afternoon. His two interceptions brings his season total to six, tops on the team and top 20 in the nation.

The Jeffs are now finally allowed to set their sights on Williams College. Williams (6-0) showed yesterday why they are ranked 15th in the nation and second in New England with a 57-19 trashing of high-powered Wesleyan. Ephman quarterback Sean Keenan has thrown for 1570 yards and 12 touchdowns (ranked 1st in the NESCAC), tailback Fred Storz is knocking on the door of a 1000 yard season with 968 yards to date (ranked 1st in the NESCAC), and senior receiver Matt Sigrist has 40 catches for 653 yards and 6 touchdowns. As if their offensive weaponry isn't scary enough, the Eph defense is one of the most rapacious in the nation. In seven games, the Ephs have only allowed 73 points and a paltry 1459 yards.

In the words of a football reporter, the Ephs set a new standard of excellence for themselves in their 57-19 victory over Wesleyan. "They played a perfect game-- but perfection is almost impossible to repeat, so I don't expect it next week against Amherst." From my experience, the Amherst-Williams rivalry presents a challenge that everyone involved will cherish for the rest of their lives. Every single player on both squads knows this and that is why the records and statistics from the first seven games are virtually meaningless.

The Amherst-Williams game this Saturday will be the 113th meeting between the two schools-- Williams leads the series 62-45-5. The Lord Jeffs are seeking revenge after last year's devastating 48-46 loss that spoiled their hopes for an undefeated season. The game will be televised live on NESN (New England Sports Network) starting at 12:00 noon.

Colin Barnacle
Sports Information Director
Amherst College


Individual Stats

Rushing: (A) Bob DiSabato 2-60 1 TD, Darin Byrne 14-45, Jeff Coviello 6-30, Jeremy Hiltner 3-18, Harold Henderson 2-7; (T) Sherman Francis 13-78, Matt Gjerulff 5-32, Steve Cella 4-21, Marc Maccarini 3-16, Mike Ladd 7-14

Passing: (A) Peter Honig 11-24-2 287 yds 3 TD, Jason Campbell 0-4-0; (T) Liam McNeely 2-8-1 25 yds, Gregg Wysocki 9-23-2 132 1 TD

Receiving: (A) Derrell Wright 6-224 1 TD, Steve Contreras 2-28, Matt Hall 2-20 2 TD, Bob DiSabato 1-15; (T) J.R Faget 5-90, Sean Furey 5-60, Marc Maccarini 1-7



Team Stats

1st Downs 13 19
Rushes-Yards 38-111 51-144
Passing Yards 287 157
Return Yards 64 95
Pass-Com-Int 28-11-2 31-11-3
Punts-Avg 9-33.1 11-31.9
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-1
Penalties-Yards 2-15 8-77
Possession 25:55 34:05

Summary from Trinity College Sports Information