Williams Downs Amherst 35-16

Storz and Keenan lead Ephs to Little III Title and undefeated season

Williams (8-0) 7 14 7 7 35
Amherst (5-3) 7 0 0 9 16

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- November 14, 1998 was not meant to be for the young Amherst College Lord Jeffs. It is a year after the emotional 48-46 loss to the Ephs that spoiled the Jeffs 1997 undefeated streak. The Lord Jeffs were out for vengeance -- looking to rain on the 7-0 Ephs parade. Williams had a different outcome in mind. The Ephs, behind 112 yards from tailback Fred Storz (Rockaway, NJ) and two touchdowns by tight end Dave Nemeskal (Danvers, MA), ran way with the victory. Despite being outgained by the Jeffs 325-300, the Ephs were in control the entire afternoon.

Eph sophomore quarterback Sean Keenan (Rutland, VT) and his consistent play made the difference in the game. Keenan finished the day completing 12 of 22 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Even more importantly, Keenan did not throw a single interception-- on the other side of the ball, the Jeffs threw four.

Amherst pulled to within two touchdowns late in the fourth before Keenan took charge and led his team to a final score to put the game away. With 4:38 remaining, Williams took possession holding a 28-14 lead. After five straight handoffs, Keenan executed a perfect play-action fake that left Williams tight end Dave Nemeskal wide open at the back of the endzone.

Amherst receiver Matt Hall (Lincroft, NJ) caught seven balls for 105 yards and scored a touchdown in the first half while sophomore quarterback Peter Honig (Bronxville, NY) completed 11 of 28 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown before he left the game in the fourth with an injured knee. On the ground, senior Bob DiSabato capped off his Amherst career with 65 yards on just nine carries. Defensively, freshmen middle linebackers Dan Lalli (Watertown, MA) and Brian Landolfi (Hanover, MA) sophomore defensive lineman Ted Hollo (Aurora, OH), and sophomore corneback Brian Daoust (Dover, MA) paced the Lord Jeff squad with seven tackles apiece

The Jeffs finish the 1998 campaign with a solid 5-3 record. The Lord Jeffs three-year record now stands at 19-5.

 

TEAM TIME/QTR PLAY SCORE
Williams 9:10/1 Fred Storz 1 yd. run Williams 7-0
Amherst 4:42/1 Matt Hall 7 yd. pass from Peter Honig 7-7 tie
Williams 12:18/2 Dave Nemeskal 1 yd. pass from Sean Keenan Williams 14-7
Williams 9:15/2 Collin Vataha 29 yd. pass from Keenan Williams 21-7
Williams 3:25/3 Mike McAdam 3 yd. run Williams 28-7
Amherst 7:48/4 Darin Byrne 5 yd. pass from Mike Sweeney Williams 28-14
Williams 1:53/4 Nemeskal 7 yd pass from Keenan Williams 35-14
Amherst 0:28/4 SAFETY Williams 35-16

 

Individual Stats

Rushing:(A) Bob DiSabato 9-65, Darin Byrne 4--2, Peter Honig 19-5, Mike Sweeney 3-13, Harold Henderson 1-0; (W) Fred Storz 30-122, Mike McAdam 9-36, Sean Keenan 6-16

Passing: (A) Peter Honig 11-28-1 138 yards 2 TD, Mike Sweeney 7-20-3 106 yards; (W) Sean Keenan 22-12-0 166 yards 3TD

Receiving: (A) Matt Hall 7-105, Derrell Wright 5-69, Steve Contreras 2-35, Darin Byrne 2-11, Bob DiSabato 2-19; (W) Matt Sigrist 6-77, Mike Paolercio 3-37, Matt Cleary 1-3, Collin Vataha 1 25, Dave Nemeskal 2-8

 

GAME STATISTICS

Team Stats

Category AMHERST WILLIAMS
1st Downs 23 10
Rushes-Yards 36-81 45-134
Passing Yards 244 166
Return Yards 108 22
Pass-Com-Int 48-18-4 22-12-0
Punts-Avg 5-33.8 6-34.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-20 15-63
Possession 29:46 30:14