Mark Hannon '07
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Sophomore wideout Mike Myers hauled in four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-0 homecoming blowout.

Jeffs Look to Topple Tufts for Fourth Straight Win

October 25, 2005

Amherst College vs. Tufts University
October 29, 2005 * Zimman Field
Medford, MA * 1:00 p.m.


THE SERIES
Amherst holds a 45-25-4 series edge over Tufts, despite two straight losses to the Jumbos. This matchup is always a close one as no game has been decided by more than eight points over the last six years, including a 27-24 Amherst overtime victory in 2002 and a 24-17 Tufts overtime win in 2003. The Jeffs and Jumbos first met in 1877, with Amherst coming away with a hard-fought 8-4 victory.

LAST MEETING
The Amherst football team managed just 221 yards of total offense and coughed up a trio of turnovers en route to its first loss of the season on Saturday, October 30, 2004, a 10-3 setback against visiting NESCAC foe Tufts University on a rain-soaked Pratt Field. Trailing by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Amherst had several chances to knot the score in the waning minutes but saw its final two possessions stall inside the Tufts 15-yard line, failing on a pair of crucial fourth-down conversion attempts.

2005 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
AMHERST
Rushing Yards/Per Game (1,308 yds/261.6 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (758 yds/151.6 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (2,066 yds/413.2 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (121 pts/24.2 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (323 yds/64.6 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (420 yds/84.0 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (743 yds/148.6 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (28 pts/5.6 avg)

TUFTS
Rushing Yards/Per Game (674 yds/134.8 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (649 yds/129.8 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (1,323 yds/264.6 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (71 pts/14.2 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (442 yds/88.4 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (801 yds/160.2 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (1,243 yds/248.6 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (67 pts/13.4 avg)

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst stands in a three-way tie for second place in the conference with Colby and Bowdoin at 4-1, trailing Trinity, who remains the NESCAC's lone undefeated squad. The Jeffs are getting it done on both sides of the ball, leading the conference in total offense with 413.2 yards per game, including a NESCAC-best 261.6 yards per game on the ground, and limiting opponents to a nationwide-low 148.6 yards per game. Senior tailback Ngai Otieno and junior Mark Hannon have led the offense, as Otieno is the conference's top rusher (525 yards), while Hannon paces the NESCAC in all-purpose yardage (703), touchdowns (six) and punt return average (11.5 ypr). Otieno also ranks third in the conference in all-purpose yards (597), while Hannon is fourth in receiving yards (278) and 13 th in receptions (16). Senior Dom Cama and rookie Eric NeSmith bolster the Jeffs' rushing attack, ranking sixth and ninth in the conference, respectively, with 319 and 221 yards. Junior signal caller Nick Kehoe has come on strong as of late, tossing for career-highs in his last two outings en route to 703 yards on 50-for-97 passing on the season, good for fourth in the NESCAC. The Jeff defense has been stifling thus far, allowing only one opponent to gain more than 200 yards, while limiting opponents' time of possession to just 25:55 per game. The Jeff secondary has held their adversaries to just 84 passing yards per game and an national-low 60.9 passing efficiency. Junior safety Mike Salerno leads the group with 28 tackles and a trio of pass breakups, while sophomore cornerback Chris Mottau boasts 24 takedowns and a pair of interceptions, classmate Rob Grammer is second in the NESCAC with six passes defended, followed closely by senior tri-captain Nick Zieler with five. Senior linebacker Justin Roemer leads the team and is tied for 10 th in the NESCAC with 43 tackles, while junior linebacker Greg Muecke has 35 tackles, two interceptions and a conference-best three fumble recoveries. Junior defensive tackle Brendan McKee has been menacing in opposing backfields, piling up 2.0 tackles-for-loss per game, good for best in the NESCAC and 15 th in Division III.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
The Amherst football team rolled to a 37-0 blowout homecoming victory over visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday. Amherst dominated the line of scrimmage all day, piling up 533 yards and holding the Cardinals to just 92 yards of total offense as the Jeffs won their third straight. Junior Mark Hannon scored a pair of touchdowns, returning a punt 55 yards for a score in the first quarter and hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from classmate Nick Kehoe just after halftime. Kehoe threw for a career-high 224 yards on 12-for-22 passing. Sophomore linebacker Jake Spadafora had a career day on defense, posting a trio of sacks.

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Nick Kehoe (50-for-97/703 yds/5 TD/4 int)
Greg Hagar (4-for-5/55 yds/1 TD/1 int)
RUSHING
Ngai Otieno (83 att/525 yds/3 TD)
Dom Cama (81 att/319 yds/0 TD)
Eric NeSmith (32 att/221 yds/2 TD)
RECEIVING
Mark Hannon (16 rec/278 yds/3 TD)
Mike Myers (9 rec/145 yds/2 TD)
Justin Macione (9 rec/98 yds/1 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Mark Hannon (12 punt returns/11.5 avg)
Mike Quirk (14-for-14 PAT)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB - #11 Nick Kehoe
FB - #34 Chris Gillyard
TB - #4 Ngai Otieno
WR - #1 Mark Hannon
WR - #5 Justin Macione
TE - #88 Parnell Adam
C - #75 Ryan Smith
LT - #66 Dan Guariglia
RT - #53 Gavin Weeks
LG - #76 Matt Mascioli
RG - #59 Nate Riccardi

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
OLB - #45 Justin Roemer
OLB - #14 Joe Bickerstaffe
DT - #98 Dan Kovolisky
DT - #55 Brendan McKee
NG - #56 L.J. Spinnato
ILB - #42 Jake Spadafora
ILB - # 31 Greg Muecke
DB - #20 Nick Zieler
DB - #7 Chris Mottau
DB - #2 Mike Salerno
DB - #8 Rob Grammer

2005 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 24 @ Hamilton W 28-3
Oct. 1 BOWDOIN L 16-13
Oct. 8 MIDDLEBURY W 15-0
Oct. 15 @ Colby W 28-9
Oct. 22 WESLEYAN W 37-0
Oct. 29 @ Tufts 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 TRINITY 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 @ Williams Noon

SCOUTING TUFTS
Tufts enters this weekend's matchup at 2-3, riding a three-game losing streak after winning their first two this season. The Jumbo offense has struggled, scoring just 21 combined points during the three-game slide, and not reaching the 200-yard mark for total offense in its last two outings. Senior tailback Scott Lombardi has been the lone bright spot, rushing for 345 in the last three matchups, and 476 total yards on the season, good for third in the NESCAC. Senior quarterback Casey D'Annolfo stands at sixth in the conference in passing, completing 55-of-120 throws for 649 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions. Junior Steve Menty has been the main beneficiary of these tosses with 18 receptions for 230 yards and a score, while classmate Brian VonAncken follows closely behind with 14 grabs for 194 yards and three touchdowns. The Tufts' defense, however, has kept the Jumbos in games most of the season, surrendering just 13.4 points per game, good for third in the conference, and holding four of their five opponents to 10 points or less. The Jumbos also rank third in the NESCAC in total defense, giving up only 248.6 yards per game. Junior defensive end Chris Decembrele leads the group and is 13 th in the conference with 42 tackles, including 30 solo takedowns, tying him for second in the NESCAC. He's also tied for second in the conference in fumbles forced with two. Sophomore linebacker Adam Arsenault and junior defensive back Bryan McDavitt have been great as well, registering 31 and 29 tackles, respectively, while McDavitt is tied for sixth in the NESCAC in passes defended with five.

TUFTS LAST TIME OUT
The Tufts football team dropped its third straight on Saturday, suffering a 37-13 loss to host Williams College . The Jumbos surrendered 542 yards of total offense, including 391 yards through the air, while amassing just 190 of their own. Rookie William Forde put the Jumbos on the board with a 97-yard kickoff return in the final minute of the opening quarter and junior tight end Mark Jagiela capped the scoring with a four-yard touchdown catch in the waning minutes of regulation. Senior tailback Scott Lombardi carried most of the offensive load, earning 120 yards rushing on 19 carries, while classmate Mike McCann led the defense with 10 tackles.

TUFTS STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Casey D'Annolfo (55-for-120/649 yds/6 TD/9 int)
RUSHING
Scott Lombardi (112 att/476 yds/1 TD)
William Forde (22 att/106 yds/1 TD)
RECEIVING
Steve Menty (18 rec/230 yds/1 TD)
Brian VonAncken (14 rec/194 yds/3 TD)
Mark Jagiela (7 rec/61 yds/1 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Christopher Guild (6 kick returns/20.8 avg)
Brian McDavitt (0-for-1 fg/7-for-9 PAT)

TUFTS PROBABLE STARTERS
JUMBO OFFENSE
QB - #12 Casey D'Annolfo
RB - #24 Scott Lombardi
FB - #43 Matt Gaylord
LT - #70 Brian Schurko
LG - #73 Tim Lind
C - #52 Max Hatfield-Biondo
RG - #50 Thomas Ames
RT - #79 Rich Aronson
WR - #47 Brian VonAncken
WR - #84 Steve Menty
TE - #82 Mark Jagiela

JUMBO DEFENSE
DE - #14 Chris Decembrele
DT - #92 Ryan Byrne
NT - #59 Ryan McGeary
DT - #60 Marc Macdonald
DE - #80 Sean Mullin
LB - #30 Steve Albertine
LB - #35 Mike McCann
CB - #21 Steve Briganti
FS - #25 Patrick Magoon
SS - #40 Bryan McDavitt
CB - #5 Brett Holm

2005 TUFTS SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 24 @ Wesleyan W 16-6
Oct. 1 @ Bates W 34-7
Oct 8 BOWDOIN L 10-8
Oct. 15 TRINITY L 7-0
Oct. 22 @ Williams L 37-13
Oct. 29 @ Bowdoin 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 WILLIAMS 1 p.m.
Nov. 12 @ Trinity Noon

2005 NESCAC STANDINGS
Trinity (5-0)
Amherst (4-1)
Bowdoin (4-1)
Colby (4-1)
Williams (3-2)
Tufts (2-3)
Bates (1-4)
Hamilton (1-4)
Middlebury (1-4)
Wesleyan (0-5)

AMHERST VS. TUFTS ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst leads 45-25-4 (74 meetings)

1877 Amherst 8 Tufts 4
1885 Tufts 22 Amherst 10
1885 Tufts 8 Amherst 5
1886 Amherst 22 Tufts 12
1886 Amherst 18 Tufts 4
1892 Tufts 18 Amherst 15
1900 Tufts 11 Amherst 0
1906 Amherst 12 Tufts 5
1908 Amherst 6 Tufts 5
1909 Amherst 6 Tufts 3
1912 Tufts 20 Amherst 0
1921 tie 0-0
1929 tie 13-13
1938 Amherst 34 Tufts 7
1939 Amherst 26 Tufts 7
1946 Amherst 25 Tufts 20
1947 Tufts 13 Amherst 7
1948 Amherst 14 Tufts 13
1949 Tufts 33 Amherst 14
1950 Amherst 23 Tufts 20
1951 Amherst 21 Tufts 13
1952 Amherst 35 Tufts 0
1953 Amherst 13 Tufts 6
1954 Tufts 7 Amherst 6
1955 Tufts 46 Amherst 26
1956 Amherst 6 Tufts 0
1957 Amherst 19 Tufts 6
1958 Tufts 42 Amherst 7
1959 tie 0-0
1960 Tufts 12 Amherst 2
1961 Amherst 40 Tufts 6
1962 Amherst 13 Tufts 0
1963 Amherst 22 Tufts 0
1964 Amherst 14 Tufts 8
1965 Amherst 28 Tufts 7
1966 Amherst 28 Tufts 6
1967 tie 7-7
1968 Amherst 42 Tufts 6
1969 Amherst 37 Tufts 6
1970 Amherst 17 Tufts 7
1971 Amherst 35 Tufts 14
1972 Amherst 49 Tufts 0
1973 Amherst 28 Tufts 0
1974 Amherst 31 Tufts 10
1975 Amherst 11 Tufts 10
1976 Tufts 18 Amherst 17
1977 Amherst 42 Tufts 20
1978 Tufts 10 Amherst 3
1979 Tufts 35 Amherst 21
1980 Tufts 30 Amherst 6
1981 Tufts 34 Amherst 16
1982 Amherst 47 Tufts 28
1983 Amherst 28 Tufts 7
1984 Amherst 30 Tufts 7
1985 Tufts 10 Amherst 0
1986 Tufts 35 Amherst 23
1987 Amherst 14 Tufts 13
1988 Amherst 28 Tufts 25
1989 Tufts 25 Amherst 9
1990 Tufts 28 Amherst 7
1991 Tufts 28 Amherst 17
1992 Tufts 24 Amherst 0
1993 Amherst 23 Tufts 21
1994 Amherst 28 Tufts 19
1995 Amherst 28 Tufts 0
1996 Amherst 31 Tufts 12
1997 Amherst 16 Tufts 6
1998 Tufts 30 Amherst 16
1999 Amherst 10 Tufts 7
2000 Amherst 8 Tufts 0
2001 Amherst 14 Tufts 10
2002 Amherst 27 Tufts 24 (OT)
2003 Tufts 24 Amherst 17 (OT)
2004 Tufts 10 Amherst 3