AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst leveled nine sacks against the Polar Bears as the Jeffs shutout Bowdoin 30-0 at Pratt Field in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Jeffs held Bowdoin to only 9 rushing yards and 122 overall while Amherst tallied 423 of its own.
The Jeffs capitalized on a 43-yard return on the opening kickoff by Todd Nichols (Skaneateles, NY). Just 1:17 into the game, Amherst posted a 6-0 lead on a 23-yard pass from Rich Willard (Johnstown, NY) to Paul Rieckhoff (Garrison, NY). Rookie kicker Liam Fleming (Braintree, MA) followed up with a 20-yard field goal to round out the quarter.
Both teams relied on aggressive special teams in before the half as each tallied a blocked field goal attempt. Alex Niefer (Williamsville, NY) stopped a 30-yard Jeremy Riffle (Pasadena, CA) attempt before the Polar Bears returned the favor four minutes later as Phil Lintz (Milton, MA) negged a 22-yard Fleming attempt.
Bringing a 9-0 lead into the second half, back-up quarterback Mike Sweeney (Keene, NH) tossed three passes into the endzone as he registered an 8-14 day for 138 yards. Wideout Shaun Quigley (Chicopee, MA) caught a 22-yarder with 44 seconds left in the third before Todd Haggerty (Albany, NY) caught two shots in the endzone in the fourth.
Jake Conca (Attleboro, MA) had three sacks for the Jeffs while Dave Kahill (South Portland, ME) led the game with 16 tackles (10 solo) for the Polar Bears.
Bowdoin (0-2) 0 0 0 0 -- 0 Amherst (2-0) 9 0 7 14 -- 0
First Quarter 13:43 A Paul Rieckhoff 23 pass from Rich Willard (Liam Fleming kick wide) 2:18 A Fleming 20-yard field goal Second Quarter 9:12 B Jeremy Riffle 30-yard field goal BLOCKED 5:13 A Fleming 22-yard field goal BLOCKED Third Quarter 0:44 A Shaun Quigley 22 pass from Mike Sweeney (Fleming kick good) Fourth Quarter 13:39 A Todd Haggerty 6 pass from Sweeney (Fleming kick good) 8:33 A Haggerty 32 pass from Sweeney (Fleming kick good) Attendance: 1,427
Bowdoin Amherst First Downs 9 15 Rushing-Yards 40-9 43-194 Passing Yards 113 229 Return Yards 168 81 Passes 7-20-1 17-24-1 Punts 4-122 5-198 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 2-15 9-65 # # # 9/27/97