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Jeffs Look to Salvage Season with Victory Over Unbeaten Williams

November 4, 2002

Amherst College Lord Jeffs (5-2) vs. Williams College (7-0)
Saturday, November 9, 2002 * Pratt Field * Amherst, MA * Noon

Saturday's game will be televised regionally on the New England Sports Network (NESN) and nationally on Direct TV channel 623 or at the following satellite coordinates: AMC 2 (formerly GE-2) * KU band * transponder 11 * audio 6.2 / 6.8 mono. Coverage will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. ET. The Amherst College Athletics Website ( will also link to campus radio station WAMH's audio Webcast on the day of the game.

Williams holds a 65-46-5 series edge over Amherst heading into the 117th meeting of the "Biggest Little Game in America," winning 13 out of the last 15 matchups dating back to 1987, Dick Farley's first year as Williams head coach. Amherst's last series win came in 2000, a 20-12 victory on Pratt Field, which Williams avenged with a 23-20 overtime win in 2001. The Jeffs and Ephs first locked horns in 1884, with Williams coming away with a hard-fought 15-2 victory. This is the 18th consecutive year the game will be televised. Notably, the 1995 game, which finished in a 0-0 tie, was broadcast nationally on ESPN2, and the New England Sports Network (NESN) has picked up the next seven telecasts, including this season's. Amherst has denied Williams a perfect season three times 1942 (12-6 Amherst), 1964 (20-7 Amherst) and 1995 (0-0 tie).

Previously undefeated Amherst took a 17-10 lead at the half but couldn't hold on, as host Williams came from behind for a 23-20 overtime victory in Williamstown on November 10, 2001, claiming the outright Little Three and NESCAC Championships and finishing its season with a perfect 8-0 record. Williams sophomore fullback Tyler Shea rumbled one yard up the middle to seal the win in overtime, answering a 23-yard field goal by Amherst first-year David Bodner. With the victory, the Ephs recorded their fifth-ever perfect season all under current head coach Dick Farley marking the seventh time Williams has denied Amherst an undefeated campaign.

Amherst enters its season finale at 5-2 with both losses coming on the road in heartbreaking fashion. After starting the season with consecutive wins over Bates, Bowdoin, Middlebury and Colby, the Jeffs had a game-winning field goal attempt blocked as time expired in a 14-13 setback at Wesleyan in Week 5. In Week 7, a 21-14 loss at Trinity, Amherst had a chance to win or tie in the final minute, but lost possession with an interception at the Bantam 22-yard line, spoiling a chance to play Williams for sole ownership of the unofficial NESCAC Championship. The Jeffs are led offensively by All-NESCAC tailback Fletcher Ladd, the conference's second leading rusher with 1,092 yards on 215 carries. Thanks to a veteran offensive line and punishing lead blocking by senior fullback Jeff Ryan, Ladd is just 128 yards shy of Josh Mason's single-season school record of 1,220 rushing yards, set in 1994, and 201 yards shy of the NESCAC single-season record of 1,293 yards, set by Jamall Pollock of Williams in 1995. Sophomore signal caller Marsh Moseley complements the league's top-rated running game with an efficient passing attack. Moseley has completed 61 passes for 708 yards and eight touchdowns, four of which have gone to senior wideout J.P. Zito, the NESCAC's fourth leading receiver with 27 catches for 430 yards. On the other side of the ball, seniors Jeremy Carroll, Paul Miceli, Joe Rubbone and junior Paul Whiting comprise the top defensive secondary in the league, surrendering just 114.6 passing yards per game with 13 interceptions. Carroll, a two-time NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, is just two shy of the conference record and tied for the league lead with a team-high seven picks. The linebacking corps is similarly impressive. Sophomore inside linebacker David Borgonzi leads the team and is third in the conference with 61 tackles, followed by junior outside linebacker Dan McNamara with 52 tackles, including a team-high six for loss, three forced fumbles and 2.5 sacks. Amherst has tagged the quarterback in the backfield 22 times in all. Sophomore defensive lineman B.J. Gaddour paces the team with 3.5 sacks. On special teams, sophomore place-kicker David Bodner has already tied a conference record with seven field goals, while senior Geoff Bough is third in the NESCAC with a 36.7-yard punting average. Sophomore wideout Jason Wagstaff has emerged as one of the top return-men in the conference, leading the NESCAC with a 14.1-yard punt return average.

QB Marsh Moseley 4
FB Jeff Ryan 44
TB Fletcher Ladd 40
WR J.P. Zito 21
WR Jason Wagstaff 1
TE Alex Popp 89
C Sean Carroll 78
LT Rob Vernicek 71
RT Brendan Carolan 63
LG Shane Morrow 52
RG Matt Fitzgerald 50

OLB Dan McNamara 30
OLB Jordan Konicek 48
DT Ryan Moriarty 97
DT Pat Hayes 96
NG Mike Hanlon 86
ILB Ed Sylvester 42
ILB David Borgonzi 35
CB Joe Rubbone 23
CB Paul Whiting 28
SS Paul Miceli 13
FS Jeremy Carroll 22

AMHERST Statistical Leaders
Marsh Moseley (61-for-110/708 yds/8 TD/7 int)
Jeff Browne (15-for-28/163 yds/0 TD/3 int)
Fletcher Ladd (215 att/1,092 yds/5 TD)
J.P. Zito (27 rec/430 yds/4 TD)
Jason Wagstaff (16 rec/156 yds/2 TD)
Jason Wagstaff (14 punt returns/197 yds/68-yd TD)
Geoff Bough (40 punts/36.7-yd avg)
David Bodner (7-for-13 fg/13-for-14 PAT)

Through this season's 7-0 start, during which they've averaged a whopping 32.4 points per game, the Ephs have won 15 straight games dating back to a 20-12 loss at Amherst on November 11, 2000. They've been fortunate this season, however, overcoming late fourth quarter deficits against Middlebury and Tufts in consecutive weeks to keep their record unblemished. Williams boasts the top offense in the NESCAC, thanks to the conference's reigning Offensive Player of the Year, senior quarterback Joe Reardon, who leads the league in passing (212.7 yards per game) and total offense (212.4 yards per game). His favorite target is the conference's top pass catcher, Second-Team All-NESCAC senior Ryan Friend, who averages 7.71 receptions and 98.9 receiving yards per game. Junior wideout Jamaal Mobley is also a threat with 32 catches for 378 yards and three touchdowns. Williams' air-oriented attack is supplemented by a solid running game, paced by sophomore Tim Crawley's 78.1-yard average and junior fullback Tyler Shea's devastating blocking. Crawley suffered an ankle injury and sat out the entire second half of last Saturday's lopsided 41-7 win over Wesleyan, however. Junior tailback Mike Hackett is also a rushing force, rumbling for 64.1 yards on a weekly basis. Led by veteran defensive backs Johnny Kelly and Scott Farley, the defense, which surrenders just 12.1 points per game, is similarly impressive, especially against the pass. Kelly, a preseason All-American, finished third nationally in passes defended last season and was third on the team with 33 tackles. The multitalented Farley contributes on both sides of the ball. In 2001 Farley kicked off, attempted field goals and extra points, punted, threw a pass, caught passes, made tackles, broke up passes, tallied three interceptions and returned kicks and punts, earning All-NESCAC honors at two different positions. On the defensive line, Graham Goldwasser and reigning NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week Wes Connors lead the team with 46 and 44 tackles, respectively. Connors also has 13 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks, both team highs. Also of note, with 571 wins (571-332-47), Williams has the most of any New England Division III team and is the only school with 300 wins to have a winning percentage above .600.

QB Joe Reardon 13
TB Mike Hackett 32
FB Tyler Shea 34
LT Hayden Lynch 64
LG Brian Catanella 73
C Dan Giardina 55
RG Justin Classen 63
RT Garrett DiCarlo 77
TE Mike Rabiner 44
WR Ryan Friend 88
WR Jamaal Mobley 6

DE Bob Sherwood 99
DT Will McGrath 97
DT Justin Sullivan 98
DE Mark Rosenthal 36
LB Graham Goldwasser 2
LB Will Gillyard 86
LB Wes Connors 37
CB Johnny Kelly 9
CB Kellen Williams 15
S Scott Farley 24
S Dave Rackovan 7

WILLIAMS Statistical Leaders
Joe Reardon (122-for-202/1,489 yds/15 TD/7 int)
Tim Crawley (78 att/547 yds/5 TD)
Mike Hackett (99 att/449 yds/3 TD)
Ryan Friend (54 rec/692 yds/7 TD)
Jamaal Mobley (32/378 yds/3 TD)
Scott Farley (17 punt returns/6.2-yd avg)
Scott Farley (30 punts/38.8-yd avg)
Scott Farley (4-for-6 fg/25-for-29 PAT)

Rushing Yards/Per Game (1,379 yds./197.0 avg.)
Passing Yards/Per Game (871 yds./124.4 avg.)
Total Offense/Per Game (2,250 yds./321.4 avg.)
Total Points/Per Game (146 pts./20.9 avg.)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (1,133 yds./161.9 avg.)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (802 yds./114.6 avg.)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (1,935 yds./276.4 avg.)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (89 pts./12.7 avg.)

Rushing Yards/Per Game (1,198 yds./171.1 avg.)
Passing Yards/Per Game (1,728 yds./246.9 avg.)
Total Offense/Per Game (2,926 yds./418.0 avg.)
Total Points/Per Game (227 pts./32.4 avg.)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (816 yds./116.6 avg.)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (810 yds./115.7 avg.)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (1,626 yds./232.3 avg.)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (85 pts./12.1 avg.)

Amherst mustered just 171 yards of total offense and fell to 5-2 with a disappointing 21-14 loss at Trinity (6-1). The Jeffs fell behind 21-0 in the first half and trailed the entire game, squashing their chances of playing for the unofficial NESCAC Championship in their season finale against unbeaten Williams. The loss was Amherst's first to Trinity since 1995.

Quarterback Joe Reardon threw three touchdown passes and tailback Mike Hackett ran for two more as Williams improved to 7-0 with a 41-7 blowout win over visiting Wesleyan. Linebacker Wes Connors posted four of a whopping 11 team sacks for Williams, while the Ephs held Wesleyan to a paltry 15 yards rushing and only 121 yards through the air. Defensive tackle Bill McGrath added three sacks and linebacker Will Gilyard chipped in with six tackles and a forced fumble.

Dick Farley entered the 2002 season with a 101-16-3 record since taking over at Williams in 1987 and has won or tied for 14 Little Three titles during his accomplished tenure. He is the Ephs' all-time winningest coach with 14 consecutive winning seasons to his credit, including undefeated marks in 1989, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2001. Farley has been recognized as National and Regional Coach of the Year on several occasions by a variety of organizations, including the American Football Coaches Association, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the New England Football Writers Association. A 1968 graduate of Boston University, Farley was an All-American defensive back and two-sport captain before embarking on a two-year career with the San Diego Chargers of the now defunct American Football League. He then coached football and track at Danvers (MA) High School before moving to Williamstown in 1972 as an Ephs assistant.

9/21 BATES W (19-0)
9/28 @ Bowdoin W (42-20)
10/5 @ Middlebury W (17-10)
10/12 COLBY (W 14-0)
10/19 @ Wesleyan (L 14-13)
10/26 TUFTS (W 27-24) (ot)
11/2 @ Trinity (L 21-14)
11/9 WILLIAMS (Noon)

9/21 BOWDOIN (W 38-7)
9/28 TRINITY (W 30-13)
10/5 @ Bates (W 24-0)
10/12 MIDDLEBURY (W 27-24)
10/19 @ Tufts (W 36-28)
10/26 @ Hamilton (W 31-6)
11/2 WESLEYAN (W 41-7)
11/9 @ Amherst (Noon)

Williams (7-0)
Trinity (6-1)
Amherst (5-2)
Wesleyan (5-2)
Colby (3-4)
Middlebury (3-4)
Tufts (3-4)
Bates (2-5)
Bowdoin (1-6)
Hamilton (0-7)