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Macione Touchdown Grab Too Much for Williams, Jeffs Edge Ephs 13-10
November 13 - Sophomore wideout Justin Macione hauled in a spectacular 39-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Marsh Moseley with 11:46 left in regulation to lead the Amherst football team to a 13-10 victory over visiting archrival Williams College in the 119th edition of “The Biggest Little Game in America” on Saturday. With its third win over Williams (6-2) in the last five years and third straight home victory over the Ephs, Amherst claims sole possession of the coveted Little Three title and finishes its season at 6-2. Full Story

Ladd, Walsh Named CoSIDA Academic All-District, Finalists for Academic All-America
November 11 - Amherst senior quad-captain tailback Fletcher Ladd and senior defensive back Rob Walsh were the lone representatives from the NESCAC named to the 2004 College Division Academic All-District Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. As first-team selections, Ladd and Walsh are automatically placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. Full Story

Moseley Hoping to Wheel & Deal Jeffs to Homecoming Victory
November 8 - It's a long way from New Orleans to Amherst, 1,483 miles to be exact, and senior quarterback Marsh Moseley has it covered, with an extra 3,300 career passing yards to boot. Since migrating from the heart of bayou country as a wide-eyed first-year and taking over at quarterback just five games into his collegiate career, Moseley has been Amherst's own version of a Louisiana riverboat gambler, wheeling and dealing the Jeffs to a combined 17 victories on the strength of 27 career passing and four career rushing touchdowns. Full Story

5-2 Jeffs Look to Salvage Season with Homecoming Win Over Williams
November 8 - After a lopsided 38-3 win at Little Three rival Wesleyan, Amherst was undefeated and riding high – off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2001. An unexpected 10-3 loss to Tufts and a 31-7 setback at defending NESCAC Champ Trinity ensued, but the Jeffs can salvage their season with a Homecoming win this weekend against archrival Williams. Full Story

Jeffs Drop Second Straight, Fall 31-7 at Undefeated Trinity
November 6 - Despite 133 rushing yards and the sixth touchdown of the season for senior tailback Fletcher Ladd, the Amherst football team fell to 5-2 with its second straight loss on Saturday, a 31-7 setback at defending NESCAC Champion Trinity College (7-0), which remained undefeated with its 21st straight victory dating back to 2002. Full Story

Jeffs Fall to 5-1 with 10-3 Loss to Tufts
October 30 - 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, 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. Full Story

Borgonzi Pulling the Strings on Amherst's 5-0 Start
October 27 - In the 1999 film Being John Malkovich, a puppeteer discovers a door in his office that allows him to enter the mind and life of famous actor John Malkovich for 15 minutes, during which time you see, hear and feel whatever Malkovich is doing. An appropriate remake might be titled Being Dave Borgonzi, where the portal inside the Amherst middle linebacker's mind would land you smack-dab in the middle of a whirling football tsunami, where bodies fly, pads crack and muscles tangle in a dizzying spin. Full Story

5-0 Football Eyes Family Weekend Victory over Tufts
October 27 - Coming off a lopsided 38-3 win at Little Three rival Wesleyan, the Amherst football team is 5-0 for the first time since 2001, heading into this Saturday's Family Weekend matchup against visiting Tufts (1-4). The offense, which averages an eye-popping 33.8 points, is known primarily for its running game, with the o-line, senior tight end Ryan Sykes and senior fullback Chris Conroy blasting gaping holes for senior tailback Fletcher Ladd. The defense leads the league against the run behind junior Justin Roemer's team-high 48 tackles. Full Story

Unbeaten Jeffs Blast Little Three Rival Wesleyan Behind Moseley Aerial Attack, Stifling Defense
October 23 - Senior quarterback Marsh Moseley threw a trio of first-half touchdown passes to three different receivers, and sophomore tailback Will Beeson rushed for a career-high 95 yards on just eight carries, including a career-long 48-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as the undefeated Amherst football team rode a 31-3 halftime lead to a lopsided 38-3 victory at NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Saturday. Full Story

Undefeated Jeffs Prepped for Little Three Showdown at Wesleyan
October 18 - Off to a 4-0 start with wins over Hamilton, Bowdoin, Middlebury and Colby, the undefeated Amherst football team looks to keep the momentum rolling with a victory this Saturday at Little Three rival Wesleyan (2-2). Wesleyan loves to throw, with a league-high 207 pass attempts, while Amherst has blown opponents away with its ground attack, which churns up a robust 305.0 yards per game. Full Story

Wagstaff Leads Undefeated Jeffs Past Colby, 19-10
October 16 - Senior wideout Jay Wagstaff hauled in a 54-yard touchdown grab and returned a punt 65 yards for another touchdown as the undefeated Amherst football team improved to 4-0 with a 19-10 victory over visiting NESCAC rival Colby College on Saturday. Wagstaff finished with four punt returns for 100 yards and five catches for 82 yards, while the defense held Colby to a paltry 164 yards of total offense, including just 34 yards in the second half. Full Story

Wagstaff Stands Tall in Amherst Passing Game
October 13 - Amherst senior quad-captain wideout Jay Wagstaff has heard it all, and he isn't the least bit intimidated. Generously listed at 5-foot-9, 167 pounds, in a sport that favors the heftier end of the physical spectrum, opposing defenses assume they can get the drop on the smaller Wagstaff, or at least get in his head with a little well-placed woofing. Their bark almost always turns out to be worse than their bite. Full Story

Ladd Named NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Week
October 12 - Amherst senior quad-captain tailback Fletcher Ladd was named the NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career after leading the undefeated Jeffs (3-0) to a 34-26 win at conference-rival Middlebury College on Saturday. Ladd became the first player in Amherst history to crack the career 3,000-yard rushing plateau, rumbling for a workmanlike 284 yards on 35 carries. He also scored a pair of touchdowns and fell just one yard shy of Amherst’s single-game rushing record of 285 yards. Full Story

Jeffs Eye 4-0 Start with Saturday Win Against Visiting Colby
October 12 - Off to a 3-0 start with victories over Hamilton, Bowdoin and Middlebury, the Amherst football team looks to remain unbeaten with a win over visiting Colby College (2-1) on Saturday. The undefeated Jeffs have run amok on offense, averaging 37.3 points and topping the NESCAC in total offense at a whopping 495.3 yards per game. Colby's strength is its defense, which surrenders just 9.0 points per game and limits opponents to a paltry 83.0 rushing yards per contest. Full Story

Ladd Eclipses Career 3,000 Yard Rushing Plateau, Undefeated Jeffs Outlast Middlebury, 34-26
October 9 - Senior tailback Fletcher Ladd scored a pair of touchdowns and became the first player in school history to crack the career 3,000-yard rushing plateau, rumbling for a workmanlike 284 yards on 35 carries, as the undefeated Amherst football team improved to 3-0 with a 34-26 come-from-behind win at NESCAC-rival Middlebury on Saturday. Ladd scored a pair of touchdowns on the day - including an electric 80-yard scoring jaunt on the game’s opening play - and fell just one yard shy of Amherst’s single-game rushing record of 285 yards. Full Story

Walsh Named ECAC Division III New England Defensive Player of the Week
October 6 - After earning NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday and Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette NCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Week plaudits on Tuesday, Amherst senior defensive back Rob Walsh was named the Division III New England Defensive Player of the Week by the ECAC on Wednesday. Walsh leads the nation in interceptions (2.5/gm.) and is second in passes defended (3.0/gm.) after tying a 27-year-old school record with four picks in Saturday’s 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin College. Full Story

Walsh Named NCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Week by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette
October 5 - Already named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Amherst senior defensive back Rob Walsh was named the NCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Week by Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette on Tuesday. Walsh, who leads the nation in interceptions (2.5/gm.) and is second in passes defended (3.0/gm.), tied a 27-year-old school record with four interceptions in Saturday’s 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin College. Full Story

Walsh Named NESCAC Football Defensive Player of the Week
October 4 - Amherst senior defensive back Rob Walsh was named the NESCAC Football Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after tying a 27-year-old school record with four interceptions in Saturday’s 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin. Walsh leads the NESCAC and is among the national leaders with five interceptions and stands just two picks shy of the Amherst single-season record of seven. Full Story

Ladd Shatters Pair of School Records as Football Survives Double-OT Scare at Bowdoin
October 2 - Senior tailback Fletcher Ladd pierced the end zone with a game-winning nine-yard touchdown run to lead the Amherst football team to a dramatic 34-28 double-overtime win at NESCAC rival Bowdoin College on Saturday. With 175 yards on 25 carries, including a school-record 95-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Ladd upped his career rushing total to 2,984 yards, shattering the previous Amherst record of 2,916, held by Josh Mason '97. Full Story

Jeffs Bury Hamilton in Season Opener
September 25 - The Amherst football team racked up 592 yards of total offense and held visiting NESCAC rival Hamilton College to just 77 yards en route to a lopsided 44-7 win in both teams’ season opener on Saturday. Hamilton’s lone touchdown snapped a string of three straight Amherst shutouts in the series and marked the first time the Lord Jeffs have failed to register a shutout in a season opener since 1999. Full Story

Amherst's Bodner Keeps on Kickin'
September 22 - Senior place-kicker David Bodner is his own man, not that he lives alone on an island or has achieved some higher plane of metaphysical enlightenment. On the football field, he is literally his own entity, his own coach, his own psychologist, his own trainer, his own cheerleader, his own taskmaster. Full Story

Jeffs Set for Season-Opener Against Visiting Hamilton
September 21 - Amherst boasts a five-game winning streak in the series and holds a 19-1 all-time edge against Hamilton, as the Jeffs and Continentals get set to lock horns in both teams' season opener this Saturday on Pratt Field. Coming off a 4-4 season, Amherst fetures a high-powered rushing attack, while Hamilton (2-6 in 2003) returns 17 starters, including nine on defense. Full Story

Roemer Named to 13th-Annual AFCA Good Works Team
September 16 - Amherst junior outside linebacker Justin Roemer was one of just 11 players from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA named to the 13th Annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works team on Thursday. Roemer was the only player chosen from the NESCAC and the third consecutive recipient from Amherst, following former place-kicker Mike Proman ’03 and recently graduated defensive back Paul Whiting ’04. Full Story

Jeffs Eye Return to Prominence After Season of Near Misses
September 7 - 2003 was a season of incredible highs and discouraging near misses for an Amherst football team that battled injuries and bizarre happenstance en route to a trying 4-4 campaign. This fall, all signs point toward a return to prominence as the Jeffs return a veteran quarterback, arguably the strongest corps of running backs in the NESCAC and nearly its entire defensive secondary. Football opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 25, against visiting Hamilton. Full Story

Whiting Wins ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award
August 9 - Recently graduated three-sport standout Paul Whiting was the lone NCAA Division III male recipient of the 2003-04 ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award, as announced by ECAC Commissioner Phil Buttafuoco on Monday. Sponsored by Robbins Sports Surfaces, the award honors one male and one female student-athlete representing ECAC schools in Divisions I, II and III for outstanding achievement in community service, academics and athletics. Full Story

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