Nick Kehoe '07
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Kehoe completed 12-of-22 passes for a career-high 224 yards on Saturday.

Jeffs Roll to 37-0 Homecoming Win Over Wesleyan

October 15, 2005

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College 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 and improved to 4-1, while Wesleyan remained winless at 0-5.

Amherst's special teams took care of all the first-half scoring as junior Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) took a Wesleyan punt 55 yards up the right sideline to paydirt just over six minutes into regulation, junior Mike Quirk (Upton, MA) knocked home a 25-yard field goal and senior Justin Roemer (Jupiter, FL) stuck a pair of field goals from 37 and 30 yards out to give the Jeffs a 16-0 halftime edge.

The Jeffs came out of the break firing on all cylinders as they stretched their lead to 23-0 on a 78-yard touchdown scamper by rookie tailback Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ). Wesleyan sophomore quarterback Zach Librizzi (Essex Junction, VT) was removed from the game after being sacked by Roemer on the first play of the following drive, and the ensuing pass from junior backup Zach Canter (Chestnut Hill, MA) was deflected and picked off by junior linebacker Greg Muecke (Atlanta, GA). Amherst junior signal caller Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) wasted little time converting, finding Hannon from 25 yards out for his second score of the day.

Rookie quarterback Greg Hagar (Allentown, PA) hooked up with sophomore wideout Mike Myers (Foxboro, MA) for the Jeffs' final score, floating a pretty fade pass into the corner of the endzone for the 37-0 advantage.

Amherst spread the ball around on offense as six different Jeffs carried the ball and seven different players caught passes. NeSmith led the rushing attack with 122 yards on 11 carries, while seniors Ngai Otieno (Gloucester, MA) and Dom Cama (Miami Lakes, FL) posted 62 and 52 yards, respectively. Kehoe completed 12-of-22 passes for a career-high 224 yards, including four to Myers for 85 yards.

The Jeff defense was spectacular, forcing four Wesleyan turnovers, racking up seven sacks and holding the Cardinals to just two yards rushing. Sophomore linebacker Jake Spadafora (New London, NH) led the sack party, hauling down the Wesleyan quarterbacks three times, while rookie Guy Matisis (Hingham, MA) posted his first two collegiate sacks. Roemer had a team-high six tackles, while Spadafora, junior safety Mike Salerno (Shrewsbury, MA) and rookie A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) notched five takedowns apiece. Sophomore Chris Mottau (Holliston, MA) secured his second interception of the season and junior Brendan McKee (Hull, MA) posted a trio of tackles-for-loss.

Librizzi, who came into the game leading the NESCAC in passing and total offense, was limited to just 80 yards on 6-of-16 passing and negative seven yards on 11 carries. Junior Blake Curry (Leominster, MA) and sophomore Mark Noonan (Ardmore, PA) each had two receptions for 44 and 29 yards, respectively. Senior linebacker Quincy Francis (Stamford, CT) paced the Cardinal defense with nine tackles, while sophomore Tim O'Callaghan (Babylon, NY) and senior Jeff McLaren (Essex Junction, VT) registered eight tackles apiece, senior Shem Johnston-Bloom (Middlebury, VT) posted seven tackles and a sack and junior Steve Secundo (Richboro, PA) tallied six takedowns and an interception.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 1 p.m. at NESCAC foe Tufts University.

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