Justin Macione '07
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Macione hauled in three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown on Saturday afternoon.

Jeffs Win Fourth Straight, Trounce Tufts, 37-6

October 29, 2005

MEDFORD, MA - The Amherst College football team (5-1) notched its fourth straight victory on Saturday, surviving snowy conditions for a 37-6 victory at NESCAC host Tufts University (2-4). The win snaps a two-year losing streak to the Jumbos as Amherst junior signal caller Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) completed 11-of-17 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Ngai Otieno (Gloucester, MA) and rookie Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ) each broke long touchdown runs in the win.

Otieno gave the Jeffs a quick lead, scampering 59 yards on Amherst's second play from scrimmage for a 6-0 lead. Senior Justin Roemer (Jupiter, FL) stretched the Jeffs' advantage to 9-0, capping the ensuing drive with a career-long 40-yard field goal just before the seven-minute mark of the opening frame.

Tufts got on the board on its next possession, driving 73 yards on nine plays for the score. Most of the damage came on a 42-yard pass from Tufts senior quarterback Casey D'Annolfo (W. Hartford, CT) to junior wideout Bryan VanAncken (Trumbull, CT), which carried the Jumbos all the way down to the Amherst goal line. D'Annolfo plunged in from a yard out to cap the drive and cut the lead to 9-6.

The first quarter scoring was not over as Kehoe completed four straight passes including a 29-yard touchdown strike to classmate Justin Macione (Mansfield, MA) to push Amherst's edge to 16-6. Neither team could score in the second stanza and the Jeffs carried their 10-point cushion into the break.

Kehoe wasted no time finding the end zone after halftime, hooking up with junior standout Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) for a 65-yard bomb and Hannon's seventh touchdown of the year. NeSmith found paydirt from 46 yards out, and senior Dom Cama (Miami Lakes, FL) grinded out 50 yards rushing on a 15-play, 61-yard drive to cap the Jeffs' scoring.

NeSmith led the Amherst rushing attack for the third consecutive week, earning 92 yards on 14 carries, while Otieno posted similar numbers, finishing with 90 yards on 13 touches. Hannon finished with four catches for 97 yards, while Macione and sophomore Mike Myers (Foxboro, MA) hauled in three receptions apiece, good for 73 and 23 yards, respectively. Senior tri-captain nose guard L.J. Spinnato (Madison, CT) paced the Jeff defense with seven tackles, while Roemer and senior tri-captain Nick Zieler (Chicago, IL) tallied six takedowns apiece and junior Mike Salerno (Shrewsbury, MA) added five tackles and a pass breakup.

D'Annolfo finished 8-for-24 for 171 yards, while senior tailback Scott Lombardi (Winchester, MA), who came into the game ranked third in the NESCAC in rushing, was held to just 46 yards on the ground. Junior tight end Mark Jagiela (New Brighton, MN) and rookie receiver David Halas (Southbury, CT) each had two catches for 55 and 51 yards, respectively. Junior Chris Decembrele (Walpole, MA) notched a game-high 11 tackles, followed closely by junior teammate Bryan McDavitt (Holden, MA) with 10.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for a family weekend matchup with visiting Trinity College, who comes to Amherst with a 28-game win streak in tow after toppling host Middlebury College today, 14-0.