Dom Cama '06
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Cama has racked up 369 yards and a touchdown on 95 carries this season.

Jeffs Set for Family Weekend Fracas with Trinity

October 31, 2005

Amherst College vs. Trinity College
November 5, 2005 * Pratt Field
Amherst, MA * 12:30 p.m.


THE SERIES
Amherst holds a 54-37-9 series edge in 100 meetings with Trinity, despite losing the last three matchups to the Bantams. Prior to that the Jeffs took home six straight victories from 1996-2001, and Trinity won seven in a row from 1989-1995. The Bantams and Jeffs first matched up in 1886, with Amherst posting a hard-fought 18-6 victory.

LAST MEETING
Despite 133 rushing yards and the sixth touchdown of the season for senior tailback Fletcher Ladd, the Amherst football team suffered its second straight loss on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, a 31-7 setback at defending NESCAC Champion Trinity College , which remained undefeated with its 21st straight victory dating back to 2002. Senior linebacker Mike Salvatore led Amherst with a game-high 15 tackles, while sophomore Brendan McKee added nine solo tackles and a forced fumble.

2005 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
AMHERST
Rushing Yards/Per Game (1,541 yds/256.8 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (967 yds/161.2 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (2,508 yds/418.0 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (158 pts/26.3 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (411 yds/68.5 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (593 yds/98.8 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (1,004 yds/167.3 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (34 pts/5.7 avg)

TRINITY
Rushing Yards/Per Game (1,303 yds/217.2 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (957 yds/159.5 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (2,260 yds/376.7 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (183 pts/30.5 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (304 yds/50.7 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (575 yds/95.8 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (879 yds/146.5 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (9 pts/1.5 avg)

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst enters today's matchup tied for second in the conference standings with Bowdoin and Colby at 5-1, trailing undefeated Trinity by just one game. The Jeff defense has set the tone, ranking among the national leaders with only 167.3 yards surrendered per game. They also post amazing averages of 68.5 rushing yards allowed per game, 66.0 pass efficiency defense and 5.7 points per game. Senior linebacker Justin Roemer boasts a team-high 49 tackles, good for 13th in the conference, five tackles-for-loss, a sack, an interception and a trio of pass breakups to lead the group, while juniors Greg Muecke and Mike Salerno have been similarly impressive tallying 37 and 33 tackles, respectively. Seniors L.J. Spinnato and Dan Kovolisky and junior Brendan McKee make up one of the toughest defensive lines in the nation, surrendering just 2.0 rushing yards per carry. Spinnato leads the group with 32 tackles, while Kovolisky has 26 takedowns and McKee has 23 stops, including 10 tackles-for-loss to lead the conference.

Amherst 's offense has been no slouch, racking up a conference-leading 418.0 yards per game, on the strength of 1,541 rushing yards. Senior tailback Ngai Otieno leads the group and the NESCAC with 102.5 yards on the ground, while classmate Dom Cama and rookie sensation Eric NeSmith join him in the conference top-ten with 369 and 313 rushing yards, respectively. Junior wideout Mark Hannon has left his impression on opposing defenses from all over the field, rolling up a NESCAC-best 141.3 all-purpose yards per game, including 62.5 receiving yards per game, good for third in the conference. Junior signal caller Nick Kehoe has thrown for 901 yards and seven touchdowns this season on 61-for-114 passing, ranking third in the NESCAC with 150.2 passing yards per game.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
Amherst notched its fourth straight victory on Saturday, surviving snowy conditions for a 37-6 victory at NESCAC host Tufts University . The win snaps a two-year losing streak to the Jumbos as Amherst junior signal caller Nick Kehoe completed 11-of-17 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Ngai Otieno and rookie Eric NeSmith each broke long touchdown runs in the win. Senior tri-captain nose guard L.J. Spinnato paced the Jeff defense with seven tackles.

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Nick Kehoe (61-for-114/901 yds/7 TD/5 int)
Greg Hagar (5-for-6/66 yds/1 TD/1 int)
RUSHING
Ngai Otieno (96 att/615 yds/4 TD)
Dom Cama (95 att/369 yds/1 TD)
Eric NeSmith (46 att/313 yds/3 TD)
RECEIVING
Mark Hannon (20 rec/375 yds/4 TD)
Justin Macione (12 rec/171 yds/2 TD)
Mike Myers (12 rec/168 yds/2 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Mark Hannon (16 punt returns/11.6 avg)
Mike Quirk (1-for-1 FG/18-for-19 PAT)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB - #11 Nick Kehoe
FB - #34 Chris Gillyard
TB - #4 Ngai Otieno
WR - #1 Mark Hannon
WR - #5 Justin Macione
TE - #88 Parnell Adam
C - #75 Ryan Smith
LT - #66 Dan Guariglia
RT - #53 Gavin Weeks
LG - #76 Matt Mascioli
RG - #59 Nate Riccardi

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
OLB - #45 Justin Roemer
OLB - #14 Joe Bickerstaffe
DT - #98 Dan Kovolisky
DT - #55 Brendan McKee
NG - #56 L.J. Spinnato
ILB - #42 Jake Spadafora
ILB - # 31 Greg Muecke
DB - #20 Nick Zieler
DB - #7 Chris Mottau
DB - #2 Mike Salerno
DB - #8 Rob Grammer

2005 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 24 @ Hamilton W 28-3
Oct. 1 BOWDOIN L 16-13
Oct. 8 MIDDLEBURY W 15-0
Oct. 15 @ Colby W 28-9
Oct. 22 WESLEYAN W 37-0
Oct. 29 @ Tufts W 37-6
Nov. 5 TRINITY 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 @ Williams Noon

SCOUTING TRINITY
Two-time defending NESCAC Champion Trinity College comes into today's matchup with Division III's longest winning streak (28 games) in tow, and in search of its 500 th victory in school history. The Bantam defense leads the nation with only 1.5 points and 146.5 yards allowed per game, while the offense has pummeled opponents, posting 376.7 yards and 30.5 points per game. The Bantams have also forced a conference-best 23 turnovers, boast a 62.3 pass efficiency defense and have limited foes to just 51 first downs on the year. Seniors Michael Blair and Ryan Albrycht rank among the NESCAC leaders in sacks with five and four, respectively, while five other players join them with 20 or more tackles for the Trinity defense. Junior Christian Allen leads the pack with 27 takedowns. Thirteen different Bantams have recorded an interception this season, while nine different players have posted a sack, eight have recovered a fumble and 17 have been credited with a tackle-for-loss. The Trinity offense shows similar balance to its defense as juniors Jordan Quinones and Gennaro Leo and sophomore Chandler Barnard have combined for 1,162 rushing yards. Quinones leads the trio with 406 yards, while Leo and Barnard follow closely with 398 and 358 yards, respectively. Senior Bill Schweitzer has completed 52-of-92 passes for 657 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions, and classmate Josh Pitcher has been stellar under center as well, hitting 22-of-28 receivers for 238 yards and a pair of scores. Junior Chris Olenoski has been the favorite target, hauling in 21 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeff Pratt has been the Bantam's big-play threat, averaging 21.9 yards per catch.

TRINITY LAST TIME OUT
Trinity extended its winning streak to 28 straight games (the longest active streak in Division III) with a 14-0 win at Middlebury. The Bantams couldn't get on the board until the third quarter when sophomore Jordan Quinones found the end zone from three yards out. Senior quarterback Josh Pitcher tacked on the second score, finding junior Chris Olenoski for a one-yard touchdown reception. Junior Christian Allen led the defense with nine tackles, while sophomore D.J. Lanz posted 2.5 sacks.

TRINITY STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Bill Schweitzer (52-for-92/657 yds/5 TD/6 int)
Josh Pitcher (22-for-28/238 yds/2 TD/0 int)
RUSHING
Jordan Quinones (85 att/406 yds/5 TD)
Gennaro Leo (70 att/398 yds/2 TD)
Chandler Barnard (60 att/358 yds/4 TD)
RECEIVING
Chris Olenoski (21 rec/219 yds/3 TD)
Gennaro Leo (9 rec/60 yds/1 TD)
Daniel MacKay (9 rec/97 yds/0 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Justin Holiday (10 punt returns/6.0 avg)
Kevin Swiniarski (6-for-7 fg/19-for-21 PAT)

TRINITY PROBABLE STARTERS
BANTAM OFFENSE
QB - #6 Bill Schweitzer
RB - #8 Gennaro Leo
TE - #87 Ben Willig
WR - #81 Dan MacKay
WR - #16 Justin Holiday
WR - #17 Chris Olenoski
OT - #64 Erik Jefferson
G - #62 Brian Dubiel
C - #71 John Mihalko
G - #60 Mike Robinson
OT - #76 John Curry

BANTAM DEFENSE
NG - #94 Jeff Carpenter
DE - #98 Michael Blair
DE - #90 Ryan Butler
ILB - #28 Avon Morgan
ILB - #33 Joe Penny
OLB - #40 Ryan Albrycht
OLB - #2 Christian Allen
CB - #26 Jared Boyd
CB - #27 Paul Mounds
S - #20 Michael Soules
S - #23 Kevin Quinn

2005 TRINITY SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 24 @ Bates W 47-0
Oct. 1 WILLIAMS W 34-6
Oct 8 HAMILTON W 58-0
Oct. 15 @ Tufts W 7-0
Oct. 22 BOWDOIN W 23-3
Oct. 29 @ Middlebury W 14-0
Nov. 5 @ Amherst 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 WESLEYAN Noon

2005 NESCAC STANDINGS
Trinity (6-0)
Amherst (5-1)
Bowdoin (5-1)
Colby (5-1)
Williams (4-2)
Tufts (2-4)
Bates (1-5)
Hamilton (1-5)
Middlebury (1-5)
Wesleyan (0-6)

AMHERST VS. TRINITY ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst leads 54-37-9 (100 meetings)

1886 Amherst 16-8
1886 Amherst 20-4
1887 Trinity 22-6
1888 Trinity 16-0
1888 tie 0-0
1890 Amherst 12-11
1890 tie 0-0
1892 Amherst 26-0
1892 Amherst 21-8
1893 tie 14-14
1893 Amherst 18-0
1896 Trinity 12-0
1897 Trinity 18-0
1898 Amherst 12-0
1899 tie 0-0
1900 tie 0-0
1901 tie 0-0
1903 Amherst 18-0
1904 Amherst 40-0
1907 Amherst 11-0
1908 tie 6-6
1911 Trinity 13-0
1912 Amherst 15-0
1913 Trinity 13-0
1914 tie 0-0
1915 Trinity 7-6
1916 Amherst 14-0
1918 Amherst 21-0
1919 Amherst 48-7
1920 Amherst 14-0
1922 Amherst 41-0
1923 Amherst 41-12
1928 Amherst 34-0
1930 tie 7-7
1931 Amherst 33-6
1932 Amherst 31-0
1933 Trinity 7-6  
1937 Amherst 20-0
1938 Amherst 19-0
1939 Amherst 19-0
1940 Trinity 6-0
1941 Trinity 13-8
1942 Amherst 35-6
1948 Trinity 46-0
1949 Trinity 21-6
1950 Trinity 47-13
1951 Trinity 40-27
1952 Trinity 7-0
1953 Amherst 29-14
1954 Trinity 21-12
1955 Trinity 38-14
1956 Trinity 31-21
1957 Amherst 40-7
1958 Amherst 22-12
1959 Trinity 19-6
1960 Amherst 22-6
1961 Amherst 22-8
1962 Trinity 25-23
1963 Amherst 28-7
1964 Amherst 27-0
1965 Amherst 33-26
1966 Amherst 22-9
1967 Amherst 25-24
1968 Amherst 31-3
1969 Amherst 37-7
1970 Trinity 36-19
1971 Amherst 42-29
1972 Amherst 34-7
1973 Amherst 40-7
1974 Trinity 24-19
1975 Amherst 20-17
1976 Trinity 24-17
1977 Amherst 49-14
1978 Trinity 41-32
1979 Amherst 21-6
1980 Trinity 35-14
1981 Amherst 14-3
1982 Amherst 10-7
1983 Trinity 33-16
1984 Amherst 22-21
1985 Amherst 35-12
1986 Trinity 48-25
1987 Amherst 13-10
1988 Amherst 30-21
1989 Trinity 35-0
1990 Trinity 44-14
1991 Trinity 51-7
1992 Trinity 44-21
1993 Trinity 36-19 
1994 Trinity 46-6
1995 Trinity 33-10
1996 Amherst 24-7
1997 Amherst 35-8
1998 Amherst 32-18
1999 Amherst 27-0
2000 Amherst 28-20
2001 Amherst 28-10
2002 Trinity 21-14
2003 Trinity 20-14
2004 Trinity 31-7