Nick Kehoe '07
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09

Kehoe threw for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday.

Jeffs Fall to Trinity, 30-20

November 5, 2005

AMHERST, MA - Despite a career day for junior quarterback Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT), the Amherst College football team suffered a 30-20 loss to visiting Trinity College on Saturday. Kehoe completed 22-of-43 passes for a career-high 323 yards and a trio of touchdowns as the Jeffs fell to 5-2, while Trinity remained undefeated at 7-0, extended the longest active winning streak in Division III to 29 games and earned its 500th win in school history.

In a matchup expected to be a tight, low-scoring affair, both squads surrendered more yards than either had allowed in a game all season. Trinity's 30 points was just four less than the Jeffs had surrendered for the entire year, while Amherst's 20 points was more than twice as many as the Bantams had given up. Trinity, however, dominated the tempo of the game, posting a 37:35-22:25 time-of-possession advantage, and outgaining Amherst by 98 yards, including a 265 rushing-yard advantage.

The games opening scores rivaled a three-ring circus as the two squads amassed a combined 15 points over a 19-second span in the first quarter. The Bantams struck first in a flurry of confusion as junior Chris Olenoski (Sheldon, CT) scooped up a muffed field-goal snap, scrambled left and lofted a 15-yard touchdown pass to classmate Jordan Quinones (Pottstown, PA) for the 7-0 lead. Penalty flags were thrown on the play, but were apparently waved off and the touchdown stood.

The Jeffs wasted no time in responding as junior wideout Justin Macione (Mansfield, MA) smoked the Trinity coverage and Kehoe found him over the top for the 58-yard score. What was almost a 7-7 tie turned into a 9-6 Bantam edge as senior Ryan Albrycht (Glastonbury, CT) blocked the ensuing extra-point attempt and junior Christian Allen (Abington, MA) scooped up the ball and returned it 90 yards for the two-point defensive conversion.

Amherst junior safety Mike Salerno (Shrewsbury, MA) answered quickly, picking off Trinity senior quarterback Bill Schweitzer (Alexandria, VA) and returning it 50 yards down to the Trinity five-yard line. However, a sack by Albrycht and a Jeff holding penalty backed Amherst up to the 31-yard line and Amherst had to settle for a 30-yard field goal attempt by senior Justin Roemer (Jupiter, FL), which sailed wide left.

After forcing a quick Trinity three-and-out, Kehoe and Macione hooked up again, as Macione slipped behind the Trinity secondary for the second time and hauled in a 43-yard strike for a 13-9 Amherst advantage with just under two minutes left in the opening session.

The Bantams capitalized on a pair of Amherst penalties on the next possession, and junior tailback Gennaro Leo (Everett, MA) capped the drive with a six-yard plunge, giving Trinity a 16-13 edge. Both teams missed out on scoring chances in the waning minutes of the second quarter as each squad missed a field goal and the Bantam's three-point lead stood at the break.

The two squads traded possessions to open the second half, but the Jeffs stopped Trinity short on a fourth-down attempt near midfield, and Kehoe converted, completing a trio of passes to classmate Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) and a 16-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Mike Myers (Foxboro, MA) to regain the lead, 20-16. The Bantams wasted no time responding as senior Josh Pitcher (Ogunquit, ME) hurled a 59-yard touchdown pass to Olenoski to put Trinity back on top, 23-20.

Trinity opened the fourth frame with the final points of the game as sophomore Chandler Barnard (Lubbock, TX) scampered into the end zone from nine yards out after a 35-yard completion from Schweitzer to junior Michael Snow (West Long Branch, NJ).

The rest of the quarter proved to be a battle for field position, which Trinity eventually won. The Jeffs' final chance came in the waning minutes as Kehoe marched the Jeffs down inside the Trinity 30-yard line, but Kehoe's fourth-down attempt was batted down by senior defensive end Michael Blair (Plymouth, NH) and the Bantams would kneel out the rest of the clock for the win.

Hannon finished with a career-high seven receptions for 93 yards, while Myers and Macione each topped the 100-yard mark, hauling in five and four passes for 100 and 111 yards receiving, respectively. The Jeff defense boasted several career days as sophomore linebacker Jake Spadafora (New London, NH) notched a career-high 15 tackles. Roemer matched Spadafora's 15 takedowns, while junior linebacker Greg Muecke (Atlanta, GA) and senior tri-captain nose guard L.J. Spinnato (Madison, CT) finished with 11 tackles apiece. Salerno and sophomore cornerback Chris Mottau (Holliston, MA) tallied nine takedowns each, and senior Kelvin Coker (New York, NY) and junior Brendan McKee (Hull, MA) added eight tackles apiece.

Barnard and Leo each fell just shy of the 100-yard rushing mark, earning 99 and 97 yards, respectively, while Quinones added 66 yards. Schweitzer and Pitcher were a combined seven-for-13 for 141 yards, and Snow was the main beneficiary, posting three catches for 49 yards. Senior Ray Panza (Massapequa Park, NY) paced the Bantam defense with six tackles, while sophomore Jared Boyd (Hackettstown, NJ) grabbed an interception and Albrycht, classmate Justin Gonzalez (Hebron, CT) and sophomores Matt Rettig (North Branford, CT) and Jeff Carpenter (Pottstown, PA) were all credited with sacks.

Amherst returns to action next Saturday at noon for the 120th meeting of the "Biggest Little Game in America" as the Jeffs travel to Williamstown, Mass. to face archrivals Williams College.

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