Mark Hannon '07
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Junior wideout Mark Hannon ranks among the conference leaders in receptions, receiving yards, all-purpose yards and touchdowns.

Jeffs Ready for 120th meeting of the "Biggest Little Game in America"

November 7 , 2005

Amherst College vs. Williams College
November 12, 2005 * Weston Field
Williamstown, MA * 12:00 p.m.


BROADCAST INFORMATION
Amherst's season finale at archrival Williams College, also known as "The Biggest Little Game in America," will be televised live this Saturday at noon on the New England Sports Network (NESN), DirecTV channel 623, Dish Net channel 434 or the following satellite coordinates: Galaxy 10R (Analog) Transponder 24, Ku Band, Orbital Slot 123 Degrees West, Downlink Frequency 12144, Polarity Horizontal. It will also air via tape delay on College Sports Television (CSTV) at 8:30 p.m. ET.

TAILGATING INFORMATION
Weston Field gates open at 8 a.m. The number of vehicles entering the field will be limited to 150 (except for somewhat fewer on Nov. 12 because of service tents). RVs, buses, and other oversized vehicles may not park on the field or elsewhere on campus. Fans may not bring alcohol onto Weston Field. They may bring food and may bring non-alcoholic beverages in sealed plastic containers - no glass or metal containers. Vehicles and bags are subject to search at the points of entry. Beer, wine, and malt beverages will be for sale within Weston Field from 11 a.m. until the end of the third quarter to those 21 and older with photo ID. For further information click here.

THE SERIES
Williams holds a 66-48-5 series edge over Amherst heading into the 120th meeting of the "Biggest Little Game in America," but the Jeffs have held the upper hand in recent years, taking two of the last three, including a 13-10 victory at Amherst's Pratt Field last season. Amherst hasn't won at Weston Field since 1985, when the Jeffs came away with a 35-20 victory. The Jeffs and Ephs first locked horns in 1884, with Williams coming away with a hard-fought 15-2 victory. This is the 21st consecutive year the game will be televised.

2005 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
AMHERST
Rushing Yards/Per Game (1,549 yds/221.3 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (1,290 yds/184.3 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (2,839 yds/405.6 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (178 pts/25.4 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (684 yds/97.7 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (749 yds/107.0 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (1,433 yds/204.7 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (64 pts/9.1 avg)

WILLIAMS
Rushing Yards/Per Game (968 yds/138.3 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (1,748 yds/249.7 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (2,716 yds/388.0 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (181 pts/25.9 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (692 yds/98.9 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (1,065 yds/152.1 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (1,757 yds/251.0 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (130 pts/18.6 avg)

SCOUTING AMHERST
Amherst is tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Williams at 5-2, sitting a game behind Colby and Bowdoin and two games back from undefeated Trinity. The Jeff offense has been firing on all cylinders and leads the NESCAC with 405.6 yards per game, including a steadily improving 184.3 passing yards per game. Junior quarterback Nick Kehoe has been stellar, amassing 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns, both good for third in the conference, on 83-for-157 passing, including a career outing in last week's bout with Trinity as he completed 22-of-43 for 323 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite targets have been juniors Mark Hannon and Justin Macione and sophomore Mike Myers. Hannon ranks third in the NESCAC in receiving yards, racking up 468 yards on 27 catches, while Macione has 16 receptions for 282 yards four touchdowns and Myers has 17 grabs for 268 yards and a trio of scores. Hannon also leads the conference in all-purpose yards (137.3 ypg) and his seven touchdowns tie him for second in the NESCAC standings. The Jeffs also boast the second best rushing attack in the conference, rolling up 221.3 yards per game. Senior Ngai Otieno leads the team and is second in the NESCAC with 91.7 yards per game, while classmate Dom Cama and rookie Eric NeSmith also rank among the conference leaders with 61.5 and 53.0 yards per game, respectively. Otieno also stands third in the NESCAC in all-purpose yards (104.9 ypg). Amherst's defense has been outstanding as well, holding opponents to paltry totals of 9.1 points per game and 204.7 yards per game.

The Jeffs look for another big week from their secondary, which leads the conference and ranks among the best in the nation with only 107.0 passing yards surrendered per game and a 76.1 pass defense efficiency. Junior safety Michael Salerno paces the group with 42 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups, while sophomore Chris Mottau has 36 tackles, including an impressive 19 solo takedowns, a team-high two interceptions, a trio of pass breakups and a forced fumble. Senior tri-captain Nick Zieler has delivered some of Amherst's most menacing hits this season en route to 20 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups, and sophomore Rob Grammer has 28 tackles and a team-high eight passes defended. Senior Justin Roemer has been the Jeffs' leading tackler all season and is tied for ninth in the NESCAC with 64 takedowns. Junior Greg Muecke has been similarly impressive with 48 tackles and leads the conference in fumble recoveries with three. Senior tri-captain nose guard L.J. Spinnato is having a career season, posting 43 tackles, the fourth highest of any defensive lineman in the conference. He is flanked by senior Dan Kovolisky and junior Brendan McKee to make up one of the top defensive fronts in the NESCAC. Kovolisky has 30 tackles to his credit, while McKee leads the conference with 11 tackles-for-loss on the year.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
Despite a career day for junior quarterback Nick Kehoe, the Amherst football team suffered a 30-20 loss to visiting Trinity College on Saturday. Kehoe torched the nation's top defense for a career-high 323 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 22-of-43 passing as the Jeffs fell to 5-2, while Trinity remained undefeated at 7-0. Junior Justin Macione and sophomore Mike Myers each topped the 100-yard receiving mark, while junior Mark Hannon hauled in a game-high seven catches for 93 yards. Sophomore Jake Spadafora and senior Justin Roemer each posted season-highs of 15 tackles, while junior safety Mike Salerno had nine tackles and an interception.

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Nick Kehoe (83-for-157/1,224 yds/10 TD/6 int)
Greg Hagar (5-for-6/66 yds/1 TD/1 int)
RUSHING
Ngai Otieno (103 att/642 yds/4 TD)
Dom Cama (95 att/369 yds/1 TD)
Eric NeSmith (49 att/318 yds/3 TD)
RECEIVING
Mark Hannon (27 rec/468 yds/4 TD)
Mike Myers (17 rec/268 yds/3 TD)
Justin Macione (16 rec/282 yds/4 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Mark Hannon (17 punt returns/10.9 avg)
Mike Quirk (18-for-20 PAT/1-for-1 FG)
Justin Roemer (2-for-2 PAT/5-for-10 FG)

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 L 30-20
Nov. 12 @ Williams Noon

SCOUTING WILLIAMS
Williams enters its season finale riding a five-game win streak, after dropping its first two outings of the season, and is tied with Amherst for fourth in the conference. The Ephs have got it done this season by putting up lots of points and throwing the ball all over the field. They stand second in the NESCAC with 25.9 points per game and lead the group with 249.7 passing yards per game. Sophomore Pat Lucey and junior Sean Gleeson have split the quarterback duties and have combined for nearly 1,700 yards. Lucey has completed an amazing 85-of-110 passes, good for NESCAC-best 77.3 completion percentage, for six touchdowns and 126.4 yards per game, while Gleeson has been similarly impressive, completing 55-of-91 for seven scores and 115.9 yards per game. Junior Jon Drenckhahn has been the main beneficiary, hauling in a conference-leading 50 receptions for 500 yards and a touchdown. Classmate Brendan Fulmer has had a knack for finding the end zone, scoring on eight of his 24 catches and amassing 465 yards, good for 19.2 yards per catch. Fulmer has also been a special teams standout, leading the conference with 42.3 yards per punt, converting five-of-eight field goals and 17-of-21 extra point attempts. Sophomore linebacker Jon Pritchard leads the Ephs and is sixth in the conference with 68 tackles, while junior Jonathan Dolan has 45 takedowns. Junior defensive back Elliot Moffie has 30 tackles to go with a team-high seven passes defended, and senior Jon O'Hanlon leads the Ephs with three interceptions.

WILLIAMS LAST TIME OUT
The Williams football team extended its win streak to five straight games with a 26-9 victory at Wesleyan University on Saturday. The Ephs compiled 440 yards of offense, led by sophomore quarterback Pat Lucey, who completed 15-of-19 passes for 157 yards, and junior signal caller Sean Gleeson, who threw for 100 yards and a touchdown on four-for-eight passing. Sophomore linebacker Jon Pritchard led the defense with 14 tackles.

WILLIAMS STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Pat Lucey (85-for-110/885 yds/6 TD/2 int)
Sean Gleeson (55-for-91/811/7 TD/2 int)
RUSHING
Elijah Weeks (62 att/260 yds/2 TD)
Cory Catelli (62 att/193 yds/4 TD)
RECEIVING
Jonathan Drenckhahn (45 rec/500 yds/1 TD)
Brendan Fulmer (24 rec/465 yds/8 TD)
Kevin Flynn (18 rec/134 yds/1 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Brendan Fulmer (31 punts/42.3 avg.)
(5-for-8 FG/17-21 PAT)

WILLIAMS PROBABLE STARTERS
EPH OFFENSE
TE - #88 Jim O'Leary
OT - #65 Benjamin Locke
OG - #72 Michael Saracco
C - #66 Chris Kenny
OG - #62 Michael Brown
OT - #54 Eric Ludwig
SE - #80 Brendan Fulmer
FL - #81 Jonathan Drenckhahn
QB - #15 Pat Lucey
FB - #23 Cory Catelli
TB - #33 Elijah Weeks

EPH DEFENSE
DE - #99 Matt Boggia
DT - #94 Michael Connor
DT - #97 Mike Eisert
DE - #31 Jack Sessler
LB - #45 Jonathan Dolan
LB - #40 Jon Pritchard
LB - #44 Nick Fersen
S - #10 Michael McCarthy
S - #27 Kevin Greener
CB - #22 Jonathan O'Hanlon
CB - #20 Elliot Moffie

2005 WILLIAMS SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 24 @ Colby L 35-9
Oct. 1 @ Trinity L 34-6
Oct 8 BATES W 8-7
Oct. 15 @ Middlebury W 39-18
Oct. 22 TUFTS W 37-13
Oct. 29 HAMILTON W 56-14
Nov. 5 @ Wesleyan W 26-9
Nov. 12 AMHERST Noon

2005 NESCAC STANDINGS
Trinity (7-0)
Bowdoin (6-1)
Colby (6-1)
Amherst (5-2)
Williams (5-2)
Middlebury (2-5)
Tufts (2-5)
Bates (1-6)
Hamilton (1-6)
Wesleyan (0-7)

AMHERST VS. WILLIAMS ALL-TIME RESULTS
Williams leads 66-48-5 (119 meetings)
1884 Williams 15-2
1884 Williams 11-0
1885 Williams 57-0
1885 Williams 18-15
1886 Amherst 6-4
1886 Williams 30-0
1887 Williams 54-0
1888 Williams 53-0
1889 tie 10-10
1890 Williams 6-0
1891 tie 0-0
1892 Amherst 60-0
1893 Williams 30-12
1894 Williams 34-10
1895 Amherst 16-4
1896 Amherst 6-4
1897 tie 6-6
1898 Amherst 16-5
1899 Williams 38-0
1900 Williams 16-5
1901 Williams 21-5
1904 Amherst 22-6
1905 Amherst 17-0
1906 tie 0-0
1907 Williams 26-6
1908 Amherst 4-0
1909 Williams 17-0
1910 Amherst 9-0
1911 Williams 8-0
1912 Williams 12-0
1913 Amherst 12-0
1914 Williams 14-6
1915 Amherst 31-0
1916 Williams 26-0
1917 Williams 20-0
1918 Amherst 30-0
1919 Williams 30-0
1920 Amherst 14-7
1921 Williams 20-0
1922 Williams 27-0
1923 Williams 23-7
1924 Williams 27-6
1925 Amherst 13-7
1926 Amherst 20-6
1927 Amherst 7-6
1928 Williams 40-15
1929 Williams 19-0
1930 Williams 16-13
1931 Williams 33-7
1932 Amherst 31-7
1933 Williams 14-0
1934 Amherst 19-7
1935 Williams 13-0
1936 Amherst 14-13
1937 Amherst 13-6
1938 Amherst 41-0
1939 Williams 16-8
1940 Williams 19 -6
1941 Williams 28-6
1942 Amherst 12-6
1946 Williams 21-13
1947 Amherst 14-6
1948 Amherst 13-7
1949 Williams 19-13
1950 Williams 27-13
1951 Williams 40-7
1952 Amherst 21-19
1953 Amherst 28-14
1954 Amherst 21-14
1955 Amherst 13-6
1956 Williams 27-12
1957 Williams 39-14
1958 Williams 12-7
1959 Amherst 13-0
1960 Amherst 21-6
1961 Williams 12-0
1962 Amherst 7-0
1963 Amherst 19-13
1964 Amherst 20-7
1965 Amherst 42-8
1966 Amherst 54-21
1967 Williams 14-10
1968 Amherst 24-17
1969 Amherst 56-25
1970 Amherst 35-7
1971 Williams 31-14
1972 Williams 21-12
1973 Williams 30-14
1974 Williams 17-14
1975 Williams 25-6
1976 Amherst 16-0
1977 Williams 21-13
1978 Williams 7-2
1979 Williams 19-13
1980 Williams 10-3
1981 Amherst 21-17
1982 Amherst 52-26
1983 Amherst 14-13
1984 Amherst 23-6
1985 Amherst 35-20
1986 Amherst 10-7
1987 Williams 25-7
1988 Williams 21-0
1989 Williams 17-14
1990 Williams 46-18
1991 Williams 37-0
1992 Williams 41-6
1993 Williams 31-2
1994 Williams 48-14
1995 tie 0-0
1996 Williams 19-13
1997 Williams 48-46
1998 Williams 35-16
1999 Williams 10-7
2000 Amherst 20-12
2001 Williams 23-20 (ot)
2002 Amherst 45-35
2003 Williams 14-10
2004 Amherst 13-10