Photo by Charlie Quigg '09

Quarterback Nick Kehoe, a senior quad-captain, led the Jeffs to another victory at Bowdoin.

Amherst Drops Bowdoin 20-7 in Week 2

September 30 , 2006

BRUNSWICK, ME - Amherst College football team dealt NESCAC host Bowdoin College its first second straight loss to start the season on Saturday, 20-7. Senior triple-threat Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) led the way with 170 all-purpose yards as the Jeffs move to 2-0.

While Hannon had a tremendous day all-around, a pair of highly touted first-years stole the show for Amherst on the day, as place kick Matt Eberhart (Plano, TX) punched home a pair of field goals, and classmate Aaron Rauh (Hudson, OH) was a workhorse at back in the red zone, scoring twice on short runs. 

After an early Eberhart field goal, the Bowdoin Polar Bears took a first quarter lead on a Tim Kelleher (Pepperell, MA) touchdown run from the 25 yard line.  Amherst was forced to punt on the ensuing drive after a short 5 play possession and left the game in their defense’s hands.

Led by inside linebacker Mike Flanagan’s (Sherborn, MA) nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for losses and 1.0 sack, the Jeffs refused to give up another point on the day. Bowdoin was left to punt the ball back, which is when the Jeffs began to fire on all cylinders.

Amherst pieced together an impressive 7 play, 48 yard drive which was capped by a Rauh touchdown from 3 yards out to take back the lead with 2:45 left in the second quarter, and they never looked back.

Reigning NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week, Hannon was once again used all over the field during the third quarter, as the teams exchanged scoreless drives for 15 minutes. Hannon lined up at wide-out, quarterback, punter, punt returnee and running back on the day.

Quarterback Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) is 2-0 leading the Jeffs this season and went 19-30 with 1 interception and no touchdowns for 210 yards in the air, and ran four times for another nine yards.

Joining Flanagan to lead the defensive charge which shut down the Bowdoin offensive unit was defensive back A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) who had 5 solo tackles in the game, and defensive line leaders Brendan McKee (Hull, MA) and Dakota Jones (Boston, MA) who each had 3 solos and 2 assists.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 1 p.m. as they travel to play at NESCAC rival Middlebury College.