Photo by Charlie Quigg '09

Junior Chris Mottau made an interception against Trinity, returning the pick 30 yards

Jeffs Blanked by Trinity for Second Loss of Season

November 4 , 2006

HARTFORD, CT – The Amherst College football team dropped its second game of the season, as the Trinity College Bantams dominated the Lord Jeffs from start to finish for the 24-0 victory.  Amherst drops to 5-2, while Trinity improves to 6-1 and takes sole possession of second place in the NESCAC standings. 

The Bantams put Amherst’s rush defense to the test early, as senior quad-captain Gennaro Leo (Everett, MA) was handed the ball for Trinity’s first three plays, racking up 28 yards on three carries. Sophomore quarterback Eric McGrath (Lynn, MA) followed up with a 40-yard touchdown completion to senior quad-captain Chris Olenoski (Shelton, CT), putting the Bantams up 7-0 early.

Neither team put together any offense in the first quarter, with an Amherst 18-yard drive being the longest in the remainder of the quarter. With 12-and-a-half minutes remaining in the second quarter, Trinity was given great field position, starting on the Amherst 40-yard line after a short Lord Jeff punt. The Bantams took advantage of the position, pushing down to the Amherst five-yard line to set up second-and-goal. After an incomplete pass, Trinity decided to go for a touchdown on fourth down, but lost five yards on the play, handing the ball over to the Jeffs on their own ten-yard line.

Trinity threatened again in the second quarter, marching down to the Amherst two-yard line after some key yardage from Leo and passes of 21 and 14 yards from McGrath. With just 2:52 remaining in the half and Trinity threatening, Amherst called a timeout to regroup. On the first play coming out of the timeout, Leo rushed to the one-yard line but lost the ball, as senior linebacker Dakota Jones (Boston, MA) recovered the fumble for Amherst, taking the momentum from Trinity heading into halftime.

Trinity once again took advantage of good field position, when, five minutes into the second half, a Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) punt was fair-caught by Trinity at Amherst’s 37-yard line. After a 12-yard McGrath pass completion and a 12-yard rush by Leo, the Bantams faced first-and-ten on the Amherst 13-yard line, setting up a 13-yard touchdown run for Leo to put the Bantams ahead, 14-0.

After Amherst gained only two yards on their next possession, Trinity took over on their own 19-yard line and got right back to work. The Bantams utilized the running game once again, as the Lord Jeffs could not seem to find a solution for Leo. Four first-downs and 65 yards later, the Bantams were back in the red zone, as McGrath found senior Michael Snow (West Long Branch, NJ) in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown completion, putting Trinity ahead, 21-0 with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

After Amherst failed to put anything together at the end of the third quarter, Trinity began the fourth quarter with the ball on their own 29-yard line. The Bantams did much of the same, taking valuable time off the clock while pounding the Lord Jeffs’ defense, making big plays and converting on both of their third-down attempts in the drive. Trinity once again found itself deep in the red zone, but once again fumbled the ball inside the Amherst five-yard line, as senior quad-captain Mike Salerno (Shrewsbury, MA) recovered the fumble on the two-yard line with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Lord Jeffs fought their way out of their red zone to their own 33-yard line after a 20-yard completion from senior quarterback Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) to Hannon. On the next play, however, Kehoe was intercepted by senior Michael Soules (Simsbury, CT), who returned the ball 28 yards to the Amherst 26-yard line. After two rushes for no gain and an incomplete pass, senior kicker Kevin Swiniarski (Plymouth, MA) connected in his lone attempt of the game, putting Trinity ahead, 24-0, with 5:46 remaining in the quarter. Amherst could not put together a late rush, and the Bantams finished with a 24-0 victory.

Trinity dominated Amherst in nearly every aspect of the game, but the biggest difference was in the rushing game. While the Bantams racked up 253 yards on the ground, Amherst rushed for a combined loss of one yard. Kehoe threw for 13 more yards than did McGrath, but also attempted twice as many passes (44 to 22). Even with Trinity’s fumbles coming at the worst possible times, Amherst failed to capitalize or gain any momentum. While the Bantams converted nine-of-15 third-down attempts, the Lord Jeffs converted only two-of-15.

Kehoe finished the day 23-of-44 for 183 yards, adding an interception, while McGrath finished 12-of-22 for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and was not sacked once by the Lord Jeff defense. McGrath’s favorite target was Olenoski, who finished with eight catches for 121 yards. Leo racked up an impressive 197 yards on the ground, adding a touchdown.

Leading the Amherst defense was sophomore Preston Puryear (Tampa, FL), who tallied 18 total tackles. Junior Chris Mottau (Holliston, MA) and sophomore A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) each had an interception for the Jeffs.

Amherst returns to action next Saturday for homecoming weekend, when they will face Little Three rival Williams College in what is always an exciting match-up.

Saturday, November 4, 2006@Jessee/Miller Field – Trinity College – Hartford, Conn.

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Amherst............. 0  0  0  0  -  0       Record: (5-2, 5-2)
Trinity, Conn......7  0 14  3  - 24       Record: (6-1, 6-1)
Scoring Summary:
1st 13:29 TRI - Chris Olenoski 40 yd pass from Eric McGrath (K. Swiniarski kick), 5-68 1:31, AMH 0 - TRI 7
3rd 09:25 TRI - Gennaro Leo 13 yd run (K. Swiniarski kick), 3-37 0:31, AMH 0 - TRI 14
    02:55 TRI - Michael Snow 16 yd pass from Eric McGrath (K. Swiniarski kick), 11-81 5:05, AMH 0 - TRI 21
4th 05:46 TRI - K. Swiniarski 39 yd field goal, 4-4 1:36, AMH 0 - TRI 24

                                                                 AMH      TRI
FIRST DOWNS...................                 11       22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............    18--1   53-253
PASSING YDS (NET).............      183      170
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........               44-23-1  22-12-2
Fumble Returns-Yards..........              1-9      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............                 1-1     4-36
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........              5-108     1-23
Interception Returns-Yards....            2-30     1-28
Punts (Number-Avg)............                9-29.8   4-28.5
Fumbles-Lost..................                     1-0      2-2
Penalties-Yards...............                     4-47     6-56
Possession Time...............                    26:21    33:39
Third-Down Conversions........           2 of 15  9 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions.......           1 of 2   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......         0-0      2-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards........           0-0     2-21

RUSHING: Amherst-Will Beeson 4-18; Aaron Rauh 3-8; Mark Hannon 1-6; Matt
Johnson 2-5; Matt Ghiden 1-minus 1; Lucas Loeffler 2-minus 12; Nick Kehoe
5-minus 25. Trinity, Conn.-Gennaro Leo 41-194; Robert Jackson 5-38; Eric McGrath
3-18; Lemi Joyner 3-8; K. Swiniarski 1-minus 5.

PASSING: Amherst-Nick Kehoe 23-44-1-183. Trinity, Conn.-Eric McGrath

RECEIVING: Amherst-Mark Hannon 7-60; Taylor Brown 6-41; Aaron Rauh 3-30;
Jim Eckenrode 2-22; Justin Macione 2-7; Matt Johnson 1-14; Chris Gillyard 1-6;
Will Beeson 1-3. Trinity, Conn.-Chris Olenoski 8-121; Joe Clark 2-20; Michael
Snow 1-16; Justin Holiday 1-13.

INTERCEPTIONS: Amherst-Justin Macione 1-30; A.J. Scola 1-0. Trinity,
Conn.-Michael Soules 1-28.

FUMBLES: Amherst-Nick Kehoe 1-0. Trinity, Conn.-Gennaro Leo 1-1; Eric
McGrath 1-1.

SACKS (UA-A): Amherst-None. Trinity, Conn.-Jeff Carpenter 1-0; D. J. Lanz

TACKLES (UA-A): Amherst-Preston Puryear 7-11; Dakota Jones 4-4; Mike
Salerno 4-3; Chris Mottau 3-4; Brendan McKee 2-5; Jon Attridge 2-5; Guy Matisis
3-3; A.J. Scola 2-4; Rob Grammar 3-2; Mike Meola 1-4; Greg Muecke 0-5; Nick
Boehm 2-1; Michael Goldsticker 2-1; Ryan Smith 1-0; Jack Ewen Jr. 1-0; TEAM 1-0.
Trinity, Conn.-Christian Allen 2-10; Matt Rettig 2-6; Nile Lundgren 2-4; Tyler
Berry 0-6; Paul Mounds 2-2; D. J. Lanz 2-2; Jared Boyd 3-0; Adam Difulvio 0-3;
Matt Carrier 1-1; Chris Olenoski 1-1; Matt Allen 0-2; Tony Coffield 0-2; Mark
Randall 0-2; Jeff Carpenter 1-0; Justin Holiday 1-0; Michael Soules 1-0; Eric
McGrath 1-0; Conor Quinn 1-0; Donald Driscoll 0-1; Lemi Joyner 0-1; Kyle
Williams 0-1; Matt Stafford 0-1; R. Pietrantonio 0-1.