|Jeffs End Season with 37-7 Loss to Williams|
Jeffs End Season with 37-7 Loss to Williams
November 11, 2006
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College football team dropped its final game of the 2006 campaign, 37-7, to archrival Williams College, surrendering the Little Three title to the Ephs for the second consecutive season. Amherst ends the season at 5-3, while Williams finishes with the program’s sixth perfect season at 8-0 and the best record in the NESCAC.
Amherst looked as though it would put some points on the board early in front of its large, rowdy homecoming crowd, marching down to the Williams 28-yard line on the opening possession, but was forced to punt after a delay of game penalty pushed the Jeffs back to the 33-yard line. After Williams and Amherst each failed to put anything together on the next two drives, the Ephs began what would be their first scoring drive of the game. Junior quarterback Pat Lucey (Plymouth, MA) moved the Ephs out of uncomfortable territory with a 16-yard completion to senior Jon Drenckhahn (New Canaan, CT) and followed up with 74-yard touchdown pass to senior Brendan Fulmer (Leroy, NY) to put Williams up 7-0 with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Jeffs stormed right back, led by a running trio of first-year Aaron Rauh (Hudson, OH), sophomore Eric NeSmith (Newark, NJ) and senior Will Beeson (Kansas City, MO). The trio pounded through the Williams defense, setting up a 12-yard completion from senior quarterback Nick Kehoe (Washington Depot, CT) to senior Justin Macione (Mansfield, MA) and a Kehoe 16-yard run to put the Jeffs on Williams’ 25-yard line with a first down. After a pass-for-loss and a pair of incomplete passes, however, the Jeffs settled for a field goal attempt, which first-year Matt Eberhart (Plano, TX) could not convert, closing out the first quarter with Williams ahead, 7-0.
After a Williams holding penalty brought the Ephs back to their own 30-yard line on the opening possession of the quarter, senior quarterback Sean Gleeson (Glenridge, NJ) was intercepted by sophomore A.J. Scola (Holden, MA). The Ephs added to their misfortune with a 15-yard face mask penalty, setting the Jeffs up for first-and-ten at the Williams 27-yard line. The Lord Jeffs could not put any offense together in the drive and were forced to punt once again after a delay-of-game penalty pushed Amherst back to the 32-yard line.
Lucey wasted no time on the Ephs’ next possession, connecting with Fulmer for 51 yards, followed by a 27-yard pass completion to sophomore Brian Morrissey (Winchester, MA) to put Williams on Amherst’s 10-yard line. Lucey rushed for seven yards and Morrissey finished off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to put Williams ahead, 14-0, with just under ten minutes remaining in the first half.
After an Amherst three-and-out, the Ephs got right back to work, putting together a nine-play, 72-yard scoring drive highlighted by Lucey going five-of-five for 62 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown completion to Drenckhahn.
The Jeffs again went three-and-out on their next possession, and Williams continued its momentum, scoring on its third consecutive possession and taking only 46 seconds to do so. Lucey and Fulmer hooked up once again for a big gain, connecting on a 54-yard pass attempt to put the Ephs on the Amherst nine-yard line. A penalty pushed the Ephs back to the 15-yard line, but Lucey connected with Fulmer for his third touchdown of the game. The extra point attempt was blocked by the Lord Jeffs, holding the score at 27-0 with one minute remaining in the half, not enough time for Amherst to close the gap before halftime.
Amherst wanted to take back some momentum coming out of halftime by attempting an on-side kick, but the ball did not progress the necessary ten yards, and Williams was able to start its drive at the Amherst 36-yard line. The Ephs pounded into the Amherst red zone, eventually capping off their drive with a one-yard touchdown run by senior Cory Catelli (Westport, MA) to go ahead 34-0 just three minutes into the second half.
Amherst and Williams each went three-and-out on their next possessions, but Amherst began its first and only scoring drive with nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Kehoe connected with senior Mark Hannon (Glen Rock, NJ) for a 17-yard completion, and a Williams personal foul added 15 yards to the gain. A seven-yard completion from Kehoe to Hannon was followed up by a Kehoe 23-yard run, and a Williams face mask penalty placed the Jeffs on Williams’ 14-yard line. Rauh picked up eight yards on first-down and followed up with a six-yard touchdown run. An Eberhart extra point brought the score to 34-7 with 7:43 remaining in the third quarter.
Williams would not hand over its momentum, however, as the Ephs marched 69 yards to score once again. A Morrissey 32-yard run and a Lucey 28-yard completion to Drenckhahn placed the Ephs on Amherst’s 17-yard line. After two incomplete passes and only a seven-yard pick-up, first-year Scott Sobolewski (Clifton Park, NY) connected for a 26-yard field goal to put Williams ahead 37-7 with 5:34 remaining in the third quarter.
Kehoe seemed to be countering with a strong drive, connecting for two passes of seven yards apiece and two of eight yards apiece, but was sacked on two consecutive plays for losses of ten and nine yards to bring the Jeffs back to their own 37-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Amherst was again forced to punt.
With the Ephs beginning the fourth quarter with a 30-point lead, they elected to run out the clock by way of the running game. Williams knocked 4:24 off the clock on its first possession of the quarter, and did much of the same after junior Luke Moran (Greenwich, CT) intercepted Kehoe at the Williams 26-yard line and returned the ball 31 yards to the Amherst 43-yard line. Williams continued to run out the clock and the Jeffs couldn’t put together any offense on their final possession, as the game wrapped up with Williams coming out on top, 37-7, to secure its perfect season.
Lucey had a phenomenal day, finishing 17-of-22 for 368 yards and three touchdowns, choosing Fulmer as his favorite target, who finished the day with 205 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Morrissey led the rushing attack for the Ephs with 84 yards on the ground, adding a rushing touchdown and 38 receiving yards.
The young Amherst rushing tandem of NeSmith and Rauh combined for 105 yards on the ground, with Rauh picking up the lone Amherst touchdown of the day. Kehoe went 18-of-33 for 104 yards and an interception, adding 34 net rushing yards.
Williams racked up 549 yards of total offense, converting on 5-of-12 third down attempts and four-of-five red zone scoring opportunities.
Amherst finishes the season at 5-3, while Williams finishes at a NESCAC-best perfect 8-0, adding the coveted Little Three Championship to its list of season accomplishments. This is the sixth perfect season in Williams football history, and the first for head coach Mike Whalen. Amherst head coach E.J. Mills stands at 57-23 after ten seasons with the Lord Jeffs.
Saturday, November 11, 2006 - Williams College vs Amherst @ Pratt Field - Amherst, MA
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Williams College.... 7 20 10 0 - 37 Record: (8-0,8-0)
RUSHING: Williams College-Brian Morrissey 12-84; Cory Catelli 16-50; Pat
PASSING: Williams College-Pat Lucey 17-22-0-368; Sean Gleeson 1-5-2-8;
RECEIVING: Williams College-Brendan Fulmer 5-205; Jon Drenckhahn 5-78;
INTERCEPTIONS: Williams College-Luke Moran 1-31. Amherst-A.J. Scola 1-5;
FUMBLES: Williams College-None. Amherst-None.
SACKS (UA-A): Williams College-Trevor Powers 1-0; Charlie Birns 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Williams College-Jon Dolan 4-5; Tim Batty 7-1; John
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