Mark Hannon '07
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Senior quad-captain wideout Mark Hannon will be key for the Jeffs this weekend against Bates

Amherst Ready for Bates in Season Opener

September 19 , 2006

Amherst College (0-0) vs. Bates College (0-0)
September 23, 2006 * Pratt Field
Amherst, MA * 1 p.m.


THE SERIES
The Jeffs hold an 18-4-2 advantage over the Bobcats in 24 meetings, including a 5-0 Amherst victory in their inaugural match-up in 1901. Since then, Amherst holds the longest winning streak, taking six straight from 1984-1989, before dropping a heartbreaker in 1990. The two teams haven’t met since 2003, when Amherst doled out a 34-0 victory over the Bobcats. The Jeffs have blanked the Bobcats a handful of times in the series, highlighted by a 53-0 massacre in 1994.

SCOUTING AMHERST
The Amherst offense looks to have tremendous output this fall, returning nine-of-11 starters, including 2005 NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year Mark Hannon, and 2005 First-Team All-NESCAC quarterback Nick Kehoe. Both quad-captains, Hannon ranked 33rd in the nation and first in the NESCAC in all-purpose yardage (148.1 ypg), while Kehoe was second in the NESCAC in passing (174.2 ypg) and third in total offense (166.0 ypg). Senior Justin Macione and junior Mike Myers are two of Kehoe’s other favorite targets on the field as the pair combined for 42 receptions, 657 yards and seven touchdowns last season. The Lord Jeff defense returns five starters, the majority of which comes in the defensive backfield. Senior quad-captain safety Mike Salerno heads the secondary after finishing tied for 13th in the NESCAC in interceptions (2) and 26th in tackles (6.4/gm.). Juniors Rob Grammer and Chris Mottau will hold down the starting safety and cornerback, while senior quad-captain Brendan McKee leads the defensive front seven after ranking second in the NESCAC in tackles-for-loss (1.38/gm) last season.
Senior kicker Mike Quirk and junior punter Keith Erzinger hope to head up the special teams squad, but will get ample competition from rookie Matt Eberhart.

BATES head coach MARK HARRIMAN
Mark Harriman is the 19th coach in the 111-yer history of Bates College football.  A Westbrook, Maine native, Harriman was the defensive coordinator at Harvard for four seasons before arriving at Bates. In 1997, Harvard was the only Division I-AA team ranked in the top-five in rushing defense, pass-efficiency defense and scoring defense, helping produce its first undefeated Ivy League title.  Harriman’s efforts earned him American Football Quarterly’s 1997 Defensive Coordinator of the Year honors. A 1980 graduate of Springfield College, Harriman was an All-New England linebacker during his playing days.

LAST MEETING
Everything seemed to be rolling well for the Jeffs when they kicked off their 2003 season with a 34-0 whooping of Bates College. The Jeffs rode a few key performances in the game, including one which has paved the way for a current senior quad-captain. All-NESCAC senior running back Fletcher Ladd scampered for 166 yards on 16 carries, highlighted by an Amherst College record setting 90-yard touchdown carry. 2006 quad-captain Brendan McKee recorded his first collegiate sack against Bates on this day in his first ever action for the Jeffs.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
The Amherst College football team registered another successful campaign in 2005, posting a 5-3 overallrecord, good for a No. 9 ranking in the final New England Division III Football Poll, and standing among the national leaders in a variety of statistical categories. The Jeffs finished fifth in the nation in total defense (240.1 ypg) and scoring defense (12.3 ppg), and ninth in pass efficiency defense (87.9). They also led he NESCAC in punt returns (9.0 yds/att) and opponents fourth-down conversions (27.8%), finished second in scoring defense (12.3 ppg), pass defense (129.6 ypg), kickoff returns (20.2 yds/att), rushing offense (209.0 ypg), total defense (240.1 ypg), pass efficency defense (87.9), opponents first downs (107) and total offense (355.9 ypg) and placed third in total offense (391.5 ypg), pass efficiency (126.6) and first downs (151). Amherst opened the season with a 28-3 pounding of conference host Hamilton, and after a slip against visiting Bowdoin reeled off four straight victories to rush out to a 5-1 start. Highlights of the run included a 15-0 shutout victory over visiting Middlebury, in which the defense limited the Panthers to just 106 yards of total offense, and a 37-0 blowout win over Little Three rival Wesleyan. The Jeffs out-gained the Cardinals 533-92 in the outstanding homecoming victory. Amherst put Trinity’s national-best win streak to the test on family weekend, racking up 323 yards through the air despite a 30-20 loss, and finished with a hard-fought 34-23 loss at archrival Williams in the 120th meeting of “The Biggest Little Game in America.”

BATES LAST TIME OUT
The Bates College football team posted a 2-6 NESCAC and overall record in 2005, which has motivated them in the off-season to work hard and make gains on both sides of the ball. Last year was highlighted by a 30-29 overtime victory over Wesleyan, and a season closing win over Hamilton on the road, 34-20. The Bobcats were paced in victory by Jamie Walker and Shawki White who combined to rush for 262 yards and four touchdowns.

2006 AMHERST
Schedule/Results
Sept. 23           BATES            1 p.m.
Sept 30            @ Bowdoin      1 p.m.
Oct. 7              @ Middlebury  1 p.m.
Oct. 14            COLBY           1 p.m.
Oct. 21            @ Wesleyan     1 p.m.
Oct. 28            TUFTS (fw)     1 p.m.
Nov. 4             @ Trinity          12:30 p.m.
Nov 11           WILLIAMS (hc)          Noon

2006 BATES
SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/23     @ Amherst       1 p.m.
9/30     @ Tufts            1 p.m.
10/7     WILLIAMS     1 p.m.
10/14   WESLEYAN   1 p.m.
10/21   @ Middlebury   1 p.m.
10/28   COLBY           1 p.m.
11/4     @ Bowdoin      12:30 p.m.
11/11   HAMILTON   12:00 p.m.

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB       Nick Kehoe                 11
FB       Chris Gillyard               34
TB       Will Beeson                  3
WR      Justin Macione              5
WR      Mark Hannon               1
TE        Blake Murphey             86
C         Justin Wiley                  72
LT        Dan Guariglia                66
RT       Nate Riccardi               59
LG       Matt Mascioli               76
RG       Ryan Smith                   75

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
OLB    Jack Ewen                    37
OLB    Dakota Jones               90
DT       Jon Attridge                  98
DT       Brendan McKee           55
NG      Greg Smith                   50
ILB      Greg Muecke               31
ILB      Mike Flanagan  44
CB       Chris Mottau                7
CB       A.J. Scola                    13
SS        Rob Grammar              8
FS        Mike Salerno                2

BATES PROBABLE STARTERS
BOBCATS OFFENSE
QB       Brandon Colon 14
RB       Jamie Walker               39
FB       Adam Poplaski 37
TE        Ross Van Horn 82
LT        Ryan Wimberly 54
LG       Matt Lopez                  72
C         John MacKenzie           58
RG       Brian Machunski           67
RT       Raoul Scott                  50

BOBCATS DEFENSE
DE       Terence Ryan               90
DT       Eric Obeng                   94
DT       Chris Robinson             95
DE       Anthony Begon             43
OLB    Ron DiGravio               32
ILB      Todd Wilcox                57
ILB      Graham Raymond         51
OLB    Coleman Peeke            40
CB       Shawki White               1
FS        Adam Kayce                2
CB       Kevin Reyes                 9

AMHERST RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Nick Kehoe (102-for-192/1,394 yds./10TD/6 int.)
RUSHING
Eric NeSmith (51 att/338 yds./3TD)
Mark Hannon (22 att/260 yds./5TD)
RECEIVING
Mark Hannon (32 rec/516 yds./4TD)
Mike Myers (23 rec/348 yds/3TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Mark Hannon (38 punts/33.9-yd. avg)
Mark Quirk (1-for-1 fg/25-yd long)

BATES RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Brandon Colon (111-for-226/1,165 yds./6TD/5 int)
RUSHING
Jamie Walker (147 att/580 yds./5TD)
RECEIVING
Ross Van Horn (11 rec/87 yds./ 0TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
None

2005 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
                                                            Amherst (2005)                        Bates (2005)
Rushing Yards/Per Game                      1,672 yds./209 avg.                  908 yds./113.5 avg.
Passing Yards/Per Game                      1,460 yds./182.5 avg.               1,193 yds./149.1 avg.
Total Offense/Per Game                       3,132 yds./391.5 avg.               2,101 yds./262.6 avg.
Total Points/Per Game              201 pts./25.1 avg.                    116 pts./14.5 avg.
Rushing Allowed/Per Game                  884 yds./110.5 avg.                  1,138 yds./142.2 avg.
Passing Allowed/Per Game                   1,037 yds./129.6 avg.               1,661 yds./207.6 avg.
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game          1,921 yds./240.1 avg.               2,799 yds./349.9 avg
Total Points Allowed/Per Game            98 pts./12.2 avg.                      224 pts./28 avg.

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Hamilton @ Tufts         1 p.m.
Bowdoin @ Williams    1 p.m.
Wesleyan @ Middlebury          1 p.m.
Colby @ Trinity            1 p.m.
Bates @ Amherst         1 p.m.

2005 NESCAC STANDINGS
1.         Trinity 8-0
2.         Colby 7-1
3.         Bowdoin 6-2
            Williams 6-2
5.         Amherst 5-3
6.         Middlebury 3-5
7.         Bates 2-6
            Tufts 2-6
9.         Hamilton 1-7
10.       Wesleyan 0-8

ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst vs. Bates All-Time:
Amherst leads 18-4-2 (24 meetings)

1901          Amherst     5             Bates          0
1941          Amherst     31           Bates          7
1976          Amherst     7             Bates          3
1977          Amherst     45           Bates          7
1978          Bates          10           Amherst     8
1979          Amherst     23           Bates          13
1980          Amherst     24           Bates          7
-more-
1981          Bates          14           Amherst     0
1982          Amherst     35           Bates          14
1983          tie 30-30
1984          Amherst     21           Bates          5
1985          Amherst     21           Bates          10
1986          Amherst     34           Bates          33
1987          Amherst     17           Bates          0
1988          Amherst     14           Bates          12
1989          Amherst     21           Bates          7
1990          Bates          13           Amherst     6
1991          tie 26-26
1994          Amherst     53           Bates          0
1995          Amherst     34           Bates          12
1998          Amherst     21           Bates          0
1999          Bates          19           Amherst     7
2002          Amherst     19           Bates          0
2003          Amherst     34           Bates          0