Mark Hannon '07
Photo by Erik Andrews '09

Sophomore Eric NeSmith will face the NESCAC's best rushing defense when the Jeffs take on Trinity

Amherst Ready to Battle with Trinity

October 31 , 2006

Amherst College vs. Trinity College
October 31, 2006 * Jessee/Miller Field
Hartford, CT * 12:30 p.m.

THE SERIES
Amherst holds a 54-38-9 series edge over Trinity, but the Bantams have had more success as of late, currently riding a four-game winning streak against the Lord Jeffs.  Trinity dominated the first half of the 1990s, winning every match-up from 1990 to 1995, followed by Amherst dominating the late 1990s, winning every match-up from 1996 to 2001. Three of the last Trinity victories over Amherst have been by ten points or fewer, with the only blowout coming in 2004 when the Bantams rolled over the Jeffs at Hitchcock Field, 31-7. 

SCOUTING AMHERST
Coming off a decisive 24-6 win over Tufts, Amherst remains tied for second place in the NESCAC with Trinity at 5-1.  Leading the charge for Amherst against the Jumbos was first-year running back Aaron Rauh, who rushed for 133 yards on 14 carries, including a long run of 64 yards, to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Week honors. Amherst remains atop the NESCAC standings in scoring defense, allowing just 4.8 points per game. The Lord Jeff offense has also been impressive, with Amherst standing second in the NESCAC in both passing offense (210 yds/gm) and rushing offense (135 yds/gm). Since losing to Middlebury, Amherst has outscored its opponents 85-9 during the current three-game winning streak.

SCOUTING TRINITY
Since being blown out by Williams College in week two of the 2006 season, the Bantams have been unstoppable. Trinity has allowed a combined three points in their last four games, outscoring their opponents 98-3 in that span, including a 34-3 blowout of a very good Middlebury team. The Bantams display the qualities of a well-balanced and complete team, sitting atop the NESCAC standings in pass defense (107.7 yds/gm), rushing offense (161.2 yds/gm), rushing defense (51.8 yds/gm), total defense (159.5 yds/gm), passing defense efficiency (81.5) and turnover margin (+0.83 per game).

LAST MEETING
Despite a career day for quarterback Nick Kehoe, the Amherst College football team suffered a 30-20 loss to the visiting Bantams. Kehoe completed 22-of-43 passes for a then-career-high 323 yards and a trio of touchdowns as the Jeffs fell to 5-2, while Trinity remained undefeated at 7-0, extended the then-longest active winning streak in Division III to 29 games and earned its 500th win in school history. In a match-up expected to be a tight, low-scoring affair, both squads surrendered more yards than either had allowed in a game all season. Trinity's 30 points was just four less than the Jeffs had surrendered for the entire year, while Amherst's 20 points was more than twice as many as the Bantams had given up. Trinity, however, dominated the tempo of the game, posting a 37:35-22:25 time-of-possession advantage and holding a 265 rushing-yard advantage.

2006 AMHERST                                                                                                                                                         
SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 23                 BATES                  W 31-6
Sept 30                  @ Bowdoin           W 20-7
Oct. 7                     @ Middlebury      L 7-3
Oct. 14                   COLBY                 W 38-3
Oct. 21                   @ Wesleyan         W 23-0
Oct. 28                   TUFTS (fw)           W 24-6
Nov. 4                    @ Trinity               12:30 p.m.
Nov 11                   WILLIAMS (hc)  Noon

2006 TRINITY                                                                                                                                                               
SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/23        COLBY                 W 27-10
9/30        @ Williams           L 16-41
10/7        @ Hamilton          W 13-0
10/14     TUFTS                   W 17-0
10/21     @ Bowdoin           W 34-0
10/28     MIDDLEBURY   W 34-3
11/4        AMHERST           1 p.m.
11/11     @ Wesleyan         12:00 p.m.

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB – Nick Kehoe (11)
RB – Eric NeSmith (22)
FB – Chris Gillyard  (34)
WR – Mark Hannon (1)  
WR – Justin Macione (5)
TE – Matt Dunleavy (83)   
LT- Dan Guariglia (66)
LG – Matt Mascioli (76)
C – Justin Wiley (72)
RG – Ryan Smith (75)
RT – Nate Riccardi (59)

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
OLB – Guy Matisis (45)
OLB – Dakota Jones (90)
DT – Jon Attridge  (98)
DT – Brendan McKee (55)
NG – Greg Smith (50)
LB – Nick Boehm (29)
LB – Preston Puryear (53)
DB – Chris Mottau (7)
DB – AJ Scola (13)
DB – Rob Grammar  (8)
DB – Mike Salerno (2)

TRINITY PROBABLE STARTERS                                                                                                                         
BANTAM OFFENSE
QB - Eric McGrath (5)
RB - Gennaro Leo (8)
WR - Justin Holiday (16)
WR - Chris Olenoski (17)
WR - Jeff Pratt (15)
TE - Mike Snow (46)
C - John Mihalko (71)
G - Mike Robinson (60)
G - Chris Cozza (66)
T - Ben Willig (78)
T - Erik Jefferson (64)
K - Kevin Swiniarski (93)

BANTAM DEFENSE
NT - Jeff Carpenter (94)
DE - DJ Lanz (97)
DE - Adam Difulvio (96)
OLB - Christian Allen (2)
OLB - Matt Rettig (44)
ILB - Nile Lundgren (9)
ILB - Tyler Berry (45)
CB - Jared Boyd (26)
CB - Paul Mounds (27)
FS - Mike Soules (20)
SS - Mark Randall (48)
P - Jeff Pratt (15)

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Nick Kehoe (95 of 166/1,260 yds/9 TD/6 int)
RUSHING
Eric NeSmith (73 att/349 yds/1 TD)
Aaron Rauh (67 att/334 yds/3 TD)
RECEIVING
Mark Hannon (35 rec/436 yds/6 TD)
Justin Macione (18 rec/286 yds/0 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Matt Eberhart (7 for 9 FG/Long 36 yds)
Mark Hannon (15 punt returns/212 yds/1 TD)

TRINITY STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Eric McGrath (84 of 161/1,128 yds/ 11 TD/4 int)
RUSHING
Gennaro Leo (142 att/596 yds/7 TD)
RECEIVING
Chris Olenoski (23 rec/329 yds/4 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Chris Olenoski (10 punt returns/147 total yds/77 long)

TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS                                                                                                                
                                                                AMHERST                       TRINITY
Rushing Yards/Per Game                   810 yds/135.0  avg         967 yds/161.2 avg
Passing Yards/Per Game                    1,260 yds/210.0 avg       1,163 yds/193.8 avg
Total Offense/Per Game                    2,070 yds/345.0 avg       2,130 yds/355.0 avg
Total Points/Per Game                       139 pts/23.2 avg              141 pts/23.5 avg
Rushing Allowed/Per Game               477 yds/79.5 avg             311 yds/51.8 avg
Passing Allowed/Per Game                755 yds/125.8 avg          646 yds/107.7 avg
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game    1,232 yds/205.3 avg        957 yds/159.5 avg
Total Points Allowed/Per Game        29 pts/4.8 avg                  54 pts/9.0 avg

2006 NESCAC STANDINGS                                                                                                                                       
                                W            L             PF           PA
Williams                6              0              188         46      
Amherst                 5              1              139         29      
Trinity                    5              1              141         54      
Middlebury           4              2              83           91
Tufts                      3              3              74           97      
Wesleyan              3              3              70           71      
Colby                     2              4              47           122      
Hamilton               2              4              18           52      
Bates                      0              6              53           137     
Bowdoin                0              6              13           127     

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Saturday, November 4
12:00 pm      Middlebury at Hamilton      
12:30 pm      Bates at Bowdoin      
12:30 pm      Amherst at Trinity      
12:30 pm      Colby at Tufts      
1:00 pm         Wesleyan at Williams                                

AMHERST VS. TRINITY ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst leads 54-38-9 (101 meetings)
1886       Amherst         16           Trinity            8
1886       Amherst         20           Trinity            4
1887       Trinity            22           Amherst         6
1888       Trinity            16           Amherst         0
1888       Tie 0-0                                                  
1890       Amherst         12           Trinity            11
1890       Tie 0-0                                                  
1892       Amherst         26           Trinity            0
1892       Amherst         21           Trinity            8
1893       Tie 14-14                                              
1893       Amherst         18           Trinity            0
1896       Trinity            12           Amherst         0
1897       Trinity            18           Amherst         0
1898       Amherst         12           Trinity            0
1899       Tie 0-0                                                  
1900       Tie 0-0                                                  
1901       Tie 0-0                                                  
1903       Amherst         18           Trinity            0
1904       Amherst         40           Trinity            0
1907       Amherst         11           Trinity            0
1908       Tie 6-6                                                
1911       Trinity            13           Amherst     0                                                                                                        
1912       Amherst         15           Trinity            0
1913       Trinity            13           Amherst         0
1914       Tie 0-0                                                  
1915       Trinity            7              Amherst         6
1916       Amherst         14           Trinity            0
1918       Amherst         21           Trinity            0
1919       Amherst         48           Trinity            7
1920       Amherst         14           Trinity            0
1922       Amherst         41           Trinity            0
1923       Amherst         41           Trinity            12
1928       Amherst         34           Trinity            0                                                                                                    
1930       Tie 7-7                                                  
1931       Amherst         33           Trinity            6
1932       Amherst         31           Trinity            0
1933       Trinity            7              Amherst         6
1937       Amherst         20           Trinity            0
1938       Amherst         19           Trinity            0
1939       Amherst         19           Trinity            0
1940       Trinity            6              Amherst         0
1941       Trinity            13           Amherst         8
1942       Amherst         35           Trinity            6
1948       Trinity            46           Amherst         0
1949       Trinity            21           Amherst         6
1950       Trinity            47           Amherst         13
1951       Trinity            40           Amherst         27
1952       Trinity            7              Amherst         0
1953       Amherst         29           Trinity            14
1954       Trinity            21           Amherst         12
1955       Trinity            38           Amherst         14
1956       Trinity            31           Amherst         21
1957       Amherst         40           Trinity            7
1958       Amherst         22           Trinity            12
1959       Trinity            19           Amherst         6
1960       Amherst         22           Trinity            6
1961       Amherst         22           Trinity            8
1962       Trinity            25           Amherst         23
1963       Amherst         28           Trinity            7
1964       Amherst         27           Trinity            0
1965       Amherst         33           Trinity            26
1966       Amherst         22           Trinity            9
1967       Amherst         25           Trinity            24
1968       Amherst         31           Trinity            3
1969       Amherst         37           Trinity            7
1970       Trinity            36           Amherst         19
1971       Amherst         42           Trinity            29
1972       Amherst         34           Trinity            7
1973       Amherst         40           Trinity            7
1974       Trinity            24           Amherst         19
1975       Amherst         20           Trinity            17
1976       Trinity            24           Amherst         17
1977       Amherst         49           Trinity            14
1978       Trinity            41           Amherst         32
1979       Amherst         21           Trinity            6
1980       Trinity            35           Amherst         14
1981       Amherst         14           Trinity       3                                                                                                         
1982       Amherst         10           Trinity            7
1983       Trinity            33           Amherst         16
1984       Amherst         22           Trinity            21
1985       Amherst         35           Trinity            12
1986       Trinity            48           Amherst         25
1987       Amherst         13           Trinity            10
1988       Amherst         30           Trinity            21
1989       Trinity            35           Amherst         0
1990       Trinity            44           Amherst         14
1991       Trinity            51           Amherst         7
1992       Trinity            44           Amherst      21                                                                                                    
1993       Trinity            36           Amherst         19
1994       Trinity            46           Amherst         6
1995       Trinity            33           Amherst         10
1996       Amherst         24           Trinity            7
1997       Amherst         35           Trinity            8
1998       Amherst         32           Trinity            18
1999       Amherst         27           Trinity            0
2000       Amherst         28           Trinity            20
2001       Amherst         28           Trinity            10
2002       Trinity            21           Amherst         14
2003       Trinity            20           Amherst         14
2004       Trinity            31           Amherst         7
2005       Trinity            30           Amherst         20