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Senior quarterback Nick Kehoe will look to lead the Jeffs to a victory over Williams and take home the Little Three title

Amherst Looks to Take Home Little Three Title

November 6 , 2006

Amherst College (5-2) vs. Williams College (7-0)
November 11, 2006 * Pratt Field
Amherst, MA * 12:00 noon

THE SERIES
Williams holds the overall advantage over Amherst, winning 67 of 120 matchups dating back to 1884. The Ephs have also won or shared the Little Three Championship 54 times dating back to 1910, compared to Amherst’s 37. The home team has won every matchup dating back to 1999, a span in which the winner was decided by an average of just six points.  The largest margin of victory came last season, when the Ephs defeated the Jeffs 34-23 at Weston Field.  The rivals have gone to overtime only once - Williams defeated Amherst 23-20 in 2001.
               
SCOUTING AMHERST
The Amherst College football team sits at 5-2 on the season after dropping a game last weekend to perennial powerhouse Trinity College. The Jeffs' top-ranked defense surrendered a season-high 24 points in the loss, giving up 253 yards on the ground. And, Amherst couldn't score against the Bantam defense, and suffered its first shutout loss since Oct. 7, 2000, a 17-0 loss at Middlebury College. Amherst comes into the final game of the season with a very balanced attack, having outscored its opponents 139-53 this season. Amherst has a high-powered offense led by senior quad-captains Nick Kehoe and Mark Hannon. Senior quad-captains Brendan McKee and Mike Salerno lead the smothering Jeff defense.

WILLIAMS head coach MIKE WHALEN
Mike Whalen is in his 11th year at Williams and his third as head coach. He joined Dick Farley's staff in 1996 as the offensive line coach and then assumed offensive coordinator duties in 2001. Whalen posted consecutive 6-2 records his first two years, is 7-0 this season and is 1-1 against Amherst. In the second week of this season, Whalen's Ephs ended Trinity's 31-game win streak, downing the Bantams 41-16 in Williamstown.

Whalen has coached at least one First Team All-NESCAC offensive lineman every year he's been at Williams. He also coached quarterback Joe Reardon, the only player ever named NESCAC Offensive and ECAC-New England Offensive Player of the Year in consecutive years. Whalen graduated from Wesleyan University in 1983, and holds a master's degree in physical education and athletic administration. Prior to coming to Williams, Whalen coached at Wesleyan, Springfield College, the Unversity of Pennsylvania, Lafayette College and Colgate University. He's been nominated for the 2006 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, and resides in Williamstown with his wife, Karen, and their two sons, Jake (12) and Luke (10).

LAST MEETING
Amherst compounded two decades of Weston Field misfortune with a 34-23 loss, finishing its season at 5-3 and surrendering the coveted Little Three title to Williams (6-2). The Jeffs struggled defensively, as Williams rebounded from an early 7-0 deficit, racked up 488 yards of total offense and outscored Amherst 24-13 in the second half with a punishing ground attack and a pair of quarterbacks – Pat Lucey and Sean Gleeson – who played nearly mistake-free football.

After halftime, Williams racked up 17 unanswered points for a 27-10 edge from which the Jeffs would never recover. Amherst showed signs of life when junior defensive back Mike Salerno made a spectacular one-handed interception near midfield, and classmate Mark Hannon capitalized with a 43-yard touchdown sprint on fourth-and-inches, cutting the deficit to 27-17 with 11:02 left in regulation. Williams answered again with an eight-play, 56-yard scoring drive, as Cory Catelli hit paydirt with a backbreaking three-yard touchdown run.

Junior quarterback Nick Kehoe managed to lead the Jeffs on one final scoring drive, highlighted by a 36-yard heave to sophomore wideout Mike Myers and cemented by Hannon's two-yard jaunt. But the ensuing on-side kick failed, and Williams was content to run out the clock, and Amherst 's season.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
Amherst dropped its second game of the season last weekend, a 24-0 loss at Trinity. Amherst used a pass-heavy attack, leaving senior quad-captain quarterback Nick Kehoe free to throw a season-high 44 attempts. Amherst’s top-ranked defense surrendered a season high 24 points on 423 total yards, the bulk of which came from the Bantam ground game. The Trinity running corps ran for an amazing 253 yards in the game, while its defense held the Jeffs to -1 total rushing yards.

WILLIAMS LAST TIME OUT
Williams clobbered visiting Little Three opponent Wesleyan University in its homecoming game last weekend, 51-21. The Ephs jumped out to an early 42-7 lead in the first half, as their offense ran wild on the Cardinal defense. Williams quarterback Pat Lucey finished the day with 199 yards through the air and three touchdowns on 11-of-14 passing. The win leaves Williams sitting on top of the conference at 7-0 coming into the final game of the season.

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                       L 24-0
Nov 11                   WILLIAMS (hc)          Noon

2006 WILLIAMS SCHEDULE/RESULTS
9/23        BOWDOIN                   W 27-0
9/30        TRINITY                      W 41-16
10/7        @ Bates                         W 27-7
10/14     MIDDLEBURY           W 40-9
10/21     @ Tufts                         W 38-14
10/28     @ Hamilton                  W 15-0
11/4        WESLEYAN                 W 51-21
11/11     @ Amherst                    12:00 p.m.

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB          Nick Kehoe           11
FB           Chris Gillyard       34
TB          Will Beeson           3
WR         Jim Eckenrode     14
WR         Mark Hannon      1
TE           Matt Dunleavy    83
C             Justin Wiley          72
LT           Dan Guariglia       66
RT          Nate Riccardi       59
LG          Matt Mascioli       76
RG          Ryan Smith          75

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
OLB       Guy Matisis          45                          
OLB       Dakota Jones       90
DT          Jon Attridge          98
DT          Brendan McKee  55
NG          Greg Smith            50
ILB         Nick Boehm         29
ILB         Mike Flanagan     44
CB          Chris Mottau        7
CB          A.J. Scola              13
SS           Rob Grammar      8
FS           Mike Salerno        2

WILLIAMS PROBABLE STARTERS
EPHS OFFENSE
QB          Pat Lucey                      15
RB          Kevin Flynn                  2
FB           Corey Catelli                23
OT          John Szawlowski         79
OG          Jeff Callahan               58
C             Chris Kenney               66
OG          Mike Brown                  62
OT          Henry Szawlowski       78
TE           Jim O’Leary                  88
WR         Brendan Fulmer           80
WR         Jon Drenckhahn          81
K             Scott Sobolewski         94

EPHS DEFENSE
DE          Adam Kowalski           35
DT          Devin McLaughlin      77
DT          Andrew DeSalvo          83
DE          Matt Boggia                 99
LB          Jordan O’Reilly            57
LB          Jon Dolan                      45
LB          Nick Fersen                   44
DB          Tim Batty                     6
DB          Elliot Moffie                 20
DB          Luke Morgan               11
DB          Jon Poppe                     24
P              Brendan Fulmer           80

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Nick Kehoe (118-for-210/1,443 yds./9TD/7 int.)
RUSHING
Eric NeSmith (73 att/363 yds./1TD)
Aaron Rauh (70 att/363 yds./3 TD)

RECEIVING
Mark Hannon (42 rec/496 yds./6TD)
Justin Macione (20 rec/293 yds/0TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Mark Hannon (16 punt ret./213 yds./1 TD)

WILLIAMS STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Pat Lucey (95-for-146/1,160 yds./11TD/4 Int)
RUSHING
Brendan Georges (105 att/427 yds./3TD)
Cory Catelli (38  att/126 yds./8 TD)
RECEIVING
Jon Drenckahn (46 rec/684 yds./6TD)
Brendan Fulmer (24 rec/467 yds./7 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Scott Sobolewski (7-for-8 FGs/44 yd long)

2006 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
                                                                Amherst                                                 Williams
Rushing Yards/Per Game                   809 yds./115.6 avg.                            957 yds./136.7 avg.
Passing Yards/Per Game                    1,443 yds./206.1 avg.                         1,712 yds./244.6 avg.
Total Offense/Per Game                    2,252 yds./321.7 avg.                         2,669 yds./381.3 avg. Total Points/Per Game                                               139 pts./19.9 avg.                                                239 pts./34.1 avg.
Rushing Allowed/Per Game               730 yds./104.3 avg.                            348 yds./49.7 avg.
Passing Allowed/Per Game                925 yds./132.1 avg.                            1,067 yds./152.4 avg.
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game    1,655 yds./236.4 avg.                         1,415 yds./202.1 avg
Total Points Allowed/Per Game        53 pts./7.6 avg.                                    67 pts./9.6 avg.

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Trinity @ Wesleyan                        12:00 p.m.
Hamilton @ Bates                          12:00 p.m.
Williams @ Amherst                       12:00 p.m.
Bowdoin @ Colby                           12:30 p.m.
Tufts @ Middlebury                       12:30 p.m.

2006 NESCAC STANDINGS
1. Williams                            7-0
2. Trinity                                6-1
3. Middlebury                       5-2
    Amherst                             5-2
5. Tufts                                  4-3
6. Wesleyan                          3-4
7. Colby                                 2-5
    Hamilton                           2-5
9. Bowdoin                           1-6
    Bates                                  0-7

ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst vs. Williams All-Time:
Williams leads 67-48-5 (120 meetings)
1884       Williams                15           Amherst                 2
1884       Williams                11           Amherst                 0
1885       Williams                57           Amherst                 0
1885       Williams                18           Amherst                 15
1886       Amherst                 6              Williams                4
1886       Williams                30           Amherst                 0
1887       Williams                54           Amherst                 0
1888       Williams                53           Amherst                 0
1889       Tie 10-10                                                              
1890       Williams                6              Amherst                 0
1891       Tie 0-0                                                                  
1892       Amherst                 60           Williams                0
1893       Williams                30           Amherst                 12
1894       Williams                34           Amherst                 10
1895       Amherst                 16           Williams                4
1896       Amherst                 6              Williams                4
1897       Tie 6-6                                                                  
1898       Amherst                 16           Williams                5
1899       Williams                38           Amherst                 0
1900       Williams                16           Amherst                 5
1901       Williams                21           Amherst                 5
1904       Amherst                 22           Williams                6
1905       Amherst                 17           Williams                0
1906       Tie 0-0                                                                  
1907       Williams                26           Amherst                 6
1908       Amherst                 4              Williams                0
1909       Williams                17           Amherst                 0
1910       Amherst                 9              Williams                0
1911       Williams                8              Amherst                 0
1912       Williams                12           Amherst                 0
1913       Amherst                 12           Williams                0
1914       Williams                14           Amherst                 6
1915       Amherst                 31           Williams                0
1916       Williams                26           Amherst                 0
1917       Williams                20           Amherst                 0
1918       Amherst                 30           Williams                0
1919       Williams                30           Amherst                 0
1920       Amherst                 14           Williams                7
1921       Williams                20           Amherst                 0
1922       Williams                27           Amherst                 0
1923       Williams                23           Amherst                 7
1924       Williams                27           Amherst                 6
1925       Amherst                 13           Williams                7
1926       Amherst                 20           Williams                6
1927       Amherst                 7              Williams                6
1928       Williams                40           Amherst                 15
1929       Williams                19           Amherst                 0
1930       Williams                16           Amherst                 13
1931       Williams                33           Amherst                 7
1932       Amherst                 31           Williams                7
1933       Williams                14           Amherst                 0
1934       Amherst                 19           Williams                7
1935       Williams                13           Amherst                 0
1936       Amherst                 14           Williams                13
1937       Amherst                 13           Williams                6
1938       Amherst                 41           Williams                0
1939       Williams                16           Amherst                 8
1940       Williams                19           Amherst                 6
1941       Williams                28           Amherst                 6
1942       Amherst                 12           Williams                6
1946       Williams                21           Amherst                 13
1947       Amherst                 14           Williams                6
1948       Amherst                 13           Williams                7
1949       Williams                19           Amherst                 13
1950       Williams                27           Amherst                 13
1951       Williams                40           Amherst                 7
1952       Amherst                 21           Williams                19
1953       Amherst                 28           Williams                14
1954       Amherst                 21           Williams                14
1955       Amherst                 13           Williams                6
1956       Williams                27           Amherst                 12
1957       Williams                39           Amherst                 14
1958       Williams                12           Amherst                 7
1959       Amherst                 13           Williams                0
1960       Amherst                 21           Williams                6
1961       Williams                12           Amherst                 0
1962       Amherst                 7              Williams                0
1963       Amherst                 19           Williams                13
1964       Amherst                 20           Williams                7
1965       Amherst                 42           Williams                8
1966       Amherst                 54           Williams                21
1967       Williams                14           Amherst                 10
1968       Amherst                 24           Williams                17
1969       Amherst                 56           Williams                25
1970       Amherst                 35           Williams                7
1971       Williams                31           Amherst                 14
1972       Williams                21           Amherst                 12
1973       Williams                30           Amherst                 14
1974       Williams                17           Amherst                 14
1975       Williams                25           Amherst                 6
1976       Amherst                 16           Williams                0
1977       Williams                21           Amherst                 13
1978       Williams                7              Amherst                 2
1979       Williams                19           Amherst                 13
1980       Williams                10           Amherst                 3
1981       Amherst                 21           Williams                17
1982       Amherst                 52           Williams                26
1983       Amherst                 14           Williams                13
1984       Amherst                 23           Williams                6
1985       Amherst                 35           Williams                20
1986       Amherst                 10           Williams                7
1987       Williams                25           Amherst                 7
1988       Williams                21           Amherst                 0
1989       Williams                17           Amherst                 14
1990       Williams                46           Amherst                 18
1991       Williams                37           Amherst                 0
1992       Williams                41           Amherst                 6
1993       Williams                31           Amherst                 2
1994       Williams                48           Amherst                 14
1995       Tie 0-0                                                                  
1996       Williams                19           Amherst                 13
1997       Williams                48           Amherst                 46
1998       Williams                35           Amherst                 16
1999       Williams                10           Amherst                 7
2000       Amherst                 20           Williams                12
2001       Williams                23           Amherst                 20 OT
2002       Amherst                 45           Williams                35
2003       Williams                14           Amherst                 10
2004       Amherst                 13           Williams                10
2005       Williams                34           Amherst                 23