Story courtesy of Amherst Athletics
AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College football team received rushing touchdowns from three players and quarterback Max Lippe ’15 threw for two others, as the Lord Jeffs posted a 38-14 win over Hamilton College Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field.
Ryan Silva ’14, Steven Jellison ’14 and Tyler Jacobs ’15 each ran for their first career touchdown, but it was Silva who stood out with 170 yards (8.5 ypc). Jacobs added 97 (8.1 ypc) and Jellison chipped in with 59, with the Lord Jeffs holding a commanding 376-60 advantage on the ground.
Lippe finished 12-of-18 with 116 yards in his collegiate debut, with Wade McNamara ’14 and tight end Tom Holahan ’13 each hauling in one touchdown reception.
Amherst (1-0) held only a 21-14 lead at the break before dominating the second half, as Hamilton (0-1) couldn’t keep pace after keeping things close in the early going. The Lord Jeffs, who now hold a 24-1 edge in the all-time series, will travel to take on Bowdoin (0-1) next Saturday, while the Continentals will hit the road to face Wesleyan (0-1).
Jeff Hopsicker ’15 completed 12 of his 25 passes for Hamilton, throwing for 116 yards and a touchdown without being intercepted. Joe Jensen ’15 accounted for 51 receiving yards and a 36-yard touchdown catch, with Hamilton’s other score coming on a James Stanell ’14 punt return early in the game.
Amherst’s 376 rushing yards marked the program’s highest single-game total since the Lord Jeffs ran for 389 during a 44-7 win over Hamilton on Sept. 25, 2004. In addition to paving the way for an outstanding running game, Amherst’s offensive line did not allow the Continentals to record a sack. The Jeffs have surrendered the fewest sacks in the NESCAC in each of the past four years.
Amherst wasted no time finding a rhythm on offense, capping its first drive of the season with a five-yard touchdown strike from Lippe to Holahan. It was the first career touchdown for both players involved in the scoring play, and Jake Schmidt ’14 came on for an extra point that made it 7-0 in favor of the hosts with 10:20 on the clock.
Hamilton tied the game on the ensuing kickoff, as Stanell ran the ball back 94 yards along the right sideline for an electrifying touchdown that handed momentum right back to the visitors.
The Lord Jeffs regained the lead on an eight-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a 35-yard run from Silva. His first career touchdown came with 7:25 to go and marked the final points of the opening quarter.
Silva got Amherst going in the second quarter when a 49-yard run came after the Jeffs were pinned at their own 1-yard line on a punt. Lippe took advantage and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to McNamara, wrapping up a 99-yard scoring drive that made it a 21-7 game in favor of the hosts.
The Continentals cut into their deficit on their next possession, an eight-play, 62-yard drive that spanned 4:02. Jensen ran a beautiful route up the middle and found himself wide open, allowing Hopsicker to find him for a 36-yard touchdown with 6:39 remaining in the half. Those would be the final points of the quarter, giving Amherst a 21-14 lead at the break.
Amherst would account for the only points of the second half, beginning with a 29-yard touchdown run from Jellison and a 36-yard field goal by Schmidt in the third quarter. The Jeffs pushed their lead to 38-14 on another big run, but this time it was Jacobs who carried the ball 56 yards untouched along the right sideline with 4:46 remaining in regulation.
Hamilton’s Jared Kochenash ’13 led all players with 12 tackles, while Mike MacDonald ’13 and Andrew Austin ’14 added 11 apiece for the Continentals. Sam Clark ’13 led Amherst with nine, and Travis Dickenson ’13 made 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.