Story courtesy of Amherst Athletics
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Max Lippe accounted for all three Jeff touchdowns, while completing 18-of-22 passes for 141 yards to lead the Amherst football team to a 22-10 victory over Bowdoin on Whittier Field.
Notching their seventh-consecutive win over the Polar Bears, the Jeffs moved to 2-0 on the season and 71-17-2 all-time against their northern rivals. Bowdoin fell to 0-2 on the year with the loss.
Relying on a strong running game for the second-straight week, Amherst rolled up 241 yards, led by junior Ryan Silva’s 143. Gaining 175 yards in the opener against Hamilton, Silva once again carried the load, averaging nearly five yards per carry, while racking up 91 yards in the second half. Tyler Jacobs ’14 added 52 yards on 17 touches (3.1 ypc), while Lippe scrambled for 33 yards, while rushing for a pair of scores.
Wade McNamara ’14 led the Jeffs in receiving with eight catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Jake O’Malley ’14 and James Durham ’13 combined for seven grabs and 49 yards.
Converting 10-of-19 third downs, the Amherst offense outgained Bowdoin 382-222, including a 241-124 edge on the ground. Through the first two games, the Jeff running game has piled up 617 yards (308.5 ypg), while averaging over five yards per carry.
Moving into Bowdoin territory on the game’s opening possession, Lippe found McNamara with a 14-yard strike on second-and-11, giving Amherst a first down on the Polar Bears’ 37. Silva kept the chains moving with a 13-yard run, before later carrying it six more yards to the 19. Facing a fourth-and-7 from the 21, Amherst lined up for a field goal, but Jake Schmidt ’14 missed the ensuing 38-yarder, keeping the Jeffs off the board.
Looking to get something going in the latter half of the first quarter, Bowdoin took advantage of a short field, picking up a pair of first downs on four-straight rushing plays, capped off by a 17-yard Thomas Romero ’14 scramble to the Amherst 15. Greg Pierce ’13 wrapped up the drive by spinning off a tackle and taking it in from the one-yard line to put the Polar Bears up 7-0.
Returning the ensuing kickoff 22 yards, Landrus Lewis ’13 gave Amherst good starting field position on its own 39. Facing a big third-and-8, Lippe found McNamara near midfield for a first down. Looking at another third down later in the drive, the sophomore quarterback once again connected with McNamara on a 15-yard gain. On second-and-goal, Lippe took it in from five yards out, but Schmidt missed the extra point, allowing the home team to cling onto a 7-6 lead.
Capitalizing on a Lippe fumble on the Jeffs’ next possession with 22-yard Jimmy Garvey ’14 field goal that extended the Polar Bear cushion to 10-6, Bowdoin looked to tack onto its lead in the waning moments of the first half. Driving the ball 29 yards in nine plays to the Amherst 25 with 10 seconds left, Garvey had a chance to put the home team up by seven, but pulled the 42-yarder wide left.
Forcing Bowdoin into a three-and-out to start the second half, Amherst looked to seize control, piecing together a 12-play, 61-yard drive. Starting at their own 39, the Jeffs handed it to Silva on eight of the game’s next nine snaps, moving it 45 yards to the Bowdoin 16. Staring at a third-and-7, Lippe completed another big third down, finding O’Malley for an eight-yard pickup. After a Bowdoin personal foul spotted the ball at the four, Lippe took it in for his second score, but the Polar Bears blocked the extra point to keep it 12-10.
Bookending a 15-play, 55-yard drive with a 37-yard Schmidt field goal early in the fourth, the Jeffs looked to put the game out of reach after a big Sam Clark ’13 interception. Starting on its own 31 after a false start, Amherst marched the ball 64 yards in 12 plays over a 4:43 span before scoring their third touchdown of the afternoon to go up 12.
Silva rushed for 34 more yards during the drive, while Jacobs carried it five times for 16 yards. Facing a third-and-goal from the eight, Lippe came through one final time, finding McNamara on a slant to cap off the scoring.
Griffin Cardew ’14 made a game-high 16 tackles, including 13 solo, while Beau Breton ’13 and Brian Glazewski ’14 had 15 and 10, respectively. Travis Dickenson ’13 led Amherst with nine tackles, including 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage, while Lou Jacoubs ’13 made seven stops, recording one of two Jeff sacks and 1.5 tackles for a loss. Clark and Danny Chun ’14 chipped in with a combined seven tackles, while also nabbing a pair of interceptions.
Romero went 10-of-24 for 98 yards and two picks. Pierce led the Polar Bears on the ground with 76 yards on 26 carries (2.9 ypc) and a touchdown, while Nick Goldin ’13 made a pair of catches for 50 yards.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Middlebury.