Football Defeats Tufts in Preperation for Clash With Undefeated Trinity
Issue   |   Tue, 10/31/2017 - 21:54
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Sophomore quarterback Ollie Eberth threw for 236 yards and rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns to help the Mammoths win their game against Tufts.

In what ultimately proved to be a shootout, the Amherst football team defeated the Tufts’ Jumbos by a score of 31-26 last weekend. The Mammoths scored 28 points in the first half and managed to withstand a second-half surge by Tufts to secure the victory. With the win, Amherst’s record improves to 6-1, while Tufts falls to 4-3 on the year.

Matt Durborow ’21 picked a great time to register his first collegiate interception, snatching the ball on Tufts’ first pass attempt of the game. Following the interception, Ollie Eberth ’20 lead Amherst down the field in a five-play drive, eventually barreling into the end zone on a quarterback sneak. The Mammoths’ defense then held Tufts to two consecutive three-and-outs.

The Amherst drive after the second of the two Jumbos’ three-and-outs was highlighted by a 33-yard catch by Bo Berluti ’19 on a beautiful toss from Eberth. Several plays later, Eberth kept the ball for himself and ran into the end zone for a 14-yard rushing touchdown. The Jumbos responded quickly, however, scoring 52 seconds into the second quarter. Andrew Sanders broke free up the middle for a 62-yard rushing touchdown. With four minutes left in the half, Amherst restored its two-score lead, as the offensive line pushed running back Jack Hickey ’19 into the end zone for a four-yard score.

Tufts then marched down the field again, capping the drive with a 17-yard passing touchdown. After a failed two-point attempt by Tufts, the score stood at 21-13 in favor of the Mammoths.

However, Reece Foy ’18 took over for Amherst at quarterback for the final two minutes of the half, and the Mammoths gained big chunks of yardage on several long throws. Eventually, Foy was able to connect with James O’Regan ’20 for a 56-yard touchdown pass that gave the visiting Mammoths a commanding 28-13 lead heading into the half.

Amherst’s final points of the day came with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter, after John Rak ’19E nailed 26-yard field goal to cap off a 12-play drive. Tufts quickly scored two rushing touchdowns to finish out the game, cutting the visitors’ lead to just five. The first Jumbos score came with 2:17 to go in the third quarter, while the second came with just 1:11 remaining in the game. After the second touchdown, Tufts managed to pull off a successful onsides kick, giving the Jumbos a chance to drive down the field and win the game. However, John Ballard ’20E came up with an interception to seal the Mammoths’ victory.

Amherst put up an impressive 471 total yards of offense, while Tufts had 367. Hickey led the running game for the Mammoths, rushing for 75 yards, while Eberth rushed for 65 yards on 14 attempts. In the receiving game, O’Regan led the contest with a total of 132 receiving yards. Andrew Sommer ’19 dominated defensive play, making 10 tackles, including seven solo tallies, and adding two sacks and a pass breakup. Jack Barrett ’19 notched a sack, and Ballard and Durborow each logged an interception.

The Mammoths’ final home game of the season will be this Saturday, Nov. 4 against Trinity, which is currently 7-0 and stands at the top of the NESCAC standings. The affair promises to be a thrilling match up between the top two teams in the conference.