Football team back home to face Amherst

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 11, 2013
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Connor Clancy (with ball) and Tom Abare (75). Dustin Satloff Photography

WATERVILLE, Maine -- After two weeks on the road against good teams, the Colby College football team returns home to face another quality opponent when Amherst College visits Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harold Alfond Stadium.

The last two opponents -- Wesleyan University and Middlebury College -- and Amherst have a combined 8-1 record this season. 

Colby's lone home performance was a good one, a 31-8 romp of Williams College. The Mules stand at 1-2 overall after setbacks to Wesleyan and Middlebury. In the final four games of the season, Colby will play against teams with a current combined record of 3-9.

Sophomore quarterback Justin Ciero has thrown for 391 yards and three touchdowns while also leading the Mules in rushing with 105 yards. Ciero ranks sixth in the NESCAC in total offense at 165.3 yards per game. First-year quarterback Gabe Harrington saw his first action in Saturday's loss at Wesleyan. He was 6-for-11 for 60 yards in limited action. 

Luke Duncklee has been Ciero's favorite target this year, catching 15 passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Duncklee also is averaging 4.8 yards per rush on his nine attempts. Ryder Arsenault (9 catches, 77 yards) and Nick Joseph (8 catches, 81 yards) are other leading receivers. 

Henry Nelson has a team-high 22 tackles and Ryan Ruiz has 21 stops. Tony Atkinson and Daniel Maddox both have 20 tackles, while CT Harris has 19 tackles and leads the team in quarterback hurries (4). 

Amherst (3-0) has been tough against the run in the past and this year has been no exception. The Lord Jeffs are allowing a NESCAC-best 64.7 yards per game on the ground. However, Amherst is just ninth at 235.7 yards per game in pass defense. 

Junior quarterback Max Lippe is third in the NESCAC in total offense (198.0 yards per game). He has thrown for 551 yards, has a nearly 61 percent completion rate, five touchdowns and one interception. 

Amherst has three receivers -- Jake O'Malley, Brian Ragone, and Gene Garay -- averaging more than 45 yards per game. O'Malley has caught three touchdown passes. 

Amherst sophomore Kenny Adinkra (152 yards) and first-year Myles Gaines (113 yards) have been the leading rushers. 

Lord Jeff junior kicker Phillip Nwosu has been nearly perfect in three games. He has made all six of his field goal attempts and is 9-for-10 on extra points. 

Junior linebackers Ned Deane (28 tackles) and Chris Tamasi (20 tackles) are two leaders on defense. Tamasi has 5.5 tackles for loss, while Max Lehrman leads the way in sacks with 2.5. 

Amherst and Trinity are tied for the league lead in turnover ratio at plus-seven. The Mules are a solid fifth at plus-one.

 
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