Amherst football holds off Colby, 28-13

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 13, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ­--- Amherst College scored all 28 of its points in the second quarter and then held off a late Colby College rally for a 28-13 victory in New England Small College Athletic Conference football Saturday at Seaverns Field.

Amherst improves to 3-1 overall, while Colby falls to 0-4.

The teams battled to a scoreless first quarter, but Amherst went to work quickly in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter with three touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Lucas Loeffler (New York, N.Y.) tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Bullock (West Orange, N.Y.) for a 7-0 lead with 12:10 left to halftime.

The Lord Jeffs’ defense got the next score when A.J. Scola (Holden, Mass.) intercepted a pass and went 44 yards for the touchdown with 10:23 to the break.

Special teams did the work on the ensuing kickoff for Amherst when Chris Govey (Easton, Mass.) forced a fumble that was recovered by Anthony Fuller (Millbury, Mass.) at the Colby 25-yard line. Amherst went eight plays and got its third touchdown when running back Eric NeSmith (Newark, N.J.) crashed in from 1-yard out.

The Lord Jeffs made it 28-0 at halftime on Loeffler’s second scoring pass, this time a 2-yard throw to Chris Gillyard (Baltimore, Md.) with 50 seconds to intermission.

After a scoreless third quarter, Colby got two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on 10 and 11-play drives. Senior captain Chris Bashaw (Rutland, Mass.) ran in from 3 yards out with 11:01 to play to cap a 54-yard drive. The Mules got their final touchdown when quarterback Billy Ryan (Madison, Conn.) connected with Roger Bel on a 2-yard scoring pass with 4:10 remaining.

Bashaw led the Mules with 87 yards on 25 carries and teammate Dan Prunier (Merrimack, N.H.) ran for 62 yards on seven rushes.

Tom Daley (North Bridgton, Maine) paced all tacklers with 14 for Colby. Lamont Henry (Virginia Beach, Va.) had nine stops.

Amherst 28, Colby 13

Amherst.............  0 28  0  0  - 28      Record: (3-1,3-1)

Colby...............  0  0  0 13  - 13      Record: (0-4,0-4)

  2nd 12:10 AMH - Bullock,B. 17 yd pass from Loeffler,L. (Eberhart,M. kick), 12-0 2:41, AMH 7 - COL 0

0:23 AMH - Scola,A.J. 44 yd interception return (Eberhart,M. kick), , AMH 14 - COL 0

06:07 AMH - NeSmith,E. 1 yd run (Eberhart,M. kick), 8-25 2:53, AMH 21 - COL 0

00:50 AMH - Gillyard,C. 2 yd pass from Loeffler,L. (Eberhart,M. kick), 8-47 3:10, AMH 28 - COL 0

4th 11:01 COL - Chris Bashaw 3 yd run (Victor Gagne kick), 10-54 4:45, AMH 28 - COL 7

04:10 COL - Roger Bel 2 yd pass from Billy Ryan (Victor Gagne kick failed), 11-60 5:19, AMH 28 - COL 13

RUSHING: Amherst-Rauh,A. 18-65; NeSmith,E. 14-27; Pozner,D. 3-1; Bullock,B. 1-0;   Loeffler,L. 5-minus 6. Colby-Chris Bashaw 25-87; Dan Prunier 7-62; Patrick Burns   7-12; Matt Hellinger 1-minus 1; Billy Ryan 3-minus 7.

PASSING: Amherst-Loeffler,L. 11-20-0-170; Pozner,D. 2-2-0-14. Colby-Billy Ryan   9-11-1-48; Patrick Burns 4-10-3-17.

  RECEIVING: Amherst-Brown,T. 5-77; Eckenrode,J. 4-63; Bullock,B. 3-42;   Gillyard,C. 1-2. Colby-Matt Hellinger 3-30; Chris Bashaw 3-11; Dan Prunier 2-2;   Justin Clark 1-11; Ernie Bove, Jr. 1-5; Andrew Carey 1-4; Roger Bel 1-2; Justin   Candon 1-0.


 
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