Amherst Football Rolls To 6-0 With 30-0 NESCAC Victory At Tufts

Senior Kyle Leggott had one of two Tufts sacks

SOMERVILLE – Amherst College senior quarterback Brian McMahon (Basking Ridge, NJ) ran and passed for a pair of first-quarter scores and the Lord Jeffs went on to defeat Tufts University 30-0 in a NESCAC game at a windy and rain-soaked Ellis Oval/Zimman Field on Saturday.

On Amherst's second possession, McMahon ran a naked bootleg untouched into the end zone from 26-yards out with 11:15 remaining in the period.  The play was the first following a Tufts fumble that was recovered by junior defensive back Landrus Lewis (Pennsauken, NJ).

After a three-and-out for the Jumbos, McMahon then capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive with a six-yard pass over the middle to senior wideout Ben Kettering (Fairmont, WV) with 3:27 remaining in the period.

The Lord Jeffs went into halftime with a 21-0 lead following an Eric Bunker (Topsfield, MA) seven-yard rush with 1:15 remaining.  The drive covered 54 yards in nine plays and took 2:04 off the clock.

Amherst dominated the first-half statistics, outgaining the Jumbos 217-66 and racking up 13 first downs to just two for Tufts.  The Lord Jeffs allowed just 16 rushing yards in the stanza. 

The second half proved more of the same as Amherst dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.  The Lord Jeffs ran for 115 second-half yards led by sophomore Steven Jellison (Amherst, NH), who gained 58 yards on one drive in the third quarter that led to a 24-yard Matt Rawson (Bathesda, MD) field goal with 2:58 left. With the field goal, Rawson tied Amherst's all-time scoring record among kickers with 148 points.

Amherst ended the scoring early in the fourth quarter with a two-yard Bunker rush just 53 ticks into the period.

The Lord Jeffs held a 246-20 edge in rushing yards in the contest and a 21-7 margin in first downs. Bunker gained 82 yards on 17 carries and scored twice. Jellison finished at 75 yards on 15 rushes. McMahon completed 11 of 16 passes for 99 yards, including five for 53 yards to Kettering.

Defensively Amherst was led by junior Matt Pieterse (Springfield, MA) with eight solo tackles. Senior Doug Gebhardt (Placentia, CA) and sophomore Max Dietz (Cincinnati, OH) both intercepted passes for the Lord Jeffs. Freshman Max Lehrman (Washington, DC) had 1.5 of Amherst's four sacks on the day.

Junior John Dodds (Mount Pleasant, SC) went 11 for 24 gaining 75 yards at quarterback for Tufts. Junior Dylan Haas (Yorktown Heights, NY) caught three passes for 30 yards. Sophomore Ryan Pollock (Reading, MA) carried the ball 19 times for 36 yards.

Junior Kyle Weller (Hingham, MA) had 11 stops for Tufts and teammate Zack Skarzinski (Hinsdale, IL) made 10 tackles. Junior Sam Diss (Ridgewood, NJ) intercepted a pass, and sacks came from senior Kyle Leggott (Albuquerque, NM) and sophomore Ryan Egger (Burlington, VT).

Tufts (0-6) will play at Colby at 12:30 next Saturday in their final road game of the 2011 season.  The win by Amherst sets up a battle for the New England Small College Athletic Conference title between the two unbeaten teams in the loop as the Lord Jeffs host Trinity at 1:00 pm.

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