The Bowdoin and Amherst football teams will clash for the 92nd time Saturday afternoon at Amherst's Pratt Field. The Polar Bears are 0-1 after a season-opening setback to Middlebury while the Jeffs stand at 1-0 following a win at Hamilton in week one.
Amherst will be providing live stats and live video webcast coverage of Saturday's contest.
POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
Despite the 27-5 loss in its season debut, the Polar Bears had bright spots, including the performance of linebackers Joey Cleary (14 total tackles) and Griffin Cardew (12 tackles, 3 for a loss and a safety). The duo rank among the top-five in the NESCAC in tackles after week one as the Polar Bears limited Middlebury's high-scoring offense (34.0 ppg in 2012) through most of Saturday's tilt. The Polar Bears will look to get their offense on track after posting just three points against Middlebury last weekend. Bowdoin's rushing attack was able to rack up a 166 yards against Middlebury, mostly on the legs of Zach Donnarumma (95 yards) and Trey Brown (52 yards). Donnarumma's effort improved his career rushing total to 1,682 yards, vaulting him into sixth-place on Bowdoin's career list. The Polar Bear special teams also enjoyed a fine day, as punter/kicker Andrew Murowchick booted a 22-yard field goal and also dropped three punts inside the 20, including two inside the 5.
SCOUTING THE JEFFS
Amherst caused five interceptions that led directly to 13 points in its 23-7 win over Hamilton. The Jeffs didn't need to do much offensively, but were sparked by sophomore Brian Ragone's seven receptions and 99 yards, scoring the only offensive touchdown of the day for Amherst with a 32-yard catch in the fourth quarter. Senior Danny Chun returned an interception for a touchdown and junior Phillip Nwosu connected on three field goals and two extra points in the win.
For the final time in their football careers, brothers Sean (Bowdoin '13), Jake (Amherst '14) and Brian (Amherst '17) will share a football field. Sean, who missed all of 2012 with a season-ending injury, returns to play in his final semester at Bowdoin. The trio are natives of Medfield, Mass. and all attended St. Sebastian's.
In Brunswick last fall, Bowdoin owned a 10-6 halftime lead, but succumbed to a lethal Amherst rushing attack that accumulated 241 yards in a come-from-behind 22-10 win. Ryan Silva rushed for 91 of his game-high 143 yards in the second half while Max Lippe completed 18-22 passes for 141 yards and rushed for two scores for Amherst. Bowdoin was led defensively by Cardew's 16 tackles, sack and forced fumble.
BOWDOIN vs. AMHERST
Saturday will be the 92nd meeting between the long-time rivals, who have met continuously since 1945 and have played in every non-war season since 1940. Despite Amherst holding a 71-18-2 edge in the all-time series, the Polar Bears have, more often than not, given the Jeffs all they could handle. In 2009, Bowdoin gave Amherst their biggest scare (a 13-12 decision) en route to a perfect 8-0 season. In 2005, the Polar Bears snapped a six-game losing skid to the Jeffs with a 16-13 win in Massachusetts. The 2004 showdown - a 34-28 Amherst win - was the first overtime game in Whittier Field history.