Amherst Scores Late to Pull Away From Bowdoin

Griffin Cardew (9) and Joey Cleary (2) had ten tackles apiece in Saturday's loss to Amherst
Griffin Cardew (9) and Joey Cleary (2) had ten tackles apiece in Saturday's loss to Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College football team held Bowdoin to 16 yards rushing and pulled away with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 27-11 win Saturday at Pratt Field.

The Jeffs improve to 2-0 with the win while the Polar Bears drop to 0-2 this season.

Amherst scored on its first possession of the game when Jake O'Malley caught a 13-yard pass from Max Lippe at 12:29 of the opening quarter. Bowdoin appeared to be on the verge of tying the game on its next possession as they advanced to the Amherst 1, but a holding call pushed the Polar Bears back and Bowdoin had to settle for a 22-yard Andrew Murowchick field goal to trim the lead to 7-3.

Neither team could get much going offensively until late in the half, as the two teams traded eight consecutive punts in the first and second quarter. Bowdoin had a chance to put more points on the board early in the second quarter as Griffin Cardew forced a fumble at the Amherst 33 that was recovered by Joey Cleary. Bowdoin's offense couldn't convert, however, as the Polar Bears turned it over on downs four plays later. Amherst converted on a late score to extend its halftime lead when a 37-yard field goal split the uprights before halftime to give the hosts a 10-3 lead.

Bowdoin advanced into Amherst territory early in the third quarter but came up just short on 4th-and-11 at the Jeff 29 to turn the ball back over. Amherst answered with its longest drive of the day, a 14-play, 68-yard march that resulted in another field goal to make it 13-3. The Jeffs used another lengthy drive - 13-plays and 66 yards - early in the fourth period to put the contest out of reach with a one-yard touchdown plunge. On the very next possession for a Bowdoin, an Amherst interception gave the hosts the ball at the Bowdoin 28 and, two plays later, Lippe found Gene Garay with a 30-yard pass to make it 27-3.

The Polar Bears finally found paydirt late in the fourth quarter following an 8-play, 60-yard drive. A 42-yard pass from Thomas Romero to David Black set up a two-yard run by Trey Brown for Bowdoin's first touchdown of the season.

Bowdoin's defense had another solid performance, led by Cleary, who had ten tackles and a fumble recovery, and Cardew, who collected ten tackles - two for a loss - and a forced fumble. Jake Prince had five tackles for loss and a sack while Denzel McLarty had an interception. Mac Caputi (16-36, 115 yards) and Romero (5-10, 63 yards) split quarterbacking duties. Lippe threw for 176 yards, going 19-28 for Amherst.

The Polar Bears will look to get into the win column next Saturday as they travel to Tufts for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.