Bowdoin To Host Amherst in Football Home Opener Saturday

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In its 125th season of football, the Bowdoin College Polar Bears will open their home slate tomorrow as they welcome Amherst to Whittier Field.

Bowdoin is coming off a 40-3 setback in week one at Middlebury while Amherst slugged their way to a 34-0 shutout of Hamilton in their opener last Saturday. The teams have met in 71 consecutive seasons dating back to 1946 and the Purple & White are Bowdoin's third-longest longest-running rivarly overall (94 games), behind only Colby and Bates.

Fans can follow all of the action live on the Bowdoin Athletics website this weekend. As with all Bowdoin home games, the contest will be carried live online -with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network ( and live stats will be available at the link above.


  • Bowdoin scored on its first possession against Middlebury on Saturday but was unable to find the end zone against the Panthers. Offensively, Nate Richam gained 63 yards in his first collegiate game - the most by a Polar Bear running back in his first career game since Greg Pierce ran for 122 in his first career game in 2008.
  • Nick Vailas caught five passes for 66 yards against Middlebury and has caught at least three passes in each of Bowdoin's last nine games dating back to beginning of last year.
  • Defensively, Bowdoin first-year Andrew Joyce and junior Latif Armiyaw both rank among the top-ten in the conference in tackles (11) this year.
  • Daniel Wanger set a new Bowdoin record with three blocked kicks against Middlebury (one FG, two PATs) while Andrew Sisti connected on his only field goal attempt - a 33-yarder. Punter Michael Chen averaged 34.1 yards on eight kicks against the Panthers.


  • Amherst held Hamilton to just 168 yards of total offense and running back Jack Hickey found the endzone three times as the Purple & White cruised to a 34-0 win over Hamilton last week.
  • Amherst has won a school-record 20 consecutive games dating back to 2013
  • Quarterback Alex Berluti totaled 233 yards of offense against Hamilton, throwing for 182 and rushing for 51 more in the victory.
  • Amherst forced three Hamilton turnovers and leads the conference after one week with a +2 turnover margin.

Last year in Amherst, the Purple & White scored 24 first-quarter points to put away Bowdoin in a 37-6 victory. Amherst totaled 368 yards of rushing offense, including a team-best 111 by Jack Hickey. In the loss, Bowdoin's Tim Drakeley went 26-39 for 165 yards passing, including five tosses and a touchdown to tight end Bryan Porter.

The two long-time rivals have met continuously since 1946 and have played in every non-war season since 1940. Amherst owns a 74-18-2 edge all-time and has won a rivalry-best ten consecutive games in the series. 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 Amherst with a 16-13 win in Massachusetts. The 2004 showdown - a 34-28 Amherst win - was the first overtime game in Whittier Field history. Bowdoin's last win over Amherst at Whittier Field came in 1998 - a 24-16 victory.