Defense keys Amherst College football win over Colby
AMHERST — The Amherst College football team returned to the win column Saturday over Colby in a game with errant kicks, dropped passes and messy scrambles for the ball.
The Jeffs won 23-3 on a chilly fall afternoon at Pratt Field a week after their 10-game unbeaten streak ended at Middlebury .
“It wasn’t pretty,” Amherst coach E.J. Mills said. “It was probably a little bit more of a struggle than it should have been based on the opportunities we got with the ball.”
The defense set the pace.
“We dominated on the defensive side of the ball by not letting them get into a rhythm,” said Mills, whose squad sacked Colby quarterback Connor Emert three times.
Jeffs defensive back Travis Dickenson also recorded a safety less than six minutes into the game. And with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter, senior defensive back Robbie Heflin scored on a 24-yard interception return to give Amherst a 16-3 lead.
The Jeffs’ offense also scored twice, on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Max Lippe to tight end Tom Holahan13:46 left in the first half, and and 5yard run by Steven Jellison that finished the scoring with 9:46 left in the game.
Lippe, a sophomore, was sacked twice and intercepted once. He finished with 119 yards on 11-for-19 passing. Jake O’Malley caught six passes for 34 yards, and Gene Garey had three catches for 48 yards.
Running back Ryan Silva missed the game with an undisclosed injury. Jellison led Amherst with 19 carries for 82 yards.
Freshman Kenny Aboagye-Adinkra and sophomore Tyler Jacobs contributed 32 and 27 yards rushing, respectively.
The Jeffs (3-1) are at Wesleyan at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first of this season’s Little Three series, which also includes the game against Williams at Amherst at noon Nov. 10.
The Cardinals are coming off a 24-22 win over Bates and are 4-0 for the first time since 1998.
“We always want to get that title,” Mills said. “This is a huge game for us.”
Mills added that it isn’t always about titles.
“Anytime you lose you want to get back on the hill,” Mills said. “The goal is obviously to continue to get better.”