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Amherst College pulls away from Bowdoin, 27-11

  • Amherst head coach E.J. Mills talks to sophomore defensive back Christopher Gow, right, during the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst head coach E.J. Mills talks to sophomore defensive back Christopher Gow, right, during the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday.
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  • Amherst sophomore cornerback Jaymie Spears (20) splits Bowdoin defenders Brian Glazewski, left, and Patrick Fabrizio, right, on a punt return in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday. Amherst running back Kenny Adinkra is second from left.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst sophomore cornerback Jaymie Spears (20) splits Bowdoin defenders Brian Glazewski, left, and Patrick Fabrizio, right, on a punt return in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday. Amherst running back Kenny Adinkra is second from left.
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  • Amherst College players leave the new field house at Pratt Field to start the second half of their NESCAC match against Bowdoin on Saturday. The Lord Jeffs' defeated the visiting Polar Bears, 27-11.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst College players leave the new field house at Pratt Field to start the second half of their NESCAC match against Bowdoin on Saturday. The Lord Jeffs' defeated the visiting Polar Bears, 27-11.
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  • Amherst junior lineman Max Lehrman, right, pressures Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi, left, in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst junior lineman Max Lehrman, right, pressures Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi, left, in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.
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  • Amherst junior lineman Max Lehrman, right, pressures Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi, left, in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst junior lineman Max Lehrman, right, pressures Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi, left, in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.
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  • Amherst sophomore linebacker Tyler Mordas, left, makes contact with Trey Brown (32) of Bowdoin before bringing him down with an assist from Sam Caldwell, right, in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst sophomore linebacker Tyler Mordas, left, makes contact with Trey Brown (32) of Bowdoin before bringing him down with an assist from Sam Caldwell, right, in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.
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  • Amherst sophomore quarterback Jonathan Pieterse (11) took a few snaps during the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday. Unfortunately, this second quarter attempt was intercepted by Matt Savard of Bowdoin.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst sophomore quarterback Jonathan Pieterse (11) took a few snaps during the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday. Unfortunately, this second quarter attempt was intercepted by Matt Savard of Bowdoin.
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  • Amherst freshman running back Myles Gaines, listed as 5'5" and 150 pounds, is taken down by Bowdoin lineman Tom Wells (6'1" / 233) in the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday. Bowdoin linebacker Griffin Cardew is at left.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst freshman running back Myles Gaines, listed as 5'5" and 150 pounds, is taken down by Bowdoin lineman Tom Wells (6'1" / 233) in the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday. Bowdoin linebacker Griffin Cardew is at left.
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  • Amherst senior wide receiver Jake O'Malley (3) steps in front of Reeder Wells, left, of Bowdoin to take a pass from quarterback Max Lippe, second from right, protected by Jonathan Woodrow (72), for a short gain in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst senior wide receiver Jake O'Malley (3) steps in front of Reeder Wells, left, of Bowdoin to take a pass from quarterback Max Lippe, second from right, protected by Jonathan Woodrow (72), for a short gain in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.
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  • Amherst senior wider receiver Wade McNamara, left, just misses a reception in the endzone as Matt Savard of Bowdoin follows in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst senior wider receiver Wade McNamara, left, just misses a reception in the endzone as Matt Savard of Bowdoin follows in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.
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  • Amherst senior defensive back Max Dietz (30) reaches for a Mac Caputi incomplete pass meant for Michael English (87) of Bowdoin in the first quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears at the newly renovated Pratt Field on Saturday. Bowdoin settled for a field goal on the drive.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst senior defensive back Max Dietz (30) reaches for a Mac Caputi incomplete pass meant for Michael English (87) of Bowdoin in the first quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears at the newly renovated Pratt Field on Saturday. Bowdoin settled for a field goal on the drive.
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  • Amherst freshman running back Nick Kelly evades a tackle by Griffin Cardew of Bowdoin to score in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears at the newly renovated Pratt Field on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst freshman running back Nick Kelly evades a tackle by Griffin Cardew of Bowdoin to score in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears at the newly renovated Pratt Field on Saturday.
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  • Amherst head coach E.J. Mills talks to sophomore defensive back Christopher Gow, right, during the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst head coach E.J. Mills talks to sophomore defensive back Christopher Gow, right, during the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday.
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  • Amherst head coach E.J. Mills talks to sophomore defensive back Christopher Gow, right, during the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst sophomore cornerback Jaymie Spears (20) splits Bowdoin defenders Brian Glazewski, left, and Patrick Fabrizio, right, on a punt return in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday. Amherst running back Kenny Adinkra is second from left.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst College players leave the new field house at Pratt Field to start the second half of their NESCAC match against Bowdoin on Saturday. The Lord Jeffs' defeated the visiting Polar Bears, 27-11.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst junior lineman Max Lehrman, right, pressures Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi, left, in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst junior lineman Max Lehrman, right, pressures Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi, left, in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst sophomore linebacker Tyler Mordas, left, makes contact with Trey Brown (32) of Bowdoin before bringing him down with an assist from Sam Caldwell, right, in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst sophomore quarterback Jonathan Pieterse (11) took a few snaps during the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday. Unfortunately, this second quarter attempt was intercepted by Matt Savard of Bowdoin.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst freshman running back Myles Gaines, listed as 5'5" and 150 pounds, is taken down by Bowdoin lineman Tom Wells (6'1" / 233) in the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday. Bowdoin linebacker Griffin Cardew is at left.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst senior wide receiver Jake O'Malley (3) steps in front of Reeder Wells, left, of Bowdoin to take a pass from quarterback Max Lippe, second from right, protected by Jonathan Woodrow (72), for a short gain in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst senior wider receiver Wade McNamara, left, just misses a reception in the endzone as Matt Savard of Bowdoin follows in the second quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst senior defensive back Max Dietz (30) reaches for a Mac Caputi incomplete pass meant for Michael English (87) of Bowdoin in the first quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears at the newly renovated Pratt Field on Saturday. Bowdoin settled for a field goal on the drive.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst freshman running back Nick Kelly evades a tackle by Griffin Cardew of Bowdoin to score in the fourth quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over the visiting Polar Bears at the newly renovated Pratt Field on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst head coach E.J. Mills talks to sophomore defensive back Christopher Gow, right, during the third quarter of the Lord Jeffs' 27-11 win over Bowdoin on Saturday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

AMHERST — The Amherst College football team put newly renovated Pratt Field to good use with a commanding win over Bowdoin Saturday afternoon.

As the beautiful New England sun glistened on all $12.5 million of renovations at Pratt Field, junior quarterback Max Lippe led the charge as Amherst defeated Bowdoin 27-11.

“Overall, great effort by our kids,” Amherst coach E.J. Mills said. “But, I’m just so proud of Max for hanging in there, leading our offense, and continuing to make key throws.”

With the help of a well-executed flea flicker by Amherst on its first offensive play, the Jeff’s opening drive landed them a quick 7-0 lead over Bowdoin. The flawlessly ran trick play from Lippe to wide receiver Wade McNamara ate up 29 yards and set up a 13-yard strike from Lippe to senior wide out Jake O’Malley for the touchdown.

Bowdoin answered with a 6-minute, 3-second drive that led to a would-be touchdown run for running back Zach Donnarumma, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. After back-to-back incompletions, the Polar Bears settled for a 22-yard field goal from Andrew Murowchick.

After Murowchick’s field goal at the six-minute mark of the first quarter, neither team had much success moving the ball. The next first down wasn’t recorded until the nine-minute mark in the second quarter.

The defensive battle throughout the second quarter was highlighted by two interceptions that occurred within 20 seconds of the other. Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi was picked off by Amherst safety Max Dietz at midfield, but the defensive effort by Dietz was quickly returned three plays later. Bowdoin’s Denzel McLarty stole possession back for the Polar Bears, intercepting Lippe at the Bowdoin 44-yard line.

After a 37-yard field goal by Phillip Nwosu gave the Lord Jeffs a 10-3 halftime lead, Amherst head coach E.J. Mills knew that his offense needed to be better in the second half.

“It was about the execution,” Mills said. “We had a lot of second-and-long situations, so we ran the ball more, that way we could get better down-and-distance opportunities.”

Amherst ran the ball more in the second half with running back Kenny Adinkra, who had 14 carries for 56 yards. Lippe, meanwhile, threw the ball with more success. The junior quarterback was 19 of 28, for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

A 27-yard field goal by Nwosu gave Amherst a 13-3 lead in the third. A Nick Kelly 1-yard run made it 20-3.

Amherst’s defense was led by junior linebacker Chris Tamasi, who had seven tackles, including three for a loss. Bowdoin was held to just 16 yards on the ground and 194 total yards for the game. Bowdoin’s air attack was rich in attempts, but low in efficiency as Caputi was 16 for 36 times with two interceptions.

Lippe’s second touchdown throw, a 30-yard pass to junior wide receiver Gene Garay, pushed the lead to 27-3 with six minutes left.

“It was great to see everyone come out today,” Lippe said. “We had a great fourth quarter, and I’m really looking forward to building off of that as we head into our game with Middlebury next week.”

Bowdoin’s running back Trey Brown punched in a 2-yard touchdown run in the final minutes of the game, but Amherst’s offense was too much.

Amherst will host Middlebury on Oct. 5 at Pratt Field at 1:30 p.m.

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