Gray '20 accounts for both touchdowns in football loss

Kenny Gray '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Kenny Gray '20 (Josh McKee photo)

Amherst College broke an early 7-7 tie with 30 unanswered points and the Mammoths went on to a 37-14 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Amherst's Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton's Kenny Gray '20 ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the Continentals' record dipped to 0-2. Gray was 22 of 37 for 197 yards with no interceptions. He has 19 career touchdown passes and four rushing scores at Hamilton.

Joe Schmidt '20 had seven catches for 93 yards and his 13th career touchdown reception with the Continentals. Schmidt already has caught 16 passes this year. Sam Thoreen '22 made both his extra-point attempts. Tailback Mitch Bierman '21 did not play due to injury and Hamilton's ground game suffered. The Mammoths ran for 308 yards while the Continentals rushed for just 18.

Hamilton's Carmine Bruno '20 led all players with 10 tackles and Colby Jones '19 chipped in seven solo stops. Cole Burchill '19 also made seven tackles.

Ollie Eberth accounted for three of Amherst's five touchdowns. Eberth was 13 of 22 for 146 yards and one TD pass and ran for 63 yards and two scores. Jack Hickey ran for 111 yards and a touchdown, and Biafra Okoronkwo rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Jack Barrett led the Mammoths defense with six tackles including a sack.

Both teams scored in the first quarter following long drives that took up all but the final 1:44. Amherst grabbed the lead with 9:02 left in the quarter when Eberth capped a 14-play, 79-yard drive with a 19-yard run.

The Continentals responded with a 14-play, 82-yard march that took more than seven minutes off the clock and ended with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Gray on second-and-goal. Gray was 6 of 6 for 60 yards on the drive.

Hickey put the Mammoths in front for good on a 29-yard run with 11:14 left in the second quarter. Hamilton moved from its own 21 to the Amherst 28 late in the second quarter but a 13-yard pass from Gray to Billy Wagner '20 down to the Mammoths' 22-yard line was wiped out due to an offensive pass interference call. The Continentals didn't make it back into their opponent's territory until midway through the fourth quarter. Amherst took a 14-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Mammoths put the game away with 16 points in the third quarter. Eberth threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Bo Berluti with 9:10 remaining, Eberth ran it in from 5 yards out with 7:00 to go, and Andrew Ferrero booted a 31-yard field goal with 3:57 left.

Okoronkwo made it 36-7 on a 25-yard touchdown scamper with 12:59 remaining in the fourth quarter. Gray found Schmidt for 21 yards and a touchdown with 5:54 to go on an 88-yard drive that was aided by a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty. Gray was 5 of 7 for 58 yards on the scoring drive.

Hamilton travels to Wesleyan for its next game on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.