Amherst Game Notes

Amherst Game Notes

The 126th Meeting:

"The Biggest Little Game in America"

(Most Played Rivalry in NCAA Div. III
and 4th Most Played Overall)

* * * W-A-T-C-H  L-I-V-E * * *

New England Sports Network (NESN)

Dish Net 434

DirecTV  628

Eric Frede will call the play-by-play
Steve DeOssie will provide
the color

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  Satellite TV Coordinates:

Satellite:  GALAXY (3C) Dig

Transponder:  19 - Ch A

Orbital Slot:  95ºWL

Bandwith:  9 MHz

Uplink Freq:  14371 (V)

Downlink Freq:  12071 (H)

FEC:  3/4

Symbol Rate:  6.1113

Carrier Access:  Intelsat America (800) 631-3562

Satellite Time:  11:00-15:30 ET - Approx. 30
(11/12/11 16:00 - 11/12/11 20:30 GMT)

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Tape Delayed
Internet Broadcast
Beginning at 3:00 PM EST

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Follow the 126th Game between Ephs and Lord Jeffs
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Find a combined Williams - Amherst alumni gathering to watch the game  

Satellite TV Program Booklet PDF

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Williams College Ephs (5-2)


Amherst College Lord Jeffs (7-0)

12:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12th, 2011

Weston Field
Williamstown, MA
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"The Forgotten Hero,"
November 7, 2011
Sports Illustrated article
written by Tim Layden '78
chronicles the amazing
saga of Mike Reily '64
and his #50 jersey

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Profile of Tim Layden '78
in latest Williams Record

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"Everything to play for"
by Keith McMillan
Be sure to read clickable
red items, especially Lee Kindlon '98

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New Orleans Times-Picayune
on Mike Reily '64

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SERIES:  Began in 1884.  Williams holds the edge 71-49-5.  Since 1987, the Ephs are 19-4-1 vs. the Lord Jeffs, but the series has been much more tightly contested in the last decade as Amherst has claimed three victories.

For the third straight year one of the archrivals enters the contest at 7-0. Amherst in 2009 defeated Williams 26-21 on Weston Field to ring up a perfect season and record their first win on Weston Field since 1985.

A year ago Williams ventured onto Amherst's Pratt Field 7-0 and posted a 31-16 win capping off their seventh perfect season of all-time and making then rookie head coach Aaron Kelton the first Eph coach to debut with a perfect 8-0-0 ledger.

This year Amherst again comes to Weston Field and owns a perfect 7-0 mark. The Lord Jeffs will be looking to win consecutive games on Weston Field for the first time since 1983 (14-13) & 1985 (35-20).

COACHES:  Aaron Kelton (13-2) is in his second year at the helm of the Ephs. Kelton was the first Eph head football coach to debut with a perfect season (8-0-0) in 2010, when he led the Ephs to the Little Three and NESCAC titles, while earning NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. 

Kelton is the first African American head football coach at Williams and in NESCAC.

Kelton is 1-0 vs. Amherst

E.J. Mills (87-32) is completing his 15th season as head coach of the Lord Jeffs.  Mills served as the defensive coordinator of the program from 1993-96 before taking the reins from head coach Jack Siedlecki who left to coach Yale. 

Mills guided the program to its first outright NESCAC championship in 2009, as his squad took down Williams in the final game to complete its first 8-0-0 season in his tenure. 

Mills is 4-10 in his career against Williams and is the only coach to defeat Eph legend and College Hall of Famer honoree Dick Farley (2000: 20-12 & 2002: 45-35).

LITTLE THREE:  The oldest continuous football championship in the nation without a membership change began in 1910.  Today's game will determine the 2011 champion as both Amherst and Williams have defeated Wesleyan this season.

Williams leads in Little Three play having captured 47 titles, Amherst is second with 29, and Wesleyan has won 12.  

There have been nine ties in the series, twice there was no title, and twice during World War II no games were played.

Last outright Little Three title:

Williams – 2010 * * * Amherst – 2009 * * * Wesleyan – 1970

Last shutout of Amherst by Williams: 2007, 20-0

Last shutout of Williams by Amherst: 1995, 0-0

Most points by Williams vs. Amherst: 57 – 57-0 in 1885

Most points by Amherst vs. Williams: 60 – 60-0 in 1892

Largest crowd: 13,671 -- Amherst @ Williams 11/11/89 (N. E. Division III record)

2nd largest crowd: 12,449 -- Williams @ Amherst 11/9/96

SPOILERS:  The Ephs have denied the Lord Jeffs a perfect season seven times (odd years on Weston Field): 1957, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1996, 1997 and 2001 

Amherst has denied Williams a perfect season four times (even years on Pratt Field): 1942, 1964, 1995 & 2002 

Last perfect season for Williams:  2010 

Last perfect season for Amherst:  2009

LAST WEEK:  Amherst claimed at least a share of the 2011 NESCAC title by winning the battle of undefeateds at home, holding off Trinity 35-28. Amherst got 111 rushing yards from standout RB Evan Bunker who highlighted his efforts with a 75-yard TD run that proved to be the difference.

Lord Jeff QB Brian McMahon connected on 22 of 42 aerials for 250 yards and 2 TDs 

Williams set the stage for this Little Three showdown when they rode a 40-yard FG by sophomore Joe Mallock to a 19-17 comeback win over Wesleyan.

The Eph defense forced the Cardinals into three straight turnovers on their final three possessions. Eph DB Dan O'Mara led the defense with 11 tackles, a pass break up, and a game-clinching interception. 

Offensively the Ephs were led by sophomore QB Adam Marske. Marske connected on 17 of 27 tosses for 228 yards including two TD strikes to junior WR Darren Hartwell.

STREAKS:  Amherst enters today's game riding a 7-game win streak and in possession of at least a tie of the 2011 NESCAC title. A win gives Amherst sole possession of the NESCAC title and the Little Three title. 

Williams owns a 4-game win streak and can secure their 48th Little Three title with a victory.

AWARDS:  Amherst's Evan Bunker collected the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week Award for his role in helping the Lord Jeffs down 6-0 Trinity 35-28. Bunker ran 16 times for 11 yards including a 75-yard TD run that was the difference in the win. He also caught six passes for 47 yards.

The Ephs' Dan O'Mara garnered NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors by registering a game high 11 tackles, 5 solos, breakin up one pass, and picking off a pass to end Wesleyan's final offensive series in the Ephs' 19-17 win. The pick extended OMara's streak of interceptions to three games in a row and gives him four on the year. He is tied with Amherst's Landrus Lewis for most picks in NESCAC with 4..

MICHAEL MEREDITH REILY '64 RECOGNITION WEEKEND: This weekend over 250 friends, teammates, classmates, and relatives of Mike Reily are on campus to celebrate the legacy of one of Williams' all-time greats who died just after graduating in 1964 from Hodgkin's disease.

Reily was a 2-time All-American and his senior year served as a volunteer coach and dressed for the coin toss of each of the eight contests. At the end of Reily's senior season (1963) unbeknownst to all but three people – equipment managers Charlie Hurley and Jimmy McArthur and Eph head coach Frank Navarro, Reily's three #50 jerseys: practice white and a purple and a white game jersey were tucked away in a Wilson football box.

The #50 has never been worn since at Williams and it will be officially retired at the dinner this evening in Lasell Gym (where Reily competed for the Eph wrestling team). Reily's number 50 is the first Eph jersey ever retired in 126 years of football.

Additionally the Friends of Mike Reily and the football staff are inaugurating the Michael Meredith Reily '64 Award that will first be presented at the 2011 team banquet on December 4th at the Pittsfield [MA] Country Club.

The Reily award, which will now be presented annually, will be voted on by the Eph players and bestowed upon the teammate they feel best exemplifies the qualities of performance, leadership and character as displayed by Reily in his Williams career.

COIN TOSS: Joining the captains of both teams today are Ben Wagner'64 and Patrick Reily, oldest brother of Mike Reily W '64 and Mike's younger twin brothers Jonathan and Timothy.

Mike Reily is being honored posthumously later tonight at a dinner in Lasell Gym with the retiring of his #50 jersey. 

This marks first time that Williams has retired a number in 126 years of football. 

The coin being used for the toss is a commemorative 2" brass coin commissioned by the Reily family for the occasion.

Mike Reily '64 Commemorative Coin

At 2:00 PM today at the 111th game between Episcopal High School and Woodberry Forest School (Mike Reily's alma mater) being played at Hummel Bowl on Episcopal's campus in Alexandria, Virginia, the coin to be tossed before that kickoff will also be a Mike Reily '64 Recognition Weekend commemorative coin.

40 YEARS AGO: "The Best Post-Game Tradition" in College Football "The Walk" (Sports Illustrated, 1992) was born when Williams beat Amherst 31-14 to end a 3-year drought versus the Lord Jeffs. After the game the bus that was supposed to transport the victorious Ephs back to Cole Field House failed to start, prompting Dave "The Tank" Shawan '72, a defensive tackle from Columbus, Ohio shouted out, "To hell with the bus, let's walk back!"

So on November 13, 1971 the Ephs took embarked on the first version of The Walk up the middle of Latham Street and up the middle of Spring Street in full uniform singing and cheering. The team was warmly recieved by jubiliant Wiliams fans lining both sides of the street.

10 YEARS AGO:  The first match up of Williams and Amherst where both teams entered at 7-0 resulted in the first OT contest that the Ephs won by answering an Amherst FG in the overtime session with a four-yard TD run by Tyler Shea, giving Williams a 23-20 victory. The win capped Dick Farley's fifth and final perfect season.



4/4 – Interceptions by Amherst's Landrus Lewis/Ephs' Dan O'Mara

+6/+9 – Turnover Margin Williams/Amherst

3.6/6.14 – Receptions per game Amherst's Ben Kettering/Ephs' Darren Hartwell

9.4/10.0 – Tackles per game for Ephs' Dylan Schultz/Amherst's Sam Clark

11.9/20.9 – Scoring Defense Amherst/Williams

29.7/26.0 – Scoring Offense Amherst/Williams

63.7/106.6 – Rushing Yards per game Ephs' Marco Hernandez/Amherst's Eric Bunker

129.0/169.1 – All Purpose yards per game Amherst's Eric Bunker/Ephs' Darren Hartwell

183.1/221.7 – Pass Defense Amherst/Williams

270.7/321.4 – Total Defense Amherst/Williams

356.1/360.0 – Total Offense Amherst/Williams



Williams College Ephs


Adam Marske #10 - QB

Tom Wohlwender #33 - RB

Tim Morris #44 - FB

Sam Krieg #45 - TE

Cong Tian #69 - RT

Pete Christiani #78 - RG

Vincent Nistico #60 - C

Ryan Loughran #79 - LG

Steve Denza #58 - LT

Darren Hartwell #1 - WR

J.C. Stickney #11 - WR



Dan Canina #92 - DE

Colin Curzi #97 - DL

Ben Halbower #99 - DL

Dan Vaczy #52 - DE

Chris Cameron #7 - LB

Dylan Schultz #55 - LB

Noah Goldberg #51 - LB

Ben Oliva #12 - CB

Andre LaFontant #25 - CB

Ladd Hamrick #9 – FS

Dan O'Mara #21 – SS


Greg Payton #82 - P

Joseph Mallock #36 - PK


Amherst College Lord Jeffs


Brian McMahon - #6 - QB

Eric Bunker - #4 - RB

Stephen Koenig - #88 - TE

Ben Kettering - #84 - WR

Will Reed - #21 - WR

Andrew Reed - #11 - WR

Rob Wasielewski - #73 - LT

Jack Reynolds - #55 - LG

John Ceccio - #54 - C

Jack MacLennan - #77 - RG

Ian Mahoney - #70 - RT


Amherst College Lord Jeffs



Trevor Rappa - #47 - DT                  

Matt Sponheimer - #50 - N

Kevin Ferber - #3 - DT

Danny Chun - #25 - OLB

Matt Pieterse - #42 - MLB

Sam Clark - #34 - MLB

Greg Kutzin - #33 - OLB

Gordie Lockbaum - #20 - CB

Doug Gebhardt - #8 - S

Kevin Heller - #5 - S

Landrus Lewis - #1 - CB


Matt Rawson - #94 - P/PK

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